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“Stay at the Kupferquelle Resort”
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Makalani Hotel
Ranked #2 of 9 Tsumeb B&B and Inns
Lusaka, Zambia
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“Stay at the Kupferquelle Resort”
Reviewed November 15, 2010

We spent a terible night at the Makalani hotel. We were self driving from Zambia for our honeymoon and slept at the above named hotel on our way to Namutoni in Etosha. Everything was fine unti mwe switched on the air conditioner. At around 1130 at night it was like the Thames River burst it bansk inside the air conditioner. It leaked the whols night whether qswitched on or off and there was no assistance to be had downstairs. The Kupferquelles costs N$100 more but I thinkl it's worth it. Never again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

I spent a very pleasant and relaxing four nights here. The hotel is two star but only because Namibia has high quality accommodation and in order to be awarded a three star rating all rooms would need to be handicap friendly and only 1 of the Makalani’s 28 rooms is. The hotel actually punches above its weight and would be a three star in many other countries.

The Makalani is well managed and the staff are friendly and helpful. When I arrived the man cleaning the pool droped what he was doing to help with my luggage and when I left the cleaning ladies ran after to me to help carry by bags down the stairs. The kitchen staff got up early to make me a copious packed breakfast/lunch for 6:30 AM as I needed to leave early in order to dive in Lake Ojikoto. The hotel also arranged to have one of their staff get up early and drive me to and from the lake each day for a modest charge and the driver even took me around town and explained the sights to me. (There are taxis in Tsumeb but they are few and far between.) The hotel can also help you arrange a self- drive or a guided safari drive through Etosha National Park.

The Makalani is right in the heart of Tsumeb a block off the main street and a five minute walk from the Tsumeb Museum and a Pick & Pay supermarket. Despite that it’s very quiet, as is Tsumeb.

The hotel has two types of rooms: (i) either in a big house where many rooms have no balconies-- although some of the rooms look over the pleasant courtyard (“lapa”) and pool; or (ii) poolside rooms with balconies in a low rise annex. Note that you need to climb up a steep flight of stairs to get to the rooms in the main house so these aren’t suitable for folks who have trouble walking.

The rooms are spotless. Indeed the linen smells so fresh you will want to send all your clothes to the laundry! Rooms are a reasonable size and the bathroom is a generous size. There are small TVs sets with a few cable channels. There is WIFI access in the rooms but you have to buy a Telecom card from reception. Furniture is plain Ikea style blond wood beds, table, dresser and side tables but the throws on the bed that match the curtains give the rooms a more up market feel. An air-conditioner is set in the ceiling which is very efficient especially during winters’ cold snaps although it comes on and off every few minutes as it adjusts to the temperature which can interrupt sleep.

There are two bars and a restaurant serving standard European fare. The menu is fairly extensive although the food is nothing to write home. There are very few vegetarian options as is common in meat mad Namibia. Note that your options in Tsumeb are very limited after 5 PM when the two cafes close down. Room rates include a breakfast of cereal, yoghurt, eggs, healthy brown German bread and cheese and meat cold cuts.

This is your best hotel option in town. The Minen Hotel and OMEG Allee Guesthouse would be the next best bets. A little out of town is a camping ground where in spring 2010 they added some self catering bungalows that are now the swankiest digs in town—the Hotel Kupferquelle (Copper Stream in German). They have a 25 meter swimming pool which is great in the summer heat but you will probably be sharing it with a lot of campers. You need wheels if you are staying there.

Hiring a car or a car w. driver is very expensive in Namibia and should be arranged in advance. Mr. Bijou at MEC Liners in Windhoek arranged my transport to and from Tsumeb and is efficient, and honest in his pricing. Tsumeb is a 4 hour drive from Windhoek

The Makalani bills itself as the “little hotel with the big heart” and it is just that. I will be staying here again when next in Tsumeb.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Makalani Hotel

Property: Makalani Hotel
Address: PO Box 24, Tsumeb 9000, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Oshikoto Region > Tsumeb
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Tsumeb
Hotel Class:2 star — Makalani Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 28
Also Known As:
Makalani Hotel Namibia/Tsumeb

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