Hoodia Desert Lodge

Reviews of Hoodia Desert Lodge

Excellent(97%) From 146 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 146 of our travellers who have visited Hoodia Desert Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Paula from Atlanta
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Loved the experience

I found the experience to be great. Beautiful lodge, not far from the park, and the staff were wonderful.

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Mrs C. from Blauzac
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Loved this lodge, would like to go back.

This lodge was wonderful, the staff couldn't have been more accommodating and welcoming.

The rooms and main lodge were beautiful, the Gaudiesque outside bath / shower was great. We loved the location in front of the mountain & enjoyed the pool and terrace. We would love to comeback here just for 3 days of rest.

I the middle of nowhere the lodge gave us gluten free bread with our meals. The guided day in the dunes was so interesting and the lovely lunch laid out in the shade was great.

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Eve& Reuben from Bozeman
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

Wonderful room. We felt the lodge was a little removed from its setting. Eve and I deliberately walk out across a swale to get a better sense of our environment.

A high point, indeed one of the many high points on our trip, was the “activity “ to visit the dunes at Sossusvlei. Not only were the dunes spectacular, our guide (whose name sadly escapes me) was extremely knowledgeable about the geology, the wildlife and the scanty history of the area. All of which he generously shared with us. On a human level, he rescued a family suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration.

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Mr & Mrs B from Surrey
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fabulous

Our stay at Hoodia was fabulous and we only wish we had stayed longer.

Tomas, the owner, greeted us on arrival with plenty of enthusiasm which did not wane throughout our stay. This is reflected by the happy staff who provided impeccable service throughout.

The lodge setting is amazing, set along a dry river bed looking out over a mountain which glows red in the early morning and evening. The rooms are spread out along the river giving a wonderful sense of space and privacy. They are appointed in a "safari style" including an optional outdoor shower.

We did the "sunset drinks" option on the first night where they set you up on a nearby koppie with drinks and snacks and leave you to enjoy an amazing african sunset. One of the highlights of our entire holiday.

The trip to Sossusvlei was absolutely amazing. It was surprising just how busy it was but the Hoodia team contrived to make it feel like we were the only people there. The thoughtfulness and planning that went into the day really did make it special. You got the sense that other lodges that perhaps have closer proximity feel they don't need to make the effort. I would recommend Hoodia as being THE team to take you on a trip to Sossus. Fascinating information about the geology/ fauna/ flora + going to deadvlei via the empty hidden vlei topped off with a wonderful lunch at Elim dune.

Overall we had an amazing time and look forward to going back.

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Mrs E & family from UK
Arrived on: 10-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luxury in the wilderness

After a long, tiring and somewhat nerve wracking drive involving shredded tires and loud bangs from our engine, we arrived at the lodge to cool damp towels and refreshinfg drinks. This really is a stunning place and after our journey it felt like we'd arrived at an Oasis in the desert.

Our tented lodges were beautiful, as were the lounge and restaurant. We'd recommend the private Sossusvlei whole day trip. Our guide was extremely knowlegdable and was able to follow the tracks of sidewinder snakes and white widow spiders to lead us to their burrows. He took us off the beaten track and away from the other tourists so we could properly experience the majestic solitude and quiet of the Namib/Naukluft Nattional Park.

The day ended with a picnic under a sprawling tree, we felt as though we'd stepped back in time and into the film 'Out of Africa' as our guide set up tables and chairs and cooled wine in a portable ice bucket.

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Dr and Mrs A from Surrey
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

This is a very slick operation. Very luxurious.

Extremely warm welcome and attentive and knowledgeable guide. The setting is superb.

Going into the National Park we were able to feel like we were not following the crowd and had a great walk in the dunes followed by a fabulous picnic.

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Jane/Chris from crolles
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Gateway to Namib Desert

Beautiful setting, very well appointed chalet, very tasteful common areas, particularly the reception area.

We had an excellent outing to Sossusvlei and Sesriem with John who adapted very well his program to a mixed group (old people and very old people!!!) Excellent information on flora and fauna.

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Mr & Mrs M from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great desert experience at Hoodia Lodge

Fantastic desert experience, remote location but not too far from park entrance for Sossusvlei, excellent lodge and chalets (including outdoor bath), very friendly staff who delivered a high level of service, amazing views of the stars at night from our chalet, best ever sundowner.

Thanks for getting our holiday off to a great start.

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Mrs & Mr B from Canada
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

Great lodge, super trip to the dunes, only problem is the sundowner. Lovely location on a hill, amongst the rocks, BUT swarming with rats!!!!!!!!!!! Advised the staff and hope they can get rid on them. Even crawled on our feet!!

Food was very good

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Expert Africa comments

Hoodia Desert Lodge were very pleased to hear that these guests enjoyed their stay so much. They went on to explain that the rats encountered were dassie rats. This rodent is typically found among rocky outcroppings in Namibia and South Africa. They are similar to dassie (also known as hyrax) and live in the same environment, hence the name. They are far removed from the pests found in city sewers and backstreets. The dassie rats at Hoodia’s sundowner spot are enticed by the smell of snacks but are wild and wary of humans, so easily scared away if guests feel uncomfortable with their presence.

Mr A from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review

If you are going to the Namib desert this is the place to stay.

Great people, excellent facilities, food and really go out of their way to make it special.

Thanks to Daniel for the sunset drinks and the excursion.

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