- Borders Etosha National Park
- Extensive facilities
- Friendly and efficient service
- Ideal for families
Mokuti Etosha Lodge is a large property located just a few minutes’ drive from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate of Etosha National Park, northern Namibia. This popular park is rich in wildlife, providing excellent opportunities to observe the big four (lion, leopard, elephant, and rhino), along with zebra, giraffe, springbok, oryx, and an abundance of bird species.
Set within large grounds, this resort-like lodge boasts a wealth of facilities, yet retains a friendly and efficient service. The thatched buildings sit amidst lush gardens, through which harmless bontebok wander. The spacious main areas are bright and tastefully decorated, and comprise a business centre, curio shop, and comfortable lounge. The Etambi Pool Bar is open for light snacks throughout the day, whilst the Marula Bar provides cocktails during high season. Dining options range from home-style meals in the Tambuti dining room, to traditional Namibian Braai served al fresco within the reed Boma. For anyone seeking a more intimate experience, bush breakfasts or private dining amongst the trees can be arranged. With two large pools, a games room, flood-lit tennis courts and a spa, there is no shortage of activities to engage in at this enormous facility.
The lodge's 108 rooms spread outwards from the central area, and, as such, accommodation at the furthest reaches is a few minutes’ walk away. Although most of the paths are sufficiently lit, guests may wish to bring a head torch for the less illuminated walkways at the outer reaches. There are 82 modest but comfortable standard rooms set beneath thatch roofs. Most of these are twin formation, and all have ensuite bathrooms. In addition, there 8 luxury rooms housing king-sized beds, and an open-plan lounge featuring a sofa bed. Recently refurbished, the décor is clean and modern, with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-fridge, safe, free WiFi, a tea and coffee station, telephone, and hair-dryer. Laundry is available at additional cost.
Although the extensive facilities at the lodge provide ample opportunities for entertainment and relaxation, its exclusive proximity to Etosha National Park is the real draw. Open-vehicle drives lasting a morning, afternoon, or a whole day are professionally guided, and promise amazing wildlife encounters and impressive game-viewing. Those with younger children should also take advantage of the Ontouka Reptile Park on site at Mokuti, with its illuminating talks on resident snakes, crocodiles, and turtles. Feeding sessions are a highlight! For those wishing to explore the surrounding landscape on foot, a network of hiking trails begin from the lodge.
Mokuti is well suited to families, with no charge for children under 6 years of age. There is the option for up to 2 children to occupy sofa beds in the open-plan lounges of the ‘luxury’ rooms, or for those families requiring more privacy, the eight ‘luxury family’ rooms have a separate bedroom and lounge housing sofa beds and a shared bathroom. The plentiful facilities ensure a variety of activity and entertainment options for younger family members; from the children's splash pool and play area, to the games room and tennis courts for older children. Cots and high chairs are available, as well as a babysitting service. Although recommended for any age, it is essential that parents are vigilant of their children's whereabouts at all times, as the area is home an abundance of wildlife.
Mokuti Etosha Lodge is a large and somewhat commercial option for those seeking the comfort and entertainment of a facility-rich resort, along with convenient ease of access to northern Namibia's impressive scenery and wildlife.
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 South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019