Mushara Lodge: Our full report
Just 8km from the eastern gate of Etosha National Park, in its own private reserve, the sizeable Mushara ...... Lodge is designed for travellers who want to visit Etosha, whilst staying in a more comfortable place than the restcamps within the park. It offers well-appointed rooms and attentive service, and though it perhaps appeals most to self-driving travellers, it also offers guided game-viewing excursions into the national park.
On the same private reserve as Mushara Lodge are its sister lodges: the family friendly Mushara Bush Camp, the exclusive Villa Mushara, and the luxurious Mushara Outpost.
Mushara Lodge was refurbished in 2011, and on our recent visit in March 2017, we thought it was looking really good. The ten thatched chalets are arranged in a semi circle around the pool. All have high thatched ceilings, cool stone floors, white walls and smart dark wood furnishings. Twin or double beds are dressed with crisp white linen beneath a mosquito net, to give a cool and bright feel. Each chalet is also equipped with air conditioning, a minibar/fridge, a safe, tea/coffee-making facilities, a direct-dial telephone, and a wardrobe with bathrobes, luggage rack and a hairdryer. All are en suite with showers only.
As well as the individual chalets there are a further three rooms, set in a block a short distance from the main area. Of these, two are quite spacious single rooms, each with an open-plan en suite, and a patio with table and chairs. The third is a triple room with a double and single bedroom, shared toilet and shower, and a lounge.
On the other side of the property is a family house, consisting of two separate en-suite bedrooms, a kitchen and a big lounge-cum-dining room, that continues the style and colour scheme of the rest of the lodge. Further amenities include a bathtub that is shared by the two rooms, and a small climbing frame in the garden.
A pretty fountain fronts the entrance to Mushara Lodge's large airy main area, which incorporates a curio shop, a library, lounge and a bar under a high thatched roof. The fireplace in the lounge area, lanterns hanging from the ceiling and comfy sofas add a warm and cosy feel. Meals are served in the adjoining restaurant, or in fine weather on the terrace, with fine wines and candlelit dinners available on request. On the lawn outside, sunloungers encircle a twinkling blue swimming pool.
Mushara Lodge offers guided game drives into Etosha National Park, but most guests arrive in their own vehicle, and so can easily drive themselves.
Mushara Lodge is a convenient base for those on a self-drive trip who wish to explore the eastern side of Etosha. It is a comfortable and welcoming lodge, which would appeal to families and those who like a little more comfort without being too flashy, and don't mind being slightly detached from the bush surroundings.
Country manager: Namibia
- Etosha National Park, Namibia
- Ideal length of stay
- 2 nights
- Mushara Lodge is located on the Mushara Reserve, just 8km from Etosha's eastern Von Lindequist Gate. It is well signposted from the gate.
- Accessible by
- Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Half Board
- Food quality
- A buffet breakfast, served in the restaurant (6 to 9am), includes the usual bread, toast, fruit, yoghurt and juice, as well as tea and coffee and a cooked breakfast to order. On our recent stay in June 2014, we had simply a fruit salad with yoghurt, coffee and some freshly baked muffins.
A light lunch menu is available between 12 to 2pm and includes options such as as toasted sandwiches, burgers, pasta and salads.
Dinner starts from 7:30pm and is an appetising three-course set menu, which in warmer weather is usually served on the patio. We started with spinach and feta cheese parcels with slow roasted tomatoes served with a tomato and oregano sauce. Our main course of Moroccan chicken with prunes, brown rice and vegetables was followed by crêpes suzette with vanilla ice cream and orange sauce. They have a BBQ every second day.
- Family holidays
- Set on private land east of Namibia’s Etosha National Park, Mushara Lodge is fenced, keeping most large wildlife away. This makes the private two-bedroom family house, complete with a climbing frame and kitchenette, an ideal stop on a family safari.
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- Attitude towards children
- Children of all ages are welcomed at Mushara Lodge.
- Property’s age restrictions
- There are no age restrictions here.
- Special activities & services
- There is a play area at the family house.
- Cots can be provided on request.
- Generally recommended for children
- Warthogs are usually seen munching on the grass at the lodge, and the area around the pool is not fenced so younger children need to be under supervision at all times.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Mushara Lodge
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Mushara Lodge have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- Power supply notes
- The lodge has a back-up generator.
- There is good cellphone reception in the chalets and rooms, as well as a telephone.
Free WiFi is available in the main area and rooms.
- TV & radio
- Water supply
Mushara’s innovating water reuse system
Upon designing Mushara Lodge, a family-friendly luxury accommodation near the Etosha National Park in Northern Namibia, protecting the natural environment was the main priority. Even the name Mushara is derived from the Purple Pod Terminalia tree which abundantly grows on the lodge’s grounds. Without access to services provided by municipality such as waste collection, the lodge is responsible for taking care of the environment and takes great pride in its water management techniques.
Sitting on a good quality and quantity of fresh water supply which stays at constant level of 12m, the lodge gets water delivered by boreholes. This is used wisely, with staff regularly checking the pipes and taps for any leaks. Also, although the camp has a swimming pool, its construction was only considered after testing the water supplies to make sure these are reliable and self-sufficient. Additionally, all waste water from the kitchen, laundry and showers flows into underground drains. Once these are full, the water gets pumped into the bush and natural filtration enables it to go back into the soil. Lastly, sewerage flows into a septic tank comprising of 3 compartments, where the bacteria breaks it down. By the time it reaches the third chamber it is treated as grey water and pumped into the bushes, from where it goes back in Mushara’s water recycling system.
Managing scarce resources wisely ensures not only sustainable operations, but also a seamless guest experience for which the lodge was awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014.
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Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- The nearest doctor is in Tsumeb, around 100km from Mushara Lodge.
- Dangerous animals
- Moderate Risk
- Security measures
- The main entrance gate is locked from 8.00pm.
- Fire safety
- There is a fire extinguisher in every room.
- Disabled access
- In Place
- Laundry facilities
- A laundry service is available for an extra charge.
- US$ and €uro currency exchange is possible. There are safes in the chalets and rooms, for which keys are kept at reception.
- Accepted payment on location
- Cash payment may be made in US dollars, euros, Namibian dollars and South African rand. Credit cards (no Amex) and travellers' cheques are accepted.
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