- 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
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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