Twyfelfontein Country Lodge...
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge: Our full report
Just 4km from the historic UNESCO World Heritage Twfelfontein rock engravings is Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, built in an attractive spot at the bottom of a hill. The lodge's design has taken inspiration from the colours and shapes in the local landscape; this way, the lodge blends in with the surroundings.
Working in partenership with the local Uibasen Conservancy, a portion of what each guest pays goes towards local community ventures. This ensures that the local community benefits from tourism to the area and that they have an awareness and appreciation of their surrounding environment,
On arrival at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, you walk along a narrow path that squeezes between two large boulders. A number of rock hyrax live among these rocks, and you may see one or two of these as you walk through to reception.
The 56 bedrooms and one VIP suite are all painted in the same russet tones as the surrounding boulders. The rooms are set out in blocks of eight, with four at the front and four at the back. Some of the rooms are interleading and so can be used for families. The interior of all the rooms is the same, with cream walls and wooden furniture, and crisp white sheets, brightened with African print throws. The thatch and stone building materials keep the rooms fairly cool, but wall, ceiling and standing fans are located in all rooms, and water and biscuits are provided at the tea and coffee station.
At the back of each room is the compact en-suite bathroom, all with showers. (The only bath is in the VIP suite).
Located further away from the main building, but with its own parking area, the slightly overbearing VIP suite looks more like a house than a suite. It has its own private plunge pool and bar, as well as two bathrooms, a kitchen (with a fridge and microwave) and a very spacious bedroom. Some of the boulders have been integrated into the room, which also has a television. Although this suite is extremely large and has several luxurious features, on our most recent visit in June 2014 we found it to be rather dated and dark, and somewhat lacking in character.
Opposite reception in the main area there's an activity booking counter, and a curio shop. Up a short slope from here is the dining room, raised up on a wooden deck and covered by thatch. The dining room is completely enclosed in a mesh to prevent the birds and bats from entering.
A couple of steps up from the restaurant is the bar, which also has a few chairs and coffee tables. Below the restaurant is the sizeable swimming pool, surrounded by luscious green grass which is frequented by multicoloured lizards. The pool has a rock at one end from which a cascade of water falls into the pool. A few loungers and towels are provided.
With its own activities desk, Twfelfontein Country lodge offers a variety of activities, including stargazing, and of course, the popular trips to see the rock art at Twfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, the petrified forest and the organ pipes, although if you are on a self-drive trip this can easily be done on your own. An ephemeral driver drive is offered along the Huab and Aba rivers in search of desert adapted elephants. Guided hiking trails are also offered in the morning and afternoon, as well as a hike up one of the nearby rocks.
Our viewTwyfelfontein Country Lodge is larger and less personal than other lodges in this area, but it is good value. Although it receives quite a few groups, it offers both good service and a warm and friendly welcome.
Ideal length of stay: A one night stay is ideal for visitors who are mostly interested in viewing the nearby rock engravings on their way to northern Damaraland or Etosha National Park. We recommend that visitors who wish to undertake a guided excursion in search of desert-adapted wildlife should plan to spend two nights at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge.
Directions: Situated only a few kilometers from Twyfelfontein rock engravings - a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Namibia Country Lodges
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: A full English and Continental breakfast buffet is served between 6.30 and 9am.
Lunch is a light a la carte menu, and a buffet is served for larger groups.Lunch packs can be ordered at reception.
Dinner is served between 6.30pm and 9pm. If there are more than 20 guests, dinner will be a buffet. For less than 20 guests a set menu, barbeque or stir fry is served.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Further dining info: No
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Property’s age restrictions: No age restrictions
Special activities & services: There are interleading rooms, ideal for families.
Generally recommended for children: The lodge is recommended for children although there may not always be enough to keep them amused.
Notes: Children must be supervised at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There is sporadic phone reception at the lodge but no internet.
TV & radio: There is only TV and radio in the honeymoon suite.
Water supply: Borehole
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: There is a basic first aid kit in reception. In emergencies, guests can be flown out. The nearest doctor is in Khorixas.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: Security guards are on duty from 6pm.
Fire safety: There is one fire extinguisher for every two rooms.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available but it costs extra.
Money: Change is possible for more major currencies. There is a safe in reception but not in the rooms.
Accepted payment on location: MasterCard, Visa and most European credit cards are accepted forms of payment at Twyfelfontein Lodge, and Namibian dollars and South African rand are accepted for cash payments.