The recently refurbished Kalahari Anib Lodge is one of the larger lodges...
Kalahari Anib Lodge: Our full report
Kalahari Anib Lodge is situated 24km east of Hardap, along the C20 towards Stampriet, and is a friendly oasis in the heart of the southern Kalahari. It is a relatively large lodge, often appealing to groups with 55 rooms, but makes a nice overnight stop, either at the beginning or the end of your trip.
As you approach Kalahari Anib Lodge, drive up the private gravel road lined with wild bushes on either side. You will often see the resident wildlife grazing by the roadside such as springbok and the occasional kudu. The lodge also has a resident warthog, a springbok, a dog and two sheep called Gin and Tonic, much to the amusement of guests.
Then the lodge itself sits behind a beautiful front garden, filled with a multitude of colourful flowers, green lawns and tall shady trees. It is a relaxed and comfortable lodge with plenty of lounging areas and lots of helpful staff. The lodge had a complete refurbishment in 2016 so everything here feels very new.
Although groups are frequent visitors here, they have made an effort to try and make sure individual travellers feel welcome too.
The group rooms (also known as standard rooms) sit around three sides of a courtyard, all facing into the garden with a swimming pool in the centre. Then the standard confort rooms for individual guests are set back, down a network of pathways, where you will also find the guest parking and a second pool. All of the bedrooms in both areas, are spacious and comfortable with simple décor throughout. The Standard Comfort rooms however have nicer views over the dunes, and are semi-detached, rather than terraced. They’re quite a bit bigger and have a private verandah overlooking a small waterhole which is often frequented by eland and oryx. All rooms have air-con and safes in the room.
The first area you’ll come to as you arrive at Kalahari Anib Lodge is the huge reception and curios shop – very well stocked to pick up some souvenirs!
There is a huge new restaurant area which has just been built – with more than enough space for everyone! There’s a comfortable sitting area around a fireplace for warming yourself on cooler nights. There’s a large buffet area where meals are set out. Interesting hanging lights hang from the ceilings, while the wooden floors and large windows give a cool and bright feel.
In a separate room the bar is a nice place to relax. There’s another fire here in a small sandpit so you can sit around warming yourself with your feet in the Kalahari sand!
The Kalahari Anib Lodge has two swimming pools, one larger than the other, but both beautifully clear with plenty of loungers, and both open to all guests. One is situated close by the standard rooms and another close to the standard comfort rooms.
Activities available during your stay here include a morning nature drive on the Kalahari Anib Lodge's private reserve. They can also offer sundowner drives, as well as guided dune walks. They have plenty of vehicles and so can take out up to 80 guests at one time.
On a previous visit, before the re-vamp, we drove out with a very knowledgeable guide named Gerson. He stopped at regular intervals to point out interesting things, such plants that were originally used for traditional medicines and are now commercially used in pharmaceutical drugs. You may come across a variety of birds such as the sociable weaver bird, ostriches, white-quilled korhaan, pale chanting goshawks and black-shouldered kites.
Our viewOverall we found the Kalahari Anib Lodge had a lovely buzz to it and the staff members were friendly and very helpful. Although it is a fairly big lodge, it still manages to be cozy and we found it extremely welcoming – and the new renovations lend a fresh and well thought out design. The service was good, there was always someone around who was ready to assist guests or answer questions.
Ideal length of stay: 1-2 nights
Directions: Driving from Windhoek to the Kalahari Anib Lodge, drive along the B1 towards Mariental and then turn off onto the C20 towards Stampriet. The turn-off to the lodge is just 24km along this road and clearly sign posted.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Lodge Management Company
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: We didn’t get to sample the food on our last visit in May 2016, but on previous visits the meals where delicious! They served good sized portions, which were well presented and there was a nice variety of game meat and plenty of fresh vegetables.
Kalahari Anib Lodge happily caters for vegetarians and with advance notice can accommodate various dietary requirements. With young children the lodge is flexible with meal times and will even make special meals - but parents must let the lodge know in advance.
Breakfast is served in a buffet style with a variety of fruits, cereals, toast and preserves as well as fresh-baked bread and a cooked breakfast. Fruit juices, tea and coffee are also available.
Lunch is usually a light meal such as a salad or sandwiches (at an extra cost) which can be chosen from an a la carte menu. Dinner is then usually a buffet.
The staff were always very friendly and attentive. The assistant managers and various team members made a point to stop by each table to enquire if the guests needed anything. The chef also came by the individual tables during desert to introduce himself and ask how the dinner was, which was a lovely touch.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £5-10
Drinks included: Drinks are not included, they are charged at an extra cost to be paid directly at the lodge.
Further dining info: Yes - they can provide room service if required, however this is not standard and is only really for cases where a guest is feeling unwell.
Attitude towards children: Yes, child friendly
Property’s age restrictions: None, accept children of all ages
Special activities & services: There are no special activities specifically for children, however the lodge is flexible – families with young children can request to do shorter activities. Special kids meals are also available on request. The staff at Kalahari Anib Lodge seem very child-friendly, and explained to us that they often make big efforts to make children feel welcome and comfortable. They also have 5 family rooms.
Equipment: Kalahari Anib Lodge does not have any cots or highchairs for children.
Generally recommended for children: Yes
Notes: Though Kalahari Anib Lodge is not specially geared towards children, they try hard to be flexible, varying the length of the activities for children, and the meal times. They also allow children age 2+ on game drives.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There is WiFi at the bar and in the restaurant area.
TV & radio: The lodge has DSTV (Satellite television) in the bar area.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Mariental, which is approximately 30km away. For minor injuries, Maritza, the assistant manager, is qualified to administer first aid.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There is always a security guard posted at the entrance gate to Kalahari Anib Lodge. All of the guests are signed in and then at night the gate is also locked. There are no luggage storage facilities but any valuables may be locked away in the manager's office.
Fire safety: Kalahari Anib Lodge does not have fire extinguishers in the rooms, though there are some strategically placed around the lodge's main areas. However Kalahari Anib Lodge assure us that they are about to put alarms inside all of the rooms. These can be activated by guests in an emergency, to alert the manager on duty.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Yes -there is a laundry service for guests staying a minimum of two nights, provided the items are handed in on the first day. This is charged as an additional extra, direct at the lodge. This is charged as an additional extra direct at the lodge.
Money: Kalahari Anib Lodge does not exchange any foreign currencies or travellers' cheques.
Accepted payment on location: Visa and Mastercard are both readily accepted.