- 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.
- Luxury rooms with views
- Great walking trails
- Ideal for bird-spotting
- Pool in rock overlooking plains
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023