Reviews of Waterberg Wilderness Lodge
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good first night stop. decided against organised activity and went for local walk instead, which was ideal after flight / drive.
freindly welcome. good room.
communal food was some of the best we had on trip.
after dinner drinks on terrace for another hour would have been nice and appreciated by others as bar in resturant not so good. good advice from staff on routes for next day.
Waterberg good in parts.
Delightful setting and obviously serious money being spent on stocking the farm with game. But room small, shortage of unpacking space, badly lit, as is dining area. Staff at lodge okay-ish but owners made no contact with us.
Guides in field poor - no bird knowledge even for eagles and on Waterberg a (fresh) black rhino territorial scrape was described as where buffalo had been fighting. Also limited English and German.
Depending on your attitude to H&S, the Waterberg on foot is risky without an informed guide both due to big game and the potential to fall of the edge when taking photos. Probably the lodge ought to get guests to sign chits accepting risk, but good guiding is paramount. Regrettably, we would not revisit or recommend.
Although the staff were very obliging there was no ambience created by the owners as we had experienced at other privately run lodges.
It was difficult to acquire any local knowledge of the area. Briefing on activities was poor. The guide on the game drive was not very confident with the guests and had no assistant.
Lovelly location and a rest from safari
The wilderness lodge is very good with excellent rooms. The new plateau lodge [Ed: six new rondavels positioned on the edge of the escarpment] is even better and has superb views and isl being developed further. The staff were really good but guests need to be prepared for Joachim who is clearly very dedicated and committed to what he is doing but is a man of strong opinions and is willing to share them!!
The wildlife is being added to gradually and the drive here is of a different order to other bigger lodges focussing on quality not quantity. This was an opportunity to relax after the rigours of safari and from that point of view was great.
The colours at sunrise in the plateau have to be seen to be believed and a walk up the valley is delightful. The walk up to the plateau is another matter if you have difficulty in walking taking about 4 hours of quite stiff clambering.
I loved it here - very beautiful place very worthwhle going on the guided walks which are freeRead more about the whole trip
Waterberg Wilderness Lodge
A little oasis amid the mountains. Stunning sceneryRead more about the whole trip
Stuunning, unusual scenery
Good walks and sociable dining arrangementsRead more about the whole trip