Desert Horse Inn

Reviews of Desert Horse Inn

Good(87%) From 27 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 27 of our travellers who have visited Desert Horse Inn, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs M from Leeds
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Desert Horse Inn

It was a great place, but after the isolation of the Eagles Nest, seemed very busy. The food was excellent and the facilities very good.

I cannot think of any downside, other than it wasn't the Eagles Nest!

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Mr & Mrs R from Berkeley
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wild West Movie Set!

This is like a wild west movie set complete with the fantastic wild horses nearby. Three nights here were ideal, especially after the long drive from Fish River Canyon (Canyon lodge). We used the southern C13 route so that we could visit Ai-Ais en-route (Ai-Ais accomdation and campsite has largely been re-built recently) and for the dramatic scenery. However this route is long and in parts quite difficult, (if it wasn't for the clear directions in the Bradt guide it would have been easy to have taken a wrong turn - so well done Bradt guide!). Even so the decision to use the C13 route was well worth it.

Everyone very helpful and they make you feel at home, e.g allowed to use the internet which is not possible in most places. Standard rooms are spacious but functional at best.

Long awaited swimming pool is still not built.

First day there we relaxed and the farm dogs took us for a lovely walk!. Aus Visitor's Centre well worth a visit as were the wild desert horses (don't panic when they lick the flies off the front of your car!)

Second day we were booked onto the "Sedina" - a trip out of Luderitz to visit penguins, flamingos and seals. This trip is advertised widely as being a great experience. However, Gunther (page 228 Bradt Guide) no longer owns the Sedina and the trip was disappointing. It lasted only two hours with little commentary and served as little more than transport. At £30 each it was not good value.

Diaz Point near Ludertiz an interesting area (you can see the penguins, seals and flamingos without the £30 price tag!), but the remote cafe did not provide a wam welcome - owner a bit offhand.

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Mr & Mrs H - Surrey
Arrived on: 4-May-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Horse Inn review

Wish we had taken Tracy's advice and booked Eagle's Nest!

Desert Horse Inn was good but Eagle's Nest would have been absolutely amazing...the scenery and sunsets are to die for!

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Mr I & Mrs A - France
Arrived on: 15-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Horse Inn review

The Desert Horse Inn is a good staging post on the way to Luderitz.

The rooms have a lovely view but would benefit from fly screens so that you can leave the windows open on hot nights.

The staff are all friendly and professional.

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Mr W & Mrs L - Belgium
Arrived on: 24-Dec-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Horse Inn review

We arrived there at X-mas evening- nice dinner and very friendly staff.
Nice rooms.

Visit to luderitz and wild horses is a must.
We liked it there. - We missed a swimming pool in hot december...

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Ms J & Dr S - London
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Desert Horse Inn review

The best food of our trip (with Wolwedans coming a close second and Little Kulala third).

We're keen hikers, and the Inn is nicely placed for a number of hikes. We took a 10km one from the camp site and it was very nice - reasonably well marked too, bar the odd lack of an arrow here & there.

If you're driving here from Fish River Canyon, make sure you take the Orange River route via the C13 and Rosh Pinah - it is a stunning drive, through the mountains and then by the river, which is beautiful. The gravel roads were fine, and it's tarmac from Rosh Pinah

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Mrs & Mr R - Hampshire
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Desert Horse Inn review

We really liked the atmosphere in this hotel - the rooms were built in semi detached blocks and were pleasant, but the dining room was good, serving excellent food and a good atmosphere - the bar area was good as well. The electicity kept failing but that just added to the atmosphere, and the staff were charming.

We drove ourselves to Luderitz, but found the town very uninspiring, but the ghost town tour was interesting, and we found desert horses on the way back to the Inn

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Ms R & Mr G from Hants
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Horse Inn review

Again, difficult to follow Canyon Lodge - Desert Horse lacked its ethnic charm and is starting to show its age although the accommodation was more than adequate in terms of size and facilities.

For the first time a cooked breakfast was not 'custom made' so we went without one as we didn't fancy the pre cooked food which was being kept warm. However, there was plenty of lovely fruit salad, seed bread and cheese and ham.

We decided on the 10 k hike which revealed a far more interesting terrain than driving had done. Dinner on the second night was better, on the first they had run out of potatoes and presented us with hard ones - we would have prefered to have been told that there weren't any!

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Ms J & Mr R - Bath
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Horse Inn review

Unfortunately we couldn't get a room at Eagles Nest so we stayed at the Desert Horse Inn. The rooms were spacious, very clean and comfortable. The food was excellent.

We didn't particularly rate Luderitz but we loved our trip to Kolmanskop, the old diamond mining town - well worth a visit but it's worth noting that it closes at lunchtime.

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Mr. & Mrs. B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Horse Inn review

The original rooms we stayed in were lovely as was the patio area. Only drawback for someone with disabilities was the stone stairway to the rooms had no handrail.

In this respect the chalets were more accessible (I appreciate these were more expensive) as the stairs to the reception/dining room had handrails.

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