Lianshulu Lodge

Reviews of Lianshulu Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 58 travellers
Excellent
40
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 58 of our travellers who have visited Lianshulu Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs R from Aberdeen
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
Location:
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Rooms:
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Lianshula great lodge with great activivities

We were given a warm welcome to Lianshulu Lodge on a hot day. We liked the layout of the lodge on the river and the reception bar and restaurant area.

Our room was in a great location on the river with birds and monkeys. outside. the room had all we needed except a fan . It was hot in room but we new that we could open the windows and door to our patio and move the insect screens across. Other guests did not and hence the need for guests to be shown around their rooms which we were not here. Also when you cannot drink the tap water we expected some free bottle water to be available in room. This was the only lodge on our holiday in Namibia that did not supply this. Also there was a storm on first night with thunder and lightening and high winds, so when we returned to our room after dinner we saw the insect mesh was damaged and the mesh door of its runner at floor level. We asked for this to be repaired twice but even though we were assured it would be, nothing was done

The food was excellent and the service efficient and friendly. The communal areas were very comfortable with great views of the river. The pool was refreshing with plenty of sun loungers and shade. Breakfast was only served from 7.30 but they supplied an excellent breakfast pack for our early departure.

We took a boat trip on the first evening with excellent game and bird viewing the highlight was a large group of elephant making a river crossing right in front of the boat. Kennedy was our excellent guide on the boat and on a great game drive the next morning when we had more great game viewing including very photogenic lions who kept posing for us in different locations. The game drive in the afternoon with a different guide was not as good.

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Crooks from Bristol
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
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Facilities:
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Average

Lianshulu Lodge review

The property was well sited overlooking the river and there were good opportunities to experience the wildlife. Signage to get to the lodge could be improved and the maps provided for self drive routes surrounding it were less than clear.

It is a shame that no drinkable water was provided free of charge but had to be purchased.

The check out was not well managed and there were discrepancies in the billing of couples in our group (of 3 couples) with some items finding themselves on the wrong bill.

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Mr J & Ms J from Devon
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Disappointing

I had been looking forward to this lodge, after reading the good reviews, but the overall experience disappointed us. We had to drive through a bush fire to get to the lodge, which was worrying. On arrival we expressed our concern about the fire but were told it was under control and would not get to the lodge, but were not told any possible evacuation procedures. We were shown to our room and told about the activities, but not told the price until we had done one and asked. They were much more expensive than anywhere else we had stayed. The boat trip and game drives were excellently guided by Hanis, who we had met at one of the other lodges 4 years ago. The water in the cabins was not drinkable but none was supplied, you had to ask and pay for bottles, which were re-filled from their water filtration machine. There were no tissues in the room and the bed sheets of poor quality and not big enough for the single beds, so the bedding kept falling off during the night. We ran the hot water tap for ages but couldn't get any hot water, this was not good in a country with a water shortage. It was quite cold at night but no hot water bottles were supplied. You had to pay for wifi. The food was very good, but as we were the only guests we felt like we were being watched while we ate, which made me feel very uncomfortable. On our day of departure we asked for an early breakfast but were told it was at 7.30, yet we were the only ones there. For an expensive lodge, the service does not live up to the cost.

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Mrs F from London
Arrived on: 5-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average

Small lodge with warm welcome

We stayed here in March 2017 and the same good service and warm welcome applied. Due to recent rains Lianshulu has been able to resume boat trips and this was excellent travelling along the river between Botswana and Namibia with lots of birds, hippo and elephant. The very high elephant grass on this visit (April) made it hard to spot smaller wildlife although we did see lion.

Animals walk though the camp and you are escorted at night. Lianshulu takes guests safety very seriously.

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Mrs C from Shrewsbury
Arrived on: 25-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
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Stunning setting

This was my favourite place of all.

A beautiful large open reception/seating area with gorgeous views of the river & sunsets, fantastic thatched rooms with lovely balconies frequented by birds & monkeys.

Our host Michael was exceptional, very knowledgable, clearly passionate about his role & always had time to talk & find bird names that we didn't know.

The staff were so cheerful & friendly & gave excellent service. We had lovely afternoon tea & really good meals. So glad we stayed here for 2 nights.

Only downer was the river trip where our driver kept falling asleep when we parked up to watch wildlife, his boat handling skills were poor. I spotted more birds than him.

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Piotr & Glen from London
Arrived on: 30-Nov-2017 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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Activities:
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Fabulous setting and a great host

The first night we were the only guests at the Lodge which meant that we felt as if we were staying in a totally private venue! Excellent. We really enjoyed relaxing on the observation deck with book and cold beers, watching the elephants across the river and hippos, of which there were many!

We had a great river cruise with Alfred, saw lots of hippos, and our sun-downer was made super special by a sudden arrival of a herd of elephants on the river bank where we were having our wine! We were served a delicious dinner, at a lovely set table on the massive veranda deck, and slept incredibly well!

The next day had an awesome drive with Dusty - quiet to begin with but again, the sun-downer stop by the Hippo Pool was made super special by another - this time even bigger - herd of elephants (we counted at least 30, with lots of little ones) which came over to drink from the river. And the massive croc which was trying to get to one of the little elephants but was effectively nearly stampeded by protective mum and aunts was a sight to see! Superb. Food on the second night was great again and also we would like to mention how nice, friendly, laid back and helpful Annette, the manager, was to us, as was Michael from the nearby Lianshulu Bush Camp.

All of the other staff were also very friendly! The swimming pool is also a great option for a bit of chilling out and cooling down.

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Mr & Mrs R from Salisbury
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 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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Excellent location; good game drives

Very nice location inside Mudumu Park, by the river.

Extremely well appointed guest rooms in the gardens.

Enjoyed two game drives in the park.

If there is to be any minor criticism, the kitchen seemed to be trying a little too hard to over-complicate the food, but that is largely a matter of personal taste

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Mr K from Hexham
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
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Excellent
Food:
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Activities:
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great

wonderful lodge and location.

Some activities listed are no longer run
eg night time safaris, guided walks, which was disappointing

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Mr & Mrs H from Bath
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
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Real Africa

An excellent lodge in a brilliant location.

We went on two sunset cruises and one game drive, all excellent.

We were right in the middle of a migration of 300 elephants as they crossed the river.

The managers and staff were all kind and thoughtful

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Arrived on: 18-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Good

Lots to do

This lodge provides both river based cruises and Landcruiser safaris into the Bush.

Lots of animals and birds to see and exceptionally friendly staff with excellent food and service.

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