Reviews of Zebra River Lodge
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A beautiful place to unwind
From our initial greeting with Gail & Jana we were assured of a relaxed stay. It was nice to be in this beautiful location for two nights, it gave us time to unwind and get into the Namibian pace of life.
We enjoyed eating with the other guests and hosts, a real eclectic mix making for a pleasant evening of conversation. Marianne & Rob were very helpful giving us ideas of where to visit and routes for our onward journey.
All the staff were happy and nothing was too much trouble for them, I hope to return someday.
Gem of a lodge in wonderful terrain, a must!
I arrived, unsually, very, very early am but was made to feel very welcome - tea and melt in your mouth muffin!
Marianne and Rob were very warm hosts - the quality of their care for creating a friendly environment was palpable from their care of the surroundings, the ambience of meal times, the careful seating of people, outstanding cooking and, most noticably, a team of staff who clearly cared about their work, not only because it was important to them but because thet felt respected by and cared for by Marianne and Rob as their managers.
Varied walks in really interesting terrain - great pools for skinny dipping. It came highly recommended and it deserves all the recommendation it is given as a lodge - which is down to Rob and Marianne and their staff.
A very biased view as we know we were treated royally as our daughter spent some months of her Gap Year here.
Rob and Marianne continue to be welcoming, informative hosts. Nothing is too much trouble for them. The food is fantastic - hot, fresh bread 3 times a day! - and the chat around the dining table between visitors of all nationalities could put the United Nations to shame!
"Lidsten to the silence" is their slogan and I have to say that it is deafening! A beautiful, beautiful place to unwind.
Zebra River Lodge review
An interesting location, a warm welcome, pleasant walking within much of it within the average persons capabilities.Read more about the whole safari
A beautiful chill-out
A perfect chill-out spot, it had all the elements for relaxing: very comfortable, excellent company and food, and lots of gentle things to do.
We spent a lot of time absorbing the fascinating geology, and talking to the staff and other guests. Unfortunately the owner was not there, as they were arranging his Mother's funeral.
Wonderful individual lodge in stunning region
This was the most amazing place to arrive at as our first "lodge". Gail (the American lady who was in charge whilst owners were away) was delightful; spoke with us at length about walks, the area, etc and we were spoilt with the honeymoon suite (not our request!) and the views we had were out of this world. The boys slept below us in an equally lovely room. Atmosphere was laidback and homely and food delicious and we felt we had entered a home rather than some slick, modern-day lodge. We all loved this place probably more than any other.
It is so worth walking there for a day; we spent 6 hours trekking on our own on Gail's advice, and had delicious picnic given us, and boys spotted Hartmann zebra and baboons and we saw Quiver Trees and much else. Total wilderness all around. I hope it will remain in good hands and not turn to a more impersonal place. For us, it was very special because of its homeliness and remoteness and its staff.
Zebra River Lodge review
After 10 days busy travelling and sight seeing stopping at Zebra River Lodge was a real tonic. It was more of a home away from home and a great place to relax and recharge ready for more action. Good walks around the lodge, delicious food and a beautiful location.
We were greated by Gail and from then on we felt relaxed. One of our party took advantage of the massages on offer which she said was great. Gail went out of her way to help another of our party by managing to successfully get a prescription item from Windhoek and we only stayed overnight!!! Would recommend a longer stay to relax and recharge.
Very friendly lodge! Nice location. Very wild (but few animals). Very helpful. Lots of good info. Could put a bit more cash back into the up keep of the place. Some finishing details to the rooms were a bit sloppy. Like tacks holding up curtains and mice running all around and over you at night. This didn't bother us, infact it was a bit of a laugh. Especially when the mouse almost poops in your mouth from the ceiling at night.
The drive to and from the Park is no big deal. There aren't many animals in this area and if you go slow it's only about a 1.5 hour drive back after dark to get back to the lodge. They do it all the time..
A walkers paradise
5 hour drive from Windhoek. Excellent introduction to Namibian lodges. Rooms built into hillside in idiosyncratic style without apparent assistance from a set-square, and improvements still being made to surroundings. Clean spacious and comfortable. Very friendly welcome.
Lots of beautiful birds and a diversity of wildflowers around lodge, brought out by some unseasonally late rains in June. Evening walk to quiver tree and tackled canyon walk the next day. Not for the faint-hearted as the trails are steep, but as keen walkers the 1000 ft climb on the canyon walk was rewarded by outstanding views. Provided with excellent packed lunch to break the day. Good walking shoes or tough cross-trainers recommended as paths stony and vegetation spiky.
Plunge pool on chilly side after some cold nights, but we all managed to have a splash to cool off after day's exertions. Food at shared tables gave up opportunity to meet other guests. A dawn stroll on the airstrip was rewarded by views of springbok, zebra (a solitary youngster) and baboons. By the end of our trip this amount of wildlife would have appeared sparse, coming early on it was exciting to see and photograph the animals.
Great private canyon hiking trail
Good for walkers for 1 or 2 days. Also fairly close (by Namibia standards!) to Nankluft Park with excellent day walkingRead more about the whole safari