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 many vantage points 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 stayed at Vingerklip Lodge but we popped in for a brief visit in June 2014.
From a pretty landscaped garden, steps lead up to the main building, housing the reception, curio shop, one of the restaurants, a bar and lounge. This main area is largely open sided, and open plan, under a high thatched roof; it’s airy and cool, but a little dark. A well-stocked bar,lies to one side of the reception, along with a lounge area with plenty of seating and views over the bush. To the other side is the restaurant, with individual tables and a large central fireplace. Outside, Vingerklip Lodge makes good use of its hilltop location, with terraced seating areas strategically placed on several levels. A shaded deck alongside the main building, is a perfect spot for sundowners, while at the lodge’s highest point, ‘Ingrid’s Blick’ has a panoramic views, including Vingerklip’s waterhole, where you might be lucky enough to spot kudu, eland, oryx, impala and giraffe.
In between are two swimming pools: one large and U-shaped; the second, smaller. Both have sunloungers and umbrellas offering some welcome shade. Added extras are a jacuzzi, with a bar conveniently next to it, and a fitness room.
For a barbecue dinner with a view, guests head to the Eagle’s Nest, set high on a natural terrace opposite the main building, with stunning views of the Vingerklip and its surroundings. It is reached up several flights of metal steps, so is definitely not for those without a head for heights.
Vingerklip’s 25 bungalows, with whitewashed walls, thatched roofs and private terraces, are perched in pairs along the hillside, linked by stone and concrete pathways. Inside, the décor is modern and stylish, with cool grey/blue walls, and black and white furniture. Animal skins brighten the flagstone floor, and black-and-white dogtooth bolsters add style to the white sheets and black cushions on the bed. The rooms are sophisticated, with interesting bedside lamps, and cool black-and-white armchairs in front of large wardrobes. You can also expect double or twin beds, a white wooden dressing table with a large mirror, air conditioning, mosquito nets, and a safe for locking away valuables. Two ‘luxury’ units also have a small kitchen. The en-suite bathrooms have twin sinks, a shower and huge mirror and a seperate toilet.
Eight of the bungalows are designed for families, with a loft that can accommodate two children. Here you’ll find twin beds with mosquito nets, a pair of armchairs and a table with a great view of the bush. Note, however, that the stairs are very steep, almost a ladder, and although there is a rope handrail, and a railing around the top, there is nothing to stop a child falling down the stairs. Thus we wouldn’t recommend them for young children.
The pinnacle of Vingerklip’s accommodation options is an exclusive and secluded bungalow, ‘Heaven's Gate', perched up alongside the Eagle’s Nest restaurant. It, too, is accessible only via a short mountain walk, followed by a 25m climb up a metal staircase. Not for the faint hearted!
Vingerklip Lodge offers a number of activities. A signposted walk from the lodge to Vingerklip takes around an hour. There are also marked walks around the northern or southern terrace, each taking around two hours, which you can do alone, or with a guide. Nature drives, sundowner trips and visits to a Himba village in the area can also be arranged.
Our ViewVingerklip Lodge is stylish and friendly, with good facilities and a lovely setting. It’s excellent for views of the Vingerklip rock pinnacle, and works well as a stopover, but is a little too far east for visiting the main Damaraland attractions.
Ideal length of stay: Vingerklip Lodge makes a good one-night stopover between Etosha and central Damaraland.
Directions: Vingerklip Lodge is situated about halfway between Khorixas and Outjo, on the D2743 road.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as buffets in the main area, with a barbecue dinner usually available at the Eagle’s Nest. Guests at Heaven’s Gate also have their breakfast in the Eagle’s Nest.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info: No
Attitude towards children: Families with children are welcome at Vingerklip Lodge.
Equipment: There are family bungalows with a loft room for children, although access is not suitable for the very young.
Notes: Vingerklip Lodge is built on several different levels, with some uneven pathways and unfenced pools, making it better suited to older children. Children should be fine as long as they are under supervision at all times.
Power supply: Solar Power
Power supply notes: Back-up generator
TV & radio: No.
Water supply: Borehole
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
Security measures: There are security guards on duty day and night.
Laundry facilities: Laundry is available at an extra cost.
Money: There are safes in every room.