- Fire pit with views of rock formations
- Good line-up of activities and excursions
- Well placed for exploring Spitzkoppe
The Spitzkoppe are a series of bald granite peaks in central Namibia’s Namib Desert which are over 150 million years old. The family-run Spitzkoppen Lodge, named after these fascinating geological formations, is an elegant and private resort set right into these towering granite outcrops. The property has a friendly feel and incredible views of the surrounding scenery, not to mention plenty of space and comfort, a modest swimming pool and a good range of activities from biking and climbing, to rock art and cultural tours.
There are 15 en-suite chalets which are linked to one another and the lodge’s main reception building by a series of wheelchair-accessible, raised walkways. Each chalet has its own shaded viewing deck for admiring the dramatic, unspoiled scenery. To help fend off mosquitos, nets are provided for all beds and all windows are fitted with gauze. While families are welcome, note that the rural nature of the lodge and the raised walkways mean that it is not recommended for families with children below 6 years of age.
The restaurant showcases an array of local and national dishes and international options are also regularly available. There’s also a bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and a sociable lounge area for unwinding and catching up on the day’s events. Views from these areas are particularly scenic, especially in the evening when boulders close by are lit up. Also on-site are a swimming pool with a fire pit area and a curio shop selling all sorts of locally produced arts and crafts, not to mention gems sourced from nearby mines.
There’s a good range of activities to participate in. Rock climbing is a popular pursuit here - in fact, Spitzkoppe is renowned as the top rock-climbing destination in Namibia, offering stunning views of the desert and in excess of a hundred different climbing routes. Biking and self-guided photography tours to several noteworthy Skitzkoppe sites are also worth participating in, as are horseback riding sessions and even guided abseiling trips. Crystal tours showcase the lives of local miners and the treasures they uncover in the mines, while trips to archaeological sites offer the chance to see ancient paintings and other surviving pieces of rock art.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019