Reviews of Omaanda
Wildlife sightings and reviews
8 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Omaanda and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
The individual lodges are incredibly well designed and luxurious, but felt very cold on the night that we had a rain and thunderstorm, despite having a fire made up in the bedroom. The staff are very good and our guide Jonas was great company out in the reserve.
The food was pretty good but without much variety. The dining area itself was desperately underlit in the evenings so that people were reading wine menus with their torches. How many times the management must have watched that, but not thought to invest in a few candles for the tables, defies my imagination given how well thought out the rest of the place is.
It's a great place near the airport to start or end your trip, but I wouldn't stay more than a night or two at the most." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
As our first stop on a month-long trip, interesting to learn many of the animals at this lodge/preserve were rescued from other locations. With large electric fences keeping the animals in and poachers out. And that this is the case at many reserves throughout the country." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia; 5n in South Africa
The "hut" we had (No 5) was superbly designed and perfectly laid out with a good, unobstructed view over the bush and a waterhole. We only ever saw two kudos there, though.
The main building was also beautiful, the staff all friendly and likeable - and the food absolutely top notch. My wife's special dietary requirements were well taken care off. We didn't do any activities with the Lodge itself, but joined the carnivore feeding tour at the associated Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary nearby. That was perhaps a bit too touristy - with a large group of Italians, but nevertheless very worthwhile. Seeing caracals was a highlight of the trip.
Back to Omaanda Lodge: My wife used the spa facilities and had a massage, which she reported was excellent too. What impressed us most about this Lodge, beyond the lavish luxury, the food and the nice staff, was the incredible attention to detail, not only in the designs but in the timings. They must take note of when guests go to breakfasts (and there's a wide time window), then the room is made up during that time, so it's done when you return. Same with turn-down and setting up a log fire while we were at dinner.
The fires were indeed needed as it was bitterly cold at night (minus 5 degrees Celsius during our second night - there was frost on the wooden walkways in the morning!); so we were glad we had brought our thermals to sleep in after the fire had gone out. Also: they provided a two litre jug of purified water every day - unlike at all other lodges where it was still a wasteful use of plastic bottles. Extra green credits to Omaanda on that front!" See all these reviews: 21n in Namibia
"Luxury in the Making"
However, certain elements did not live up to the luxurious experience we initially anticipated. Aside from the close proximity to the airport, we selected this property given its lovely design and views. The huts are spacious and well appointed, but are exposed to the elements (vented gap between the walls and roof) and only have one small unit to combat cold / hot air flow from outside. While we experienced a cold snap during our stay, each night the staff kindly made a fire, which did help.
Also, we experienced roughly a 4 hour period without running water throughout the property and did not receive an ETA on resolution (particularly frustrating as we'd just returned from the spa and were eager to shower).
During our stay, we took advantage of the spa. While we had pre-booked couples' treatments for both days of our stay, we learned that they had no record of our booking and only had one massage therapist available each day, requiring us to go back to back. Additionally, the massage experience was not as relaxing as I had hoped; my massages were rather hurried and a bit uncomfortable at times. Spa billing also proved to be confusing. On arrival, we were told a 60 min treatment was an included activity, though our bill reflected a charge. After inquiring, the staff removed the charge, but indicated certain spa services were not included activities. (However, while the services in name may have been different, the experience was exactly the same.)
Aside from the spa, we found the food to be varied and tasty; however, the service was hit or miss. While some were very accommodating, others missed the mark (repeat requests, unfilled water glasses, etc.). Lastly, while our arrival transfer was in a comfortable SUV where we were offered refreshments, our departure transfer was in relatively cramped local taxi vehicle, with no water provided." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
Was disappointed by the horseback riding activity. Horses were not well cared for and it seemed not many guests did this. I won't spoil the surprise but would recommend the cheetah walk!
Even though we were on full board, they tried to charge us for some included services they ended up taking off our bill." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
It was the only lodge that had both a baths and showers. The view of the bush from the baths was a treat and the walk-in wardrobe a delight after 3 weeks living out of a bag.
Although we didn't see them, we heard striped hyena's cry throughout the first night whilst we were tucked up in warm in bed with fires lit in the fireplaces.
The staff tried very hard with the service though it fell a little short of the excellent service we experienced at certain other locations.
The breakfast was really nice with a large variety of choice on the menu.
We wish that we'd spent an extra day at Omaanda" See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia
"A Great Surprise"
The food was amazing, some of the best for our whole trip. The wildlife viewing was fabulous. Must have seen 10 white rhinos and spent time watching them in a mud hole. Had an amazing encounter with wild dogs, one of only two places in Namibia, from what we were told, that has them.
We were sadly disappointed to only have one night here. A great stop near the Winhoek airport, either on your way in or out of the country." See all these reviews: 8n in Namibia
Not far from Windhoek airport. They have their own safari area but a bit sparse on sightings.
Extra excursions available and walk with the cheetahs was great experience." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
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