- Near Etosha National Park
- 21 rooms, very family friendly
- On site aviary, hide, water hole, farm
- Game drives, hiking, cycling
Okutala Etosha Lodge occupies a wonderful hillside location in the far north of Namibia, a short drive from Etosha National Park. This warm and friendly property boasts picturesque views of the surrounding area and its open, unspoiled landscapes and sits about 25 km away from the national park’s southern Anderson’s Gate. The lodge is completely submerged in nature, with animals sometimes passing through camp. There are some great on site facilities including a hide, a pool and a watering hole along with plenty of activities in and around the national park.
There are 21 comfy and spacious rooms at the lodge. Rooms are grouped into three categories: single rooms, double rooms and the larger family rooms. All accommodation options are air conditioned and have mosquito nets already fitted, along with a private shaded viewing deck and coffee making facilities. Bathrooms are en-suite and all have a shower, with some including a bathtub as well. The rooms are well spaced apart throughout the lodge’s grounds.
There is plenty to explore in Etosha National Park and the surrounding area. Guided hiking tours and cycling safaris are possible, as well as feeding sessions providing visitors with the rare opportunity to feed animals such as hyenas, leopards and elephants. The superb guided game drives into Etosha National Park offer the chance to spot an array of animals, some of the most commonly seen include southern white rhinoceroses, meerkats, African bush elephants and aardvarks. Endangered species tours and sundowner drives are also a popular choice.
Back at base, stargazing is a popular activity, as is exploring the lodge’s very own aviary, which is home to many colourful bird species. The property also has its own sprawling, 24,000 hectare farm - scenic drives through the farm are offered, with some focusing on the farm’s wildlife and others on its abundant plant life.
On-site facilities include an expansive public viewing deck overlooking a watering hole, and a photographic hide for those looking to get up-close photos of the animals that gather there. There’s also a swimming pool, a curio shop and a restaurant with a bar, where freshly prepared meals and refreshing drinks are served.
The lodge prides itself on being family friendly. Children are very welcome to stay here and families are encouraged to bring along their young ones, with many of the lodge’s activities and tours suitable for people of all ages. The family rooms accommodate 2 adults sharing with a maximum of 3 children under 12 years of age and comprise 2 separate, adjacent rooms with an inter-connecting door and shared bathroom. While it is rare for animals to approach humans, parents are reminded to keep their children under constant adult supervision.
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