Grootberg Lodge

Reviews of Grootberg Lodge

Excellent(94%) From 52 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 52 of our travellers who have visited Grootberg Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Ms G from Aberdeen
Arrived on: 3-May-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

This lodge is in a stunning location with an amazing view over the canyon.

Warm welcome and our stone chalet with thatch roof was nice, hot water supplied from 17.00-21.00 h by a wood fired "donkey" boiler which was lit at 15.30 h behind each chalet. Not as peaceful as some lodges as there was a lot of kitchen and staff noise in the main lodge as it is small and mainly open plan.

The staff very friendly and the host Simonetta very attentive. Enjoyed an early morning guided walk on the plateau. We went to the Skeleton Coast from Grootberg but found the road to Torra Bay was closed once we reached the Park ( just over 2 h drove from Grootberg). Saw elephants 10 min from Grootberg which was great.

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Mr M & Mrs P - Hampshire
Arrived on: 17-Dec-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Aspect magnificent.

Of all lodges we thought this was the least professionally run.

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Mr. & Mrs. F - Co. Cork, Ireland
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Cool mountain views

Wonderful location in the mountains with views over the valley.

Staff were in abundance and all from the local community, they were very friendly and helpful and seemed to love working with tourists.

Plenty of activities, including a self guided walk around the plateau, minimum of two night stay here is recommended. Could have stayed here longer.

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Yellow Canaries from Reading
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

What a spectacular location! The drive up the rough track in the Landrover that was sent to collect us from where we had left our own car at the bottom of the mountain prepared us for the excitement of arriving at the top and seeing the view from the Lodge. We felt even more excited when we heard that a leopard's footprints had been seen by the swimming pool the previous morning!

Our cabin was set right on the edge of the escarpment with a fantastic view from its balcony. The cabin itself was comfortable, water heated from a primative wooden furnace outside - the only complaint was that we would have liked to have had a door on the loo. A certain degree of privacy is nice even when sharing a room with your wife/husband.

Again, we had an extremely friendly welcome from all the staff and good food, though embarrassed by the excessively large portions given us which meant that was unnecessary wastage.

The next day we were driven by our guide, Crossley, down into the Klip valley where we saw wildlife, including an elephant,and were particularly fascinated by some of the large quartz crystals he showed us in an outcrop of rock.

In the afternoon, what better place to enjoy the view than our balcony! The swimming pool, immediately above the cliff edge, gave a new experience as numerous swallows wheeled around and skimmed the surface even when one was in the water.

Our car, parked at the bottom of the hill, was cleaned for us before we left.

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Mr. J - Hall
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

wqe really liked this lodge, the view is stupendous.

Food was good and the elephant spotting drive great fun.

This lodge is sponsored by the EU and profits go back to the local community which seemed to promote a good feeling towards tourists

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Mr. J - Erin
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

We adored Grootberg Lodge. The setting is stunning, the chalets are full of character and the atmosphere relaxed. The range of activities was impressive, as was our guide Tobias. Given the remoteness of the location and the time needed to get there, we would recommend three nights here. You will not be disappointed!

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The Sparrowhawks from London
Arrived on: 26-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

We really enjoyed this place immensely.

The setting is breathtaking, the staff were extremely friendly and the food was excellent.

We spent a great day elephant and rhino trekking (with success!) and would definitely recommend this.

The view from our room and from the main lodge building is stupendous, and will forever be etched in our memories.

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Mr F & Mrs V - Kent
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Staring down the valley at Grootberg

We fel privileged to have stayed at this location. Everything from the 4x4 service up to the lodge, the accomodation, the view from the room, the service provided by the staff, food and drink cannot be faulted.

Elephant tracking in the morning was good fun, well-handled and very informative but we would reccomend anyone to take the afternoon drive into the valley where abundant game is on display { we understand the area has/is being gradually restocked both in the valley and the neighbouring conservation area}. Again the guide was very professional and informative.

A place we would be happy to revisit.

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Mr. D - Norman
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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grootberg lodge

does the road up from the pass really need to be that bad? - a bit unnerving even when driven by the staff.

extremely friendly and willing staff ( the entertainment by them was really nice ) , and the villa and facilites were very good. food good ( though perhaps someone should mention to the waitresses that carrying the plates horizontally might stop the food sliding to one half of the plate on the way to the table !)

went on guided walk into valley which was good.

only negative for us was the misfortune to be in a villa next door to a family with two children on the second day. as the lodge is so peaceful and quiet, the noise was very intrusive.
lovely dog.

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Mr J & Ms J - 15 Trip to Namibia
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A real highlight

A wonderfully positioned and interesting lodge with a warm welcome. We hope there will be many more commmunity enterprises like this in the future. We learned much more about contemporary Namibia by speaking with the local staff and guides than in any place we have stayed before and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience in terms of the hospitality and interaction with the local community as well as the natural delights on offer.

Good opportunities for walking and an excellent guided walk to the Klip Springs in the valley was a highlight. Informative and helpful guide made for a fulfiling experience and all in all we didn't want to leave!

The food was excellent and charmingly served. A truly memorable stay all round.

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