Hobatere Lodge

Reviews of Hobatere Lodge

Excellent(94%) From 26 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 26 of our travellers who have visited Hobatere Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs P from Purley
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Enjoy a quiet location

Very quiet and very welcoming. Very good night drives. The hide in the middle of the "plains" was a good experience.

We had a nightime visitor in the lodge in the form of an elephant but did not cause too moch damage!

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Mr & Mrs L from Huntingdon
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Food:
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Hobatere Lodge review

This is a lovely place to stay and relax for a night or two. The birds in the garden provide hours of entertainment.

The staff were particularly helpful in trying to locate a new tyre for our rental car - thanks very much.

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Mr J & Mrs P and Mr C & Mrs R - Wembley
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
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Very pleasant relaxing place to stay

Didn't see much game here, but enjoyed the guided morning walk. Very friendly relaxed atmosphere, good food, and very comfortable lodge.

Electricity was provided by a generator which went off quite early in the evening, and could perhaps be left on a bit longer.

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Mr & Mrs. C - Lancashire
Arrived on: 4-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Poor
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Enigma Lodge

A sense of humour is essential if you are to stay at Hobatere Lodge. Elctrical Power is only available between 1700 and 2200 hours, the rooms
were probably designed by Basil Fawlty or Mr.Bean. A huge branch of a tree is positioned on the bed head at the exact position to render one
unconscious should one sit up quickly.
The Tree House looks as though it was constucted by a troop of baboons, during our stay a couple who had booked the "Tree House"
refused point blank to stay there.
A coach party arrived on our last day, and this did not improve matters.

The highlight of Hobatere was the waterhole, superb photo opportunities, Elephant, Oryx, Kudu, Hartmann,s Mountain Zebra and many more,
super.

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Expert Africa comments

We were sorry to hear that the rooms at Hobatere were not what these travellers would have liked, but we were delighted to hear that the photo opportunities made up for this.

We are aware that the Tree House at Hobatere is very, very basic and consequently only offer this to the ‘right’ people. We fear that the people who were supposed to stay there when these travellers were at the main lodge, had not been briefed fully on its ‘rusticness’ by their agent.

Mr D & Mrs G - St Albans
Arrived on: 1-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Hobatere Lodge review

This was a very friendly lodge. They don't have animals in the same numbers as in Etosha itself, but we really enjoyed the game drives.

The rooms were lovely, the food was excellent and serving staff were really friendly and helpful. It was nice to have buffet style meals as the amount of meat was becoming too much by this point on our trip, so it was great to see some vegetables!

The owners drove us out to the hide one day and left us for 2 hours, which was lovely as we saw an elephant (as well as looots of zebra, oryx, springbok etc). The lookout point from the main lodge was also good, and pool lovely. It was all set out very nicely.
A very enjoyable stay.

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Mr & Mrs S - Tunbridge Wells
Arrived on: 24-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Out-of-the-way lodge in interesting reserve.

Took us well off our route but just about worth it. Very pleasant atmosphere in and around the lodge inc. two lovely tame rescued genets they had reared (but about to be released into wild). Did not see very much wild life on the daytime game drive, perhaps unluckily, but the night time drive was a good initiative (inc. spotter sitting on front of vehicle with powerful torch) on which we saw a number of different smaller animals including several bat-eared foxes.

The 'water hole' viewing building was good but the hole - seemingly natural and possibly a cut-off section of a river - was far too distant from it with animals disappearing from view when going down to the water. The bill we had to pay at the end was rather high when in many places it was fairly nominal.

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Mr & Mrs. O from Jersey
Arrived on: 30-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Hobatere Lodge review

Less frills than some of the other accommodation we stayed in but the warm welcome, food, hide and night drive more than made up for this.

A great introduction to wildlife prior to Etosha.

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Mr & Mrs Falcon - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 5-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Hobatere Lodge review

Difficult to fault. A memorable visit. If only all the guides at all the lodges were as knowledgeable as Stephen Brain!

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The Pririt Batis from Kent
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Hobatere Lodge review

An excellent value stay. A warm welcome from our hosts, and friendly service and help throughout or stay both from our hosts and from staff.

A delightful site, with gardens, plenty of places to sit, including an upstairs louge with a view - and animals (elephants while we were there) wandering through the compound as you sleep.

The refurbished chalets are very comfortable - well-equipped & tastefully decorated. The one shortcoming is the limitation on electricity, with no supply to the chalets after 10pm. This has limited impact (we were asleep by 10pm anyway), but it does mean that air conditioning and fridges are not possible - but even these shortcomings do not matter too much when there is a good breeze in the evening.

Excellent game drive, with plenty to see, and enjoyable time in the two waterhole hides.

Super food. and a warm welcome (throughout our stay) from hosts and staff alike. Strongly recommended.

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The Aardwolves from Middlesex
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Hobatere Lodge review

This private lodge provided our first game experience and the guide Martin was superb.

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