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Palmwag Lodge
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Palmwag Lodge

Reviews of Palmwag Lodge

Wildlife sightings and reviews

32 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

Wildlife sightings by our travellers
Starting in Sep-2018, 3 of our travellers have recorded their wildlife sightings at Palmwag Lodge.
Lion

0% success

Leopard

0% success

Cheetah

0% success

Elephant

100% success

Giraffe

67% success

Oryx

50% success

Black Rhino

33% success

Brown Hyena

0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Wildebeest

0% success

Zebra

0% success

Showing 11-20 of 32
Duration
Arrival date
Mr & Mrs F
Maidstone

"What an unexpected delight! So undersold!"

2 nights Arrived 2 Aug 2015
"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!!" See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
The W family
Holland

"Palmwag Lodge review"

2 nights Arrived 14 Sep 2014
"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." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Average

Location:
Good
Service:
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Poor
Facilities:
Good
Mr & Mrs B
Hampshire

"Palmwag is a little gem"

1 night Arrived 27 Sep 2013
"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." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia; 9n in South Africa
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Mr & Mrs D
Toronto

"Palmwag Lodge at par with lower expectations"

2 nights Arrived 30 Sep 2012
"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.




" See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Average
Service:
Average
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Poor
Food:
Average
Facilities:
Average
Mr J
Hants

"Palmwag Lodge review"

2 nights Arrived 12 Sep 2011
"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 !" See all these reviews: 11n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Mrs A x 5
Oxon

"Palmwag Lodge, well!"

2 nights Arrived 8 Sep 2011
"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" See all these reviews: 18n in Namibia; 2n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Poor

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Poor
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Average
Mr & Mrs M
Leeds

"Trunk call?"

2 nights Arrived 6 Nov 2010
"Although this was not the best establishment we stayed at, being fairly old, it provided a memory that will last with Sandra and myself forever. Just before turning in for the night we were visited by an old bull elephant which proceeded to spend two and a half hours eating the vegetation outside our cabin. To have such a massive beast some 3-4 feet from our door was both scary and exciting at the same time. He was not in the least bit bothered and showed no signs of aggression. We just watched whilst he ate.

The food was very good, the staff attentive and the guide on the walk was knowledgable. Overall it was a fantastic 2 nights." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
The T family
UK

"Palmwag Lodge review"

2 nights Arrived 11 Sep 2010
"Somehow we just did not click with Palmwag. It may have started with the welcome drink - it was a nice cold apple juice but served in a glass and in such a quantity that I thought it was a single whisky. We were not shown to our tent location properly ( and hence managed to take the wrong track!).

We went on two of the activities, the early morning walk and the pm drive. Both of these were led by Stephanus and were excellent. The pm drive in particular was a great adventure including our sundowner drinks and snack on the top of a small hill in the middle of nowhere. The highlight was our encounter with elephants in pitch darkness.

The swimming pool looked very uninviting. It was a pale green colour, the water was cloudy and there was a scum on the surface. I had hoped for a refreshing dip after our journey, but the appearance put me off completely.

I had a puncture en route to Palmwag. Once I found where this could be repaired on site (another example of not being given either clear instructions or being taken) the job was done effectivley by a very helpful mechanic. Cost for puncture repair and refitting of wheel was N$105." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia; 2n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Good
Service:
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Average
Mr SB
NW London

"Palmwag Lodge review"

2 nights Arrived 21 Aug 2010
"Go here for the overnight camp out. This was fabulous. The guide was truly excellent.

Other than this, Palmwag was very disappointing, and we wished that we had simply stayed for that overnight. Fabulous location, but the whole place needs a complete overhaul - physically and managerially.

Physically - the facilities were comfortable, but fell well short of the other locations we stayed in.

The service was consistently very poor.

For example, our first night was an overnight camp. When we arrived, we were told to take a seat in the cafe and the guide would come to meet us. 4 hours later, no one had come. It took 4 attempts before anyone would tell us what was going on - they eventually admitted that the guide wouldn't arrive for a further 2 hours. By this stage we'd missed the opportunity to take any of the activities. Had we been told we had a 6 hour wait - we would have gone and done something (the purpose of hte holiday). Instead we wasted an entire day waiting for something that would never turn up!

Another example - they got our bill wrong 3 times when we checked out.

Overall - the general attitude of the staff was one of not caring. No hint of concern when we were clearly unhappy, no sense of urgency to help out, and seemingly no pride in standards. This was totally the opposite atmosphere to everywhere else we stayed - typically characterised by happy staff with high energy. This leads me to believe that there is a real leadership & management failing here.


" See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Poor

Location:
Good
Service:
Terrible
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Mr R & sons
London

"Palmwag Lodge review"

1 night Arrived 9 Aug 2010
"Now here's a place for the dedicated traveller to arrive at. A palm oasis in the middle of scrub-land accessible past a health checkpoint when coming from the south, The petrol facility (two pumps in the open) is part of Palmwag Lodge. The workshop which is adequate to do puncture repairs is at the lodge itself.

The chalet was two rooms plus shower / toilet facility and a small plunge pool outside.

The restaurant food was good, with an adequate choice of menu for dinner and the possibility to sit out on the restaurant terrace for breakfast. We did not see any animals walking through the lodge grounds that are unfenced, but desert elephants are regular visitors. We took the afternoon game drive (approx 3 hrs inc sundown) that took the road north out of Palmwag.

Although there were 2-wheel drive saloons passing by, if I were to travel that road north I would probably hire a 4wd." See all these reviews: 8n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
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