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Grootberg Lodge

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

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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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  • 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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