Taleni Etosha Village

Reviews of Taleni Etosha Village

Excellent(93%) From 23 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 23 of our travellers who have visited Taleni Etosha Village, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr. & Mrs R from Alford, Lincs
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent Lodge only 2km from Anderson Gate

Very good accommodation, friendly staff, pretty gardens and excellent food.

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Mr & Mrs G and Mr & Mrs W - Surrey
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Taleni Etosha Village review

We would thoroughly recommend staying here and thank Sabina for this recommendation.

Having eaten hotel food for several days we decided on a BBQ since this was a self-catering establishment. Imagine our surprise when we reached our tent to find that there were no utensils at all and we had bought our food along with us! However, a large box of all the equipment one needs can be hired from Reception plus kindling at minimal cost and we had a thoroughly enjoyable meal.

Spotty the semi-tame zebra was also a feature. Being only 2km from Etosha this was an ideal spot to start for our next day's adventure.

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Mrs B London
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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really relaxing place

We would have given this an excellent as the rooms were the best we stayed in - we loved the outside showers and loos - the pools were great (and not too cold) and the food was plentiful and varied.

However, both the kids were struck down with violent stomach upsets within hours of each other on the evening of 30th August and we can only think that they got food poisoning from the evening meal at Taleni.They both had a stir fry there which neither of the parents had.

I would be interested to know whether anyone else was ill on 30th August. We effiectvely lost a day as neither of them was up to doing anything - just sleeping

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Expert Africa comments

We were sorry to hear that the children of this party became ill during their trip, and thankful that it lasted less than 24 hours. Whilst such upsets are unusual for our trips in Africa, they do occur – although in our experience, cases like this aren’t often because of ‘food poisoning’ (ie: incorrectly stored or cooked food); they’re usually down to poor hygiene.

Taleni Etosha Village assures us that they maintain high standards of hygiene, and investigated this incident thoroughly. 38 other guests had dinner with this family on 29 Aug. They comment that their ‘stir-fry is very popular, and usually 60% to 70% of the guests order it’. The majority of these guests also stayed the following night, 30 Aug. They had no other reports of any illness.

Whatever the cause; we’re very sorry it impacted on this family’s trip – but thankful that such incidents are a rarity, and that this one was so short-lived.

Mr & Mrs B from Beds
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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The best of the trip

V friendly and helpful. The food was the best of the holiday.

The tents were very cold at night so had to close window and door flaps with difficulty in the dark, something I would have expected the staff to do while we had dinner. Also they were quite close together especially with a noisy family next door.

The pool area was lovely complete with resident zebra.

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Mrs S and family - Stockport
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Taleni Etosha Village review

Fantastic, the staff were lovely & the food was great, both adults & children were very happy here

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Mr C & family - Lancashire
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Taleni Etosha Village review

Taleni had the truest 'camping' feel of all the lodges - not least because the accomodation consists of large family-sized tents on raised wooden platforms, and it is I believe, billed as 'affordable accomodation'. The units have been set-up to allow self-catering (kettle, sink, 2-ring cooker etc) - but no utensils or crockery were supplied - but didn't see anyone doing this - most prefering to use the excellent outdoor restaurant areas with the familiar game-meat & stir-fry stations as at Sossusvlei Lodge.

The restaurant staff were all very keen to please & friendly.

For those who like their privacy - be warned that the individual shower and toilet are housed in wooden 'staked' enclosures which are not sound-proof - but just about preserve your modesty! A zebra was a regular visitor to Taleni, taking advantage of the lush green grass!

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Mrs A & family - Bristol
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Aw elcome surprise at Etosha Village

The description of Taleni Etosha Village in it's brochure does not do it justice.

The setting in woodland is, in itself, unusual and charming. The tented villas are all secluded and attractive, each with outdoor shower and washroom area, and aircon/heating if necessary.

2 beautifully clean swimming pools with lawned sunbathing areas (with proper lush, green grass- not seen for hundreds of miles around!)

Attractive open air bar and dining areas, all characterful with trees, statuettes and wood fires.

Access to the internet should you need it. There didn't seem to be much evidence of activities, but we were happy to do our own game drives in any case.

The food was fresh, beutifully cooked and far too plentiful for our own good.

The staff very freindly and produced a birthday cake which the entire staff brought to our son at breakfast, singing as they came. A great start to his day.

We really enjoyed our stay there, it was easy to access the park first thing in the morning, we did not experience queues at Andersons gate to get in, as we had heard can happen from time to time. Definately worth a visit.

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Mrs B - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Taleni Etosha Village review

Great location, just outside the park gate if you are unable to stay in the park. it would have been better to stay inside the park to enjoy the evenings at the waterholes (heard reports of 8 rhino plus elephants and lions there in the evening) but the restcamps were all fully booked.

The rooms were comfortable but a bit more privacy for the outside toilet would be appreciated! The shower is also outside - a bit chilly first thing in the morning! There are cooking facilities at each tent and it would have been fun to have used the barbeque but for one night not worth buying all we'd have needed and the food for dinner was excellent anyway. All meals are outside in one of the eating areas - organised in the style of a local village although the male / female eating areas are not enforced!!

Dinner round a huge fire was a self service buffetstyle and had some of the best food we had all holiday. Great choice of salads for starters (everything from avacados to smoked fish / soup etc). The main course was cooked as we waited. Fantastic choice of lean, marinated meat (game, beef, pork and chicken) which was cooked exactly as we wanted with stir fried vegetables, choice of sauces etc. Huge choice of deserts and cheese. There were few people staying but a huge amount of food - all changed for the next night.

We had packed breakfasts one day so we were in the parkas early as possible but had an early breakfast at the camp the next morning - great choice and all wonderfully fresh.

We liked the lawn mower (a zebra) and were sorry we didn't have time to spend at the pool which looked very inviting. Some signs to find our way back to our rooms after dinner would have avoided our night wandering round the entire but equally less wine may have helped!

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Mr I & Mrs A - France
Arrived on: 29-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Taleni Etosha Village review

Very well positioned for entry to Etosha Park. Once again excellent and efficient staff. Beautiful swimming pools and loungers to relax on after your early morning start in the park. The buffet on our second night was delicious and the quality was excellent.

The luxury tents were very well laid out to give total privacy and a feeling of isolation, yet within a few minutes walk you were back at the central lodge with all the facilities you need readily available.

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Mr & Mrs R - Warwickshire
Arrived on: 18-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Taleni Etosha Village review

Located just outside Etosha a couple of miles from Anderson Gate. Great location in Mopane woodland with each chalet appearing to be on its own.

The food was wonderful as was the service and facilities. Shower and toilet located outside under the stars but a great experience, air conditioning and fans in each tented chalet. We had no problems with mossies or other insects. Fabulous swimming pool and lovely garden area.

Did not take advantage of any activities as we had our own vehicle.

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