Hoodia Desert Lodge

Reviews of Hoodia Desert Lodge

Excellent(97%) From 52 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 52 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.
Mr G & Ms L - from Edinburugh to Namibia
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

We stayed in room 1 for two nights. A beautiful little chalet with terrace, surrounded by the mountains. Lovely sunsets and only a 25 minute drive to Sesriem gate. Inside and outside bathrooms.

Excellent food and extremely good wine (complimentary on our first night but so tasty we ordered again the next night). We were served by very attentive staff (perhaps slightly too attentive, but there weren't many guests staying!).

There was a nice communal area to relax in, both inside the main building and outside by the pool.
They were happy to serve breakfast at 6am to allow for a sunrise arrival at Sesriem gate.
The stars were amazing. We saw some mountain zebra on our drive out to Sesriem.

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Mr & Mrs J from Coventry
Arrived on: 12-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sets the standard for lodge hospitality

From his welcome with cold drinks and warm smiles to his insistence on taking time as we left to print out his recommendations of where - and where not - to eat in Swakopmund, Thomas was a most attentive and engaging host.

The setting is stunning, the communal areas are spacious and luxurious, the thatched bungalows are compact but comfortable and well-appointed, the staff are friendly and attentive, and the food is exceptional. We can't remember eating a better steak than the one served on our first night, and we could have eaten the home-made bread all day.

Our excursion to Sossusvlei next morning involved a 6:15 start after a full breakfast at 5:30. Petrus, our driver and guide, explained the formation of the spectacular landscape; showed us the insects, the reptiles, the birds and the animals; led us up the ridge of Big Daddy dune - slowly - and showed us how to descend into Dead Vlei - quickly. The "picnic lunch" that followed was a splendid affair - table cloth and linen napkins, chilled wine, and delicious food to Hoodia standards. A memorable day was finished off by a walk into Sesriem Canyon before a return to Hoodia - and a welcome with hot towels from Thomas - ten hours after we had set off. It was a memorable day.

Thomas and Henreza and their cheerful hard-working team really do set the standard for lodge hospitality.

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Mr & Mrs D - Cheltenham
Arrived on: 25-May-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

The best!

From welcome by Thomas Becker and every aspect was excellent.

Although we didn't go on the Lodge excursion to Sossusvlei ( too long a walk for me to Dead Vlei) Thomas suggested exactly what we should do, provided us with picnic lunch and folding chairs.

Food was beautifully presented and delicious

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Miss D and Mr B from London
Arrived on: 12-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Spectacular location

Stunning location with spectacular views. Stunning chalets, we both absolutely loved the outdoor shower!

The staff couldn't have been more helpful, especially when we returned really late for dinner due to sunset horse riding experience. They were still extremely cheerful as they served us dinner.

It was a great location to experience all that Sesriem has to offer and then come back and relax by the pool.

Additionally, amazing having so many birds living by the lodge and we loved seeing all the Springbok on the long drive from the road.

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Mr & Mrs C from Basingstoke
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing stay at Hoodia Desert Lodge

First of our stops out on the road. The setting for the lodge is incredible with very expansive views of the surrounding mountains and desert - we were lucky to get room no. 1 at the end of the row with unobstructed views out to the west - ideal for watching the sunset. Being British, when we got to the gate and saw it was closed we assumed it was locked and it took us a few minutes to realise that just pulling it across to open! We'll blame this on the long drive and having come from Windhoek where locked security gates were the norm!

On reaching the lodge we received a very genuine welcome from the owners and staff. Food was excellent - probably the best meals of the whole holiday and this was preceded by drinks on the terrace overlooking the dry river bed. Dietary requirements were noted and respected with no need for reminders (not always the case in other places). Excellent wine selection at reasonable prices.

Highlight of our stay was the day trip to Sossusvlei. Our guide for the day was lodge owner Thomas as his regular guide was on holiday and he gave us a truly memorable day out, sharing his knowledge of the area and the country as a whole. Although the day was rather overcast for photography, this made it much easier for climbing sand dunes and the walk to Dead Vlei which we were lucky enough to get all to ourselves - again due to good planning by Thomas. Mid morning drinks and lunch were served with style and panache - true African luxury! A long day was rounded off by a walk at Sesriem Canyon. Although this trip may seem expensive we felt it was worth every penny.

Rooms were quite warm but this may have been due to power cuts affecting the air conditioning - not a regular occurrence. Outside bath and shower were fantastic and we saw warthogs, steenboks, springboks and baboons nearby.

Hoodia was everything we hoped for and more.

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Family trip - Worcestershire
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoodia is a first rate lodge

Specifically recommended to us by Expert Africa, Hoodia is a first rate lodge giving convenient access to Sesriem.

Highly recommended.

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Mr & Mrs L - Staffordshire
Arrived on: 29-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

Lovely lodge outside Sossusvlei so entrance and exit to the park was limited. Not much to do apart fom seeing the park so perhaps 1 night spent actually inside the park would have provided better photo opportunities.

Food was superb - especially the imaginative vegetarian meals.

With temperatures of 45C it was extremely HOT!! The AC in the room failed to work apparently it was 'too hot for it'! Thankfully it eventually worked at some time in the night when the temperature fell a little.

Wifi was available - pleasant surprise.

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Mrs S & Ms C - Hampshire
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

Very attentive welcome from the manager,and we really thought our room 9 (at the far end had a fantastic view) and was the best available,thanks for organising it!

The room was fine,though because the bed was in the middle it seemed quite small,but cleverly arranged.Fine desert view from the bathroom outside.

They set up a excellent picnic lunch to take to the dunes,and had a good wine list ,and nicely presented food in the dining room.
the situation is good ,reasonably near the dunes,which is a help in the early morning.

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Mr C & Mrs K - Leicestershire
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

This is a really nice lodge with a good restaurant. The cabin rooms are well set up comfortable reasonably spacious and private. The outside shower (there is an inside one also) is tastefully shielded for view and great after a hot day on the dunes. The only thing that lets it down is the lack of lighting on the sandy pathway and the need to use torches provided to go to dinner.

The service is really good though and there is WiFi in the reception.

It is well placed for visiting the dunes but only accessible in either direction over about 300Km of gravel road. The one between Sesriem and Walvis bay is particularly bad especially at the Sesriem end.

The Service station in Sesriem is convenient for petrol and also deals with tyres.

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Mr & Mrs D - Toronto
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

Very nice lodge. Attentive staff. Good food. No delay in service.

Great base to explore Sossusvlei.

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