Reviews of Palmwag Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
33 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Palmwag Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Palmwag Lodge review"
Overall a very good value option for a one night stay in the Palmwag area.
Own fuel station is an extra plus." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
"Palmwag Lodge review"
The staff were pleasant enough and sympathetic but didn't really seem to know what was going on. They said the mistake came from the take over by the lodge but this was last May
Not sure whether the booking had been reconfirmed before we went but this needs addressing at Palmwag before other guests go there in future.
The room we were given was one of the old ones and not the standard of the new tented rooms we had been booked for, as particularly the bathroom needed a bot of rejuvenation. However, if our Namib Tracks and trails guide and driver hadn't kindly given up one of their rooms we would have had no room at all." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
"Average to good, but only option."
"Fantastic Rhino trek"
Most staff very happy and polite. Reception seem to tell most people you have not paid for your special activity when you arrive tired from a long drive, but finally retract when challenged.
Location fine, did see the resident elephant, who had been missing for 2 days!
Rhino trek enjoyable, lucky enough to see three including a baby. Apart from a couple of antelope in the concession only saw two giraffes on drive back.
Room comfortable but rather warm in the afternoon, as no air conditioning.
Food surprisingly good given some reviews. Special offers on wine we enjoyed on our second night.
Road there is in a terrible state, took extra 15 minutes driving back, and still got a puncture(albeit only discernible at the next lodge)" See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia; 3n in Botswana
"An oasis of green and calm"
"Hyenas in camp"
Hardest part of the trip with kids due to time in car, roughness of roads, three single night stays in a row. Would have been better if we could have stayted somewhere longer. Even in hindsight though, given where we wanted to go, what we wanted to experience and time constraints, would do the same again. Definitely not a relaxing few days though!
Arrived at main camp by lunch - very pleasant pool area, bar etc. Basic sandwiches available. Camp a bit 'functional' rather than special. Staff did what they needed to, but little more. Camp very accessible to wildlife though - desert elephant walking through.
Sleep-out experience and associated game-drives not entirely as billed - left camp later (16:00) and returned earlier (09:30) but this was largely due to wind and lack of game as a consequence. Camp 3x 2-person tents with simple mattress and sleeping bags. Plenty of room to put 2 kids + 1 adult in one tent, which we did. Would not really recommend kids on own due to separation of tents open to dangerous game - although this is permitted.
Dinner cooked on fire + plenty of salad and cold drinks brought in cooler boxes. Could hear lion (a few km off) and hyena (nearby) as soon as sun went down. Hyenas in camp during night and again as we were getting up at 6am.
Great drive back to main camp - for scenery rather than game, although we did see giraffe, oryx, duiker etc.
Guide was brilliant at spotting game but english was a bit of a struggle at times. As a consequence, he was unable to really engage kids and it was a bit difficult throughout to understand what was going to happen next.
Overall, this was a good experience which eveyone enjoyed but it was more memorable for doing it, rather than what we saw or the engagement with the guide." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"Palmweg is stunning"
Do the sleep out if you can - we had to drive off a pride of lions before settling down to out tents." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
"Palmwag Lodge review"
This was particularly reflected in the food which compared to other lodges was relatively poor." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
It caters (when we were there) for group tourism with buffet-style dinner." See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia
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