Etosha Safari Lodge
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My wife and I have visited Namibia three times and on each occasion our base for covering the Okaukuejo section of Etosha was Etosjha Safari Lodge which, being only 10 km from the Von Lindequist Gate, is ideally situated for self-drive trips into the park. (to edit)*
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Checked in at Etosha Safari Lodge, which is part of the Gondwana Hotel chain etc. This property, and the child-friendly Etosha Bush Camp, are ideally placed etc. My wife and I had stayed here at the end of our last holiday in Namibia and thought the lodge made a good base, being only a ten minute drive away from the Park’s Andersson Gate. (to edit)*
The main block contains the reception, a souvenir shop, and bar. The restaurant, which is built on a terrace at the rear, has excellent views over the surrounding landscape and guests can witness spectacular sunrises and sunsets from a purpose built viewing deck. There are also three swimming pools.
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Unfortunately, the staff failed to heed our request for one of the chalets close to the main building. Individual well-spaced accommodation units line the crest of the ridge on either side and ours turned out to be the second from the end on the far side of the complex. Restaurant info*
The chalet was a bit more rustic than I’d remembered and on hindsight an extra day or two at Mushara and less time here may have been the better option, but the Etosha Safari Lodge is quite good. The main gripe was that everywhere else we stayed had mesh netting covering the doors and windows to keep out unwanted visitors, especially mosquitoes.
The units at the Safari Lodge don’t have any protection whatsoever and everything from insects and spiders to small reptiles and scorpions, could easily sneak in through the gaps under the doors, amongst other places. There was a mosquito net but it had a hole in it etc. Also, the curtains where fitted are totally see through, front and back, with none at all on the shower room and separate toilet. Ideal though if you want to wave to staff or passing guests while getting ready for example!
The uphill stroll for dinner may prove too much for some of the less-able guests if they’re staying at either end, especially in the heat. Walking back down the path is less of a problem though, but there are plenty of snakes here. Although we didn't spot any??, a distinct slithery trail had been left along the path on our first night. We saw it when returning after dinner on the first night had us scanning the undergrowth on either side. (to edit)*
Each chalet has its own walled seating area at the rear which looks onto open woodland and colourful birds can be seen flitting about the branches when the temperature is cooler etc. (to edit)*
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