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“Deep in the desert, this inn offers family style” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Namtib Desert Lodge
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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125 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Deep in the desert, this inn offers family style”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

Great stopover heading north or south along the west side of Namibia. Self guided walks, great sunrise and sunsets with a true family set up. Good food and good stories by the owners over meals.
Viewing and sun deck with self serve bar makes a great place to just soak in the beauty.
Great unique art all over the place done by the owners.

Room Tip: Great colors and a sitting area and bath offset from main room. Very fresh!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Carlton, OR
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Sitting at our campsite in Namtib, I kept turning my chair around because I couldn't decide which view was the best.

From the D707 (approximately 53 km from the intersection of C13/C27, on the right if you're headed north), we saw a small sign for the Namtib Desert Lodge and turned in. The 13 km driveway back to the farmhouse is beautiful, and the red sand had been graded that morning, so we put down first tracks.

While we waited in Reception I noticed a book which featured a series of interviews with Namibian farmers; Mr. Thiele was one of the contributors and it was interesting to read of his farming and conservation philosophy. After paying for the campsite and a bag of firewood, we headed back onto the sand track (4x4 not required), turning off at the campsite sign and waving to the farm's shepherd and his Anatolian guard dog who obviously fits the dog-as-man's-best-friend mold.

At the campground are 5 neat sites well separated from the rest. Each has at least one large shade tree and a huge brick braii stand. We had the grounds to ourselves so were able to utilize the large group site nearest the ablution block for its 2 shade trees, meaning we could park between them, raise the rooftop tent, and still have both afternoon and morning shade. It also had an attractive brick fire ring in the sand.

The ablution block is small but both sides have 2 each of toilets, showers, and hand sinks. Hot water is supplied from a wood-fired donkey - I prefer solar in this environment with few trees but understand it's a significantly higher upfront investment. The friendly owner encouraged us to use the men's side since we were the only campers and the water gets hot enough during the day that the donkey is merely a supplemental heat source.

The outdoor dish washing area has a sink as well as a water tap, recycling bins (metal and glass), and a "leftovers" bin for the farms porcine residents.

The ablution block does not have electricity, but they provide candles and matches. The campsites don't have individual water taps; some may consider this a negative, but with 8 cm of rainfall a year, I consider it a conservation tool in that campers won't turn on a spigot every time they want to rinse a finger.

Before the sun went down we climbed the rocks behind the campsite and enjoyed the cooler air and a stunning view of the desert. The next morning we saw a troop of baboons making their way along the same route.

The night sky was outstanding, and the silence was complete until the jackals started their songs. We felt lucky to experience this beautiful spot.

The farm offers one hiking trail, a botanical loop which takes 1.5-2 hours to complete. Campers must return to the reception area to reach the trailhead; we were departing that morning but I wish we'd had time to walk like one of the other reviewers recommends. We enjoyed the hike and the trail guide with numbered plants was easy to follow and very educational.

Room Tip: Ask If anyone is using the group site; if not, you'll be able to park between the two large tree...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

We camped for 4 nights under the shade of the Kameeldoring tree and thrived in the wide open vistas enjoying some of what Namtib has to offer. As each day passed we learnt more of what could still be explored and will definitely return to take full advantage of the most unique opportunities.
My husband mountain biked across wide open plains, seeing the Springbok and Oryx, whilst I walked the 3kms to the farm house to buy some lamb chops for our evening meal. Walking back I marvelled at the scenery, the wonder of being so alone and yet so safe under the indigo skies, and grateful to be able to partake in the livelihood of the Thiele's.
We hiked up the gorge, passing a pair of kudu grazing, to the weir, not realising their was a mountain pool to swim in higher up - but will return to do it next time; .
At night the Spotted Eagle Owl hooted, the Black Backed Jackal called and all was well in the world. We woke to the twitter of the Sparrow Weavers who have their untidy nests in the Kameeldoring trees.
We loved watching the Shepherd lead the huge flock of sheep out each morning. Our first morning had the flock come through the camp site as they rushed for the pods of the Kameeldoring tree, and then each subsequent morning they were led on a different route further away each time as they systematically grazed the dry grass with the Anatolian guard dog their loyal companion.
There's a most interesting botanical walk near the farm house, which takes 1-1 1/2hrs, where various indigenous plants grow on the hill side, all numbered to correspond with a booklet full of interesting information.
Our hosts, Walter and Renate, were most accommodating and happy to share interesting snippets about living remotely in a semi arid environment and made us feel very welcome on their farm.
A truly wonderful experience, for which we are most grateful.
Rosemary

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

Main road (D707) past the property must be through one of the most beautiful areas in Namibia with great views to mountains on one side and the red desert on the other. A 12 km farm road brings you up to the farmhouse through gras- and bushlands where wild animals roam. This is a ecological working farm with mainly sheep, and guests are accomodated in stand alone ensuit cottages. All excellent and clean. Breakfast and dinner is together with Torsten and Lin, the charming hosts, which gave us an insight in the area and farming in particular and Namibia in general.
We stayed two nights, did some great walking and had some stunning views from the tops of the mountains. They also offer a short botanical walk that was excellent.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bloemfontein
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Our two night stay at Namtib was unforgettable. We camped at Little Hunter's Rest. Only five campsites - each under a huge camel thorn tree with lots of bird activity. Soft sand = easy pitching. The surrounding rugged Tiras Mountains, the vast open plains, the red dunes in the distance, the yellow tufts of grass, the ever-present crrok-rak-rak of Ruppel's Korhaan, the unbelievable pastel sunsets, the stars like a million diamonds in the sky - all made for a super stay. Ablutions were clean. Namtib cannot be blamed for the notorious "ooswind" which had us up all of night 2, clinging onto canvas and pole. I was panicking for a long while...But the wind subsided the next morning just as suddenly as it picked up the previous night.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Lendelede, Belgium
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74 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

On our way from Lüderitz to the Namib Rand (Tok Tokkie Trails) we took the very scenery D707 and stayed for one night at the Namtib Desert Lodge. Unfortunately it was only one night. You can easily stay there for a couple of nights and enjoy the stunning scenery and surrounding mountains. It's the perfect place to ease down and read your favourite book.
The owners Thorston and Linn were very helpfull and they accompany you at dinner and breakfast.

Room Tip: All 5 rooms are the same. So it doesn't matter which one you choose.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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97 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

The lodge and campsite (we camped) are located about 12km down a single-track farm road off the main road. It's a very hard place to review, as while the campsite location is excellent, with stunning views over the veld towards the dunefield, there are several problems with this facility.

The first is that if you are heading to or from Sesriem, staying at this location forces you to take one of the worse roads in the area, which is in parts very tyre un-friendly and poorly maintained.

Secondly, campers appear to be seen as little more than a diversified revenue stream for Namtib Lodge. As a camper, you may not use the bar or restaurant, may not go on organised game drives or use any of the lodge facilities. When we arrived they took the travel agent voucher and said goodbye without even explaining where we were to go to find the campsite.

They use the term "biosphere reserve", but while this implies some sort of active scientific programme in reality it is little more than an active goat/sheep/cattle farm with some additional game. At least twice a day your campsite will be overrun with hundreds of goats or sheep as they are led to day pastures and then back in the afternoon. Since the campsite is not fenced, and they are driven right through it, this means masses of goat droppings all over, leading to an increase in biting flies and other insects.

Each campsite has its own braai area and a shady tree under which to camp. They are spacious and well-spaced and share a common toilet/shower block equipped with donkey boilers which you will need to light for warm water. Not enough wood is supplied for evening and morning, so if some campers want an evening shower, you might have trouble getting warm water in the morning unless you do as we did and used our own wood.

When we asked to see the inside of one of the lodge chalets and with great reluctance we were permitted in on the condition "that you don't touch anything". It appears that campers are an afterthought and are not made to feel particularly welcome. This was not just our own experience, but also that of some German campers who commented as much to us. Some SA campers who had booked for two nights left after the first.

If you ask the owner's permission they allow you to do your own game drives.

We cannot speak for the chalet accommodation but as far as the campsite is concerned - fine for a one-night stopover, but no more.

I would rate the campsite 4/5 and the hospitality 2/5.

Room Tip: All the campsites have fairly decent shade, but the one nearest the toilet block has many trees and...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thorsten T, Owner at Namtib Desert Lodge, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Peckster, thank you for your review.
Namtib is located on the D707, one of the most scenic routes in Namibia, which can be in a bad condition at times, but this can not be taken as a general rule.
We have located our campsite 3km away from the lodge on purpose, to ensure that our campers can enjoy a stay in nature undisturbed by the operations of the lodge and farmstead. On the other hand we wish that our lodge guests, having paid for the lodge facilities, which are limited to the small capacity of our lodge, can enjoy these without being overrun by campers.
It is not true that campers may not make use of these facilities, but it is always subject to space permitting, i.e. dinners, "bar", nature drive.
There's a bit ore behind the "biosphere reserve" than you imply. All our activities are adapted to be ecologically viable and this is an ongoing process, e.g. livestock numbers are adjusted to the availability of grazing and if need be completely removed to ensure that there's enough food available for our game. The current research project supported on Namtib deals with the human-wildlife conflict mainly concentrating on predators.
Thank you for pointing out the wood and sheep/goat invasion issue. We will rectify. It is just a pity you didn't mention it during your stay, since we could have rectified it right then.
Once our rooms are cleaned for the next guests, it does create additional work for our small staff contingent if we have guests walking through the rooms just having a look, since this always causes unavoidable dust tracks through the rooms, resulting in our cleaners having to re-clean the floors.
Lastly, we are just as human as our guests. This means that sometimes we have a bad day or the chemistry just isn't right. That is part of human nature and unavoidable if you personally interact. We're sorry if you only felt tolerated, that was not the intention - since campers are definitely welcome on Namtib.
Kind regards,
Thorsten Theile
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Property: Namtib Desert Lodge
Address: Namtib Biosphere Reserve | Tiras Mountains, Farm Namtib D707, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Khomas Region > Namib-Naukluft Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Namib-Naukluft Park
Hotel Class:3 star — Namtib Desert Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Namtib Desert Lodge Namibia/Namib-Naukluft Park

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