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Zebra River Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Stunning scenery, secluded location
- Hiking trails and palaeontological interest
- Swimming pool
- Friendly and down to earth feel

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Overview

Zebra River Lodge is a recently renovated farmhouse situated amidst stunning scenery in the Tsaris mountains, southern Namibia. Occupying its own canyon near Namib-Naukluft National Park, the lodge’s remote location alongside the Zebra River lends the property a secluded and peaceful feel. The surrounding area has a fascinating geological and palaeontological history, and there’s an abundance of wildlife to be discovered, including mountain zebra, antelope, klipspringers and kudu.

The lodge's recent modernisations have dramatically improved the elegance of the somewhat limited facilities available, allowing guests a higher standard of comfort whilst retaining the down-to-earth charm that the original exterior stonework affords. The fireplace and abundant soft furnishings make for a cosy and intimate lounge. Although the dining room may be somewhat less inviting, it is light and airy, and in the summer guests can eat on the veranda whilst enjoying spectacular views of the mountains. The surrounding gardens provide a serene setting for the fish pond and a good-sized pool.

The lodge offers a variety of rooms, ranging from the modern functionality of the standard rooms in the main body of the hotel, to the significantly more luxurious honeymoon suite. The standard rooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom, are situated off the communal veranda. The rock chalets are more private, and are more lavishly decorated with tasteful furnishings and beautiful, exposed stonework walls and floors which keep them nice and cool during the intense Namibian summers. Each chalet houses a large, circular shower room, and in one chalet the shower room extends to a fabulous walk-in bathroom cave, complete with bath. The honeymoon suite is the most sumptuous set of rooms, with exposed beams and an exclusive elevated position on the hillside above the rest of the lodge, offering fantastic views of the surrounding landscape.

The hotel’s breath-taking location is a huge draw for visitors, providing access to hiking trails through some of southern Namibia's most beautiful scenery. The area is of intense geological and palaeontological interest, yielding examples of some of the oldest fossils in the world. Geological drives can be arranged with the lodge, although the area is best explored on foot, with guided walks revealing vibrant bird-life. Wine tours can also be enjoyed on a neighbouring farm, and sundowner trips to a tranquil local spring increase guests' chances of seeing mammalian wildlife. The aim of the new floodlit waterhole is to attract more big game over time, but currently it must be said that sightings may be rarer than at other camps. The amazing Sossusvlei, a large white, salt and clay pan walled by dramatic red dunes, is a two-hour drive away, and provides excellent photography opportunities.

With the majority of the activities on offer being hikes and appreciation of natural beauty, beyond the pool, there is limited entertainment for children, although they are welcome and there are no age restrictions. Some bedrooms can be adapted to families with the addition of up to two single beds, and the recent property upgrade includes the promise of three family rooms, each comprising two twin bedrooms sharing a bathroom. Cots and child menus are available on request. As there is an unfenced pool and fish pond, adult supervision of children is strongly recommended at all times.

Zebra River lodge is a comfortable, mid-range option offering good value for travellers seeking a short, relaxing break in sensational natural surroundings.

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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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