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Grootberg Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Black Rhino and Desert Elephant tracking
- 100% run by the local community
- Fantastic cultural programme
- Stunning Views

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Overview

Grootberg lodge is a sophisticated lodge in the north area of Damaraland, in the North west of Namibia. One hundred percent run by the local community, this camp offers a truly authentic experience from its fantastic position atop Grootberg pass.

The guest areas at Grootberg lodge include a pleasant pool area, large restaurant with an outdoor verandah and comfortable living area; all with dramatic views over the Klip river valley. The great staff are all employed from the local community and have unparalleled knowledge of the local area.

A variety of activities are offered at Grootberg and focus on the tracking of the elusive desert adapted elephant and the black rhino. Rhino tracking in particular has become so popular, that restrictions are having to be put in place to restrict the number of guests participating. This is a unique and rewarding activity so it is worth booking as early as possible to ensure your place on the trip. Twice daily game drives and walking safaris around the plateau edge are also great opportunities to spot local populations of zebra, antelope, jackal and occasionally lion and leopard. A fantastic cultural programme is also offered with local school performances being especially memorable. It is worth noting that unlike most other lodges, the activities here are not included in the price and can quickly outweigh the cost of accommodation.

The accommodation is in traditional rock and thatch chalets and is split into fourteen twin and two family units. All have private verandahs with stunning views across the Klip river valley and are ensuite. The family units house families of four comfortably.

Unusually, there is no minimum age for children staying at Grootberg. Children of all ages can enjoy game drives and walking safaris, however children do have to be over the age of twelve to participate in the elephant and rhino tracking. Families with young children will find it very hard to find a lodge that accepts children of any age on game drives so this would be a rare find. The family units are ideal accommodation and the large swimming pool is great for kids to enjoy during the day.

Grootberg Camp is a fantastic example of the local community engaging and benefiting from eco tourism. The camp is brilliantly run and offers some good activities that makes it a real family favourite.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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