Reviews of Central Lodge
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
One night stopover.
Well appointed hotel for a one night stopover. The ambience of a small and typical Southern African town on a Sunday afternoon could be felt.
During the day while driving down from Bagatelle, we visited Quiver Tree Forest, Giants Playground which are well worth a visit. Fish River on the way to Brukkaros was dry and no birds could be spoted.
Central Lodge at Keetmanshoop
Beautiful location. Driving down dusty street looking for the hotel, and were whisked into cool interior, Rooms laid out round courtyard with fountain and palm trees!
We also enjoyed going to Naute Dam after leaving the next morning. Spent a quiet morning there with refreshments supplied by pleasant English couple - great way to spend the Sunday morning.
Central Lodge Review
This was comfortable and more than adequate. It was perhaps more of a motel, or in the UK a Travel Lodge, that is more a base to stay to see interesting sites round about.
In particular we went to the Quiver Tree forest just before sunset and the Giant's Playground both of which were well worth the short trip. Very atmospheric (if not a little spooky).
We were lucky in that when we went to the farm office to pay we were told the cheetahs were being fed. We did not know there were rescued cheetahs on the farm, it is only mentioned in the Bradt guide under the accommodation section that we had not read. We were treated to the spectacle of two fully grown cheetahs enjoying their rock dassies for dinner from a distance of about six feet. The young lad who showed us round was obviously proud of them and very willing to talk about them and the farm
A passable stop-over
A bit of a disappointment. When we arrived we were told emphatically that we did not have a reservation by a very snooty young receptionist. However an older lady who was just going off duty quietly got the file and showed her colleague the booking from Wilderness Safaris with a handwritten note on it saying 'reserve room 8'. As room 8 had already been let, we were finally given a rather tatty room at the back of the hotel. But at least we didn't have to sleep in the Nissan!
The younger receptionist treated us to icy indifference for the rest of our stay, as though her loss of face was our fault.
Stopover at Central Lodge
Convenient stop on the way to Fish River Canyon in clean, comfortable lodge. Friendly and helpful staff and plumbing problem was dealt with quickly.Read more about the whole trip
Central Lodge review
Good location and lovely courtyard area and pool area. Room was fine, perhaps a little dated in places and the toilet plumbing was not working very well.
Breakfast was of a much poorer standard to the Rivendell guesthouse. Evening meal was eaten at the hotel and was very nice and service was also good, so overall pretty happy with the place but nothing was exceptional about it.
Central Lodge review
terrible towels,s mall and worn out, otherwise convenient and goodRead more about the whole trip
Central Lodge Keetmanshoop
The main road from South Africa to Nambia was also under going upgrading and we had to take a 30 mile (approximately) detour along the worst gravel track I have ever been on. I doubt if this could have been done with an ordinary saloon car. None were to be seen. I was so glad that we had ordered a 4 X 4 .
Border crossing formalities were uneventful.
At the hotel we had another nice comfortable and quiet room off the courtyard. Also enjoyed a very good meal in the restaurant with an equally good wine!
We then made an early start the following morning and drove up to Brukkaros and were able to drive almost to the rim of the "pseudo" volcano which was something we were keen to do.
A nice little stop-over at Central Lodge.
A worthwhile stopover for seeing the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants' Playground. We found Bill Cllinton (pet wart-hog at ticket 'office')) more amenable than the warden!
Exceptional value dinner at Central Lodge. Also, lodge well situated for buying supplies from local supermarket across the road.