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Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia

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Guests rave about the view: the restaurant and chalets, situated on a hillock, offer magnificent views of the African bush savannah. All of the 65 double room chalets have air conditioners and mosquito nets, and a choice of three swimming pools between them. Apart from the restaurant and bar there is a wooden platform for sundowners high above the Mopani bush.
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Free parking
Free internet
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Gift shop
Mosquito net
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Secured parking
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Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Sun umbrellas
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Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, Afrikaans, German

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Ombika Namibia
Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia
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Lauren plrs wrote a review Jan 2024
Playa del Carmen, Mexico26 contributions12 helpful votes
Installations are really beautiful. It has a a great deck from which you can watch a beautiful sunset. Lodges are very nice decorated as well as functional. Staff was helpful. We were really disappointed with the food. Probably the worst we’ve had in Namibia: flavorless , meat full of fat, bread dated of few days, frozen fruit salad… especially when you are paying extra 500pp you expect a lot more quality for the diner. Other disappointment was the WiFi. Only available at the lobby, the quality was extremely low.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you don’t want to have dinner at the hotel you can just to at the post office which is a few...
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Response from Gondwana Collection Namibia, General Manager at Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Lauren We appreciate your review and appreciate your honest feedback. We regret that we could not meet your expectations but we are glad that you enjoyed the majority of your stay. I have shared your valuable feedback with our operations manager to take action. We hope to welcome you back sometime in the future. Kind regards Angelique Your Gondwana Team
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Gert B wrote a review Jan 2024
Austria128 contributions70 helpful votes
It is hard to describe that place - you have to stay there an see for yourself. We stayed in an absolutely awesome house with large opening glass doors looking out from the bedroom on the endless landscape. Dinner and breakfast were among the best we ever had. Don´t miss the sunset from the patio of the main lodge where you can also watch for wildlife at the waterholes. We hope to come back again!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Response from Gondwana Collection Namibia, General Manager at Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Gert, Thank you for the great review of our lodge! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Angelique Your Gondwana Team
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Lorraine Alberto wrote a review Dec 2023
Windhoek, Namibia3 contributions
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The staff of Etosha Safari Lodge is its greatest asset. From the front door to the waiter and receptionist, every member of their staff is incredibly helpful, polite, and friendly. Any lodge can be stunning and offer an incredible experience, but it's the people you work with—your staff is exceptional—that really make a guest's stay unforgettable. The cuisine is excellent, and the chefs never let you down. Everything about the lodge accommodations, including the view and ambiance, was exquisite and lovely. Well done, Gondwana team.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 10 Jan 2024
Dear Lorraine, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It was great having you here and we look forward to being your host again in the future. Sincerely, Angelique Your Gondwana Team
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Lina wrote a review Dec 2023
Nairobi Region, Kenya43 contributions25 helpful votes
Our experience of the lodge would have been so much better if the staff at reception would have been friendlier. They made a mistake in our booking and instead of an apology with a smile, we got annoyance and irritation. At check out the bills were all mixed up and it took a while to clear up…. Again barely a smile or apology. Otherwise the lodge is tastefully decorated and food is good. Like mentioned before, do not book if you have mobility issues as the rooms are all spread out on the ridge in one long line.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Gondwana Collection Namibia, General Manager at Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia
Responded 10 Jan 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. While we wish you had a better experience, it is feedback like this that we learn from and use to improve. We work hard to deliver an exceptional guest experience, and it's apparent in this case that we fell short. We will do our utmost best to catch up to our previously good and very good reviews. We look forward to being your host again at one of our lodges in the future. Sincerely, Angelique Your Gondwana Team
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Charlotte wrote a review Dec 2023
Austin, Texas69 contributions53 helpful votes
Bad experience. No wifi in the room or reception. The staff promises it’s guests wifi by the reception when in reality it never works. They promise to fix it but it doesn’t get fixed and they have no way to fix it. They blame the government for not having any wifi in the hotel. When in fact the government has nothing to do with it. The other lodges in the area have wifi. There is also no reception in the area in case you plan to use your sim card to make emergency phone calls. The A/C in the room doesn’t work like other hotel guests mentioned in previous reviews. You need to be comfortable to be in a room that is >40 celsius.They have plenty of staff but none of them is doing any work. They stand around chatting most of the day. If you ask them to do something (e.g. for an omelet for breakfast) you need to remind them at least 3 times and they will still provide the wrong order. E.g. you ask for an all vegetable omelet and you get only eggs with meat. At dinner, a guy walks around who doesn’t speak any english forcing hotel guests to move to another table. There is zero flexibility around seating arrangements and you often have to sit next to a family with 3 screaming kids. The hotel only has see through curtains. No light is blocked out from the balcony. Hence you will wake up at 5.00am every day. The staff mentioned they accidently ordered the wrong curtains for the hotel but can’t fix it. The only have twin beds. There is no room with a bed for couples (i.e. 1 bed only). There is no bathroom door and no door for the shower. Hence the room will be completely wet and you have no privacy. The hotel is hard to find (no signs) and the walk to the rooms can be scary at night since there could be mamba snakes or other animals nearby. The room is full of bugs. The hotel is very old and not worth spending USD100+ per night. Best to stay elsewhere.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 10 Jan 2024
Good day, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. While we wish you had a better experience, it is feedback like this that we learn from and use to improve. We work hard to deliver an exceptional guest experience, and it's apparent in this case that we fell short. We will do our utmost best to catch up to our previously good and very good reviews. We look forward to being your host again at one of our lodges in the future. I have shared all your feedback with the relevant departments to investigate and take the necessary action. Sincerely, Angelique Your Gondwana Team
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RizuGotham wrote a review Dec 2023
21 contributions9 helpful votes
The lodge is set outside of Etosha so if you want to experience night time game drives, or spend hours near a waterhole viewing wildlife, this is not the place for you. However, for us, having been on safari before, this was a perfect location. Near enough to the park to enable us to spend lots of time in the park, but to be in luxury accommodation, with good services. As we were travelling in a quiet month (to be recommended) the lodge was quiet and very peaceful. We had all three swimming pools to our selves, although a family of mongoose did share the deck with us at one of them. Food is buffet style, plentiful and also vegetarian friendly. Breakfast is served early so you can get to the park for soon after sunrise. Staff were helpful, friendly and always cheerful.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Rooms spread out over a long ridge line so if you have mobility issues, ask for a room near to...
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Responded 10 Jan 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It was great having you here and we look forward to being your host again in the future. Sincerely, Angelique Your Gondwana Team
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LibC wrote a review Nov 2023
10 contributions
Pretty lodges only a short distance from the Anderson gate and adjacent to a fabulous new fuel station which is ideal as there was no petrol available in Etoshia , during our week long visit to the park Great to stay in a lodge that was not various shades of grey/brown and nice seating area just outside your lodge . Lovely design ideas . The main building is impressive with a shop and large outdoor dining area with expansive views , a small pool area and viewing deck No designated area for smokers . Large groups of German tourists dominated the outdoor seating and viewing area which was fine. first come and all that, until you realise the majority smoke and this rolls over into the dining area - there was no escape . Tables are designated by room number and are supposed to be allocated for your stay but it became hunt the table, as the bottle with your number on it moves . Salad table at dinner was excellent but the rest of the food was a let down and the desserts were very poor , akin to substandard school dinners . Although breakfast is served until 9 if you arrive at 8.45am the tables are cleared as is 90% of the food and you are informed by staff that breakfast has finished . The coffee was Luke warm and the hot water flasks were tepid . This place has lots of potential but the staff look over worked and burnt out , the salad bar was beautifully presented and delicious but the rest of the food was really disappointing. The smoking was a big issue for us In comparison to the other lodges we’d stayed in , this one was not up to standard given the price .
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Nice pool , good laundry service, lovely uphill walk to main lodge ,
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travelholic wrote a review Nov 2023
Cheltenham, United Kingdom32 contributions13 helpful votes
This is a first class lodge with great food and super, kind and polite staff. Very large, big clean pool, lovely grounds. Excellent wine list. Has a good shop and the manager was very pleasant to chat to with tons of information. Ideal retreat after a long hot day in Wtosha National Park.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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purplemyrtles wrote a review Oct 2023
Kent, United Kingdom293 contributions137 helpful votes
It’s more like a hotel than a Safari lodge as it big and busy but clean and functional. The food and service are ok considering the number of large groups they have with all meals being self-service buffet style. The chalet rooms are nice and spacious which makes up for the limited communal areas which comprises mainly of the large restaurant and small outside bar. Great location not far outside Etoshas southern Anderson gate and there is a very good new petrol station and shop nearly opposite.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jo4422 wrote a review Sept 2023
Vancouver, Canada59 contributions52 helpful votes
Cute lodges, and decent food. Nothing spectacular but ok value and accommodation. Service ok, nothing great. Buffet dinner and breakfast. Very busy with too many people. Chalets fairly clean. Went on way to Etosha.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
R 3,349 - R 4,928 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
etosha safari lodge & camp hotel etosha national park, etosha safari lodge and camp
LOCATION
NamibiaKunene RegionOmbika
NUMBER OF ROOMS
65
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Frequently Asked Questions about Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia
What are some of the property amenities at Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Etosha Safari Lodge, Gondwana Collection Namibia?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Afrikaans.