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Naaries 7 Kenhardt Road, Augrabies Falls National Park 8874 South Africa
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#6 of 9 Speciality lodging in Augrabies Falls National Park
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Tutwa Desert Lodge is situated on 16 000 hectare private game reserve, in between the barren Green Kalahari and mighty Orange River in the Northern Cape. The cool, spacious interiors of the lodge provides an oasis of tranquil luxury and offers a unique and private wildlife experience. This rewarding wilderness encounter features safari drives, nature paddles, birding and interactive conservation experiences. Natural game paths pass the lodge, and it’s likely antelope, giraffe, zebra and other African game may wander past. Tutwa is actively engaged in a leopard protection project, in addition to other conservation initiatives aimed to conserve the natural flora and fauna of this fragile environment. The lodge is also committed to conservation on the Orange River, as Tutwa's river activities and excursions offer guests world class adventure in a pristine wilderness area.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Fishing
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Patio
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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Naaries 7 Kenhardt Road, Augrabies Falls National Park 8874 South Africa
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Kimberley Airport482 kmSee all flights
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Jules F wrote a review 20 Jul
Cape Town, South Africa41 contributions28 helpful votes
We loved Tutwa desert lodge. The beautiful furnishings, the location, the ambience. A couple of issues with dinner catering the one night and WiFi unstable at times but the experience of being there makes up for it. We especially loved the trip on the Orange river - a definite highlight. It was exceptional and Norman, our guide, is funny and entertaining. An excellent guide. The landscape is so different and breathtaking. I highly recommend this lodge!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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DJA_230 wrote a review May 2021
Lanseria, South Africa1 contribution
We loved every minute of our overnight stay at Tutwa Desert Lodge. The accommodation was luxurious, the bed super comfortable and the service faultless. The highlight was a game drive with Norman, who is knowledgeable and entertaining. After dinner we spent hours staring at the night sky - I don't think I have ever seen such breathtaking stars! Well worth a visit.
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Nicci_B_2 wrote a review Apr 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa11 contributions3 helpful votes
The lodge fits perfectly in the stunning nature and surrounds. Very friendly staff and a very knowledgeable field ranger added to the fabulous experience. Rooms are spacious with beautiful fittings and facilities.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Adam B wrote a review Mar 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions9 helpful votes
Tutwa Desert Lodge was better than advertised. If you are looking for some real isolation, along with a bit of luxury, this is definitely the place for you. It is truly in the middle of the desert, with nothing for KMs around. The lodge is really comfortable, and the small capacity makes it very "intimate" in terms of knowing the folks working there and feeling "at home". The food was great and the setting perfect. Great activities too - both game drives and a trip down the Orange River. Overall, an awesome spot.
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jsajoubert wrote a review Feb 2021
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The management and service at this lodge is frankly very poor for the price and type of experience you would expect. Never before have I stayed at a luxury lodge where the management refused to make a fire in the evening for the guests. They used a number of excuses and would say anything to avoid having to put in a little effort to light the fire. First they said its only for 6 or more guests! (can you believe it?!). When asked why they said there is not enough staff to be able to bbq in the boma. I replied I dont mind to eat in the restaurant I just want to relax by the fire later in the evening. Then they said its too windy to make a fire and there are too many bugs! I stayed two nights and both where completely wind free! Even if there was a little breeze, it definitely isn't a reason why you cant make a fire in the boma, which is 50m away from the lodge in the middle of the desert! Two of the other guests said it was quite depressing in the evening at the lodge, with three different couples sitting inside the restaurant on such a beautiful evening having to eat inside and not even a little music playing, making it very awkward to even talk to each other as everyone is sitting in silence. Outside our room on our balcony where swimming pool stools and chairs stacked that are not being used which is very untidy! On the wall next to our room is fitted with all the air conditioners of the entire lodge and becomes quite noisy in the room. When checking out I only received an invoice with the total amount payable for drinks and when I asked to see the breakdown the manager become very rude and defensive and said why dont I trust her? seriously? Does she not know thats how it normally works when checking out to review your bill? It is very clear that the management have no real experience in running luxury lodges, or any lodges for that matter. It is such a shame because its n beautiful lodge in a beautiful location that is going to waste. I certainly would never go back. I really hope the lodge owner would read this message, I know its not how he intended the lodge to be run.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from Wendy Dold, Marketing at Tutwa Desert Lodge
Responded 22 Mar 2021
Thank you very much for taking the time to respond; we appreciate your input and have taken note of your comments which we will look into. This is out of character from our staff who are committed and dedicated to offering all our guests the best possible experience as you will see from the majority of comments. We do hope that you will reconsider returning again in the future and assure you of a pleasant stay. Best wishes from the Green Kalahari
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PRICE RANGE
US$282 - US$369 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaNorthern CapeAugrabies Falls National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tutwa Desert Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Tutwa Desert Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Tutwa Desert Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Tutwa Desert Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tutwa Desert Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tutwa Desert Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tutwa Desert Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tutwa Desert Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tutwa Desert Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.