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D850 Maltahohe District, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park 9000 Namibia
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#9 of 14 Specialty lodging in Sossusvlei
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Zebra River Lodge is situated on 12 500 hectares of dramatic scenery, deep in the Tsaris Mountains of southern Namibia and merely a hour and half drive from Sesriem and the Magic Dunes of Sossusvlei. Zebra River Lodge has welcomed guests to its special environment for more than 15 years. Let the warmth and our Namibian hospitality welcome you to a place of light and airy spaces on the slopes of the Zebra River Canyon. We invite you to relax under an azure-blue sky and to feast your senses on our tranquil surroundings where you can listen to the silence of nature. Visit this magic place where the setting sun makes the mountains glow in golden color and beautiful stars guide you through your sleep. Our GPS Co-ordinates : S24°31.779' E016°18.041'
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Free parking
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Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
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D850 Maltahohe District, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park 9000 Namibia
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katCardiff wrote a review Aug 2019
Cardiff, United Kingdom166 contributions19 helpful votes
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If you wanted to really get away from it all then this is the place! It is situated miles from anywhere in a dramatic mountainous setting. You can really feel the silence. The lodges are lovely... with big comfortable beds and lovely views from the verandas. It feels like you’re staying in the castle with all the stone and decor. WiFi is practically non existent so bring a good book! The ladies who run it are just lovely.. very warm and friendly. The staff are also delightful; the best staff we had look after us in the whole of Namibia. Food is really good and the restaurant set up fabulous. Be aware though that it is a set meal; there is no choice. If you have special meal requirements make absolutely sure you liaise with the owners before you arrive. I’m sure they’ll be able to accommodate you if given notice. Breakfast is included but lunches must be booked in advance. Packed breakfasts/ lunches are available if booked in advance. Sossusvlei is quite a trek from here on some pretty bad roads. It’s approx 2 hours. It made for a very tiring day. The pool is small but very clean and in a nice setting. Plenty of sun beds to relax on. There are activities to be done here such as hiking trails and sunset drives. Also trips to Sossusvlei. Email in advance. In all though a very tranquil and beautiful place to stay.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from BabieA6, Reservations at Zebra River Lodge
Responded Aug 8, 2019
Good Afternoon, thank you for your kind review . I have forwarded this to the staff of the lodge.
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Michaela B wrote a review Oct 2018
Tisa, Czech Republic456 contributions135 helpful votes
We came to this lodge very late. We saw, that it is beautiful spot. But we didn’t have chance to see more. Because of darkness. The dinner was very good. I had birthday and the chef prepared great cake. Very delicious. Thank you.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from BabieA6, Reservations at Zebra River Lodge
Responded Oct 21, 2018
Good Morning, thank you for the feedback. We realize you had a long journey that day but trust you enjoyed your short stay. Trust that we can welcome you at the lodge again some time and remain with Kind regards, Babie
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DanO68 wrote a review Sep 2018
Alexandra, New Zealand564 contributions450 helpful votes
This place was a great surprise in the middle of nowhere after a long day of driving. The desert setting is amazing with beautiful layered hills all around and it’s about a 2 hour drive out to Sossusvlei. The verdant grounds and gardens were a welcome relief from the dust and desert. We had a warm reception and immediately got checked into our rooms. Our room was nice and big situated in a block of adjacent rooms. There was no heat, no AC, and no TV, but fortunately we were there in winter and didn’t have to cope with the extreme heat. The room was clean and well-maintained, however we did have trouble with the hot water – it seemed to cut out halfway through a shower and never came back on. There is Wifi in the main lodge, however it is so slow that it is unusable except for small emails and Whatapp. We liked the self serve bar, and we had an amazing 4-course meal of zebra steaks. The surrounding area is awesome for hiking and there are many trails around to explore on your own or with a guide. We brought our mountain bikes and had a great ride around the area. Overall we really loved this place and would definitely recommend it to other travelers.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from BabieA6, Guest Relations Manager at Zebra River Lodge
Responded Sep 16, 2018
Good Morning, Thank you for your kind review. With regard to the slow WIFI, yes we are aware of this and many service providers have tried to have this fixed. It seems the surrounding hills are not helping. Kind regards, Babie
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Kai S wrote a review Sep 2018
Sao Paulo, SP50 contributions16 helpful votes
We stayed for 1 night. More is not needed. The trails and nature are very nice. When we were there it was extremely dry and they told us that they did not have real rain in 7 years. You can see zebras and kudus but in general the valley is pretty dead. We did the jeep and hike tour to the end of the canyon to the spring which was great. You need to hike for 3 hours across tough terrain though. The lodge is odd. They are polite and everything is clean - but decoration, rooms and architecture are not close as nice as it shows on the pictures. Furniture is old and does not combine. 3 star standard. No luxury. No mini-bar, no heater, no air condition... which is not necessarily needed but it was sold to us as a luxury retreat which it is for sure not. Dinner is good. No bar, no lounge to sit - which in the cold winter was an issue in the afternoon / night.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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JannyGeesje wrote a review May 2018
Bunschoten, The Netherlands49 contributions23 helpful votes
It is a difficult road to the lodges, but well worth it. A fantastic view from our lodge nr.6 and a lovely pool. A nice place to relax after a day in the Sossusvlei. The staff was friendly. Despite what I read in other reviews; the dinner was good. They even had a birthday cake baked for someone in our group!
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Nr. 6 and higher are more quiet.
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Response from Babie A, Reservations at Zebra River Lodge
Responded May 29, 2018
Good Afternoon, thank you for your feedback and I will forward your kind message to the management of the lodge. Kind regards, Babie
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victorjackie wrote a review Nov 2017
Southampton, United Kingdom84 contributions63 helpful votes
pWe visited the Zebra River Lodge for 2 nights recently,it takes a while to get there on gravelly roads but it is well worth it as it is in an idyllic setting in its own canyon,rooms are nice,food and staff all very agreeable and after long trip visiting the sand dunes was a welcome retreat
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Babie A, Reservations at Zebra River Lodge
Responded Nov 22, 2017
Good Afternoon, thank you for your friendly comments and I will forward this message to the staff of the lodge. Hope to welcome you again some time at Zebra River Lodge Regards, Babie
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ljs3096 wrote a review Sep 2017
Sydney, Australia59 contributions51 helpful votes
Lovely setting with views of the scenery from the rooms and the small pool. A few sunloungers scattered about too. Rooms are also lovely and the beds are comfortable. Bathroom is basic, but plenty of hot water. Wifi is very slow and difficult to do anything other than a simple text communication. There is a set menu dinner each evening and breakfast is cooked to order. Opportunities for wildlife spotting - including the zebra. Relaxing and peaceful.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Traveled with friends
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AuntyHeater wrote a review May 2017
Cambridgeshire, UK28 contributions24 helpful votes
Our first stop after a night in Windhoek. A very long drive to get there and it wasn't really worth it. The manageress (Jeanette?) is very cold, unfriendly and treats her staff like dirt. We were met by a charming young man who was doing a good job of politely welcoming us. The manageress suddenly appeared, dismissed him in a high handed way and proceeded to repeat everything he'd just told us - I took pleasure in advising her of this point. We were told our room was 15 'over there' and then left to get on with it ourselves. Not impressed at all. The room was a new build and seemed unfinished. No nets over the beds, no fan. A large room but tiny cramped bathroom with the door about 18" from one side of the bed. No shelves or anywhere to hang clothes. Despite repeatedly telling people, we had no hot water for the 2 nights we stayed there which was very annoying. The setting is stark and the scenery interesting. We did a walk with a guide on our first evening and he was very friendly. In fact, he saw us at the dunes a few days later and came over to say hello as if we were old friends which was nice. We also did 2 walks on our own. Signage is a bit hit and miss! The staff were generally friendly but not really on the ball. When we checked out they told us the total of our bill. I asked to see the breakdown and it was totally wrong with several drinks etc that were not ours. Food was pretty basic but ok. Wifi was very poor and only available in the restaurant area. This was my least favourite place of our whole trip and I would suggest finding somewhere else to stay.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PKrishen wrote a review Feb 2017
New Delhi, India28 contributions9 helpful votes
Nice-ish, clean, wholesome. But disappointing especially in retrospect because we stayed in much better places later on. The food was so-so, the rooms just about passable. Our guide Jobi was friendly and keen to help with information but he's clearly a bit of a novice.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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bergfreund007 wrote a review Feb 2017
Munich, Germany26 contributions12 helpful votes
We've been in the Zebra River Lodge for two nights. We've been welcomed friendly with a nice drink and the staff helped us with the bags. The rooms are looking good. Comfortable beds and a mosquito net were available. Unfortunately there was no air condition so that it was very hot in the bedroom. Sleeping was almost impossible... The bathroom is small and under the shower you only have less water and because of the changing temperature of hot and cold it was a challenge to shower. The dinner was only average, the breakfast less than that. The wifi was extremely slow and interrupted the whole day. Mailing was impossible, you couldn't open any newspaper websites and messaging took very long. The pool needs to be cleaned, there have been swimming more flies, other insects and frogs than guests. But the big issue why I couldn't really enjoy the days: there have been so many flies and insects around. The complete day we heard the buzzing insects and the flies sit somewhere on your body. It was a pest! Luckily we had the mosquito net over the bed. Please try to do something against it! We stayed in the Zebra River Lodge to go to the Sossusvlei but it is a very long journey and one road was closed so that we had to turn again. The other way took more than three hours. I know the lodge is somewhere in the dessert and the next city is far away but I spent a much better time in different lodges with same conditions. But the staff, especially Jooby, have been very friendly and gave the best that we enjoy our stay. I think it is to expansive for what they offer... next time I will stay at an other place.
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zebra River Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Zebra River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Zebra River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Zebra River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Zebra River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Zebra River Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.