- Tranquil property in wilderness reserve
- Secluded location yet convenient for airport
- Extensive spa, two pools, restaurant, and bar
- Wonderful panoramic views
GocheGanas Nature Reserve is an upmarket lodge and wellness centre in an elevated wilderness setting, 29 km southeast of the capital city of Windhoek, in central Namibia. The property sits in a 6,000 hectare nature reserve with panoramic hilltop views over the surrounding landscape, yet is only 30 minutes from Windhoek and the international airport, making it a good option for a relaxing start or finish to a holiday in Namibia. Secluded and tranquil, GocheGanas offers 16 well-appointed thatched suites, a hilltop restaurant with super views, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gym, and a substantial spa and wellness centre.
Communal areas at the lodge include a restaurant and bar with a both indoor and outdoor seating areas, boasting stunning views across the reserve. An outdoor fire pit is a popular spot for a post dinner drink beneath the stars. The extensive onsite spa includes a ‘cave sauna’ and crystal and hydrotherapy baths. Note there is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for use of spa facilities. The lodge boasts an impressive heated indoor pool, plus an unheated outdoor pool with lovely views, and a fully equipped gym. Wi-Fi is available in communal areas, although due to the property’s remote location, the signal may be intermittent.
Activities include early morning and afternoon game drives, and guided walks. The surrounding reserve is home to over 25 species of wildlife including the endangered white rhino, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, springbok, oryx, leopard, and cheetah. The lodge offers mountain bike hire, with the option of guided or non-guided excursions through the reserve, following a series of marked routes.
Accommodation comprises 16 spacious and comfortable thatched suites, spread out on the hillside for privacy. Each suite has large windows to maximise the picturesque surroundings. Each unit has a king size or twin beds draped with mosquito nets, and a spacious ensuite bathroom, many with an indulgent outdoor shower. All suites come with air conditioning, satellite TV, and a minibar. Outside is a private decked veranda with seating.
Children are warmly welcome at the property. Guests under three years of age are accommodated free of charge, with discounts offered for children under 12 years. Each suite can sleep up to two adults and two children under 12. A larger, family unit is also available which can comfortably accommodate four guests. This comprises two double bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, connected via a spacious veranda. A babysitting service is available on request. As the outdoor pool at the property is unfenced, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.
- Only 8 rooms
- Hands on management
- Swimming pool and day room available
- Easy reach of restaurants and shops
- Spacious guest rooms
- Quiet gardens and lovely pool
- Easy access into Windhoek town
- Clean and comfortable capital stop-over
- Professional and friendly service
- Short drive to town's facilities
- Stylish and comfortable
- Helpful and friendly staff
- Convenient location
- Family-run with great service
- Comfortable clean rooms
- Excellent location near central Windhoek
- Upmarket, peaceful residential area
- Shuttle service to Windhoek centre
- Pool and pretty garden area
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
Hi Lisa, Thanks for your email! It was amazing thank you! We had the best time, everything ran smoothly (aside from a break-down due to faulty clutch on day 1 of the tour, but our guide / driver sorted that and we were back on track by that evening). Saw all the things we wanted to see, even a mum and cub cheetah. Our boys have had such a different holiday and a fab taste of the world! Thank you so much for organising this for us. We’d definitely recommend our guide/driver (Tuhafeni) and assistant (Frans) again. Nicola
Nicola T reviewing Highlights of Namibia - Family Group Tour on 18 August 2023