Vingerklip Lodge

Reviews of Vingerklip Lodge

Good(84%) From 18 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 18 of our travellers who have visited Vingerklip Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr S & Ms R - Surrey
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great stopover amid the Ugab Terraces

We used Vingerklip Lodge as a stopover, en route from Swakopmund to Etosha West. It is spectacularly located on the lower slopes of one of several Ugap terraces which jut vertically out of an otherwise flat plain. The lodge was well equipped and the service attentive. Our chalet overlooked one of the two waterholes (with baboon, giraffe, warthog, oryx and guinea fowl on view during our brief visit). It was quiet and comfortable. We had previously read of generator noise at night, but management had apparently responded to such comments, because the generator is now routinely switched off after 9pm (without disruption to essential lighting).

For dinner we had opted to dine in the Eagle's Nest restaurant, some 1000 feet above, upon the magnificent Ugap terrace prominence which towers over the lodge. The climb involved a 15 minute walk up a track, culminating in the ascent of several flights of an enclosed metal staircase, bolted on to the side of the sheer cliff (strangely invisible from any distance). Food and drink were transportable up a cable-trolley system on the other side of the narrow bluff. The views as the sun set, the guests quaffed and the chef barbecued were magnificent. There were, however, some empty tables: most guests had remained below to dine in the lodge's main restaurant. Perhaps they were put off by the climb (and return in the dark, down the lantern-lit path) or by the more restricted range of food (essentially barbecued kudu, springbok and beef, with soup starter, vegetable side-dishes and fruit salad, plus alcohol and other drinks). Nevertheless, even Anni, a vegetarian, thought we had made the right choice – at least for a once-off experience.

The next morning, before breakfast, we walked to the nearby Vingerclip Monument (clearly visible from the lodge and located on the same property of land). We reached this impressive granite pillar, climbed to its base and watched it turn from purple to a ruddy orange, as the sun rose from behind the Eastern escarpment. On the plain below, to the West, there appeared the giant shadow of the rocky finger, reaching at least one kilometre in length.

After breakfast we checked out and detoured some 5 kms south, in order to visit a farm advertised at the lodge. Here we were entertained by the farmer, Heinrich (who somehow evoked Crocodile Dundee – albeit young, wearing a baseball cap and toting a loaded cartridge-belt and gun). For N$ 175 per person he gave us a two hour excursion around his cattle farm (with its sideline hobby of thoroughbred horses). We had been expecting to walk, but instead he chose to drive us slowly in his farm truck, sjambok at the ready, to the main attraction – some old, but well-preserved bushmen's paintings located on the side of a rocky knoll. The paintings were discovered by his grandfather and authenticated and dated via an independent university study. He also showed us a collection of bushmen artifacts (including grain-grinding utensils) subsequently excavated nearby. We found the monotone but knowledgeable Heinrich to be a fount of local history, and we greatly enjoyed this unplanned detour.

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Mr M & Mrs P - Hampshire
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Vingerklip Lodge review

This is a fantastic lodge and we loved our two night stay. The setting is lovely and the lodge itself one of the nicest that we have stayed in in Namibia. We have full praise for the friendly staff, lovely food and wonderful swimming pools. A great place to go for two or three nights and just enjoy the wonderful scenery and facilities.

We walked to the top of the escarpment early one morning and were welcomed with a tray of filter coffee for our effort! The chef was still up there as the night before the Eagles Nest restaurant was open for dinner. Another wonderful experience. We highly recommend this lodge.

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Mr & Mrs P - Beckenham
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Scenic landscape, quality chalets

A re-visit to Vingerklip after 14 years. Very much as we remember it, but changes include waterhole, new additional restaurant called Eagles nest, additional guided walks.

Staff very helpful and friendly.
A lot of people use this lodge for 1 night, but would benefit from 2 night stay to relax and see more wildlife at waterhole and on walks.
Food was good, particularly the game.

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Destelbergen Party from Belgium
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Vingerklip Lodge review

Vingerklip lodge is well situated but somewhat dated. Good for one night.

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The E family - Bath
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Vingerklip Lodge review

A very good place for a stop on the way from Swakopmund to Etosha.

We did not try the barbeque on top of the plateau and there were only a few of us left at dinner who did not do so.

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Mr C & Ms S - Colorado, US
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Vingerklip Lodge review

Again, only one night. Food was amazing, I had Springbok for the first time, very delicious.

Not much action at the water holes but we hiked to the top of the mesa where their restaurant was and that was very interesting.

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Mr & Mrs W from Warwick
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Vingerklip Lodge review

Wow! We loved Vingerklip. The views from the bungalows are outstanding. Even though there are coach parties, these are apparently being phased out and the lodge is thriving. One can easily escape the caoch parties as more hardy visitors can climb the staircase to the clifftop for the sunset and the barbecue supper.

A new bungalow has just been opened up at the top of the mountain for those who really want to get away from it all.

The short walk to the Vingerklip is a great introduction to walking in the bush.

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Mr J & Ms J - 15 Trip to Namibia
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great Walking!

Chaotic check in with parking problems on arrival. Simply not enough places for the volume of visitors. Had to wait in queue for attention on arrival and with both us and previous couple receptionist gave impression there was no booking under that name so did not inspire confidence . Things felt rather disorgansied from the outset.

Accommodation itself was excellent and well styled and whole lodge very attractively designed and beautifully maintained.

Food was some of the simplest we have experienced in Namibia and breakfast in particular was noticeably basic but adequate. Dinner was more appetising than it looked but service was poor by both restaurant staff who totally ignored us and at the bar when it took an age to get a bottle of water to have with the meal as noone offered us drinks. It all felt a bit like a canteen and that the staff were all disgruntled. The hygiene in the dining are was also suspect and the whole dining experience was out of kilter with the overall image and appearance of the lodge as a whole.

The walking opportunities were excellent and made the lodge a very worthwhile base for activities.

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Expert Africa comments

Vingerklip Lodge appreciated the feedback offered to them here and responded that they would look into the points raised.

The lodge agrees that at certain times they have two or three groups checking in at the same time which would slow the process down. They are aware of this and will plan measures to ensure that any future check-ins are done with the minimum of delay and fuss. The lodge also agreed that they are limited with parking places and the space can quickly fill. They are currently busy with plans to enlarge their parking areas.

Vingerklip Lodge appreciated that the guests found their food appetising and adequate. They consciously choose to offer simple but hearty and tasty meals, however they are always happy to accept useful suggestions on improving the fare they offer. The lodge would like to apologise for the ‘disgruntled’ service the clients received. They are looking into this matter thoroughly and will take the appropriate action to ensure that it doesn’t occur again.

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