We camped at Mount Etjo's campsite for two nights. The campsites are great, out in the bush with dik-dik right in the camp when we arrived. There is a baboon proof metal building with private facilities which we really liked, and a really nice braai area. Beautiful view over a waterhole, we saw oryx, kudu and more dik-dik. There's a great walk you can do from the campsite for a few kilometres to some dinosaur tracks across a rocky hillside. Mount Etjo lodge is nearby, we had a very nice supper there. We went for an excellent game drive in which we saw wonderful animals including a black rhino. Recommended.
This has been an excellent stay in a chic and excellently-run Delight of a place. Staff members made our stay amazing and their politeness and diligence were admirable, thanks! The room was impeccable and really good, whilst breakfast (included in our price) was also really good and neatly served every single day of the three days we stayed. In fact, our initial plan was to stay for only two days but we extended because it was a great place. Thanks!
a great hotel with an impressive diversity of wildlife. great to learn about Namibian wildlife, they have lions, rhinos, elephants, hippos, … the game drive was very good and you may even participate to lion feeding in the evening. The room was very very huge and comfortable, the hotel was really beautiful, dinner was served in a traditional African room built around the fire with an open roof. No complaints!
The game reserve is superb and they have outstanding guides for private game drives (Orlando is great). However, the lodge severely sucks. Essentially, it’s a time travel to 1980s. The rooms are very spacious but are cold caves with completely outdated bathrooms and furniture. The staff is clueless how to operate such facility. The only highlight is the spectacular dinner place. But the breakfast in a freaking cold open space cures all enthusiasm the next morning. On top, some of the delicatessen served for breakfast must have been really unhealthy given the aftermath… In a nutshell: great environment, but for the lodge there is only one solution: take it down and rebuild it.
This lodge site in a huge private game park offers a lot to see, magnificant views to the Etjo mountains, game of all kind, a beautiful lodge garden and excellent Safari tours with Orlando ! Food and breakfast were delicious. Rooms were spacious but our room was not clean. We had the impression that the room has not been used for quite a while, there was a particular nasty smell, the shower in the bath did not work very well, ... the room itself was a disappointment, what a pity. It could have been so much more inside, if you compare it with the outside architecture, gardens and environment. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Orlando our game driver driver was the “GOAT”! (the greatest of all time) He made the holiday experience worth coming back! We loved getting to know him personally and he took interest it making us feel comfortable.
Our first time visiting, but not our last. We drove up from Windhoek which was an easy trek. The dirt road is not bad at all. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly and helped to lunch which we had requested in our booking. Then off to our family rooms which were right past the flamingos and overlooking the lovely pool. The rooms are well appointed and huge! After coffee and cake it was time for our afternoon game drive. Orlando was our guide. He was delightful and made sure to point out things our eyes could not see. He was knowledgeable about the animals and the lodge. We saw so much, but my kids commented later that just being together on the drive in nature was the best part! Afterwards, we met the staff and other guests at dinner under the lapa. We had a fantastic 3 course meal with the most excellent service! Cornelius and the whole team spoiled us! Everything was delicious! The night continued with the lion feeding. This is an experience I recommend. We’ve been on many safaris and never seen anything like it. There is so much to learn and appreciate with these wild animals. This encounter was definitely something we’ll never forget! See you soon Mount Etjo Safari Lodge! Thank you!!…
We spent 2 nights here and had 3 day Game drives which was a gift from my partner which was arranged by a tour guide. Our first game drive was great, after spotting Giraffe and Elephant we were happy to book for the next day. On the morning of our second game drive we see nothing. Apparently it was too windy for the animals to come out of the bush so they were hiding? or so we were told by our guide. After returning from our drive we sat around the pool area for a hour or so and while there we joked that we heard gun shots. As if anyone would be shooting animals near here we thought. That evening was our third game drive, hoping to see Lions or Rino however we were told by our guide who was different to the mornings, that again the weather was to bad for the animals to be out? I thought the weather was perfect, the wind had died down and there was not a cloud in the sky! And as if animals think oh, the weathers bad so I'm not going out today! Drives was meant to be 3 hours long but after having a sundowner by the river and waiting for our guide to finish his cigarette, we drove back to the lodge, we got back 30 minutes early. we did complain and were offered a bottle of wine as an apology which we refused. We didn't pay for the drive. The verbal communication from the guides were non existent, you would just get the name of the animal which you were looking at but there was no factual information which we learnt on the animals. That evening we spoke to a lady who we had befriended, and she showed us photos of the magnificent Lions we had been wanting to see. She told us she went out with the owner and they knew where the lions were as one had been TAGGED so they knew where to find them! I was horrified. Not only does Mount Etjo tag animals, the guides know where the lions are and they obviously do not show you them on a drive as they earn so much more if you pay for a night time Lion feed. which coincidently, you get asked if you would like to join every evening during dinner. We obviously refused as we believe animals should be in a natural environment and hunt their own food. So it really doesn't matter how many times you pay for a game drive, the likelihood of you seeing lions would be non excitant by looking at the reviews most pay for the lion feed, and the excuse they come up with is the weather! More disturbing is that when returning home we discovered that Mount Etjo is part of Jan Oelofse Hunting lodge which is situated in close proximity to the main lodge. Here you can hunt and kill the animal ( for a high price of course!) as they proudly advertise on their website if you search for it. Looking back we thought that there were some strange men on our drive on the first afternoon. No cameras and dressed over the top in full hunting clothes. We didn't see them on our full day until dinner time around the fire. I could tell they were extremely happy with themselves and with beer in their hands I could hear them talk about seeing that day and I'm sure I heard the word gun. We thought it was strange as we hadn't seen them on the drives that day. but again at the time it didn't register as I guess we were a little naive. The fact that we were in the same room as theses pathetic people makes me feel ashamed to be a human being. We were told that there were only 25 people at Mount Etjo and that if there was an overflow some will be housed in the other lodge, now we know that is Jan Oelofse hunting lodge. Jan Oelofse Hunting lodge even have the audacity to have the words conservation and hunting on there website! I am sure there will be a reply defending pathetic men and women who love nothing more than to put a gun in their hands and shot defenceless animals! If you care for animals and believe they should be free then avoid these places. I feel sick that our money was given to these discussing people who are happy to display their kills. We are now going to work with people who really care about Wildlife Conservation who protect endangered species and try to educate and stop people like this who put profit in front of the welfare or animals.…
Rooms are big, really big. Staff are friendly and the overall experience a pleasant one. The place can however do with an improved wine list. I recommend brining your own, there's not a decent bottle of red on the menu and the variety of white wine on offer is not much better.
The stay was great - as the place is great. The staff is very friendly and supporting where necessary - and food is really good. On the other hand though, for this price range we expected a well organized place. From the start everything was chaotic - starting with our room booking not being in the system (glad we had printed proof) as well as other room related topics. Everybody always made an effort to find solutions, but organization in general can be improved for the sake of customer satisfaction. Another point to criticize is that we had to pay full price for all activities for our kids (being 5/8 yrs old). Anyway in the cars then we had to take the little one on our lap....so as a recommendation for fairness, I would recommend to rethink the price structure for activities on kids. All in all: a really nice and pretty place, great animals and tasty food.…