Etosha Safari lodge has 65 villas...
Etosha Safari Lodge: Our full report
Opened in 2008, Etosha Safari Lodge is set on top of a hillock, about 10km south of Etosha National Park's Andersson Gate. It’s a large, relatively simple place, well suited to visitors wishing to explore Namibia’s flagship safari park in their own vehicle or on a guided game drive.
Etosha Safari Lodge caters to a lot of large groups, which may mean that the service is less personal than at some of the other lodges in the area. However, it also offers good value for money. It lies 2.4km from its sister property, Etosha Safari Camp.
The lodge has 65 chalets, set in long rows on either side of the main building. They are solidly built in a cottage style, with brick columns, whitewashed walls, high ceilings, and small private verandas overlooking the bush. Most of the chalets have a double bed, but five – suitable for families – are furnished with four beds. All are clean and spacious, with air conditioning, white and blue décor, a wooden wardrobe and a desk with a fruit bowl, tea and coffee station and some snacks. Each room is fitted with an intercom connecting it to the main building, and a safe for storing valuables.
An en-suite toilet and shower are located separately on either side of the bed. The shower is enormous, and next to it is the basin and towel rail, with a soap dispenser on the wall.
From the rooms to the main building can be a fair distance, so Etosha Safari Lodge provides a minibus shuttle service for those who find the walk too far.
The main building houses a reception area, with a range of curios for sale. Buffet meals are presented in the dining room, which has a large, well-stocked bar, and a stunning wooden-decked balcony where tables are also set out for meals. Along the deck is a drinks area with a firepit; built high on stilts, this is a perfect spot for sundowners, with fantastic views over the bush and Etosha National Park in the distance.
Spread along the rows of chalets are three swimming pools, very clear and blue, and most inviting after a hot day's game driving. Adjacent to each is a small hut filled with deck chairs and sun umbrellas for guests to use.
Activities at Etosha Safari Lodge, as at its sister property, focus on game drives into Etosha National Park. Although self-drivers are free to explore the park on their own, those who don't want to drive themselves can make use of the lodge's daily excursions: half- or full-day guided game drives in open vehicles. It is always sensible to book guided trips in advance, as vehicles at the Safari Lodge are shared with its sister property, Etosha Safari Camp, so excursions can easily be fully booked.
Our viewEtosha Safari Lodge is a good base from which to explore Etosha National Park and its fantastic wildlife. It’s good value, with a lovely sundowner deck and friendly staff. It is, though, regularly used by tour groups, which may not appeal to some independent travellers.
Ideal length of stay: Two or three nights
Directions: Etosha Safari Lodge is located on the C38, about 2.4km from Etosha Safari Camp, and 10km south of Etosha's Andersson Gate.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Owner: Etosha Safari Lodge is part of the Gondwana Collection.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: A buffet breakfast comprises cereal, fruit, yoghurt, tea and coffee, bacon and scrambled eggs. The hot breakfast is pre-cooked, so sometimes it is not as fresh as it could be.
Lunch and dinner are also buffet meals, with a wide choice of salads, soup, meats, vegetables and fruit or a cooked dessert.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15
Drinks included: No
Further dining info: No
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Etosha Safari Lodge.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.
Equipment: Highchairs and cots are available.
Generally recommended for children: There is not a huge amount to keep children entertained, apart from the swimming pools.
Notes: Children must be supervised at all times, especially at the unfenced pools and on the dining-room balcony, where there’s a large gap between the railing and the floor.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There is a backup generator in case of a power cut.
Communications: There is free WiFi in the main areas.
TV & radio: None
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: There are flushing toilets and plumbed in showers.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Outjo.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: There is a guard on the main gate at night.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers and hose pipes are located in the main areas.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: There is a full Laundry Service available for an extra charge.
Money: There is a safe in every room.
Accepted payment on location: Payments may be made with Visa and MasterCard, and in cash with Namibian dollars or South African rand.