- Peaceful, well-presented property
- Game drives into Etosha National Park
- Pool, bar, lounge, library
- Good selection of international wines
The Mushara Collection consists of four well-appointed, private accommodation options all a short distance from Etosha National Park in northern Namibia. The first of these to open was Mushara Lodge, a lovely property with a traditional, ‘down to earth’ feel which lies just 8 km from the park’s eastern Von Lindequist Gate and makes for an ideal place to stay for anyone looking to explore the renowned national park either with a guide or independently.
The pristine accommodation comprises ten spacious double-bed chalets that are carefully arranged around the swimming pool. In addition, there are two single rooms for solo travellers, a triple room for larger groups and a family house designed specifically to comfortably accommodate parents travelling with children. All rooms have plenty of space and air conditioning, with mosquito nets provided for all beds. Bathrooms are en-suite and come with a shower; the triple room and family house also have a separate bathtub in addition to the shower. In-room amenities include a safe, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities.
The key draw to Mushara Lodge is the game drives into the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park. The park was established back in 1907 and covers an area of 22,270 km², with more than 550 species calling it home. It remains very well protected to this day and is highly rated for its wildlife viewing opportunities. When out on game drives, animals such as giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, impalas, elephants and lions can often be seen. The huge salt pan in the park is also a fascinating central feature - spanning an area of 4,731 km², it’s the largest in all of Africa and a wonderful sight to behold.
When not out exploring, there are plenty of good facilities to make use of. There’s a public lounge with ample space for relaxation and a cosy fire place, as well as the small but well-stocked library, a shop selling souvenirs and sundries, and a bar with an impressive collection of international wines. Meals are served in the dining area with a focus on local dishes and both indoor and outdoor dining are possible. There’s also the pool, which is of a good size and is surrounded by well landscaped greenery, with plenty of loungers too.
The lodge actively welcomes children of all ages, with those aged three and under able to stay free of charge. Additional cots are available on request and there’s a play area at the family house to keep youngsters entertained. While the lodge itself is fenced, the pool is not, so parents are reminded to keep 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