Frans Indongo Lodge

Reviews of Frans Indongo Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 54 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 54 of our travellers who have visited Frans Indongo Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Damara Dik Dik Family - Kent
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Modern lodge - efficient and friendly

This was our last place. Having had the wonderful locations of all the other lodges, this was the least scenically located in some ways. But we had been spoilt! We were very warmly welcomed by the very courteous owners - a young and dedicated couple with a small child to look after too.

The staff were all delightful and spoilt my husband on his birthday morning with flowers, candles and a birthday note at breakfast - our last day! The rooms were very clean, big ,airy and modern and although lacking the individual charms of other lodges, they were of a very high standard. Our three sons did watch some TV , for example, having not done so for weeks! But the Olympics were still on!! They were modern rooms in the sense of having the mod-cons! I guess they felt more European than African in some ways.

Views out to the game area were great from a huge deck. One felt slightly that the imported animals eg camels and a few from S, Africa, made it more zoo-like. I think, because we arrived after a lot of travelling and having seen very wild parts of the country, it all seemed more tame and controlled than other places. But we took a lovely walk around the nearby hills on the owner's very good instructions, and got back to the feeling of wild bush again! We didn't take a guided ride anywhere with the lodge as we had done that elsewhere and we were spending one day at the Cheetah Conservation Fund ourselves. By now, we also had to watch how much we were spending!!!

However, we were very impressed by the owners' attentiveness to our needs and it was easy to discuss options with them and they were most helpful. As my husband said, it was a great place to stay in en route back to Windhoek, not too far off the beaten track, and yet still with views from the deck out to bush. I think I hankered for the offbeat, quirkier style of some of the other places, but that is a totally individual thing.

I loved Frans Indongo's big fireplace and big deck and we got talking to staff who also sang one night which was lovely. Good feeling amongst the female staff and this reflects well upon the German/Namibian young couple who clearly work so hard to run the lodge. We would like to praise them all. Very well run and when the electricity went down, the owners were so kind and apologetic and it really didn't matter to us. I felt for the kitchen staff! Thank-you for all you did for us. Astrid, the wife in the owner-team, couldn't have been more thoughtful in wrapping up presents individually for my husband's birthday. Her husband was very helpful all the time and extremely organised in everything. We wish them well and their family.

Visit to Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) - Stephen was our guide for the morning and he proved to be a charming, informative and quietly spoken man. His wife cooked our delicious lunch and they treated us like royalty. Once again, we couldn't get over how well we were looked after. We met the owner too and perhaps we represent only a handful of tourists taking this Bellebeno Safari - it IS expensive after all!! Saw cheetah very close and had private tour. If you don't do this tour, not sure how close you will get to cheetah, except for the ones in the penned area next tot he centre. So you need to spend on this trip to make the long drive there worth it.

Stephen's wife and Stephen were so kind and we all got welll, exchanging information about our respective countries. Very well run centre and the museum is excellent. But to go all that way just to see cheetah fed or to watch them run, would be pointless I feel,. Need to splash out on a tour having got all that way. Interesting to know that dogs are now used to prevent cheetah attacks on herds of goat/sheep. We learnt a lot that day.

Staying at Frans Indongo made it really good to get to. Again, boys won't forget this one.

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Meerkats from Thame - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Frans Indongo was pure luxury and a real treat.

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The Waterbuck family from Salisbury
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Good place for a stopover

We liked it here - it was stopover en route to the airport and we got the impression many of the other guests were using it as a stopover at the beginning of their trips - en route to Etosha. Large percentage of German guests and a German manager, but he was extremely good - understood exactly where we were at (long drive from Namutoni after morning in Etosha = tired and dirty!).

Form the sound of it, the game drive would have been good if we'd had the time to go on it.

Friendly staff and very good food.

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The Aardwolves from Middlesex
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A very warm and informative welcome; the dining room was very atmospheric for the evening meal and beautifully served.

We found the pace of the game-drive a little fast but we did see Rhino + baby - wow!

Nothing was too much trouble and checking flights etc was dealt with efficiently and in a very helpful manner - thanks.

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Mr & Mrs. C - Lancashire
Arrived on: 23-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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We loved the style and impeccable condition of this camp, and only wished we had arranged to stay longer.

The food and the chalet were the highest quality of the whole trip. Finding the white rhino on the drive was a bonus.

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Keen walkers from Therfield
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Beautifully done

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Mr & Ms Rockjumper from London
Arrived on: 23-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Frans Indongo Lodge

The only reason for our being at Frans Indongo Lodge was to use it as a base to visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund. We had made several phone calls in advance to arrange things but when we arrived, we discovered problems. So we had to settle for a quick visit to the education centre and a walk around the facilities at the CCF. This was very disappointing - we don't know whose fault it was, but visitors should be warned. A jeep ride through the open areas to see cheetahs needs to be planned in advance, and the weekends can be a problem. Also Frans Indongo Lodge is quite a long drive away from the CCF.

The Lodge was luxurious and comfortable and the service was good. There was a largish group of tourists there when we were, and it may be the sort of place that attracts groups because of its facilities and ease of access.

Breakfast was very good. We bought our own food for dinner (from a nearby town) and the room was very spacious and comfortable to eat in.

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Expert Africa comments

The guests have raised a very valid point and we have since revised our pre-booking information that we send out to our travelers. Visitors staying at Frans Indongo who want to visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) are now informed that any cheetah activities at the CCF must be booked well in advance. These activities are very popular and can get fully booked. However, guests wanting to visit the education centre only can drop-by without a booking.

Astrid & Alf, the managers at Frans Indongo Lodge, have asked us to point out that they do not encourage their guests to bring food into their rooms. They are not equipped with self-catering facilities and for hygiene reasons they request that travelers only eat in the dining room.

Astrid and Alf also mentioned that they very seldom have large groups coming to stay with them and that they cater, in the main, for self-drive clients.

The Eagle family from Quarry
Arrived on: 3-Jan-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Frans Indongo Lodge review

A nice clean and efficient camp which offered a relaxing one night stay between other places.

We didn't do the game drive as we thought it would be a bit 'tame' after Etosha and it was nice sitting watching the waterhole instead.

The lodge is 15mins from a Cape Griffin conservation project which offered a very enjoyable and informative couple of hours (although we were informed that the project is moving to another farm which will mean it will be about an hrs. drive from the lodge - not so convenient).

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Mr & Mrs J and Mr & Mrs L
Arrived on: 25-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Frans Indongo Lodge review

This is more like a very upmarket hotel than a lodge but as such it was excellent. It was my birthday when we arrived and my daughter had emailed them to see if they could do anything to celebrate it and they really were lovely. There was champagne and 4 glasses in the room - flowers on the bed - and they had made a huge chocolate cake which we had with a cup of tea. My only caveat is that the animal side is more like woburn safari park but if you disregard that and just see it as a restful and fairly luxurious end to the holiday then that's OK.

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Miss R & Mr N - Surrey
Arrived on: 25-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Frans Indongo Lodge is the best

Fabulous way to finish off our holiday. Great accommodation, amazing food, very good service and good value for money
had two trips, one game drive which we enjoyed althoughit is a very different setting to etendeka and etosha.

Felt the driver got a bit close to the rhinos. Not so concerned for our personal safetly, more that we were encroaching on their space.

Well organised trip to the CCF. If you do go to CCF make sure you see the orphans in the very large enclosures (has to be booked via lodge) rather than just those few in intensive care in the centre. Very relaxing last couple of days.

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