Grootberg Lodge

Reviews of Grootberg Lodge

Excellent(92%) From 86 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 86 of our travellers who have visited Grootberg Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr LeenP from Lewes
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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place with the best view

Lodge situated on top of plateau with stunning views over Great Canyon-like valley. Compensates for low number of animals.

Heavy shower ruined excursion, but benefited everything else. Very steep drive up the mountain. Lodge provides transfer service.up the very steep entrance, which wasnt mentioned in the notes provided by Expert Africa. I spotted it in the guide book so we were prepared for it.

This place was very connected to the community which we very much enjoyed, the staff were absolutely lovely

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Mr J & Ms D from UK
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

Fantastic view from rooms.
Excellent staff who took time and great care to ensure our puncture problem was taken care of while we were out for the rhino day.
Very commendable!!!

Excellent lodge, clean and well presented.

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Ms B from London
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Amazing View

Great lodge again but the staff/service was not as great as in other lodges (staff not very helpful and food not as good as in other lodges).

Also a shame we were not allowed to hike around the lodge

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Mr & Mrs R from Picton, NZ
Arrived on: 9-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Grand view at Grootberg

Interesting drive up to the lodge but a magnificent view from the lodge (and pool) when we got there.

Very good evening meal. Staff were helpful and friendly. Arrived too late for us to do activities so saw no animals there.

Other guests reported zebra sittings and there was evidence of that near the buildings in the morning.

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Dune lover from London
Arrived on: 14-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge Review

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this lodge.

The staff were amazing and we loved the feel of it being a conservancy. It certainly felt as if the staff were all stakeholders in the venture. They took a personal interest in making sure that the guests enjoyed themselves and we were treated to an iced cake in celebration of our 40th Wedding Anniversary.

The only adverse comment we could make (although we feel it churlish when everything else was excellent) was that the design of the individual chalets meant that at night when the door was closed, they were rather airless making sleep a bit difficult. However, we would not cite this as a reason not to go there as our stay was so good in all other aspects.

We took a day out, rather than another animal safari, to take the Damaraland cultural tour (including visiting a school and a village) and would certainly recommend this to other travellers.

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Four poms from Somerset
Arrived on: 13-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

Adventurous location with amazing views of valleys and mountains. Good guides on driven and walking trips, but variety of game limited on the escarpment. More game down below apparently.

Saw lovely springbok, lots of Oryx,, Kudu, mountain zebra, black eagle.

Impression that, as a community project if they were expecting it to be run by locals alone by next year, they were falling short of expected standards. Examples of poor maintenance.

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Mrs J. from Sussex
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge

We opted to be driven up the steep approach to the Lodge. Not very attractive dining area with a very small sitting area for guests unless they go outside onto the terrace. The rooms were small with no fans or a/c (no electric points). The walking tour and biking could not take place because of lions near the property. We had to be escorted back to our cabins after dinner. The pathways were very uneven and treacherous, especially for someone who uses a stick. We took the afternoon tour around the plateau but it wasn't very interesting. Next day we went on the rhino tracking tour. We were told we would be collected from our cabin at 5.30am because of the lion, but no one turned up. Luckily our mobile worked and we were able to call reception but it made us late for the start of the tour. It was very long and, at times, unbearably bumpy. The trackers did find the rhino. Then a long bumpy drive back. The guides did not sit with us at lunch so we weren't able to ask all the questions that we had wanted to. Spectacular scenery and stunning infinity pool. Delightful staff who sang beautifully after dinner one evening.

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Mr M & Ms E from France
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

The view at the Grootberg lodge will be one of the most impressive outlooks we will ever see in our lives.

The staff here were very kind and the rooms were very comfortable.

The staff were also very kind in providing us complimentary champagne for our honeymoon

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Ms H & Mr F from Chicago
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing views

The views from the lodge are breathtaking. This is a no-frills lodge but we knew that when we booked so weren't expecting a luxury experience.

The rooms were clean, staff pleasant & food was good. We stayed for two nights & did the cultural tour, which we highly enjoyed - the highlight was a group of talented students singing & dancing for us. If you go, I recommend bringing school supplies to donate.

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Mr J from Bedford
Arrived on: 8-May-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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One of the best views

The view from the chalets and main lounge/dining area is breath-taking. Pathways from the main area to the individual chalets are stony and uneven so sturdy shoes are recommended as well as torches to hand for the walk to and from the chalets early morning or after dark. Our chalet was one joined to another and we found soundproofing was an issue and we could hear the guests in the adjoining chalet. This was the only lodge we stayed at where the bathroom sink did not have a plug and the hot water in the shower was tepid at best. There was also no fridge in the chalet.
The staff were exemplary - friendly and helpful and could not do enough to ensure an enjoyable stay. Food (eg pizza) is available to order throughout the day and evening meals are set 3-course menus that are simple, yet tasty home cooking.
The WIFI here is limited to the main lounge area and we found it to be intermittent - an access code is provided by the lodge on request and there is a set limit to the amount of information that can be downloaded. Charging facilities for phones and batteries is available in the lounge area only, not the chalets.
There are a number of activities on offer - we opted for the elephant safari and were taken off-road into the bushland and nearby villages that gave a real insight into the local environment we would not have otherwise experienced. Our guide was from a local village and very informative about the area - and we did see a large herd of elephants.
We chose not to drive our hire car up the steep road to the lodge and rather left it with several others in the car-port to be looked after by the security guard. When we returned to our vehicle to continue our journey we found to our surprise that it had been cleaned and was dust free - a nice touch.

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