Wonderful food, great restaurant, excellent, friendly staff, strawberries for breakfast !! and great rooms. Simply a fantastic location. Highly, highly recommended if you visit this area of Angola. We spent one night here in the crisp, clear air !
Casper Lodge is a great place to stay in Lubango. I have been staying here for over 7 years, and recently they have upgraded and painted. There is a variety of rooms. The standard rooms are a bit dated, but still clean and comfortable. The grounds are amazing and always a pleasure to stroll around. Beautiful plants, trees, flowers and birds are in abundance. WiFi is average and covers most of the property. Look out for the little tame antelope. He lives his ears to be scratched. 😀
It is one of the best hotel to have a good night sleep. The breakfast is one of the best in Angola, good and enough food for everyone. The rooms are clean and quiet. The staff are helpfull wherever you ask.
I arrived at the lodge by mid morning on August 24, a festive season in Lubango, dedicated to "Nossa Senhora do Monte"; the Patron Saint of town. I was happy about trying a new place to stay in. Landed past 8 am, waited about 20 min to be picked up. The transport arranged by the lodge as it turned out was a private taxi driver who appeared to provide independent service to the hosts at the lodge, upon request. That actually caught me by surprise because I had assumed the lodge owned vehicles for the airport transfers not that I had previously asked, my mistake I guess. This sedan however, was old, really small and had no AC! We (2 adults and a child) competed for space with our luggage; the taxi driver was friendly and countless times apologized for the discomfort. Fortunately, it was Cacimbo - the dry season, the Angolan "winter" so to say, and therefore, temperature at that time was okay, moreover, I could negotiate the taxi fee. Once at the lodge their staff was very kind, we were served a nice breakfast to which we had to pay for because we were early for the check in and so weren't counted as guests yet. As for the lodge itself, there's plenty space to walk round and the gardens are beautiful. During my previous visits to Lubango I used to see this property only from the outside, but now I could see the much they've worked on it; many years ago the entire area looked abandoned and the main building used to look like a haunted house. But this time, I could see several new rooms and flats all round the place. Curiously, the main building and some parts of the place seem to be built long long time ago...., and if that's the case it might well explain the smell and iron-coloured water from the taps in our flat, it was like corrosion in water. I couldn't find out about the other flats and rooms but at ours the water was horrible! I complained about it but nothing was done; not sure if they could do anything though. There was also a leaking in the bathroom and the satellite TV had some problems, too, there was this young lady who appeared to be part of the management she came to see these inconveniences, but seemed unable get someone to fix them. So, we waited and waited but got no solutions till we checked out. Despite of that, this one-bedroom apartment was okay; kitchen was equipped with the basics, and the bedroom was spacious enough to place an extra bed for my daughter (paid). As mentioned before the tapped water wasn't okay, so, we resorted to still water instead, fortunately this lodge is convenient for shopping. As for the restaurant, they had a short menu, but the waiters were dynamic and very attentive. There were also some construction works going on outside the restaurant a bit annoying to get in and out, so we went there only once. They've got a nice pool, but it wasn't clean. Their garden looked beautifully maintained, a nice view both at day or night; my daughter had plenty of space to play around, but I didn't feel easy to let her walking alone because there was this disturbing view of a German shepherd wandering around. Not that the dog ever presented an eminent threat to us or to anyone that I could see, but I didn't appreciate that. Generally speaking I'd say that staying at the Casper Lodge was worth the experience.…
I loved the gardens, the bambi - a brown deer that lives there, and the quiet and peaceful environment that I could find there. I spent 4 nights there and I would definitely go back there for a holiday. Their breakfast was is great; there is a gym and a swimming pool. The downside is a problem of power supply in the area (as usual in Angola), which forces them to resort to a power generator, which is extremely silent, but you still notice when they shift from the local power grid to the generator and vice-versa. Their free wifi is also an issue. The place is big and there is no wifi coverage in all areas.