Towards the end of our Koakoland and Damaraland Tour in Namibia, we stayed at Omaruru Game Lodge for one night at the selfcatering rondavels (ZAR650 - about 62 euros) and what a great experience! Wonderful to have a pool (although it was still late winter) and green grass around. With so many birds looking for something to eat....great company.
The main Lodge is situated on the waterhole but the selfcatering apartments are further away from the main lodge. One can enjoy a drink or dinner at the restaurant while enjoying the animals coming to drink and eat at the waterhole. We absolutely loved to experience the Rhino so close! The cheetas were good to see but we thought the poor Leopard should be removed from the premises. This animal is alone in her "cage" and extremely nervous and one cannot see it at all. It keeps hiding away when people arrive. According to Namibian Law, they may keep only one Leopard on the premises. Very unfair to this animal.
I've read in previous feedback that this Lodge is nothing but a glorified Zoo, but no we loved this place!!! Due to the drought conditions in Namibia, they are feeding the animals by force and boy, at 17h00 it started to look like a Kindergarten! The animals all hanging around the Bar area watching the Barman who brings their snack! It was wonderful really. One could kiss the Rhino (as hubby did) but the female Rhino was more nervous and not to be touched. For us who never see these animals, it was just to wonderful to experience.
Please stop at this place should you pass near Omaruru. Lovely town and area.
Our selfcatering Rondavel (one of five) had two bedrooms with linen, towels, place for BBQ, stove, fridge and all kitchenware. See that you close the gate well at parking area otherwise Rhino's could damage your car as they walk freely on the premises.
The distance from Omaruru to this Lodge is about 15 km on gravel road. Good conditions! In Omaruru you can do shopping at the local Supermarket. Enough choices of what you want.
All and all: what a joy and good memories of Omaruru Game Lodge!