Reviews of Zebra River Lodge
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Zebra River Lodge
This place was a treat. We had it all to ourselves which was a bonus! Friendly staff, good food, interesting, quirky and huge room. The setting is magnificent. We walked up into the gorges and the hills beyond early in the morning on the trail of the skittish zebra, watched by curious klipspringers. Peaceful, beautiful and fascinating.
Back at base the pool was good - if cold! Jobe took good care of us and Jeanette, sitting in for the owner was great too.
Headed up for sunset looking over the valley - amazing light, the odd zebra in the distance and hard to beat.
An absolute gem
Very welcoming staff, beautiful room and verandah, fabulous evening meals, knowledgeable guide who took us for a nature walk and spotted zebra which we would otherwise never have seen. The sky at night was amazing. After dinner some zebra came to the waterhole which was a real treat.
In addition a member of staff washed the car during our stay so that, at least to start with, we were not covered in dust every time we opened and closed the boot!
We understand that this lodge is shortly to be sold at auction and hope that the new owner will continue to provide the same high level of service.
Quirky lodge in a remote and beautiful place
A long drive on gravel roads, but it as worth it to arrive and be greeted by the lovely Salome. We stayed in room 9 and thought it must be one of their best, later discovering it was the honeymoon suite! It was large and comfortable with stunning views from the terrace, though better lighting and handrails would make it easier for more mature travellers (or even honeymooners) to climb back up there safely after dinner. A torch was essential, but not provided.
Activities on offer weren't well explained and we could probably have done a bit more with our time there. We did the shorter walk, as the '5 hour' one sounded daunting, but were told afterwards that it would have been no more strenuous and given us more time up on the plateau.
The lodge was up for sale while we were there and it seems likely whoever buys it would make some changes - hopefully for the better. Guests were a strange mixture: from a group of 'overlanders' doing their own catering, to a couple flying in on a private plane.
Zebra River Lodge review
Highlight was the food. The cook was really good and we enjoyed the meals. The swimming pools was unclean and full with algae.
a very special place in the mountains
We were the only guests which meant we got a lot of care and attention. The owners were very friendly without crowding us out - they havda lot to do with their plans to develop the Lodge. Our aim was to have some time in the mountains walking. We did do this although the walks are not quite as easy as you might think: there are some waymarks on this private land but with hand drawn maps it can get tricky.
The long awaited rains were starting so one day we got rained off from the mountains but overall it was a great experience and the landscape is stunning, fantastic birds but relatively limited wildlife, lots of baboons in the rocks above you as you walk and we did see a few zebra. It is off the beaten track but ideal if you want a few days of relative solitude.
The geology is interesting and provides another reason to walk.
A great place to get away from it all!
This is a great lodge in a wonderful setting with beautiful views and some great walks from the lodge. The staff were all friendly and helpful and the rooms were very comfortable.
Many fellow-travellers we met missed the Naukluft Mountains area but for us, it was a highlight of our trip.
Zebra River Lodge
Sadly the worst lodge of our trip. Had a slightly run down air about it and although welcomed by the pleasant staff our feeling was it was not well run. It transpired that the owners were away as was the only guide. The lady who was standing in for the owners was charming and did what she could to make us feel at home. However on our last evening a coach arrived of self catering guests with us as the only other guests which was not very pleasant. They also left at 5am which disturbed our sleep
There was little in the way of organised activities which was ok for us we did 2 walks on the day we were there but there was no guiding as advertised as the guide was away. Our short sundowner drive was with the maintenance man.
Our very dirty car was cleaned for us for which we were very grateful
Expert Africa comments
The lodge replied at length, very concerned by our travellers feedback and made the following comments.
The owners and the guide were away at the time of these guests visit. We now understand that when this happens, there is no relief guide to take the activities. There are marked trails on the property for guests to do unguided walks. The owner has confirmed that the maintenance man is also one of their drivers and that he often takes the sundowner trips, which the owner feels “ do not need a qualified guide”. Their resident guide would usually do these trips too, but they promote up-skilling within their staff and consider his absence an opportunity for their maintenance man to gain experience. Their resident guide was trained up through the ranks in a similar way.
There was a group staying at the lodge at the time and they occupied the rest of the rooms. That group did leave early, at 5:00am, to go on a day trip to Sossusvlei.
The owner has apologized for the noise and disturbance caused by the groups early departure.
Zebra River Lodge review
Loved Zebra River Lodge. Did two walks on our own from the Lodge. Did the second walk at dawn when we realised how hot it was for the first walk.
Lovely room in beautiful location. A fantastic introduction to Namibia. One of the best sundowners of the holiday. It was lovely when the staff came and sang beautifully to us at the end of the meal.
Beautiful scenery , we loved the complete isolation and solitude . Stars were amazing at night. Probably one of our favourite locations we stayed at .
We thought it could easily have more activities for families ie horse riding and bike paths . Food was superb . We would go back here easily if there was more to offer in this area and stay longer next time .
Zebra River Lodge review
It was a pity that we used this lodge as simply an over-night stop to break up a long journey. It was really good and deserved a longer stay. However, I would suggest that you consider this lodge for it's own sake and not a base for visiting Sossusvlei - the road to Sossusvlei is not so good and it's at least 1.5 hours drive each way.
The lodge is in its own canyon, is very remote and a perfect base for walks and hikes, or just relaxing by the pool (with the tame springbok)