Reviews of Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
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Twyfelfontein Lodge review
This was the place we liked the least of all on our trip - we felt it was a bit like a package holiday hotel. On arrival, in the heat of the afternoon and after a hellish drive on the worst roads we experienced in Namibia, we did not feel welcomed or well-treated - what we really wanted was to be shown to our rooms so that we could shower and change and relax.
Instead we were just numbers on a list, told to go to the bar upstairs - we didn't and asked for our room key and what to do with car, staff at reception just not concerned or helpful. When we got to our room we were very disappointed - small hot dark box. Needed something to eat but had missed lunch and had to work to persuade chef to make sandwich.
Overall, food OK but canteen rather than dining room so eating dinner was not a pleasant experience - very crowded and noisy.
Trip to Rock engravings was OK.
Great swimming pool but only 4 sun loungers - for a hotel with 56 bedrooms!
well worth a stop
Fantastic lodge location! Built right into the rocks. COOL To be honest, the san art right in the rocks at the entrance were as good as any we saw at the world heritage site!
Food very good. Singing cooks a nice touch!
Rooms need to be improved! They need to but some of our tourist coin back into up keep!! Looked run down,felt a bit like a cheap motel room to be honest. Fan didn't work etc.
Twyfelfontein Lodge review
The main lodge was nice, however, the rooms were extremely run down, small, not air conditioned as advertised and dirty. The service was also sub-par. We ordered two drinks from the bar and the bartender charged us for a double - he argued with us and insisted that we ordered doubles... he finally backed down after we declined to pay for the double drinks.
On the morning of our departure, one of the cooks asked us for a ride into the next next town while we were ordering our eggs. We had never met this cook before and felt that his request to guests was inappropriated. We suggest that Twyfeltfontein ask their staff not to make such requests to their guests.
Excellent base to tour the local attractions with good , well designed facilities and enjoyable food. For a buffet, dinner is excellent. and service is friendly and efficient.
The rooms, though spacious, seem out of keeping wiht the attractiveness of the main lodge building and as we thought a few years ago could do with a facelift as could the bathrooms where the towels were a bit raggy and felt damp on arrival.
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).