Hakusembe Lodge

Reviews of Hakusembe Lodge

Good(84%) From 52 travellers
Excellent
18
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 52 of our travellers who have visited Hakusembe Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr H & Ms E - London
Arrived on: 30-May-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Hakusembe Lodge review

This was a nice surprise. We'd gone just for a stopover before hitting the Caprivi Strip - but this was a great little lodge. They had been badly hit by the floods this year - closed for a couple of months. We were shown the tide marks! They had worked so hard to get everything up and running again and the staff were charming and dedicated.

The rooms are pretty simple but everything is there and it works. We were promised the 'best steak in Namibia' and I think we got it! The location on the Kavango River is truly amazing - great sunsets and a chance to look across to Angola, with women washing clothes in the river on that side and working the fish traps next to the lodge here Namibia.

We wished we had been able to stay longer and explore the river and Rundu, which looks a pretty funky frontier town.

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Mr K - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Messing about in boats 1

After a long days drive from Etosha you need something to look forward to and Hakusembe will not disappoint. The staff are friendly the rooms are excellent and the food is very good.

We took the river cruise which is a great way to end a hot day driving 450km.

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Mr R & Mrs I - Devon
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
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Hakusembe Lodge review

Only stayed one night as a stopover. Good position on Okovango but limited seating outside.

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Mrs. L & family - Kent
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
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Has great potential...

On reaching the lodge we saw a lovely river frontage, well kept gardens, pleasant bar and patio area. We were disappointed to find that our individual huts, looked good on the outside , but were not prepared fpr our arrival! We opened the doors to find numerous large wasps inside, the insect door netting had holes , the rear bathroom window had been left open, & the manager had to spray our rooms heavily, so it was some time before we could enter our rooms.

Staff seemed casual, but some made an effort eventually! However the river boat guide Michael was very courteous & knowledgeable.
Vegetarian meals promised but did not materialise. Food not great.

This lodge has the potential to be great, but dark rooms need updating , more care with food & general running of the place.

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Ms S & Ms H - Norwood
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Very relaxing stop-over location

Pleasantly surprised by the location and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to relax, with a view.

Rooms basic but comfortable.

Dining room a little crowded for buffet eating but food was nice. Entertaining boat trip on the river - this was our first and retrospectively least exciting, but a pleasant introduction to river life.

Sandy roads to the camp a little deep at times.

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Mr & Mrs S from Norfolk
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Rooms:
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Hakusembe Lodge review

The lodge was still recovering from the floods in May. However other than the owners dog mess that was everywhere we had a great stay.

The people were very helpful particularly in the morning as we had to renegotiate a difficult route as a bridge had been washed away.

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Mr & Mrs L from Sheffield
Arrived on: 13-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Average
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Service:
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Food:
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Ngandu Safari Lodge Rundu **** note change

Considering this was our 3rd address in Rundu due to flooding , we were happy for 1 night, even with a barbed wire fence interrupting our view over the flooded river Kavango to Angola!

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Expert Africa comments

Due to flooding, we had to arrange for these travellers to be moved from Hakusembe River Lodge to Ngandu Safari Lodge.

Mr & Mrs A from Hants
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Angola overlooked

Well appointed chalets in well tended (but incongruously watered green) gardens. Kettle and fridge supplied but bring your own supplies. Dinner was simple and well cooked and well presented, but not the individually prepared cordon bleu standard advertised. On the other hand, breakfast was the best we had.

Activities were limited to river cruises which gave an interesting insight into Angola. A second day would have been difficult to occupy. Useful overnight stop between Caprivi and Etosha.

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Dr R & Dr M - North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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smart lodge

all the marks I have awarded here are excellent but my overall score is good...I wonder why? we had genuinely been trying to get a twin bedded room. there was a bit of confusion as to which chalet we would get...the one we got was extremely nice but this was one of the rare instances when our twin bedded strategy did not work well...large double plus small extra! this gets one of my rare excellent for food scores...because it was the best food and best cooked kudu I had in any of this type of lodge. a bit like Ndhovu, I'm not convinced this was an exciting place to stay...but certainly relaxing with a nice deck over the river.

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Hakusembe Lodge review

We were met on arrival by the very friendly, lovable and boisterous Labrador, Sally, and Eddie (the deputy manager, we believe). We loved Hakusembe, and would highly recommend it, but there were some areas where we were disappointed.

We were given the two –tier 'honeymoon chalet' which also serves as the owners' residence when on site. This is the problem. The downstairs living room and upstairs bedroom with balcony overlooking the river were lovely but the kitchen looked as if someone had just abandoned it (half used washing-up liquid, fridge not clean) and the bathroom had part used cakes of soap and the owners' wash puff hanging in the shower. The under-sink cupboard was full of their toiletries – drawers in the living room contained papers left behind. It felt a bit like camping out in someone's home which had been grudgingly lent to us. We'd have been so disappointed if we'd been on honeymoon; as it was we just felt a bit uncomfortable.


The grounds were very pretty and other accommodation all looked good, despite the fact there was still some post-flood clearing up ongoing- this appeared to be carried out to a very high standard, despite Sally's attempts to add paw-prints in the cement!

Food was good, but despite them knowing about my cheese allergy I was told 'tonight you'll enjoy Steak Cordon Bleu' – I don't think so – in the event a plain steak was provided – however this was what they'd served me for lunch too. Perhaps because so many people only stay one night there seemed to be little attempt to co-ordinate meals.

Evening champagne cruises were excellent (free if staying more than one night) and the lunch time boat trip with food cooked on the boat is very highly recommended – it's a shame so many people only stay 1 night and miss the opportunity to do this; seeing life (human and animal) on the river was fantastic. We saw excellent wildlife, including Otters, and loads of great birds, and learnt a lot about how people in this area (in both countries) live.

Thanks to Eddie for everything, including returning our room key to Ghaub.

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