Hobatere Lodge

Reviews of Hobatere Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 31 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 31 of our travellers who have visited Hobatere Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs S - Tunbridge Wells
Arrived on: 24-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Out-of-the-way lodge in interesting reserve.

Took us well off our route but just about worth it. Very pleasant atmosphere in and around the lodge inc. two lovely tame rescued genets they had reared (but about to be released into wild). Did not see very much wild life on the daytime game drive, perhaps unluckily, but the night time drive was a good initiative (inc. spotter sitting on front of vehicle with powerful torch) on which we saw a number of different smaller animals including several bat-eared foxes.

The 'water hole' viewing building was good but the hole - seemingly natural and possibly a cut-off section of a river - was far too distant from it with animals disappearing from view when going down to the water. The bill we had to pay at the end was rather high when in many places it was fairly nominal.

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Mr & Mrs. O from Jersey
Arrived on: 30-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hobatere Lodge review

Less frills than some of the other accommodation we stayed in but the warm welcome, food, hide and night drive more than made up for this.

A great introduction to wildlife prior to Etosha.

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Mr & Mrs Falcon - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 5-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hobatere Lodge review

Difficult to fault. A memorable visit. If only all the guides at all the lodges were as knowledgeable as Stephen Brain!

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The Pririt Batis from Kent
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hobatere Lodge review

An excellent value stay. A warm welcome from our hosts, and friendly service and help throughout or stay both from our hosts and from staff.

A delightful site, with gardens, plenty of places to sit, including an upstairs louge with a view - and animals (elephants while we were there) wandering through the compound as you sleep.

The refurbished chalets are very comfortable - well-equipped & tastefully decorated. The one shortcoming is the limitation on electricity, with no supply to the chalets after 10pm. This has limited impact (we were asleep by 10pm anyway), but it does mean that air conditioning and fridges are not possible - but even these shortcomings do not matter too much when there is a good breeze in the evening.

Excellent game drive, with plenty to see, and enjoyable time in the two waterhole hides.

Super food. and a warm welcome (throughout our stay) from hosts and staff alike. Strongly recommended.

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The Aardwolves from Middlesex
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hobatere Lodge review

This private lodge provided our first game experience and the guide Martin was superb.

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The Dassies from Cumbria
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hobatere Lodge review

Hobatarere Lodge was almost unique amongst the lodges that we visited as it is run by the owners, Steve and Louise, who chatted to us and other guests before dinner. This was a very nice personal touch which made our visit here particularly enjoyable.

The game drives were excellent, we were lucky to catch our first sight of lions during our morning drive and saw them again during our evening drive. We were also able to watch the lions from a hide overlooking a water hole.

This Lodge was well worth the drive, some distance out of our way, to visit.

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The Larks from Appley Bridge
Arrived on: 28-Apr-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Hobatere Lodge review

A very special place, hosts providing a memorable experience despite current major renovations, now completed. Food was exceptional.

The morning game walk and evening drives with Martin and Steve were the highlights, along with the unexpected bonus of a morning in a distant hide.

Steve, the host, made a special drive to see a pride of lions.

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Mr. Pix
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Life with the lions

Some of the best walks and game drives of the whole trip. Excellent hides. Steve very interesting to talk to.

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Devon Pollard
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Elephants outside the window!

We had a warm welcome to the Lodge and were informed of the activities. No sooner had we put our cases into our chalet when we spotted a herd of elephants right outside! Great photo opportunity.

The room itself was a little 'tired' and could do with refurbishment, but the beds were comfortable and an extra mosquito net was provided promptly for our daughter when we asked.

The watering hole close to the chalets attracted a variety of wildlife and we were especially pleased to see a mother giraffe and her calf drinking there as, according to the guide, this was the first time in the 17 years he had been working there that this had happened.

The evening meal was the best we had, with plenty of choice. The al fresco dining area was pretty when lit up in the evening which made for a lovely atmosphere.

The night game drive was less impressive. We saw little and, it was unfortunate that the guides, on spotting an animal, often didn't dwell long enough on it to enable us to see it clearly.

Breakfast again presented us with lots from which to choose in an unhurried manner. Again taken outside, it was a real treat to share our meal with several species of bird which visited.

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Mr & Mrs B from Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Rooms:
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Its star attraction is the waterhole

The location is stunning and the waterhole is just great. We spent two very happy hours in the hide watching the wildlife. The down side is that compared to other lodges the accommodation, whilst perfectly good, was dated.

From a video point of view whilst the hide was superb the noise from the water pump running continuously underneath it was not good.

We had some of the best food of the holiday here and our guide Martin was both very good but also a really nice person to go for a walk with. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. It is a shame that you cannot enter Etosha from here to save a long drive back but we were told that this may happen next year.

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