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Etosha Safari Lodge
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Reviewed December 6, 2011

We had a very good green grass campsite. The amenities were clean. There is a lovely pool area & bar with a recreated ‘Shebeen’ theme. The shop was well stocked. The campsite is only 10km from Andersson gate at Etosha National Park so it is very easy to rise at dawn & be in the park for the morning drive.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

My partner and me have spent 3 nights at the Etosha Safari Lodge (not the campsite) in October 2011. It is not quite common to stay 3 nights within one and the same lodge at Etosha therefore we really experiences personalized service and very attentive staff.
General:
The Etosha Safari Lodge is situated approx. 10 km from the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha. The Lodge has been built upon a hill and enables wonderful views accross the bush.
Accomodation is within little chalets which are built along the hillside of the area. Our chalet was pretty close to the main lodge (where the restaurant and reception is located) and we can imagine that those who have been in other rooms very a little bit disappointed- some rooms have been more far than ours and it is quite a distance to walk to the restaurant.
One who travels to Etosha must remember that also guided bus tours are on their way. So one night we had a complete bus of Germans at the lodge which can be a little but annoying. But if you want more privacy you have to pay a way higher price in accomodation and go for another lodge. We can understand that a lodge which so many rooms can not say "no" to bus tours even if individual tourists are annoyed by that.
Rooms:
The rooms are very private (each party has a room for itself) spacious and absolutely clean. The bed is large and has a mosquito net above (which is definately required). The furniture is all reptty new (is not used up or anything like that). The bathroom is en-suite and truly spacious. You will find an open shower area. The toilets are separated of course in your chalet.
The only thing we have missed were 2 chairs and a small table on our terrace. Everything else was outstanding concerning the chalet.
Restaurant:
The restaurant is situated in the main lodge on top of the hill. There is a fantastic sundowner deck which allows having a look at the dramatic sunsets of Namibia (believe me they are great!) Breakfast is totally OK, not outstanding. You will find cold meats and cheese, toast, fresh fruit and cereal. Sometimes freshly baked croissants and muffins.
Dinner is very tasty - a soup upfront will be served to your table. Afterwards you can choose from a salad buffet and a buffet for 3 main courses (one "normal meat", a choice of game (e.g. Kudu, Springbok, Ostrich etc.) and a lasagne or similar. Sidedishs like potatoes, vegetables, noodles etc. are of course also avaiable. Dessert will also be brought to your table.
The wine assortment was suprisingly big - you can choose from a wide variety of mainly South African wines. Service personnel was by the way trained excellent.
Activities:
we have booked a half day game drive to especially focus on lions and the rhino. Our guide made all of that happen!! That was great. We would recommend doing a game drive at least once to see those animals which are hard to find. The guides communicate via phone/GPS and know at which times the animals usually are at which waterhole. As we have been to the park in the morning hours we have paid our entrance fee already. What we haven't expected but happened was that the entrance price was deducted from our overall game drive price!! Great (we didn't want to start the discussion therefore we were positively surprised).
In the very end the guys from the lodge helped us to change our tired which was damaged! Also good service.
In general I can warmly recommend the lodge to anybody travelling there. As a resume we would stay at least one night within the park as you can then go on a night game drive etc. This is the only drawback of the lodge I would ay.

Room Tip: Would check to get a room close to the main lodge in order to avoid long walks
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank travelhex
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

Etosha Safari Lodge has a great view over kilometers of wild bush.
The lodge is quite big, but the individual chalets are well separated and it doesn't feel over crowded.
Rooms aren't luxurious, but they are very spacious and have a nice balcony with view. The dining area is comfortably large and breakfast / dinner are served as buffet, food quality is good.
Our expectations on this lodge were quite low, but we were positively impressed!
We took part in the full day drive inside Etosha: it was on a large open truck which offered an excellent viewpoint, with the chance to move around the truck - only downside is that it's a 24people truck, but it wasn't full when we took the drive. We were happy with the activity for exploring Etosha for the first day.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Gianmaria V
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

We stayed for 3 nights at Etosha Safari Camp which worked out well as it gave us two full days to drive into Etosha National Park. Overall, staying outside the park was no problem for us you can drive there very quickly and we spent one day driving through the western part and one day driving east. The Camp itself has lots of character and was probably the most lovingly decorated place we stayed at during our trip. There is a little reception area with a shop that sells locally produced souvenirs etc, an outside dining area, a bar, pool room and some inside seating (we experienced the thunderstorm of thunderstorms one night there! roof held :-) Food is served buffet style,I had no complaints at all but apparently the meat was a bit dry and too greasy. Staff and management were very friendly and happy to chat over a drink in the evenings. Overall the bar was a little bit livelier than in other places we stayed at which was a good thing as you don't always want to go to bed at 9pm! Rooms are basic but we had a nice view and you have your own little bungalow with parking space. Again, decoration was original. There was no fridge in our room though and the Moscito net had a couple of holes.

Room Tip: Bungalows higher up have better views but are quite a walk to the restaurant/reception.
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Subsab
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

we spent 2 nights here. On arrival we were greeted with cold towells to refresh ourselves from a very hot day touring Etosha park and some local chilled tea - a lovely touch. The lodge rooms were immaculate, spacious and have private balcony's. The food was superb with a local theme (Oryx, Kudu, Impala) but only set buffet menu was served in the evening (we would have liked the choice of a small 'a la carte' for nights when we didn't want a 4 course meal! However, complimentary tea / coffee was offered all day. Lovely helpful staff - always smiling and nothing too much trouble - they made our stay very special - I can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: 70 + lodges strech along the ridge from the main restaurant area - anyone in the furthest ones has quite a trek to get to the restaurant!
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank HALDavies734
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