Damara Mopane Lodge

Damara Mopane Lodge: Our full report

55 chalets
Traveller's rating
Average (67%) From 3 reviews
All year

Damara Mopane Lodge is perfectly situated for visiting Twyfelfontein, the Petrified Forest and the Vingerklip rock pillar. We last visited here in December 2015.

Damara Mopane Lodge has got 60 chalets, which are all connected to each other and with the main area by a labyrinth of paths.
Each chalet has a covered veranda where you can sit and admire the flower, vegetable and herb garden. Inside the bungalows are equipped with twin beds and an en-suite bathroom.

Damara Mopane Lodge's main area consists of a large lawn with a huge swimming pool in the middle and a few deck chairs to recline in with a good book. The main building contains a lounge area, a large curio shop, a bar and three separate dining areas. There is a sun downer deck from where you can enjoy a great view over the lodge and its surroundings.

Our view

Damara Mopane Lodge is a well appointed family friendly lodge, surrounded by beautiful gardens that would make a good stop for those wishing to explore Damaraland.


Location: Damaraland, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: one or two nights

Directions: Damara Mopane Lodge is situated 25kms east from Khorixas, just off the C39.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Gondwana Collection

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Dining style: Mixture of group dining and individual tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £5-10

Further dining info: Room service is not offered here.


Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Damara Mopane Lodge.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions here.

Special activities & services: No special activities offered for children

Notes: Children must be under parental supervision at all times.


Power supply notes: Generator and mains electricity

Water supply: Mains

Water supply notes: Mains water supply for drinking and general use and borehole for watering the gardens and for pool use.


Making ‘honest’ food with home-grown ingredients

Damara Mopane Lodge is positioned 20 km east of the town Khorixas and is nestled within the heart of the Damaraland. Ever since opening its doors in 2010, it has been operating following the principles of sustainability. Continuous efforts in becoming self-sufficient can be seen in the lodge’s initiative to engage both staff and visitors in producing its organic, home-grown products.
The innovative vegetable patches in each of the 55 bungalows supply fresh sun-drenched vegetables such as spinach and beetroot to the entire lodge. Apart from demonstrating self-sufficiency, the project reduces the lodges’ carbon footprint, achieved through minimal outsourcing and reduced food miles. Guests are also encouraged to embrace their role within the sustainable process as they watch the staff hand pick the vegetables from the chalets’ gardens in the evening before they are sent to the kitchens to be freshly prepared. Moreover, the verandas and vegetable patches create ideal spaces for the guests to observe the surrounding Mopane trees, and learn more about the native species, making each individual stay just that bit closer to the nature of Damaraland.
The lodge truly demonstrates its well-deserved Namibia Eco Award of four desert flowers, the award which the lodge voluntary participated within in 2015.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: the nearest doctor is in Khorixas

Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk

Security measures: Gate is manned by a guard throughout the day and the gate is locked after dark.

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers around the main area and one near each room.


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge

Money: Yes each room has a safe

Accepted payment on location: Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted

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