Immanuel Wilderness Lodge: Our full report
Situated only about twenty minutes north of Windhoek, Immanuel Wilderness Lodge is a very good option for your first or last night in Namibia if you are not enamoured with the idea of staying in Windhoek city.
Built on ten hectares of land, and on a rise overlooking the rolling hills that make up this area of Namibia, this small, delightful lodge is owned and run by the Hock family. The Hock's emigrated here from Germany in 2007 to take over the lodge and they remain very involved with the day-to-day business creating an atmosphere of genuine hospitality and warmth.
Guests are accommodated in nine rooms built in three blocks, each covered by a thatched roof. Although not luxurious, the rooms are very more than adequate, fitted with simple rustic furniture – some of it homemade. Each has an en suite bathroom, ceiling fan, tea and coffee facilities and a private patio with chairs. Two of the rooms are suitable for families, both with an 'attic' floor, furnished with twin beds suitable for children.
There is an inviting swimming pool set in a small lawn, and an adjacent thatched 'lapa' where guests can relax in the shade. The homestead is also home to a menagerie of pets including dogs, rabbits, parrots, ostriches and a vertically challenged springbok (caused by an ear infection in its infancy when it was adopted from the local vet as an orphan).
Stephan Hock's hobby is food and he produces delicious lunches and three-course dinners which are served in the restaurant. Found in the thatched main building, the restaurant French doors which open out onto a small garden and lovely views. There is also a reception, lounge and bar here.
Our viewImmanuel Wilderness Lodge is a charming option if you are looking for a comfortable and wonderfully hospitable spot to overnight whilst on a self drive around Namibia. The only activity available on site is a short nature trail so we don't recommend more than one night here unless you just want pure relaxation time.
Ideal length of stay: Expert Africa would recommend a 1 night stay at Immanuel Wilderness Lodge either at the start or the end of a self drive holiday in Namibia.
Directions: About 20km north of Windhoek on the main B1 road, Immanuel Wilderness Lodge is situated a few kilometers west on the D1474. The lodge is clearly signposted and the turn-off is just before a police road block.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Owner: Stephan and Sabine Hock
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Attitude towards children: Families with children of all ages are welcome at Immanuel Wilderness Lodge. There are two family rooms each comfortably sleeping a family of four.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: On Request.