Reviews of Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
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Crocodile for dinner
Less personal than other accommodation due to size and government ownership but perfectly acceptable for a stop-off in the area. Good size rooms in blocks of 8, 4 back to back with the front 4 overlooking the valley and the back 4 facing the rock the Lodge is built into.
On request, staff moved us to quieter room as pathways link all rooms leading to Reception. Despite its size, from a distance the main reception building and blocks of rooms blend in very well to the surroundings. Rooms facing rock are quite dark and shower facilities are basic and could do with refurbishment but everything was clean.
Wonderful raised open air bar area with adjacent dining room giving spectacular views over the landscape. Breakfast and dinner served buffet style with plenty of choice of roast meats - incuding crocodile (which tastes like gamey chicken!). Fuel at nearby airstrip very useful. Hired bikes to go exploring but gravel roads don't make for a very comfortable cycle ride.
As we left the next morning (9.30am), saw 3 mature desert elephants eating from a branch snapped off a tree in a dry river bed next to the Abu Habib campsite.
Expert Africa comments
We just wanted to clarify that Twyfelfontien Country Lodge is not a government owned lodge. It is actually a joint venture between Namibia County Lodges and theTwyfelfontein Uibasen Community, with financial and other benefits going to the community as a consequence.
We do acknowledge that it's size does tend to make it more difficult for them to offer the very personal service that a smaller lodge can provide, although the staff are always very friendly. They do however, offer good value for money, and have a great location for visiting the rock engravings, and tracking the desert-adapted elephants that live in the dry river beds in this area of southern Damaraland.
A scenic hideaway
The approach to the Lodge is by way of a 'D' class road which we felt, in hindsight, would have been better tackled in a 4 x 4 vehicle. However, after a bumpy drive, the Lodge doesn't disappoint. Our chalet was hot, although a ceiling fan kept the air circulating. We did not need the woollen blankets provided! The room was comfortable and clean with a fantastic view, particularly at sunrise.
The evening meal, a buffet, was good, but did not cater for younger tastebuds. A highlight was the after-dinner entertainment, when many of the staff, still in uniform, performed local songs. Breakfast was good, with plenty of choice.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
(Would recommend other travellers are booked on at least a half board basis since there is nowhere else in the vicinity to take an evening meal).