Cape Cross Lodge

Reviews of Cape Cross Lodge

Good(85%) From 39 travellers
Excellent
17
Good
15
Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 39 of our travellers who have visited Cape Cross Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr B & Mrs C - Southampton
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Disappointed at Cape Cross Lodge.

I think we probably did not get the best out of this hotel because only two couples were booked overnight. The weather was cold and windy so we didn't even bother to visit the nearby seal colony, which was the whole point of coming here!

Our room was comfortable and spacious but being painted pale blue it made you feel as cold as the weather outside. There was no heating in the room but warm quilts were provided on the comfortable beds. There were good en suite facilities. We had a great view looking out over the beach and in better weather we could have enjoyed a pleasant walk along the sand.

We were staying on HB basis so the evening meal was included, although not in its entirety as it turned out. Apparently, we could choose anything from the four-course menu as long as the cost did not exceed N$220! Our server didn't explain beforehand but normally guests are presented with a set menu, the cost of which is incorporated into the room rate. However, as there were only four guests for dinner, we were being given a choice from the normal restaurant menu. Our original choice broke the budget so we had to do without the second starter!

The meal itself was pretty good, rump steak and pork chops being well cooked but we found the chips and baked potato very salty and there was very little vegetable to accompany the meat. The dessert was a very good banana cake with custard but it is not often that I finish a meal feeling hungry so overall, I would say value for money was poor.

In the morning one of the staff was washing our car, which was filthy from the drive up the coast from Swakopmund and this was very much appreciated. Breakfast was a reasonably good help-yourself buffet and hot food was cooked to order. However, the coffee served to us was awful and could have been left over from the night before.

This review should not put anyone off from coming here. This is a modern, spacious and comfortable hotel in an extremely remote location and it must have been awkward catering for so few people. I'm sure that at busier times things would have been different. It is ideally located to break the long journey up the Skeleton Coast (and it really is long).

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Mr & Mrs K - Wisconsin
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

Cape Cross Lodge review

Our stay in Cape Cross was not everything we wanted it to be. we found the staff to be quite indifferent. It was terribly cold while we were there. The room had no heat or space heaters and no hot water bottles were made available. Our room was not as nice as rooms in their photos.

The dinner we were served was just excellent, one of the best meals we were served in Namibia.

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Ms R & Mr S - Chevy Chase
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent

Cape Cross Lodge review

The location was fantastic and worth the stay.

The room had a great view of the ocean and location was perfect for walking on the beach and visiting the seal colony, which was marvelous. The room itself was somewhat small and not as nice as other rooms we had on the trip.

The wine was not very good and the food was OK, but not great.

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Mr & Mrs LN - London
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Cape Cross Lodge review

A real surprise! The room was clean and comfortable and looked straight out into the ocean where some seals were playing in the surf.

We went for a walk along the ridge, returned along the beach and watched a lovely sunset before having a nice drink and dinner.

The seal colony was short drive away although the visiting hours are limited there so don't expect to go early in the morning.

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Mr & Mrs P - Beckenham
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

really desolate location

Staff friendly and helpful.
We visited early September and there were very few guests, it was a bit eerie.
It was a useful base to get a short experience of the desolate coast.

It is worth spending some time walking north along the deserted coast and observing the specialised flora, and seeing some of the skeletal remains of seals etc and just listening to the wind and the waves-wrap up well, its verycold, particularly as you will have just come away from the hot hinterland!l

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V group - Italy
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

On the side of the ocean

Located a mere 20 meters from the Atlantic, Cape cross lodge is quite a special place to stay.
You fall asleep with the sound of waves and can look out of your balcony for Jackals coming to drink at their small waterhole/pool at night time.
The feeling of isolation is quite strong and, especially if you enjoy the ocean, can be very relaxing place to stay. We were quite sad we didn't book for a second night in the lodge.
Rooms are decorated in a unique french style, they are quite large and with balconies facing the ocean, only disadvantage was the lack of any kind of room heating.
The dinner was good and the breakfast rich. They are served in a large common area with comfortable couches and a fireplace.
If you fancy a taste of lonesomeness of the skeleton coast, or you enjoy the sound of the Atlantic or just wish to have a moment of relax, this is a place to stay.

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Mr & Mrs K - Nottingham
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

Cape Cross Lodge review

Amazing location right on the sea edge - must be even more amazing in sunshine but the fog was to be expected for the time of year.

Very cosy dining room with open fires in the casual seating areas. Staff very helpful, food excellent

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Mr & Mrs S - Colorado
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Cape Cross Lodge review

Cape Cross Lodge is probably "the" place to stay if you want to see the Seal Reserve. Everything is first class, but since we only needed a place to spend the night, we could have done with less "fancy" accommodations. On the other hand, you won't be disappointed staying here.

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Mr M & Ms H - 5th visit to Namibia
Arrived on: 27-May-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

Stunning Sea front location

Very warm and friendly welcome. Staff all extremely helpful.

View from seafront room was wonderful.

The highlight of the stay was an impromtu staff entertainment when they all came in to the dining area singing traditional songs, it was quite wonderful and an unforgettable experience.

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Miss. TT - London
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Cape Cross Lodge review

The lodge is in a beautiful place and the rooms are lovely and spacious in a seaside style.

There was only one other couple staying at the lodge when we were there which felt a bit strange. Staff were very unfriendly in comparison to the other lodges that we stayed at.

We knew that there was building work going on in advance but it did not disturb us at all, although it looks like the lodge is going to become very large which may make it less attractive in the future.

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