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Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

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7/10

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Highlights

- Close to famous Twyfelfontein rock carvings
- Beautiful, rugged location
- Namibia Country Lodges portfolio

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Overview

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.

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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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