Hoodia Desert Lodge

Reviews of Hoodia Desert Lodge

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Below are independent comments from 62 of our travellers who have visited Hoodia Desert Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs A with party of five - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoodia was beautiful

On arrival we were greeted by Tomas, owner/manager, who was very charming & welcoming, he explained everything about the lodge.

The rooms were beautiful, and very comfortable.

Excellent food & service.

We went out early in the morning on a desert safari, our guide, Angula, was very knowledgeable & informative. Angula took into account that one of our group was somewhat infirm, and he catered for her needs. Drinks & 'snacks' were lovely.
Lunch was amazing, white tablecloths & napkins, in rings! Everything laid up as though we were in a smart restaurant. A true experience. We had visited the dunes 2 years ago, but this visit was entirely different, and equally as special.

Delicious dinners both evenings, in lovely dining room.

We would all love to go back there, and can really recommend the place.

Tomas also told us that Expert Africa are the best company he deals with!

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Mr N and Mrs J - three weeks in Namibia
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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An excellent stay.

Thomas and his wife, and their staff did everything they could to make us feel welcome.

We would recommend Hoodia unreservedly.

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Mr & Mrs J - Munich
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Celebrated our wedding anniversary here; staff helped make this special. Owner was very friendly and attentive; took the time to book recommended restaurants for us in Swakupmund. Would definitely go back.

Day trip to Sossusvlei was excellent; very good guide.

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Mr & Mrs R from Bristol
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing guide to the dunes!

Wonderful luxury tents in a breathtaking landscape by a river bed.

Dawn start to an exciting day with Angola our guide to the Sesriem dunes, a lovely lunch under a shady tree and finally a walk along the bottom of the Sesriem Gorge!

We were out a total of 11.25 hours!

Wonderful food!


















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Mr J & Ms D - Namibia in July
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful lodge and room. Friendly, helpful staff.

Brilliant tour of dunes and picnic lunch.

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Mr F and family - Belgium
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Marvellous stay in a stunning location

This a clearly a top accommodation. Beautiful tented bungalows in a stunning setting, with both indoor and outdoor bathrooms. The surroundings are jaw-dropping, try to find the lion shaped mountain!

Food is excellent, with home made bread and undoubtly the best desserts in Namibia! Thomas and Herenza are perfect hosts, with special attention for the kids. Thanks for the culinary advice on Swakopmund, these guys have good taste!

We did the Sossusvlei tour, which I would highly recommend and is worth every penny. Angula is an excellent guide and driver. He points out the little desert creatures one would never find and drives you up to the vleis, which avoids taking the touristic 4x4 cars at the end.

Don't think driving yourself up there, even with a 4x4 you get stuck if you don't know the roads. Climbing and descending the dunes is an experience!

The picnic lunch is amazing, a restaurant in the desert. It felt like 'Out of Africa'!
Wonderful stay!


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The M family - Hampshire
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A bit disappointed in Hoodia: much more like an "international hotel", with decoration which was not really Namibian and not the warm welcome we got everywhere else. Staff were on their phones and watching TV instead of attending to guests. We were given the impression we were a bit of a nuisance (we did look a bit scruffy having just slept outside for 2 nights!). They recommended we did not drink the tap water (we safely drank it most places), but did not provide any bottled water in the rooms.

The only place we found this sort of attitude.

Did a good breakfast pack to take to Sossusvlei.

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Mr & Mrs D - Chester
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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This was possible the best lodge we stayed at and the owner was very anxious to make sure our stay was a good experience.

We decided to take the trip to Sossusvlei to save us driving and we were very pleased that we did. The guide was very knowledgeable and the lunch overlooking the dunes was an experience we wouldn't have missed. The trip was unhurried and the driving excellent.

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Mr & Mrs M and Mr & Mrs G - Worthing
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

Wow, this was absolutely the tops. Being welcomed by the owner with drinks at the door was a very nice touch. The remote setting is beautiful, the 12 Bush Chalets are well spaced overlooking a river-bed full of trees and wildlife. In the Lodge and individual rondavels there is attention to detail in every way ( Its no wonder, when you discover that mine host is an interior-designer) There are two bathrooms in each chalet, one inside, one outside (but still nicely private!). Its fun to take a shower under the stars.

Do spoil yourselves and take the luxury Sossusvlei excursion with classy picnic lunch including wine in an ice bucket!

We were totally amazed as the linen tablecloth, china plates and plates of home-cooked food appeared. Even a camp basin with soap and hot-water. Karen Blixen would have been proud of this wonderful set-up.

Angura was a very special and knowledgeable guide and driver. There is an opportunity to climb Big Daddy sand-dune if you wish, but its fun to watch the Tok-tok beetles and White-lady Dancing Spider too. Not to mention the rare Dune Lark, Shovel-snouted Lizard and many other creatures. The Sesriem Canyon can be visited on the way out of the park, the gates close at sunset.

This is such a special place I would particularly recommend it for a Honeymoon or special celebration, maybe not appropriate to bring exuberant young children, although there is a small pool and a drinks patio to oversee it and the sunset!

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Ms B & Ms M - Washington DC
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge Review

Hoodia Desert Lodge was the first stop on our Namibian adventure, and what a way to begin! From the moment of our arrival, when we were greeted with cool towels and drinks, through the moment of our departure, everything about Hoodia was superb. The accommodations are refined. The staff is professional and very service oriented. And the food was incredible--by far the best we had in Namibia and on par with what you would expect from a luxury resort anywhere in the world.

We had a spectacular time on our private Sossusvlei excursion, where our guide Pietros enlightened us on the history and geography of the region, while we climbed dunes, explored canyons, and dined al fresco. (Only one word of caution to visitors: Make sure you ask for directions when departing the lodge. The route isn't signposted and we ended up accidentally exiting through the back of the property, adding an hour's drive time that day.)

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