Desert Homestead

Reviews of Desert Homestead

Good(90%) From 71 travellers
Excellent
43
Good
23
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 71 of our travellers who have visited Desert Homestead, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr C & Mrs L - Kent
Arrived on: 7-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Desert Homestead review

Excellent location near to Sossusvlei with stunning views.

Over three nights the evening meal varied from average to very good.

We found the service oppressive. A constant stream of unwelcome conversations, when we preferred to be left alone to do our own thing. Took an age for them to sort out a very simple bill and I was hauled back form the car park on departure, being wrongly told that I had to pay for evening meals when the booking was for half board.

It was very cold and windy overnight and early morning, so be prepared. I thought it was just me but the breakfast waitress was wearing a woolly hat and gloves. By mid morning it was sunny and warm for a day at the dunes.

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Mrs W - London
Arrived on: 5-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Desert Homestead review

Wonderful setting with stunning views from the room and the terrace area, with very welcoming and helpful staff. The decor in the rooms is rustic but with all the facilities needed. The food was home cooking in style but tasty and with generous portions and the breakfast pack was a great touch which enabled us to head off to Sossusvlei for sunrise.

We really enjoyed the sundowner horse ride - Abel was a great guide and the horses suitable to our (in)experience.

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The M Family -London
Arrived on: 27-Dec-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
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Desert Homestead review

We thought the service at Desert Homestead was excellent and the staff friendly and well-organised. The atmosphere engendered meant that the guests communicated with each other in a way that just doesn't seem to happen at Canon Lodge.

The food was probably the best among the commercial lodges.

My family very much enjoyed the sundowner ride.

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Mr R from UAE
Arrived on: 22-Dec-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Desert Homestead - comfortable and inviting

We felt very comfortable and at home at Desert Homestead. Friendly staff, beautiful views, well appointed and homey chalets and main lodge.

A very easy place to spend some time.

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Mr J & Family - Cape and Botswana
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Desert Homestead review

Superb !
Setting, location, rooms all beyond expectations !

The only comment I would make would be that the "en-suite" toilet facilities were actually "in room" - as these were shared rooms, most of us preferred the privacy of the toilet facilities in the main building, with the ability to close a door when entering the toilet !

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Mr W & Ms W from Netherlands
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Desert Homestead review

Good location from which to explore the Sossusvlei area.

The walking trail from camp is wonderful at sunset.

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Mr & Mrs K - Nottingham
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Desert Homestead review

Brilliant accommodation in the middle of nowhere - acres of sky and millions of stars. Staff very polite and welcoming. Nice touches, e.g. cold drink served on arrival, hot water bottles brought round to bungalows, wake-up calls in morning.

On morning of visit to dunes light breakfast available on site and packed lunch (very good - substantial but healthy too) provided for later on.

Evening meal very good too.

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Mr C & Mrs C and family - Sheffield
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Desert Homestead review

Lovely welcome here, met in the car park and taken to reception for a welcome drink. Cases were taken down to our rooms while we did the mountain walk in time to see the stunning sunset. Food absolutely beautiful here, excellent quality. Ordered early breakfast pack in order to be able to go to Sesriem, which was good. Also ordered a lunch pack to take with us, $80 each which was perhaps a little over priced.

One thing to note is that there are no electric sockets in the room . Although there were plenty of plug sockets up in the main lodge for people to charge cameras and phones, you couldn't really go up there to dry your hair!

Didn't take part in any of the activities there.

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Ms N & Mr S - Bristol
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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A very green desert

The rooms were basic but with character which suited us. They were also clean and well maintained. The food took the form of a fixed menu, so there was no choice. However, it was very good quality and nicely cooked, so for a short stay was fine.

We decided to book a 4WD trip to Sossusvlei instead of taking our 2WD car as far as we could and then taking the 4WD bus for the last bit. The trip was expensive, but worth it as we saw parts of the dunes and canyon we never would have found on our own. There had been a lot of rain earlier in the year, so some of the first dunes in the park were disappointingly green. However, they got more red the closer you got to Sossusvlei so the photo opportunites got better as the day went on. Our guide was first class, giving us details of the local floara and fauna as well as drawing a great diagram on a sand dune to explain their formation.

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Mrs & Prof R - Southampton
Arrived on: 23-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Desert Homestead review

Friendly staff, particularly the knowledgable and helpful guide with whom we chatted in the evenings. However, an early breakfast ordered the night before on the guide's advice only arrived much later, delaying us in getting away to Sossussvlei. Food at dinner was terrible, and other guests were complaining as well. One dish of "lamb stew" was so tough it was inedible, and we are not normally fussy. The dining area is the furthest possible distance from the kitchen, so food is tepid when it arrives.

The cabins have nice views across the plains, but paths to the restaurant are poorly lit in places and it would be easy to trip over steps. Lighting is a major issue - by 7.30, dinner was over and the cavernous, gloomy, freezing dining room/lounge was deserted except for a few staff, but the poor lighting made in impossible to read there or in the cabins. The cabin doors and windows need better fastenings (they rattled and banged all night in the wind and kept us awake), and hot water bottles would be nice!

Horse riding is on offer, but we were unable to try it because of the weather.

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