Grootberg Lodge

Reviews of Grootberg Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 65 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 65 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.
Mrs J. from Bristol
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

A very atmospheric lodge in a spectacular setting. Rooms are fairly basic but with amazing views.

The staff are extremely nice and helpful, and put on a great show of singing and dancing after the evening meal. We had hoped to do a walk but this was not advised because of recent lion activity.

The drive up is quite difficult; a four wheel drive would be helpful, even though they pick you up at the car park area. Overall a delightful stay in spite of very windy weather.

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Mr & Mrs. H - Cambs.
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Disappointing

Grootberg Lodge was the only accommodation that didn't live up to expectations. The room was cramped compared to elsewhere, the toilet didn't flush properly, the shower was slow to empty and there were no fresh eggs for breakfast.

We stayed here to see the rhinos and although we did see a mother and baby from a distance it wasn't worth the 10 hours of sitting in the back of a vehicle,. There were two trackers and one guide but we were not allowed to take part in the tracking we just has to sit and wait while the trackers went off trying to find rhino tracks. Once they found the rhinos we just had to follow the trackers to the location. No information was given about the rhinos unless we asked.

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Mr K & Mrs N - kayaking in Namibia
Arrived on: 21-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tranquility at Grootberg

The restaurant, bar and pool - with their views - are all great at Grootberg.

The evening nature drive on top of the plateau gave us good views across the Klip Valley and we had a very successful day rhino tracking, walking to within 20 meters of the black rhino. As with many of the places we stayed, the staff were again very helpful and friendly.

We took advantage of the massages which were available - hot stones - very good and excellent value for money.

One word of caution, the pathways around the lodge are all very steep but well worth it for the views, the access road up to the lodge is extremely steep, while we were there three separate cars punctured tyres on the way up the half kilometre track but you have the option to leave your car at the bottom and be taken to the top in the lodge's 4 wheel drive, this is probably the best option - we did and certainly didn't regret it.

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Mr D. from London
Arrived on: 20-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Most amazing view!

The drive up the 4x4 path is quite an adrenaline rush! Once you are on the top, the view of the valley from the lodge is absolutely breathtaking.

The lodge is run by a really enthusiastic team from the local community and their energy and heartfelt hospitality made our stay so memorable. The pool overlooking the valley is gorgeous. The rooms are cosy and share the same magical view. One memorable activity was to visit the Himba tribe with a guide from the Lodge who acted as translator - quite a bumpy ride to get there but well worth it.

The creative menu was varied every day and was lovely.

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Mr & Mrs C from Essex.
Arrived on: 14-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

Braved the steep track, greeted by Gwen. The position is visually superb.

The lodge is a disappointment compared with Doro Nawas, very small chalet down very uneven stone/boulder path. Steps to room, narrow wooden and unstable. Lumpy duvet, tiny shower, difficult to regulate the boiling hot water very dim lighting. Dinner was horrid, chicken curry with bovril mayo followed by greasy lamb. Breakfast, good home-made muesli. Eggs very overcooked.

All the staff were very sweet, smiley and kind. Drives expensive and we heard not fruitful. Disgusting dinner with pork schnitzel covered in pineapple sauce followed by a grape and ginger sponge.

Beware the stairs from veranda to pool area, uneven, narrow and shaky!

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Mr Nelson from Baar
Arrived on: 5-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

Wonderful location. Very friendly staff.

Only negative was, that the bush walk we went on was very poor, - the guide did not really give any info or guiding. It was basically only a nice walk.

We had to point out lion tracks etc for the guide, who could only confirm that we were right, these were lion tracks!!

It should, though, be mentioned that the hotel did not charge for this bush walk after we discussed the tour with the management, when they asked us about the tour.

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Mr and Mrs H from Chesterfield
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

Location, location, location! Amazing views.

Good facilities though chalet a little cramped with limited electrics. Good food.

Staff friendly and attentive - activities great (rhino tracking on foot a holiday highlight).

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Mr and Mrs A. from Shropshire
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Breathtaking views

Beautifully situated on top of the pass, all the rooms have the same amazing views and are comfortable and well-equipped.

Food was very tasty, though here was no choice at dinner. Lovely, but small, pool area was always crowded.

We did the desert-adapted elephant activity, which included lunch. The drive was fun and we found the animals fairly early, which meant hat the activity was essentially over by 11am and we were handed individual lunch bags, before being driven back to the lodge. More could have been made of this activity, which felt like poor value for money.

Friendly, very helpful staff in spite of an absence of visible management. Reception was not staffed during our stay, so it was a question of finding any member of staff. eg. our washbasin had no plug, but one of the waitresses found one for me!

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Mr and Mrs R from Newport
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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An unbelievable location.

Possibly our favorite lodge. The location and the view were simply breathtaking, we never tired of it. The lodge and the chalets were excellent and very comfortable.

The service was great and the food very good.

One disappointment though was light pollution. The location made it a fantastic place to star gaze but the lights around the chalets were too bright.

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The H family from Sweden
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Grootberg Lodge review

Have visited this lodge three years before. A favourite. But the dust in September affects the view which is better (and outstanding) earlier in the year (for example june/july).

However, it was very fun to track elephants and we did see a heard with a two week old one, which the mother protected accordingly, so we could not go to close but that felt just alright to leave them in peace.

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