Reviews of Huab Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
28 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Huab Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Huab Lodge review"
We had very enjoyable morning walks and sundowner drives, though guiding is down a notch or two since Jan and Suzi are no longer in residence at Huab for most of the time. To be fair, Jan is a hard act to follow. There is not a lot of game - but the scenery is beautiful.
We were surprised to have to pay for drinks and laundry although the tour notes and the voucher said that they were included. The policy seems to have changed since our last visit when these were included. We have fond memories of Jan introducing the wines that he had selected to accompany dinner but now you must buy a small individual carafe of a 'red' or 'white' wine.
Overall Huab Lodge remains a very nice place in spite of these changes." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia; 8n in Zimbabwe; 1n in Botswana
"a bumpy road to paradise"
The main downside of the cabins was the lack of air conditioning which in 35+c heat made the daytime pretty uncomfortable and impossible for doing anything.
Our rental vehicle was a VW combi and the the 30 plus km drive into the lodge was our first real experience just how challenging the tracks in Namibia can be. It made the gravel main roads seem good." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia; 5n in Zimbabwe; 2n in Botswana
"Really cool spot"
The spot is beautiful and gives you the chance to go out on lovely self-directive walks/hikes which is great if much of the rest of your trip involves lots of safari drives.
Collective dinners around a common table were a fun chance to meet other travelers. Staff was very warm and attentive to our needs/wants.
This is a particularly good spot to take younger kids." See all these reviews: 5n in Namibia
"nice rooms and drive"
"Huab Lodge review"
The junior staff, the dining room and cleaning staff are all excellent, very polite, helpful and professional. However, the caretakers and the lead guide present for our stay could benefit from supervision and/or training. The guide leading the sunrise walk brought three large dogs who ran wildly through the bush and shrubs while the guide made futile attempts to call them back. We were also strongly discouraged from asking any questions or stopping to look at birds that were not a a part of the established patter. The guide was knowledgable but inflexible and did not set a welcoming tone.
The other disappointment was the lack of any large game such as elephants.
The guide books report elephants to be common, but apparently this has not been true for years." See all these reviews: 27n in Namibia
"Milky Way at Huab"
With no moon the stars were amazing although we needed someone to tell us what we were looking at.
I think we enjoyed the service so much because it was such a contrast to Okaukuejo and Dolomite" See all these reviews: 11n in Namibia; 10n in South Africa
"Huab Lodge review"
Very impressed by the cooking which included local African dishes which were introduced to the guests each evening by the catering staff in their own native language - a chance for us to experience the click dialect." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
"Our third visit to Huab"
However, the accommodation is really lovely with balconies overlooking the dry river bed, and the reception area attractive and welcoming as are the staff ." See all these reviews: 27n in Namibia
"Nothing special at Huab Lodge"
The 4 of us were shown into one room initially, I said we had booked two rooms (I had already given them our accommodation vouchers). Another villa was found for us but away from the main lodges - no lock on door - only a rock to shut door, tiny bed, very tired bed linen, rusty basin etc. I asked to be nearer the children but was told we booked last (apparently??) so no space - just seemed a bit disorganised.
Our eventual room OK but pretty shabby and not nearly as nice as the other ones. For the second and final night we were asked if we wanted to move as someone had left but felt it not really worth transporting all our stuff. Also felt things such as drinks were pushed on you, e.g. if you asked for wine, you were given a bottle, not a glass.
You were not told price for laundry for example. Would be better if someone (not a guide) was in charge of welcoming visitors and explaining the system." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
When our travellers visited Huab, the lodge was fully booked and they had three families with young children staying. The lodge explained that although it is the busy season it’s unusual for them to have so many families staying at the same time. The lodge is very sorry that this overbooking impacted our traveller’s stay and will ensure that this situation will not happen again.
Huab confirmed that there had been an initial misunderstanding about the room allocation for our travellers and they tried to make amends by allocating them their honeymoon suite. However in hindsight this was not such good compensation because this was a family booking, and as such wanted rooms close together. They apologise for this oversight.
With regards to the drinks and laundry prices, Huab have taken these comments on board and were sorry if the travellers felt ill-informed or uncomfortable.
"Huab Lodge review"
Morning and afternoon drives did not produce large numbers of game though there were plenty of oryx about but the scenery and atmosphere were worth it. If you choose to take an early morning walk you will be accompanied by at least one of the dogs, but don’t be late as they will be chomping at the bit as departure time approaches!
We had a problem with a malfunctioning shower head which was replaced promptly while we were on our morning drive - amazing that previous guests had not reported it!
We followed the route from Outjo advised on the lodge’s website which saved us about 70km compared to the C39 and was on good gravel roads.
The usual board basis includes activities but, as we were arriving late afternoon and would be departing in the early morning we opted to pay for them separately. This may also be a good option for those not wishing to walk at 6am or go on two drives per day which did have an element of repetition." See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia; 2n in Botswana
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