Reviews of Hoodia Desert Lodge
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The best accomodation in Namibia!
The best accommodation in every respect on our tour of Namibia! Thorough information about activities available on arrival, exceptionally helpful and pleasant staff, spacious well-equipped rooms with, good food, all topped off by a hot water bottle in bed!
We had planned to drive ourselves to Sossusvlei but decided to go on Hoodia's tour when we got there and did not regret it. We learnt much more about the area than we would have done on our own and didn't get stuck driving in the sand unlike some other travellers. A very good sit-down lunch was provided, not a packed lunch as on most activities elsewhere.
Be aware that the map at the start of chapter 12 of the Bradt guide shows Hoodia in the wrong place. It is approached from the C19 not the D854. The map of Sesreim and Sossusvlei later in the chapter shows the correct position.
Great overnight stay at Hoodia Desert Lodge
We only stayed one night on our way out of Sossusvlei which was a great regret as the accommodation and food were excellent. We used our overnight stay as a rest day and highly recommend the lodge and room facilities.
On arrival we had a fabulous lunch followed by an equally good evening meal. The fresh coffee and cafetier in the rooms was a great touch which others should follow.
Wonderful lodge in the desert
Hoodia is in a beautiful location in the desert. The rooms are lovely with the cottages set apart for privacy.
The main building has great seating areas for a relaxed drink before dinner. Food was very good.
We took the all day tour to the dunes and highly recommend it. Our guide, Jonathan, was very knowledgeable and we had a much more interesting experience than if we had driven ourselves. The tour also included an elegant picnic lunch complete with linen tablecloths and chilled wine.
Our only disappointment was that they were not offering other guided activities so probably 2 nights would have been enough. We were on our own for our second day and went for a great walk so did enjoy our 3 nights there.
My husband had an upset stomach, possibly from Hoodia Lodge.
we loved the room, the views and especially the balloon trip - it exceeded our expectations.
excellent tour of the dunes on the next day with a great guide. Lunch under the trees was a real treat - linen tablecloth, china and glass and chilled wine...perfect end to an amazing day.
Excellent facility - loved it!
Excellent and friendly personal attention, wonderful food and beautiful facility.
Dunes tour was fabulous and included a gourmet lunch.
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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