Safarihoek Lodge

Safarihoek Lodge: Our full report

Rooms
11 thatched chalets
Traveller's rating
Excellent (97%) From 13 reviews
Children
Best for 12+
Open
All year

Safarihoek Lodge – which is being marketed as Etosha Heights Safarihoek Lodge – lies close to the south-western border of Namibia's Etosha National Park, on a hill overlooking mopane woodland. Located on the private Etosha Heights Farm Reserve, the lodge opened in its current form in 2016.

No one from Expert Africa has stayed at Safarihoek Lodge yet, but we understand that it is a comfortable modern lodge facing a large, natural waterhole.

Safarihoek Lodge has 11 thached chalets, each named after a local tree. All come with twin beds or a king-size bed with a mosquito net, air conditioning, a seating area, small writing desk, minibar, coffee station, and en-suite bathroom. Outside each there’s a private deck raised on a wooden platform offering panoramic views.

The chalets are divided into three types:

  • Two ‘standard’ chalets, closest to the main area, are also wheelchair-friendly.

  • Eight ‘luxury’ chalets are larger and have better views. They also come with an outdoor shower. Two of these chalets connect with an interleading door, allowing conversion into a family unit if needed.

  • One dedicated family chalet has a small living area separating the master bedroom from the children's room, making it perfect for families looking for a little more space.
The thatched main area at Safarihoek has a shared lounge, indoor and outdoor bars and a restaurant – although meals may also be served on the deck overlooking the waterhole. Along with a swimming pool there’s a second outside seating area and fireplace where guests can enjoy the sunset with a drink. Safarihoek Lodge also has a wine cellar and a wine lounge as well as a small curio shop.

We are told that the photographic hide at Safarihoek is unique in Namibia, and we look forward to seeing it for ourselves. Designed by a Namibian wildlife photographer, it consists of two levels and is designed to observe animals visiting the waterhole – which is floodlit at night – without disturbing them.

We understand that activities at Safarihoek Lodge including morning and afternoon game drives, night drives and bush walks on the reserve with a focus on the smaller things. Full-day trips into Etosha National Park (although it about 2 hours from the loge into the park), as well as bush meals and picnics, can be arranged on request.

Do note that Etosha Heights Farm has traditionally permitted hunting on part of its land. The owners of Safarihoek assure us that this takes place well away from the location of the new lodge, and is scheduled to cease by the end of 2017, with no likelihood of hunting and photographic guests meeting as bookings for the two groups are not taken at the same time. We will keep a close eye on the situation and update this information when we know more.

Our view

Safarihoek promises to be a stylish lodge in its own private reserve. The photographic hide with views of the waterhole sounds like an ideal spot for wildlife photography without leaving camp. We'll post more details here as soon as we have visited the lodge, but meanwhile ask us for the latest information.

Geographics

Location: Etosha National Park, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights to make the most of the hide and activities on offer.

Directions: Safarihoek is located on the Etosha Heights Farm approximately 70km west of the Andersson Gate to Etosha.

Accessible by: Self-drive

Special interests

Birdwatching: For many the draw of the Etosha Heights Reserve is the chance to see some of Namibia's lager wildlife. However, with a superb split-level hide and expert guides Safarihoek Lodge also offers some very rewarding birdwatching.

See more ideas for Birdwatching in Namibia

Children

Attitude towards children: Safarihoek welcomes children of all ages.

Infrastructure

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: High Risk

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