I won't go over-board but this place is an oasis in a sea of nothing
....well, not nothing, because in Tsumkwe you are surrounded by bush, an endless, inspirational sky and the fact that you are in the Western Kalahari Basin and could, in any minute, come across an elephant.
Rooms at the lodge are very comfortable. The bar area is cosy at night as guests of the lodge and the adjacent camp site swop stories of near sightings - or misses - of wild game and punctured tires on the 4x4.
Most of the rooms do not have sources of electricity - so charge your cellphone in the restaurant area over breakfast.
The swimming pool is miniscule: call it an enlarged bath.
And the food is lovingly put together - but a bit too geared for foreigners worried about eating foreign food when, for God's sake, we've travelled hundreds and hundreds of miles to a place totally different to home. You don't travel to the border of Namibia and Botswana to eat, well, er....boiled carrots!
In the end though, this place is great. All of the small faults are overcome by the fact that the Lodge hosts are enthusiastic and interested in visitors.
At night, the Lodge becomes the local bar/meeting place for ex-pats from Western Europe and the United States who have found their way to this remote corner of the universe.
It is also - come to face it - the only place to stay and be looked after by others for hundreds of miles - and beats camping any day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- TUCSIN (The University Centre for Studies in Namibia) bought Tsumkwe Lodge in 2014 from the Namibia Country Lodges Group. The TUCSIN TSUMKWE Hospitality and Training Centre is now a multi-functional centre promoting inter alia, education and training. At the same time it operates as any other lodge in Namibia catering for local and international visitors to the area. TUCSIN became involved because this was seen as an opportunity for offering education and training to the marginalized San community who can no longer survive exclusively by hunting and gathering. The need to integrate community members and in particular the Ju/'hoan San Bushmen, who live in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, is of cardinal importance. It requires a well-informed approach with respect for the precious - but rare - value systems of traditional hunter-gatherer societies. TUCSIN considers the lodge as an opportunity for involving the marginalised San community who live in the area. A hands-on approach to work should lead to training, study and eventual employment. Accommodation complemented by personal hosting and cultural excursions to Ju/'hoansi villages form part of the day to day function of this Hospitality and Training facility. With its close proximity to the Nyae Nyae Pans and Khaudom National Park, Tsumkwe is still a wilderness paradise, off the beaten track! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tsumkwe Lodge Namibia/Tsumeb