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Okutala Etosha Lodge

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- Near Etosha National Park
- 21 rooms, very family friendly
- On site aviary, hide, water hole, farm
- Game drives, hiking, cycling

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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.

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  • 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

    MissingGodfrey 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

    MissingPhilip 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

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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