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Grootberg Lodge

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8/10

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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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Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • 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

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