Palmwag Lodge

Reviews of Palmwag Lodge

Good(83%) From 26 travellers
Excellent
11
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 26 of our travellers who have visited Palmwag Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr M. from Cambridge
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Palmweg is stunning

Real wilderness location but excellent facilities and helpful, welcoming staff

Do the sleep out if you can - we had to drive off a pride of lions before settling down to out tents.

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Mr P & Mrs L and friends Mr P & Mrs J - Namibia Fly-drive
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Average
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Food:
Poor
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Activities:
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Palmwag Lodge review

A great location but very much caters for large groups.

This was particularly reflected in the food which compared to other lodges was relatively poor.

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M and M from Flanders
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
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Good
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Overnight stop

We just stayed one night in between different sections of our holiday. The lodge is fine in all aspects but without any characteristics (that we discovered) that make it stand out.

It caters (when we were there) for group tourism with buffet-style dinner.

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Mr S & Ms H from Belgium
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Palmwag Lodge review

Superb location and facilities!

Only downpoint is that while they are trying to offer very good food, it is unfortunately quite tasteless. It isnt bad but just absent of good taste.

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Mr & Mrs F from Hunton
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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What an unexpected delight! So undersold!

We were told we were only the 4th group in 2015 but it was a fabulous experience! Definitely not glamping but bucket shower was great - for attracting leopard to our campfire but also functional!

Elifas and Kala looked after us fantastically well and Elifas had a superb nose for wildlife! Great elephant and hyena sightings but rhino also seen close to the camp.

One small downside - the drop loo was positively terrifying! A box with a fixed loo seat rather than a flimsy frame might have been more relaxing!!

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The W family - Holland
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
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Palmwag Lodge review

During our stay they were building a new reception. Swimming pool was great and they keep two houseelephants!

Eating the Palmwagburger made three of us sick.

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Mr. & Mrs. B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Good
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Facilities:
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Palmwag is a little gem

Disabled persons review: All areas of this lodge were easily accessible.

Saw elephants right next to our room which was very exciting. The surrounding area excellent for walks.

This lodge was a pleasant surprise after being described as one of the oldest, we would have been happy to spend longer than the one night there.

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Mr & Mrs D - Toronto
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
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Facilities:
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Palmwag Lodge at par with lower expectations

We read lots of negative reviews about Palwag Lodge so we prepared for the worst. In fact, it wasn't bad at all.

The tents are worn out of course, & there are few things that need fixing. Service was all right. Not outstanding but not outrageously bad either.

Whilst here, we organised a full day excursion to see a Ovahimba community. They commented:

Good - Himba tour very interesting & worthwhile.

It just so happened that there were only two of us on that tour - my husband and I. The driver was great. We picked up our guide who translated from Otjihimba language into English. The overall experience was very interesting and unusual.

However, we had instances where we'd ask a question & the answer he translated for us seemed incorrect. For example, we asked whether their dresses and headpieces reflect their social or marital status & the answer we got was a simple no! It's hard to say whether the guide translated our question incorrectly or he simply did not want to go into great detailed talk with villagers... However, a knowledgeable guide should know these things and he should've given us a more detailed answer given he knows the lifestyle/customs/traditions etc.

We were really curios to find out more about people we met but somehow the guide wasn't really that helpful... Don't let our comments stop you from going on that tour, it will be very unique experience regardless of how knowledgeable your guide is.




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Mr J & Family from Winchester
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Palmwag Lodge review

Delightful !

I'm not actually sure the lodge had a reservation for us? It didn't actually matter as the lodge was only half full. This may simply be a perception as all other lodges consulted their reservation lists when we arrived - Palmwag didn't and then asked me if I had a reservation.....

One game-spotting activity taken - an evening drive with a sun-downer at the end. Very little game was actually seen, but we were not disappointed - Palmwag is not a "reserve" and covers a huge area so a bit of luck is required. The magic of the drive was in the scenery and the sunset at the end - splendid ! Beware, it is COLD at sunset !

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Mrs A with party of five - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
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Palmwag Lodge, well!

Our arrival at Palwag was not good. Tented accommodation had been booked for us, on arrival we were shown to 3 rooms in the centre of the camp, with views of the notice board and the loos. when questioned by 3 of us in turn, we were told that all the tents were booked. I pointed out that they had been booked by us 1 year ago.

Eventually we were told we could have 3 tents after all, as our vouchers stated 3 tents, so we moved, when we were settled, 1 couple was told they would have to move, unfortunately it was the least able couple. We later discovered that there was a group of Namibian conservationists on an inspection visit who were to have had the tents!

The general staff in the restaurant were good, the guide was good, but we all felt that the absence of a permanent manager was something that should be addressed sooner rather than later. There was a manager from HQ there for a few weeks. The result was that we felt they had tried to take advantage of us.

We would not want to come back here, which is a pity as the area is fantastic

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