Rostock Ritz

Reviews of Rostock Ritz

Excellent(91%) From 40 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 40 of our travellers who have visited Rostock Ritz, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr's W from Victoria
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Rostock Ritz review

Delightful, helpful and informative hosts, who kindly upgraded our accommodation.

Rooms were great and we did many lovely walks (although we didn't sample any activities).

Food was fine.

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Ms M from Colorado
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Rostock Ritz review

These rooms were unique in their geodesic design. They were very comfortable and modern. Each room has its own balcony that overlooks the valley. We took a hike in the morning along one of their many trails. On our return to the lodge, we saw a mama and baby zebra. The lodge owner said they had rescued the mama as a baby and raised her along with their horses. Neither the zebra or horses are confined by fences. The zebra found a zebra boyfriend and now has a new member to the family.

We had an evening meal that was delicious. We could choose between fish or game meat. The breakfast buffet was a selection of cereal, meat, cheese, bread and eggs to order.

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Mr J. from Ireland
Arrived on: 23-Apr-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Rostock Ritz review

One of our preferences. Really lovely hosts and staff.

Lovely rooms. Charming. Nice food. Great pool.

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Ms L from Queensland
Arrived on: 9-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Far from being the Ritz

The lodge is set very far from the road. One passes a lookout for the impressive Rostock Mountain well before reaching the lodge. Its best to take your photo there. The manager was quite flustered as he seemed the only staff at reception. He didn't even realise that the kitchen had purchased a number of food items that I had requested for me. Staff morale seemed low here.

The place has the cheapest construct I've come across on this trip. The funky looking white igloos are no longer white, having been covered up by the local stones to help keep them cool. They are still hot at night though. The very basic furniture inside is made of the same slate looking stones, or rusted metal. The room and bathroom were small, and felt uninviting. It looked more like a pioneer's hut from a century ago. The garden outside was even more unappealing.

The meercats that were featured in travellers photos earlier no longer visit the lodge very much. There was a path to follow if one wanted to go for walks, but the rocks strewn all along the path made it look unsafe.

I don't recommend this lodge even for an overnight based on my stay.

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Expert Africa comments

We’re sorry that this traveller didn’t enjoy Rostock Ritz as we’d hoped. It in in a very rocky environment on the edge of the Namib and the rooms can get quite warm here.

Looking over her whole trip, this traveller commented that it was a trip ‘she wanted to forget’ and noted that her expectations of her destinations had been inappropriate. We take some blame for this: one of our key tasks in planning a trip is to try to match a travellers' expectations with the reality that they will experience. Clearly in this case we failed.

She comments that she "wasn't prepared for how backward Africans were” and that she’d found this trip to be "very taxing”. We’re really sorry this was the outcome. We think it’s important that you read this traveller's whole trip review to put her feedback in context.

As a company we would rather not organise a trip than send someone with badly misaligned expectations – but that seems to have been what happened here.

Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 13-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Desert heat, great view

Unusual spot, a short drive off the main road.

Being on higher ground gave us a fantastic view of the desert and mountains in the distance.

Although the conditions were very hot, the room remained reasonably cool, even without air-con.

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Mr & Mrs H from UK
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Rostock Ritz review

Rostock Ritz provided a welcome break on a long drive to our next destination. The scenery all around is stunning and although the rooms are smaller than all the other places we visited, the view from our terrace was beautiful. We loved the swimming pool; again with wonderful views. Our meals were excellent and the meerkats were entertaining. We took a self guided walk, of which there are several to choose from and maps are provided. It was really good to take a hike and absorb our surroundings after sitting in a car for hours.

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D & P from Lavenham
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A lucky upgrade

Upgraded to superior room thanks to a coach party occupying the standard rooms, one night stop over was sufficient to complete an evening and morning walk.

Rescue meerkats were entertaining

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Mrs H & Mr M from Madrid
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Do not miss this place

Perfect stop on the way to the coast. Thanks to our travel planner for the recomendation !

Excellent food, accomodation, swimming pool and lovely self guided walks around.

We had an excellent time.

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Mr & Mrs B from Hampshire
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Rostock Ritz paradise

Faultless as usual. Staff so friendly and helpful. Off road adventure was great fun. The only place off the beaten track that provides an a la carte menu which meant an oryx free night!
Various well marked walking trails.

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Prof B & Mr K from Delhi
Arrived on: 30-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Rostock Ritz review

A quirky, out-of-the-ordinary place to stay amidst breath-taking scenery. We loved walking on the ridge behind the lodge, looking at the rocks and the staggeringly beautiful landscape.

The room was a bit cramped and we would have appreciated a coffee/tea maker since the main dining area was a short walk away.

The father-son team managing the place (sorry! can't remember their names) were friendly and supplied us some useful reference books (which we'd been keen to consult) so we could look things up.

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