Safarihoek Lodge

Reviews of Safarihoek Lodge

Excellent(95%) From 21 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 21 of our travellers who have visited Safarihoek Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms S. from Surrey
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A Little Disapointed Until the Lion Sighting

Overall had a good stay. Décor wasn't to my personal taste; it felt a bit unfinished and impersonal (lots of space with nothing in it). This was particularly the case in the room which felt a little like an oversized student accommodation / military camp room. However, the view from the room was incredible which made up for the poor inside.

The front gate didn't have our details so there were slight delays getting in when we first arrived. Check-in was quick but there was very little information provided. We were not provided with details of game drive so had to actively enquire about these. Dinner quality was ok but serving size was very small. Restaurant as so big there was no atmosphere.

All the negatives however, were compensated by the game drive. The guide was fantastic and spotted a black rhino and her baby. In the morning there were 4 lions viewed at the watering hole from our room. A little while later a male lion was spotted and a guide took guests on an impromptu drive to get a closer look, this was fantastic and much appreciated.

I think this is possibly usually a very good hotel and we just had a bad timing re: the service (which wasn't bad, just did not meet our expectations, lion drive aside).

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Dr CB & Dr MB from Tring
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safarihoek Lodge review

What a great place to stay. The view from our room was fantastic. A pity that we didn't have the opportunity to visit the water hole that we could see in the distance.

Our room was amazing and we felt very pampered here.

The game drive was fine when our private driver took us but the driver that was provided by the lodge was poor. He appeared to think that he was in a formula 1 race (we had 2 such drives with him). Quite honestly we felt unsafe and certainly uncomfortable with him. We know that other guests in the same vehicle felt the same.

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Expert Africa comments

Safarihoek are very sorry to hear that these travellers felt unsafe and uncomfortable on their game drive. This is not how they would like their visitors to feel. We understand that the guide drove fast on the game drives to get to various sightings, including to a lion. They were some distance from the sighting, so the guide checked with the guests about driving to try and get to the lion sighting, but realises he drove too quickly in hindsight. Safarihoek acknowledge that the guide driving too fast impacted on these travellers’ experience, and they have apologised for any inconvenience and discomfort caused.

Mike from Oxford
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Amazing

Having bounced along the D2671 (one of the worst roads we experienced) and opened a few gates on the D2680 we reached the security gates to Etosha Heights and the 5km drive to Safarihoek Lodge. Very impressive!! A warm welcome and a toasted sandwich for a very late lunch. A lovely big room with a terrace overlooking an extensive plain and a water-hole.

Tea and cakes and then off on the 16.30 Afternoon Game Drive with Grevin - huge number of animals: Springbok, Oryx, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Elephant, Steenbok & Black Rhino. Followed by a sun-downer!

06.30 - Game Drive (wrapped up well) - White Rhino, Lion and a brilliant close-up of the dexterity of elephants.

16.30 - another Afternoon Game Drive with a wealth of birds and other wildlife. Grevin did us proud!

Lovely food and personally looked after by Titus who was very attentive. Felt very special..

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Mrs E & family from UK
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Better than Etosha National Park.

The plaudit owes something to our guide who went by the wonderful and unlikely name 'Ethelbert Teek'. Teek, as he wanted to be known, took us on quite the most remarkable safari game drive of our entire trip around the private reserve that is 'Etosha Heights/Safarihoek'. This man is a Namibian Croccodile Dundee.

We were really hoping to see Elepants as we hadn't found any in Etosha. Teek tracked them by following dung and tree damage and surely enough we crept up upon a herd of 10 elephants including 2 calves feeding on acacia. The private reserve seemed to us to contain lots more wildlife than Etosha and we also had incredible close up encounters with Black Rhino (mum and baby) zebra, giraffe, moongoose, honey badgers, African Wildcat, you name it.

The lodge itself is quite modern and overlooks the vast reserve. We shared it with just a group of Italians. It deserves to do well and if wildliife is your thing, this is your place.

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Mr GM from Porthcawl
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Safarihoek stay

Something not right about this lodge but what? People were great especially Theresa, lots of rhino sightings, great view from the lodge, food good (apart from no veggie option, but even that was expected to a degree). Maybe it's because the lodge is very modern, chrome and glass. I just can't put my finger on the reasons.

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Mr & Mrs M from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 30-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Lots of animals at Safarihoek

Great location for animals, excellent guide on the game drive, good food and friendly service.

The lodge and chalets were more like an upmarket hotel and less like the safari camp style of the other lodges. We preferred the style of the other lodges since they seemed more in tune with their environment but that's just a personal view. Others may disagree.

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Dune lover from London
Arrived on: 17-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safarhoek the heavenly Lodge

This was simply outstanding. We felt this was the best Lodge of our holiday. Practically perfect in every way!!

We had a super comfortable room with indoor and outdoor showers. The staff were incredibly attentive. Food was excellent and we loved the décor of the main room. In addition there was a wonderful balcony on the main room where one could eat and look down at the waterhole at all the animals gathering.

There was a hide and we spent considerable time there viewing the animals. We would have been very happy to have spent longer here. We saw a herd of 30 elephants at the waterhole during the evening (the waterhole was floodlit) and on the second night the guide drove us down to the hide and we took amazing photographs - seriously up close and personal. We saw many creatures not listed below such as waterbuck etc.

Definitely a place to add to any travellers' itinerary.

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Mr & Mrs D from UK
Arrived on: 23-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Top class Lodge / Hotel

We found ourselves as the only guests at this Lodge / Hotel. It is set in it's own wildlife reserve adjoining Etosha, which is very well stocked with a large variety of game, including oryx, kudu, springbok, wildebeest, waterbuck and giraffe.

The staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful. A beautiful main building with an excellent swimming pool and far reaching views towards Etosha with a large and busy waterhole in the distance. The room exceptionally well appointed and comfortable. We went for a short walk with the very interesting guide to a viewpoint above the Lodge for a sundowner before an excellent dinner on the terrace.

We were very sorry that we had only booked an overnight stay here en route to Etosha, and would have been happy to have stayed two or more nights.

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Mrs J. from Sussex
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Safarihoek Lodge

Arrived to a warm welcome with cold towels and drink. Lovely large room with indoor and outdoor shower and amazing views over the waterhole. Joined afternoon drive with an exceptionally good guide (Mike) when we saw large numbers of animals and birds. Enjoyed a sundowner out in the bush with giraffes looking on!

Next day an wonderful tour, again with Mike when we saw great variety of animals. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and time spent afterwards with Mike and other staff. Unfortunately dinners were not great - tough pork and eland. Breakfasts were very good.

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Dr A & Mrs E from Berks
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
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Average
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A 3 star stalinist lodge with pretensions

A grim building complex which is trying to do better. We were so glad we were not here for our wedding anniversary!

There was one good waiter, Lulu, the rest did not seem to have a clue.

Fantastic setting with glorious view.

Our game drive was excellent, as was our guide, Kristoff. In adidtion to sightings recorded later, we saw a black jackal, 3 groups of red hartebeest, a magnificent male kudu, and although we didn't see a leopard, we saw a recently killed springbock up a tree! Also lots of different birds.

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