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“Remote but homely”
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Huab Lodge
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We loved this lodge. Yes it might be a long dusty road to reach it but that's part of its charm. The owners were away when we arrived but we were warmly welcomed by Jaap and shown to our spacious and comfortable bungalow with its large shady terrace - and enclosed bathroom!!. We had the good fortune to be the only guests the first night and so were able to monopolise Jaap and Cathy's attention and gain some insight into what it is like to live at Huab. Our stay was only for two nights (I would have quite liked to stay longer) so we took advantage of going out for nature drives with Jaap who was very knowledgeable about all the wildlife, flora and fauna. And whilst other reviewers comment that there wasn't much to see, I disagree entirely - my notes show a list of some 30+ animals and birds that we encountered on our drives. I also think they missed the point about what the owners of Huab and the adjoining lands have done in providing a transit route through the area for the wildlife. The tradition of dining with the staff is a lovely one and made for a very pleasant social occasion. On our second night we were joined by another couple which changed the dynamics again. The food was excellent and it was lovely that the chef introduced the menu in her native click language which was then translated for us by one of the other staff. We visited the hot springs and watched the sun go down as we wallowed in the lovely warm waters. We hope some day to get back to Namibia and Huab Lodge will definitely be on our accommodation list.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

It was oveall a pleasant place to spend a couple of days. the spring was nice, the food was good, and the accomodation great. Jan was a wonderful host.
The rooms may have been a bit dated but they were still very peasant and it was the only time I slept on a decent pillow in the whole of Africa.

A couple of small changes I would like to see:

Children (13 yo) pay the same price as adults. The adults are provided wine at dinner however the kids (who cannot drink wine) have to pay for a soda. Effectively kids cost more than the adults which is strange.

Leave the dogs behind on the nature walks - they scare away the wildlife so you do not see as much as you could.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

My wife and I spent 3 days and nights here in late September and really fell in love with the lodge, its wonderful staff, spacious and well-appointed bungalows, delicious meals and the surroundings. Yes, it's well off the beaten path to get here but your rewards for all that driving are self-evident the moment you step out of your vehicle. We were greeted warmly, had a most delicious evening meal, accompanied by freely poured South African wines, a relaxing evening of stargazing and reading and a perfect night of sleep. And excellent afternoon naps as well. The thermal hot springs spa is heavenly. Having read other TA reviews I must say to those with negative experiences: Do your research before traveling. Of course you'll be disappointed by the game viewing if you've just come from Etosha. Read their website! They offer a Scenic Drive. And the scenery is spectacular, and incredibly peaceful and still. And you'll see a absolutely incredible variety of birds (we're not Birders but thought of our friends who are) and plenty of animals. We spotted a very large troop of baboons on our drive and there are physical signs of wildlife everywhere. You just might not see the elephants, giraffes etc... that you're longing for. And why would you ever think you'd see Lions???? And if you were surprised to find you'd be dining with others, again, read the website: "Meals are enjoyed with the hosts at the family table." My wife and I very much enjoyed sharing our meals with others, meeting people from other countries/cultures.
All in all, we had not a single complaint and should we find ourselves once again traveling through Damaraland we wouldn't hesitate to contact Jaap and Cathy - our lovely, interesting, smart and engaging hosts!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed here for several days in late 2005, and absolutely loved it. Very friendly and we appreciated the tremendous knowledge of Jan about local wildlife. Guided walks were superb and we had a close-up of fighting desert elephants one night

No it's not got the big animal density of Etosha, but it's a different sort of place.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Reception was quite alright and then they clean your dusty car after quite a long travel to get there - in a not overly exciting environment. Omaruru region and Namib desert are by far more interesting. The bungalows are very much outdated - nothing more to say here. Ok, the hot water spring is quite interesting and comfortable, but again, apparently according to season, you might sit in an only 40cm deep pool. The included Dinner is presented nicely with the kitchen chef presenting but only for covering up the not really good quality. The so pretentiously presented wines are sort of the cheapest one on the market. Jan's excursions are interesting if you are interested in the Flora of this dry region (meaning about a circle of ca. 5km around the lodge). Don't expect ANY exciting game. WIth some luck you will see a Zebra....
Overall: for this price not worth at all.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed 2 nights at the Huab lodge during our family road trip through Namiba. Having visited various lodges throughout our journey, this one is still our favourite. It is a hidden gem at the end of a long dirt road but definitly worth the drive. The lodge itsself is run by Jan and his wife who are the most friendly hosts we have met. They made us feel like at home immediatly, shared their extensive knowledge with us about vegetation, animals, history, culture,.. and simply made this stay unforgettable for all of us.
We also loved relaxing in their beautiful open lobby which had an amazing view arcoss the unspoilt nature, taking a bath in the hot springs under the full moon and getting pampered with amazing home cooked meals. Highly recommended for everyone looking for something special off the beaten track.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

My wife, our 14 yo daughter and I stayed there for 2 nights in July and from that time on the place is still somewhere in my mind...
I have been to many different places in southern Africa but Huab Lodge has something very special. It is not the big 5, even if you may see elephants and leopard with a lot of luck (we did not, but we still saw 8 different species of mammals and more than 30 different kind of birds). It is not the luxury, even if the bungalows are quite confortable and the hotbath excellent.
It is the atmosphere.
Yes, Suzi&Jan, the owners, are fantastic hosts. Cathi&Jaap, the managers, are great too. Johan provides really good treatments and the rest of the staff give great service. But to say this is to come short on how the experience as a whole is satisfying.
Huab Lodge is a place where you can feel the love of the residents for Africa's nature. A place where you can feel connected to this nature, be it on a quiet morning walk or on a great sunset drive or even just relaxing.
If you are looking for a "big5safari", Huab Lodge is not for you. But if you want a subtler and richer contact with nature and people who are truly building sustainable conservancy. If you want to share excellent food discribed in local language by the cook, the most romantic birdhide of the region, complimentary car cleaning, deep knowledge of birds and plants and rocks and animals, and above all the most welcoming atmosphere, go to Huab Lodge!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Farm Monte Carlo, 9000, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Otjozondjupa Region > Damaraland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Damaraland
Price Range: $333 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Huab Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Huab Lodge is an award-winning premier lodge with 8 luxurious bungalows and an extraordinary atmosphere. Perfectly situated in Damaraland, right on route to and from Etosha. Here you can "Enjoy the Huab Sound of Silence". ... more   less 
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