Vingerklip Lodge, named from the famous rock pinnacle, provides a good base in the area
Vingerklip Lodge: Our full report
Vingerklip Lodge sits on a hilltop approximately 1km from the striking Vingerklip ('finger of stone' or 'rock finger') from which it derives its name. At 35m high, the Vingerklip is one of the most impressive sedimentary rock formations in Namibia. From the vantage point of the lodge, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding sandstone mountains, plateaux and valleys known as the Ugab terraces.
None of the Expert Africa team has visited Vingerklip Lodge personally, but here is what we know about it:
Built of wood, stone and thatch, Vingerklip Lodge has 24 thatched bungalows spread out in pairs along the adjacent hillside. Each of the rooms has an en-suite bathroom, twin or double beds, a private terrace, a fan, mosquito nets and a safe to lock valuables. Five of the bungalows are designed for family groups with loft accommodation for two children. In addition, there are two luxury units with a small kitchen.
Recently added, and set on top of the natural terraces, is a new luxury bungalow, 'Heaven's Gate'. It is an exclusive and secluded unit which is only accessible via a short mountain walk, followed by a 25m climb up a metal staircase. Not for the faint hearted!
The main building of Vingerklip Lodge houses a reception area, a restaurant, bar, small curio shop, lounge and dining room with an open fireplace. There is also a swimming pool with sunloungers, a jacuzzi and a deck from where visitors can enjoy the impressive 360 degree views.
Vingerklip Lodge offers a number of activities. A short walk from the lodge takes you to the base of the Vingerklip itself. Nature drives, guided walks, sundowner trips and visits to a Himba village in the area can also be arranged on request.
Ideal length of stay: Vingerklip Lodge makes a good stop over for one night between Etosha and central Damaraland.
Directions: Vingerklip Lodge is situated about halfway between Khorixas and Outjo, on the D2743 road.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Attitude towards children: Families with children are welcome at Vingerklip Lodge.
Power supply: Generator
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The closest doctor or clinic is in Khorixas but facilities in Outjo would be much better.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk