- Close to famous Twyfelfontein rock carvings
- Beautiful, rugged location
- Namibia Country Lodges portfolio
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is a large, 56-room property located in the dry Huab valley in Damaraland, north-eastern Namibia. Just 4km from the Twyfelfontein rock carvings, Namibia's first UNESCO heritage site, the lodge looks out across stunning rocky scenery from its hillside base. Giraffe, wildebeest and oryx can be sighted, with the opportunity to scout out desert-adapted elephants on a game drive.
Situated within stone buildings beneath tiered thatched roofs, the lodge’s natural colours and décor blend in to the desert surroundings. The main areas are open-plan, with the dining room located on a raised wooden deck a few steps up from the main reception and curio shop. Spacious and well-lit, the decking area is covered with thatch and enclosed only by mesh, allowing uninterrupted views across the landscape, whilst simultaneously protecting from bats and birds. Above the restaurant sits the bar, and below there’s a grass lawn featuring a good-sized pool, which is fed by a small rock waterfall. While the lodge's expansive size may make for somewhat patchy service at times, staff are invariably friendly and approachable.
All 56 en-suite rooms are equipped with triple, twin, or double beds, and are distributed across a series of separate thatched cottages, with eight rooms per unit. They have a cosy and modest feel, with tribal-print throws and wooden furniture brightening the cream walls and white sheets. Every bathroom has a shower, and air conditioning keeps the units pleasantly cool. Although the rooms have a fairly basic feel, nothing can detract from the fabulous desert views which are a real delight. There is a more spacious and charmingly quirky luxury suite set apart from the other accommodation, with boulders and bleached tree trunks incorporated into its interior. The suite boasts a wide range of amenities including the property’s only en-suite bath, a TV, and a kitchen with fridge and microwave. Some guests may find that the dark and imposing décor somewhat detracts from the luxurious feel, although it is well equipped and a private plunge pool overlooking the rocky expanse below certainly adds to its appeal.
The lodge has a designated activities desk, where staff will assist and help organise a wide range of exciting desert excursions. Its unbeatable proximity to the incredible ancient rock art remains the main draw for visitors, and trips to these as well as the Organ Pipes, Petrified Forest, and Burnt Mountain, are a must. Game drives to track desert-adapted elephants are also on offer. Morning and the afternoon guided hikes are also available and at night, this wonderfully remote location boasts amazing star-gazing opportunities, along with educational talks.
While there are no designated family units, some of the rooms are linked by interconnecting doors. There are no age limitations at the lodge, but the activities on offer may prove a little subtle for the very young. Note that both the lodge and pool are unfenced, so parental supervision is essential at all times.
The Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is a large hotel with a somewhat commercial feel. That said, its proximity to the UNESCO rock engravings makes it a perfect base from which to explore stunning scenery combined with fascinating ancient culture.
- Spectacular setting with amazing views
- Easy access to rock art at Twyfelfontein
- A chance to see desert-adapted elephant
- Game drives and cultural interaction
- Fantastic cultural activities and ethical tourism
- Mountain landscapes
- locally run
- Stunning Views
- 25 Bungalows
- Two swimming pools
- Between Etosha & Damaraland
- Rare Rhino tracking
- High concentration of desert adapted wildlife
- Remote and secluded
- Stunning views
- Black Rhino and Desert Elephant tracking
- 100% run by the local community
- Fantastic cultural programme
- Stunning Views
- Stunning isolated setting
- Day and night safaris
- Rhino tracking
- Rare desert-adapted wildlife
- Stunning secluded location
- Authentic eco-friendly camp
- Guided walks and game drives
- Rare desert adapted elephants
- Innovative architecture
- Local rock art
- Excellent rock art and rock formations
- Peaceful, laidback property
- Stunning mountain backdrop
- 10 chalets, pool, lounge area, bar
- Breathtaking desert location
- Close to Sossusvlei entrance
- Communal bomas and Braai facilities
- Taleni Africa Portfolio
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
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!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019