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N/a'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Amazing place!”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

This was the first accomodation of our safari and I must say it started very well. This is one of the place I loved the most during my stay in Namibia: the chalets were gorgeous, the food was excellent and the staff was absolutely friendly and professional. Last but not the least, the activities we chose (Full Carnivore Feeding Tour & Cheetahs up close) were really awesome and interesting. Staying so close to their three cheetahs was one of the most thrilling experience ever. Hope to come back some day!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2012

I seriously had the best time ever. The people were really friendly. The food was amazing, the rooms were very special. I loved waking up as the sun was coming up and watching the world change colour and then in the evening watching the local wildlife wander past the room from the comfort of the amazingly comfortable bed. I really liked the room. These people have created something very special and its all for a great cause. The wildlife tours were exciting. The whole staff is very special and love what they do. Big shout out to Fudgy! Can I come back now??

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

The reception is quiet and comfortable.
Restaurant has excellent views. Food was very good but not great. Service was always very prompt.
The lodge was interesting. Architecturally courageous is probably the best description. Bath sunken into the floor with a log fence to stop you falling in by mistake. No washbasin, its a wooden plank with water running over it (weird).
The activities were very good. We were about 1 metre from the Lions (strong fence between us) and about 1 metre from the Leopards (another strong fence).
But the very best was the Cheetahs. Into the compound with the Cheetahs was just about the very best activity I have ever had on any holiday. If there is one thing that you must do its to get in with the big cats and this is the best place to do it.
We had other activities playing with the domestic Caracals (brilliant), Zebras and the Meerkats (but the Cheetahs were the very very best).
I will go back one day (and it’s a long way to travel from Scotland).

Room Tip: We hired 3 Lodges and they were all equally good.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2012

Enjoyed our one night at the lodge, very clever use of going green but dont think the "sinks" work that well, pieces of wood that the water falls off, in a country where water is scarce how does a man shave without a basin? - has to keep the water running! The food was excellent and the staff very pleasant, the guide for the animal feeding Bayloi was very nice and the bushman stories but it was veeeeeeeery cold and nearly a full moon so should not have done it! Was just very very disappointed to not meet Marilize and to do the baboon bottle feeding etc. Also think the loo should have a door otherwise lovely warm beds and very unique set up in the chalets. To add two tub chairs for sitting in to read instead of just on the bed would also add to the room comfort. Thanks it was great experience

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2012

We spent two nights in Na'an Kuse at the end of a two week tour of Namibia. There are several similar-style lodges in Nambia, but Na'an Kuse is probably the most famous. We wanted a luxurious end to a gruelling trip and Na'an Kuse mostly delivered.

The best parts of the experience at Na'an Kuse were the up close visit with the cheetahs and the caracals. The cats are amazing and we got to play with both and take lots of pictures. The caracal Medusa was amazingly fun, and feeding time was great. The feeding tour was also very impressive - the lions are intimidating, the leopards interesting and the baboons are, well, baboon-ish. I prefer the cats :-)

The food in the restaurant was very good, but not great. At dinner we had a spectacularly good mushroom soup and the beef filet was wonderful. The fish was also good, but the oryx was tough...but oryx is *always* tough. Lunch was a little disappointing - a help-yourself buffet where the food was OK, but not outstanding.

The rooms were beautifully designed - aesthetically spectacular. However, ergonomics came a poor second. The sink is a plastic plank made to look like wood and it looks great but you cannot pool water for shaving or washing and if the tap is turned on full, water sprays onto the floor. The sunken concrete bath looks magical, but the water heater in the room doesn't provide sufficient volume to fill it hot and the shower head is poorly attached to the wall. The water pressure for the bath and shower was low. The concrete is very slippy when wet. The toilet is hidden from the rest of the room by a curtain! The rooms are the reason that I've given Na'an Kuse four instead of five.

The lodge staff and guides were friendly and helpful. Solomon, in particular, was a great guide - as good as anyone we met in Namibia. We were allowed to check out late as our flight was in the evening and the staff did everything they could to make our stay comfortable.

Its location makes Na'an Kuse an excellent place to end your trip to Namibia. It's only 40 minutes from the airport and, if you have a tough itinerary like we did, it's a very pleasant stop to relax at before your (typically) long flight home.

I'd recommend a stay in Na'an Kuse, but for only as long as it takes to play with the animals. There isn't, in my opinion, enough to do to make it worth staying there for longer than three or four days...but those three or four days could be wonderful. If the rooms were better thought-out, I'd upgrade my rating to five.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2012

The wildlife sanctuary is well run and an excellent place to visit and stay. The people were friendly and went out of their way to make you feel welcome. Food in the restaurant, although not much of a choice was given, was excellent! My wife does not eat game meat and it was replaced with beef. The acommodation is first class.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

My husband and myself stayed for 2weeks. It was the most amazing thing we have ever done, we looked after all sorts of animals including bottle feeding a baby zedbra. Would recommend this to everybody!! defently a must do!! Go with friends, partner, family or solo!! everyone was so friendly

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Property: N/a'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary
Address: Farm Frauenstein 277, Windhoek, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Khomas Region > Windhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Windhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — N/a'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The N/a’an ku se Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary is near the Airport and central Windhoek, on a 3.200 hectare big reserve. We offer Carnivore Feeding Tours, Bushman stories and stargazing dinners, Cheetah experiences and a “Behind the Scenes with Marlice” tour. Choose to stay in one of our six individual chalets or one of our eight exclusive holiday homes. We offer a dining area with award-winning cuisine, stunning views, bar and swimming pool. A delightful blend of rich ethnicity and modern luxury. The N/a’an ku se Lodge is the only Charity Lodge in Namibia, all profits from our lodge are returned back to our charitable projects. N/a’an ku se supports the local San community and activities are led by the local San. Volunteers looking to help with conservation can join the Volunteer Program offered on the N/a’an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary. The program offers volunteers the rare and exciting opportunity to work closely with and actively participate in the conservation of African wildlife. Volunteers can stay from 2 weeks to 3 months and will have the unique experience to care for our wildlife including a number of lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals and baboons and many more, kept at the Sanctuary because they can unfortunately not be released into the wild again. Both experiences will leave you with great memories of Namibia while aiding in our conservation efforts which better the lives of the local San Bushmen and our animals. The N/a’an ku se Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary is the ideal place to stay at the beginning or the end of your journey through Namibia. ... more   less 
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