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.
M B &C from S Cheshire
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safarihoek was fabulous

Safarihoek was outstanding in our view not only because of the quality of the accommodation but also the assured and confident approach of the staff.

Our room was well equipped and maintained, a very comfortable haven at the end of the day with high quality soft furnishings and a fabulous view over the plains and waterhole which saw lots of animal activity. The reception / restaurant / bar / pool area was spacious airy and cool. We enjoyed excellent game drives in the private reserve with Graven our guide and were able to see rhinos as well less elusive animals and finish evening drives with a sundowner in the bush, something we had not experienced on previous trips. Engagement with staff at the resort was a highlight: service was efficient and friendly without being too formal or unprofessional. It seemed management had worked to create an environment where staff had respect for themselves and also for guests.

The pool was fun but in late September a little chilly. We didn't use the hide but other guests were very positive.

Access is a long gravel road from the main , tarred C38 to Etosha NP. The lodge describe it as a good road but it took some getting used to however we arrived and left without drama.

Overall, very comfortable, amazing wildlife and the best customer care we experienced on this trip (and others) - but that is not a criticism of the other lodges

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Mr M & Ms E from France
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safarihoek Lodge review

This lodge was definitely our favorite - it was the newest, most luxury, and the staff were so kind and friendly.

The facilities were incredibly beautiful and the surrounding landscape was stunning. We also loved the night ride we went on with Mike (the guide) who was so knowledgeable and really went off road for us to see all of the animals - rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and elephants.

The last night we were there, the Safarihoek staff prepared us a special private room for us to enjoy our dinner, which was so thoughtful of them.

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Mr G from Somerset
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safarihoek Lodge review

A modern and comfortable lodge/hotel
stunning views over vast area of bush/savana
Michael our guide was excellent, very cheery and good wildlife/birdlife astronomy skills
The dining area was somewhat soulless but we were so knackered each night we simply eat then went to bed!
Probably the best wildlife experiences of our visit to Namibia - Fantastic sundowners fantastic rhinos, elephants, and birds galore!

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Mrs J from Somerset
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safarihoek Lodge review

Safarihoek Lodge was another highlight. Our excellent guide was Michael who has an interesting life story. The lodge itself is situated in a fantastic elevated position overlooking the plain below which stretches to the horizon. There is a waterhole below the camp (best viewed through binoculars or a scope) which attracts a variety of animals including elephants and giraffe. There is a very superior viewing hide right next to the hole with a photography 'room' at ground level and a viewing platform above.

The lodge is very modern with lovely well-appointed rooms and communal areas. If I am completely honest, the dining area is a bit soulless but this shouldn't detract from the overall experience.

The guiding by Michael was excellent and brought us into contact with more animals than any other lodge. Black rhino was a particular highlight. We experienced 8 sightings (some were repeats), an uncomfortable stand off between two mature males which had been fighting and a more peaceful family group comprising a cow and two offspring of different ages.

Another highlight was lunch near a waterhole which was visited by a boisterous group of bachelor elephants.

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Dr & Mrs C from W Sussex
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Five stars

This was very well worth the detour. A new lodge on the escarpment overlooking the Etosha plain. The buildings were beautiful and to a very high standard, with spacious bedrooms with very comfortable beds and a view to the waterhole.

The purpose-built hide by the waterhole (complete with toilets and day-beds!) gave great viewing in a cool and shaded position. The game drives over the vast reserve with Teek found many animals and birds, and we also learned a lot about the geology and history of the area.

As this lodge is new to Expert Africa, we would highly recommend it.

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Mr & Mrs F from California
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Beautiful

Fabulous rooms

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Mrs T from Reading
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safarihoek Lodge review

Again utterly fabulous. Everyone was delightful and the rooms heavenly, food super.

The one comment I would make in terms of planning a trip was that for us it was more of the same in terms of getting in truck and going out looking for and seeing zebra, elephant, giraffe etc which sounds a trifle complacent.
However in hindsight I would have not bothered staying here and had 3 nights at Okonjima instead which offered the cats at close range which is totally unique and we didn't have nearly enough time to do properly.

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Mr & Mrs W from Winchester
Arrived on: 22-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safarihoek Lodge review

Extremely luxurious – especially when contrasted with Etendeka.
Superb accommodation – two showers – large bed
Nice to dine in comfort in the evening on the external terrace, overlooking floodlit waterhole
Good excursions, Michael a good guide – saw early morning lions and our first rhinos in the wild.
Very friendly and helpful staff – nothing too much trouble.
Great to have wood fire cooked breakfast out in the bush.
Large game reserve and saw many large herds of antelopes, plus lots of other fauna.
Probably "The Tops” of all our accommodation

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The Rolling Crones from UK
Arrived on: 24-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safarihoek Lodge review

Once again, we were the only people there,so benefitted from special service. Being nearly new the main house and chalets were excellent. However there does seem to be a problem with a lack of hot water to the rooms. It was never possible to have anything but a cool shower. When mentioned to the staff, they just said that they rely on solar heating for the water. Other lodges do the same and we didn't have trouble anywhere else. They need to sort that out.

Apart from that it was really good. The drives with the guide were excellent and the guide was determined to find us a rhino, which eventually he did,and then we had the bonus of finding a magnificent male lion.

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Ms C & Mr N from October
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Safarihoek Lodge review

An excellent 2 days. The lodge and rooms were fantastic and staff were superb.

Our guide Michael was excellent - incredibly knowledgable and also gave very interesting perspective on Nambia.

Great to see so many rhinos!

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