Palmwag Lodge

Reviews of Palmwag Lodge

Good(83%) From 28 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 28 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&Mrs D + kids 7,11,11 from Herts
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
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Hyenas in camp

Only stayed one night - on sleep-out, for a bit of excitement for children.

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.

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Expert Africa comments

As of 21st August Expert Africa were made aware, by our team in Namibia, that the gravel roads are becoming increasing bumpy and continue to deteriorate, especially in areas around Damaraland and Sossusvlei. This is due to the lack of funds to support the costs of grading the roads. The roads used to be graded on a fairly regular basis and hence kept in good condition but unfortunately they now haven’t been done for some months with resulting ill effects on the road conditions. We hope that things will return to normal shortly.

Mr M. from London
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
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Stoney!

Found Palmwag fractionally less satisfying than some of the other lodges despite ravishing scenery. Game drives lengthy and relentlessly bumpy due to the bouldery terrain, and somehow the camp out seemed unnecessary despite the great guide i.e. many hours of driving for a similar view with slightly less wildlife than the lodge itself. Possible just had spent too long in the vehicle to spend so much more time in the vehicle there....

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Mr M. from Cambridge
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
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Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

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
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
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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
Facilities:
Good
Good

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
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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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
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

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:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

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
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

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:
Good
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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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