Anib Lodge is located in the Southern Kalahari.
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 with 55 rooms, but makes a lovely 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. It is thoughtfully laid out, with two separate parts – one is for larger touring groups and the other which is for individual travellers.
The group rooms sit around three sides of a courtyard, all facing into the garden with a swimming pool in the centre. Then the 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.
There is an indoor lounge area just off from the bar, with comfortable seating and large windows looking out onto the garden that give a wonderful sense of space. During the cold winter periods you will find a roaring fire in the lounge. Order a hot beverage to keep the winter chill at bay, or a cold refreshing drink.
For dining, all the guests sit together in one of the two dining areas. During the warmer summer months you sit in an open sided restaurant under thatch. Then there is also a cozy indoor restaurant for when the weather is slightly colder. Both dining areas are really spacious – you will never feel that you are staying in a large lodge.
The bar at Kalahari Anib Lodge is well stocked with local, South African and imported liquors. Guests can either sit on the barstools and engage in some conversation with the bartender, or simply relax in the lounge and enjoy the night sounds.
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 groups rooms and another close to the individual rooms.
Kalahari Anib Lodge's main reception area also serves as a curio shop, which is stocked with an array of Namibian arts and crafts, locally produced cosmetics, toiletries, jewellery, clothing and ornaments.
Activities available during your stay here include a nature drive on the Kalahari Anib Lodge's private reserve. The nature drives depart in the afternoon after tea, or in the morning. When we were last there we drove out in the morning, which involved an early wake-up call at 6.00am and a quick cup of tea/coffee before heading out on the 1½ to 2 hour nature-drive.
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. 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: When we were last there, 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 3-course meal, served at 7.30 – 8 in the evening.
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.
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.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There is telephone, fax and internet. However this is for office use only, unless in the case of an emergency.
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.