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Rostock Ritz
Rostock Ritz
Rostock Ritz
Rostock Ritz
Rostock Ritz

Rostock Ritz: Our full report

Most frequently accessed by road on a self-drive itinerary, Rostock Ritz is around 240km from Windhoek or ...

... Swakopmund, and 120km from Sesriem. This quirkily designed lodge offers simple accommodation in an attractive setting with sweeping views of expansive gravel plains and the Rostock Mountains.

Rostock Ritz offers a total of 19 igloo-style stone chalets, whose unique design not only makes them feel part of the landscape but also helps to keep them cool in hot weather. On our last two visits, in 2016 and 2018, we felt that one of their best features was the panoramic desert view seen from every terrace. The landscape is somewhat barren, but a small waterhole in front of the chalets attracts oryx and zebra. All the chalets are simply furnished with a double or twin beds, mosquito nets, a fan, lock-up safe, a table and two chairs, whilst the three luxury rooms are larger and have a sofa. The en-suite bathrooms are small, with showers rather than bathtubs. One of the luxury rooms is a family unit consisting of two twin rooms with separate bathrooms linked together.

Hot water and electricity are generated by eco-friendly solar power, while the lighting has a generator back up, with lanterns helping to soften the atmosphere.

Rostock Ritz also has a reasonably well-equipped campsite with four camping pitches, separate ladies' and gents' ablution facilities (each with two washbasins, two showers and two flush toilets), electric lighting and a kitchen area with dishwashing facilities.

The main communal area at Rostock Ritz consists of a reception area, lounge, bar and restaurant as well as an outdoor terrace. It's a spacious but cosy building with low ceilings and a slightly cave-like feel, yet brightened in parts by panoramic views of the desert from large glazed windows. There is WiFi available here in the main area.

Outside the main area are two fenced enclosures, which are used as part of the lodge's meerkat rehabilitation programme. This project takes injured meerkats and those no longer wanted as pets and gives them the chance to socialise and build a family. Once the group is large enough and they are fully bonded, the new family is returned to the wild. They have successfully released over 50 animals to date.

A short walk from the main building is a large swimming pool, a popular spot to cool off in the heat of the day and to admire the view from some rather quirky hanging chairs.

Rostock Ritz was built, and is still owned, by one of Swakopmund's most successful restaurateurs. Its restaurant caters to both in-house guests and passing visitors stopping for lunch. Breakfast is usually a buffet, whilst the lodge offers an à la carte menu for both lunch and dinner.
Portions were very generous when we stayed and, while presentation lacked finesse, the food was very good. We also found the service friendly and quite efficient.

Although most guests stop only for lunch or perhaps one night, this 'Ritz' really deserves to be treated more seriously! For travellers who do stay longer, there is a range of activities, including a guided sundowner drive, a 4WD/walking trip to see Bushman cave paintings, and ten different self-guided hiking trails. On a previous visit, it was well worth the effort to wake up early and work up an appetite on the Sunrise Trail before breakfast, and we wished we had stayed another night to fit in more. GPS coordinates for the hiking trails are available from reception, as well as GSP devices to make sure you can always find your way back!


Our view

Whether you decide to stop for lunch or stay the night, Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge is a convenient place to break the journey between Swakopmund and Sesriem. It offers the opportunity to relax surrounded by superb scenery, with unique accommodation and friendly service. A stay at Rostock would also fit very well into a relatively slow trip around Namibia, with an accent on walking.

Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Country manager: Namibia

Geographics

Location
Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Ideal length of stay
Stay for two nights if you want to take advantage of the self-guided walks and scenery, although it can be used for one if you are simply looking to break the journey between Sesriem/Sossusvlei and Swakopmund.
Directions
Most frequently accessed by road on a self-drive itinerary, Rostock Ritz is around 240km from Windhoek or Swakopmund, and 120km from Sesriem. Turn off the C14 and it's a further 7km on a winding gravel road to the lodge. Alternatively, there is a 1.6km-long airstrip and the lodge can be reached by private light aircraft charter.
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Bed & Breakfast
Food quality
Breakfast, served between 7.00am and 10.00am, is usually a buffet of cereals, yoghurt, fruit, cold meats, cheese and toast. A hot breakfast is cooked to order.

Lunch (served daily 12.00–3.00pm) and dinner (from 6.00pm) are served off from an à la carte menu, generally with a wide selection of starters and meat or fish dishes. We only visited for a short period in 2018, however, inin 2016 we found the portions very generous, and were glad we opted only for a main dish; the peri peri calamari may not have been refined, but it was very tasty!

There is a much smaller selection of dishes suitable for vegetarians, so it is best to advise the lodge in advance if you have specific dietary requirements.

Special interests

Walking
Rostock Ritz offers some lovely walking in Namibia, with over 60km of self-guided trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Walking here you can enjoy the Namib Desert, gravel plains, mountain ranges and deep canyons.
See ideas for Walking

Children

Attitude towards children
Children are welcome.
Property’s age restrictions
There are no age restrictions.
Special activities & services
There are no specific children’s meals on the menu, but options suitable for children can usually be ordered à la carte.
Equipment
There is a two-bedroom family chalet, but the lodge does not provide any special equipment such as highchairs or cots.
Generally recommended for children
Although children of all ages are welcome at Rostock Ritz, they don't provide any special equipment.
Notes
The pool is not fenced and there are some steep drops from the pool deck, and the balconies of the rooms, so children must be under supervision at all times.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Rostock Ritz

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Rostock Ritz have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.

Zebra

100% success

Meerkat

50% success

Oryx

50% success

Aardvark

0% success

Brown Hyena

0% success

Cheetah

0% success

Giraffe

0% success

Leopard

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Wildebeest

0% success

Communications

Power supply notes
There is also a generator as a back up.
Communications
There is a central telephone and WiFi is available in the main area. The lodge normally has cellphone reception.
TV & radio
None
Water supply
Borehole
Water supply notes
The rooms have plumbed-in showers and flushing toilets. Water is solar-heated.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
No
Medical care
Some of the staff are trained in basic first aid. The nearest doctor is in Walvis Bay, approx 210km from Rostock.
Dangerous animals
Low Risk
Security measures
There is a night guard, normally on duty between 11.00pm and 6.00am. The chalets have locks on the doors.
Fire safety
Fire extinguishers are placed at stations outside the chalets.

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Self-guided walking

    Self-guided walking

Extras

Disabled access
In Place
Laundry facilities
Laundry can be done on request.
Money
There is a safe in each of the chalets.
Accepted payment on location
Both cash (Namibian dollars, South African rands), and Visa and MasterCard are accepted forms of payment.

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