Reviews of Hoodia Desert Lodge
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Hoodia Desert Lodge review
Arrived in time for a very good fish lunch, very hot 38C!
Good welcome from Andreas, showed us No 5 chalet, well built and very clean. Best pillows and comfy bed. Retired to room, gasping, air-con unable to keep-up. Pool small but cool. Wifi quick & good. Very good dinner.
Early start for Sossusvlei activity with guide. Needed sweater as cold in the morning mist. Highly intelligent & interesting guide Michael, bypassed Dune 45. Saw Jackal and Spotted Eagle Owl baby. Dunes a photographers dream. Spectacular when there early.
Picnic lunch wonderfully organised by Michael, all the china, glass, etc. Home by 2.30pm. Sweltering heat 40+C. Dinner not as good.
Gave us ice before we left for our cool box, next morning.
Hoodia Desert Lodge review
Very well looked after and enjoyed our trip to the Dunes with an excellent guide.Read more about the whole safari
The lodge is well set out and the rooms are lovely and comfortable. The welcome from Thomas was warm and friendly!
The sundown experience was another highlight of the trip and we would certainly recommend it.
However on our second night, there was poor communication between our guide and the lodge which resulted in one of the staff waking us up during the night to settle the bill, which was far from ideal because we had to wake up early for the balloon flight
The highlight of our trip
Arrived at 2pm after a rather dusty journey from Swakopmund to be greeted with cold towels and a refreshing drink. The 12 bungalows are well spaced in two groups around the central facilities and have a huge bedroom, a twin bowl bathroom and inside/outside showers to take in the views.
Invited to take the sundowner at 6pm, which was the best we have ever had. Only 10-15 minutes traveling to a hilltop overlooking the Lodge about 2 kms away and the desert ahead, clear to the horizon. A table had been set up for just us two with a snack and drinks to which we could help ourselves because the driver, Jonathan, left us to our own devices for an hour-and-a-half of watching a blazing sun set. Absolutely great!
Collected and delivered back for dinner - main course one of the best steaks we have ever had and super service all round.
Next day we went to Sossusvlei and Sessriem again with Jonathan who is a real fount of knowledge, not just about the place itself which is magical, but also the wildlife. We dug up spiders and tracked all sorts of lizards etc across the sands. An excellent lunch was served under a shady tree far from the crowds which were much larger than on our previous visit.
Special thanks to Victoria who looked after us so well, but also to the whole Hoodia team.
Feel in an other world at Hoodia !
Whaww , what a place , such an open area with only a few lodges ! Nice an Quiet ! Love it ! Arriving there we are recieved by the owner and his friendly staff . Very good restaurant with nice meals, and lovely interior, you feel home . Lodge is magnificient and so they are placed over the area , you are taken over by nature . Nice room and yes, open air bathroom , is nice to have .
Swimming pool and shadow places after hot day traveling feels good.
The two guides they have ( John , Jonatan ) give you the day before very usefull information , in what YOU expect to receive or see by their excursions. . We asked show us live int the dunes away from mass tourism; and we revived a VERY GOOD day near soususvlei, and superb brunch ' IN ' nature and animals . You feel like a king in any way . They know what t they are talking over
They even helped us for looking for aeroplane. to go over the dunes to the sea and back and help negotiate .
There was a little understanding by booking there own trip ( was pre- payed ) , but owner looked for us what to do for refunding . have totaly confidence .
After 2 days there with smily staff , we can say : We should have been there one or two day longer and devide the trip in two , so we could enjoy a bit much more off what the offer . But no complaines.
101 % we loved it and what you see you get . thanks and see you next time
Michael the guide was the best of our trip. Really good chap.
Rooms are getting a little tired.
Hoodia Desert Lodge review
A quite delightful lodge, in an interesting location with friendly staff and a lovely reception area.Read more about the whole safari
Hoodia Is Something Very Special
I was initially a little disappointed that we had not managed to get accommodation inside the Sossusvlei gates, because I had wanted to be there for sunrise over the dunes. In practice we were there very shortly afterwards, and I did not feel that we missed very much. And Hoodia Desert Lodge is ample compensation. I
t is owned and managed on a daily basis by Thomas, an ex London and New York interior designer, and the sense of style he has built into all aspects of the lodge and its rooms is outstanding. This is coupled with a standard of welcome and service which was certainly the best on this trip and in fact rivalled anywhere else we have stayed in the world. The second bathroom open to the stars was a particular treat, and Hoodia was definitely the accommodation highlight of the trip.
We had intended to drive into Sossusvlei in our own 4x4, but chose to go in a small group in Hoodia's own vehicle with their guide Michael - a fascinating and highly knowledgeable man. I would strongly recommend this if Michael is available.
Wonderful, exceptional. Did not want to leave
The highlight of our holiday. What a fantastic welcome. Smiling staff who really enjoyed their work. Guided tour to Sossusvlei by Michael was incredible and we learned so much and Micheal made it so entertaining. Alfresco lunch was amazing, as was our sundowner experience to end our stay.
The star gazing afterwards was such a bonus and unexpected. Should be offered as a planned activity. Spent one whole day chilling at the lodge which was also wonderful. A packed lunch provided on departure was very welcome and a lovely surprise. We cannot rate this place and its staff highly enough.
Lighting a little too low in the chalets. We were not aware that we were on a full board rate and could have had lunch on our second day (probably just as well!)
Other than that, absolutely nothing to complain about.
Beautiful base for Sossusvlei
A luxury lodge ticking all the boxes. Johnny and his colleagues looked after us brilliantly both at base and out exploring Sossusvlei.Read more about the whole safari