- Excellent friendly service
- Convenient location
- Great value
Rivendell is a homely and comfortable guesthouse ideal for travellers wishing to save a little on a night or two in the capital of Namibia. Situated in a quiet, residential suburb of Windhoek, it’s only a short drive away from the city centre. With excellent staff and high standards throughout, this is a comfortable step up from typical youth hostel accommodation, yet the property retains a laid-back and welcoming feel.
Set within red-brick buildings, the interiors have a charming simplicity, with white walls and modest decor. Comfortable sofas, satellite TV, and a small book-exchange library are to be found in the lounge, and there’s a cosy self-catering kitchen, complete with honesty bar. Meals can be enjoyed in the kitchen, or on picnic tables on the shaded veranda. There’s a pretty Mediterranean-style courtyard with a good-sized pool, sun loungers, and umbrella-shaded tables and chairs. Cooked and continental breakfast options are offered, and the wonderful staff are happy to recommend and book restaurants nearby, along with taxi services if required. The reception office provides a safety deposit box, and there is secure parking. Internet access and a guest phone are also available.
The Rivendell Guesthouse offers a wide variety of accommodation across its 10 rooms, catering to a range of needs and budgets. Within the main building, double or twin rooms make use of shared bathroom facilities just down the hall, while in a separate building overlooking the pool, there are 4 en-suite double or twin rooms, complete with tea and coffee facilities, and fans for warmer evenings. Though all are decorated to a similar degree of modest practicality, rooms differ in size and facilities. The most luxurious suites are the two self-catering apartments, each with a double bedroom, lounge, kitchenette, air conditioning and satellite TV, and an en-suite bathroom. For those guests simply seeking a place to rest their head, small single rooms are available.
Staff are happy to help with activity recommendations and bookings. For many, Windhoek is merely an international gateway to the more spectacular safari destinations of the country, but a range of exciting day trips and tours in and around the capital are available. The key cultural and historical sights can be explored on an educational city tour, while those with a thrill-seeking streak can enjoy abseiling, climbing, and horse riding adventures. Beyond the town, an excursion into the bush on the N/a’an Ku Se Wildlife Sanctuary gives guests the opportunity to learn about traditional aspects of San culture. Opportunities to see crocodile, giraffe and white rhino are provided on the game drive, with potential sightings of lion, leopard, and cheetah too. If guests simply wish to relax, a range of beauty treatments are provided at the guesthouse by visiting therapists. All activities are subject to additional cost.
The guesthouse welcomes families. There are no minimum age restrictions and plenty of room choices, with the self-catering apartments providing the ideal option. ‘The Gondor’ apartment affords parents the most privacy, with a door separating the bedroom and the lounge area. ‘The Flat’ is also a good family choice, although the sleeping spaces are only partially walled off. For a more economic option, beds or cots can be added to double Room No 5 and triple Room No 6 in the main building, or the larger pool-side Room 1, with all these rooms making use of shared bathroom facilities. The pool is unfenced and unguarded, so parental supervision is essential at all times.
Rivendell Guesthouse offers pristine, comfortable and good value accommodation in a convenient location with friendly staff and great access to central Windhoek and the surrounding area.
- Family-run with great service
- Comfortable clean rooms
- Excellent location near central Windhoek
- Stylish and comfortable
- Helpful and friendly staff
- Convenient location
- Clean and comfortable capital stop-over
- Professional and friendly service
- Short drive to town's facilities
- Upmarket, peaceful residential area
- Shuttle service to Windhoek centre
- Pool and pretty garden area
- 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
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.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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!
Woan 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
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019