Lianshulu Lodge

Lianshulu Lodge

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#1 of 1 lodge in Mudumu National Park
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HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
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English, German
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Free parking
Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
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Kwando River, Mudumu National Park Namibia
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M d wrote a review Feb 2024
Sydney, Australia60 contributions13 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
John and Sidney and their team were absolutely amazing. We travelled with two girls (16 and 22), and they were both so attentive and took such good care of them and their quirky needs. Even in the off season we saw amazing wildlife both on game drives and river safaris. The food was varied and fantastic. We loved the different napkin animals. The lodge was great, with wildlife wandering around during the day (yes there were some bugs, but it is Africa). I highly recommend the lodge as a place to stay, and John and his team as people to look after you
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Nature at it's most authentic. It was so serene, the fire under the stars with a drink and...
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John M wrote a review Feb 2020
Coventry, United Kingdom61 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a wonderful lodge with wonderful people. Management couldn't do enough for us and the staff had such beautiful smiles. Again wildlife a bit difficult to find although we did see another 3 sitatunga but again no decent photos. Kennedy was our first guide, a really nice guy but likes to follow the same roads and stop at the same places and tell the same stories with pretty much the same results, so Annetta, the manager changed my guide for the last day and we went to a different part of the park. Still didn't see a lot of game, but did get some fantastic photos of Roan antelope.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We were in room 5, I think, and saw wildlife every day from our room, mainly reedbuck, bushbuck...
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jaagaume wrote a review Feb 2020
Antony, France147 contributions96 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place. Excellent food, the Beef Wellington was exceptional. Very comfortable accommodation. The noises at night are animals 10 feet away from your bungalow. And an elephant makes a lot of noise ...and dung!!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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hilltopOxon wrote a review Nov 2022
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom980 contributions395 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Whilst it has lovely riverside and sunset views and is in the Park the accommodation is basic and our room was not clean ( fly larvae , lots of flying ants in the shower , unwashed tea tray items etc ). There was no aircon or fan or electric points in the room. There is no internet or wifi , no wine list , and our room needed some restocking ( soap ++).
Secondly we were asked to sign a totally one sided disclaimer which would have absolved the lodge of responsibility for anything that happened even if the lodge was clearly negligent. Whilst the food was good the wine choice was limited .
Annette the owner was friendly enough , although the staff attitude was patchy .
I cannot recommend going here until the rooms are totally refurbished and cleaned
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Date of stay: November 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ghidar wrote a review Sept 2022
44 contributions63 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Annette welcome is warm and sincere! The lodge is very comfortable, elegant and original without not useful excess of luxury.
Magic moments around a fire looking at the sunset on the river.
Excellent dinner.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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scatterling wrote a review Mar 2014
Adelaide, Australia411 contributions82 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is going to be a long one. I really don't like giving bad reviews. We were booked to stay 2 nights here at the end of our most recent trip to Namibia. Lianshulu markets itself as a high-end, luxurious safari destination. It was the most expensive place we were staying on this trip at $N4000 per night for the 2 of us for just dinner, bed and breakfast - no activities included in the rate. So we had high expectations. In the past 2 years we have stayed in 14 different lodges in Namibia alone and unfortunately this was by far the worst. I am curious as to why Lianshulu only has 6 reviews on tripadvisor when it was supposedly first opened in 1989?! Strange.
So we arrived around 12:30pm on our first day and met Vincent the Manager, he seemed a nice guy and eager to help us and make our stay enjoyable. We advised him on arrival that I do not eat meat and that I am allergic to onion and asked if we could possibly have an early dinner at 6pm, this was all fine apparently. So then we wanted to enjoy a drink on the deck area. They only had 1 type of white wine available - either by the glass or the bottle - in the whole place. And it was sweet white (which I do not drink). Thought this was a bit odd and went thirsty! They said they hadn't had guests for 2 months. In any case a luxury lodge should have a selection of wine, I would have happily purchased a bottle to drink over the 2 nights we were there.
So off to our room (room 3) which was ok, it was spacious which was nice but gee it was tired and dated and needed a makeover to modernise it. The bathroom was old and not nice. The walls were all dirty with big chips out of the walls. Nothing here is telling me this is a $N4000 a night place. And bear in mind we were there in the off-season of February so the rates were lower. We had a deck overlooking the river and our deck was rotting with decking boards sticking up all over, quite unsafe. The pool had some issues with the pool chemical balance I think, it was so cloudy you couldn't even see the pool steps let alone the bottom of the pool - not very inviting. There is no curio shop either as advertised, well not that we could find anywhere. When the generator was running it was very loud at our room, not very peaceful.
We had hoped to do a guided walk, they had emailed us a list of activities a few weeks earlier and this was on the list but on arrival we were told they're not doing this anymore it's not safe, fair enough but again a disappointment.
So we thought about it for a while and decided that we were not going to be happy staying here for 2 nights. Never in my life have I left a place early but we called our agent in Namibia and said we wanted to leave in the morning, not a decision we took lightly at all (took us about 2 hours to make the decision). We advised the Manager Vincent at afternoon tea (the cake was burnt by the way) and he was very sorry to hear our disappointment. Miraculously after this a bottle of wine was delivered to our room, I don't know where this came from or why, it was a nice gesture.
Unfortunately things went from bad to worse at dinner. We went for dinner at 6pm as previously arranged but nothing was set up, about 10 minutes later we asked if our dinner was going to start soon and apparently they didn't know we were having dinner early. So then they arranged it for 6:30 which was fine. The entree was tuna and mayonnaise in a paste and shaped into a fish shape with a sauce of what appeared to be mayonnaise and tomato sauce (I didn't taste it, it didn't look appetising). The main course was pork steak but the kitchen also wasn't told that I don't eat meat so when this was highlighted all I got for dinner was 2 tiny patty pans (like small squash vegetables), 2 cherry tomatoes and a spoonful of cauliflower cheese. There was also a spoonful of cous cous but this was full of onion so I couldn't eat it. Needless to say we were pretty furious by now. I went to bed hungry, they didn't offer to make me anything more. When we checked out we discovered that the Windhoek beer was $N30 each (most expensive we had paid in Namibia) and a 200ml can of coke (the mini cans) was $N20 each!!! Way overpriced.
We checked out the next morning and headed to Kasane a day early. One of the new owners met with us when we left and we explained our issues and he was apologetic. Our agent secured us a refund on the night we didn't stay and a refund on the dinner cost for the first night which was good but it wasn't really about the money, it was just so disappointing to end our time in Namibia this way.
In short I think the staff are probably doing their best. The place needs a serious injection of funds and attention to bring the standards up, or drop the rates considerably to be commensurate with the product that's being offered because as it stands it is not a luxury lodge and it's not worth near the price being charged. The new owners have a lot of work to do and I wish them all the best in fixing this place up as I think it can probably be a very good destination if they fix all of these issues.
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Date of stay: February 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Robi D wrote a review Oct 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands25 contributions38 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Its is a fantastic lodge in a quite park. Every evening we watched the elefants and many other antilopes drinking water, with a camera in one and an ice cold beer in the other hand. The guides found the animals and we were the only car watching. This is what you dream of when you are on safari
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Date of stay: October 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The father away of the main building, the more animals around your lodge
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WillemlR wrote a review Nov 2013
Cape Town, South Africa124 contributions42 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a classic case of a stunning setting messed up by really bad service. We arrived and were in awe of the lounging area of the lodge. Our expectations were rather high as it was one of the more expensive stays we selected in the region.

Friendly enough arrival but we were then entertained by a "canned" talk as to how bad the electricity supply was and it took for ages to get the message across which included a time table for it being on and off, not to move around unaccompanied.. some message about calling them when you need to move around... long and the short of it, the sweet receptionist wasted our time with a message we did not understand as we got bored. A memo of services noting all of this would have sufficed.

We got told by the manager that their emphasis was on personal service and that was the last of the "Personal" service we experienced. On going to our rooms - the keys were simply just not available which had us standing in front of our rooms for about 10 minutes at least whilst they were trying to locate who had the keys. One would think reception or even in the door as you arrive is a good place for the keys.

Rooms are really nice, clean, good décor, and an interesting shower with a view of the river. Privacy of the rooms from the other rooms was very good. All this messed up when you stepped on the porch which has a great view of the river and baboon crap all over the chairs outside. So it is a wild area, but again, quick clean before the guests arrive.... one would think. One thing they were right about, the electricity supply to the rooms are BAD - you could NOT charge your cell phone at all!

At dinner we developed the a new gauge for lodges - the bread roll test! We were served nice warm bread rolls and when we asked for another round, we were met by an "Ooooohhh, not sure we can do that" - I am not joking. They had obviously budgeted only one bread roll per guest. The food was a bit BLAND as it a set menu and for such an "UPMARKET" expensive lodge, to be served Beef Fillet was very disappointing. Needless to say, every other lodge we stayed at afterwards passed the bread roll test.

We then asked for a river boat trip and we got RIPPED off at N$480 per person. (3 of us) Firstly it was clear that they did not have another guide to accommodate our request. This was resolved after some hesitation and we were taken by a replacement - he was very keen on his birds but without his bird book, he might have been lost. Then we got to within about 75m of Hippos and the guide would just simply not go closer - we really got the impression that he was simply not equipped with the local knowledge to deal with wild animal interactions. Very disappointing and VERY EXPENSIVE given the lack of quality.

The next day we refused an offer of lunch as we were on our way to a nearby lodge which we voiced aloud. Clearly we were told we might be disappointed with this location - not a good call to cast doubt on a MUCH cheaper competitor. In addition, the staff seemed to ALL come out and were hovering to the extent that I thought they were all expecting a generous tip, including our guide.

We were very disappointed with this Lianshulu Lodge as our expectations were very high in alignment with the price we paid! We felt we were ripped off and paid an excessive amount of money to stay there.
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Date of stay: September 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Reinhardt K, Owner at Lianshulu Lodge
Responded 14 Feb 2014
Dear Willem IR, we regret that your experience at Lianshulu was not to your expectation and that there was a break down in service. There is absolutely no excuse from our side as owners / shareholders of Lianshulu for this type of service as we place a VERY high regard on having an ultimate african experience. The service shortfalls and the overall quality of service is being addressed and we can assure you that there will not be repeat of what happened and hopefully we be able to welcome you back to our wonderful area of Africa.
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habs_68_08 wrote a review Apr 2019
London, United Kingdom258 contributions138 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were only 2 couple in the lodge, which is in the middle of the national park. Close to the river, you can hear and see hippos, monkeys and even elephants on the hotel ground.
The food and service are great, as well as the activities.
The room, especially bathroom might need a bi of TLC
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ray U wrote a review Aug 2016
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions50 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked via Booking.com and their Webpage says "Book now, pay when you stay" Immediately after I booked through Booking.com I received a direct email from the establishment demanding immediate and full payment .....otherwise we would loose our booking. We paid in full. (I often book through Booking.com and only pay when I check out....so this was strange...although they can take a 50% holding deposit)

This is one of the most expensive lodges in the area. We stayed in 4 other lodges in the Caprivi & this was 10 times as expensive as any others we stayed at .... & was terrible for the price.

We stayed 2 nights here

Agnes & Sydney were great & did their best but were constantly let down by other staff.

There were a total of 14 guests for breakfast on the one day. We (4 of us) placed the order 3 times & it took 1 hour to be served.. ...Then it was wrong.

Management was seen only on arrival to tell us the rules ... So were not available to sort the numerous issues out

No phone charging points in bedroom

Inadequate lighting in bedroom.

Wifi available but at additional exorbitant cost ( other cheaper lodges had free wifi)

The dining room area was freezing in the morning so we asked for the canvas curtain to be drawn - that was achievable in the first half segment- although it was torn. The second half was non-existent so we froze both mornings.

We did not go on the lodge game drive. Those that did came back traumatised as the driver drove very close to the elephants to try and get them to charge. Seriously not a good technique for a Game Park or people like us who drive our own vehicle & are the next one to meet the same elephant. There are many more wildlife savvy and responsible operators who still get the clients close to to the Wild animals without disturbing them.

On the positive side the evening meals were well presented and tasty. However, they did not take into account people with allergies... And you were not asked or advised - just presented with the meal.

I do not recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Miriam Dube asked a question Jul 2017
Katima Mulilo, Namibia5 contributions
Good morning,any job vacancies?
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Bali, Indonesia51 contributions11 helpful votes
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Alex K asked a question Sept 2018
Eningen unter Achalm2 contributions
Guten Tag, zu welcher Kette gehört die Unterkunft? Gibt es eine direkte Webseite?
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M d wrote a tip Feb 2024
Sydney, Australia60 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Nature at it's most authentic. It was so serene, the fire under the stars with a drink and attentive staff was a great way to end the day."
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John M wrote a tip Feb 2020
Coventry, United Kingdom61 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We were in room 5, I think, and saw wildlife every day from our room, mainly reedbuck, bushbuck and warthog."
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labjfc wrote a tip Oct 2018
Chapel Hill, North Carolina13 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to get a room with a low number. Numbers 8 through 12 are quite a distance from the lodge."
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Jackey P wrote a tip Jul 2018
Exmouth, United Kingdom92 contributions35 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"You are escorted to your rooms each night as wildlife roams in the area"
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LuluCT312659 wrote a tip Mar 2016
Cape Town Central, South Africa21 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms face river so really doesn't matter"
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PRICE RANGE
R 6,159 - R 6,305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
NamibiaCaprivi RegionMudumu National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lianshulu Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Lianshulu Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Lianshulu Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lianshulu Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lianshulu Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Does Lianshulu Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Lianshulu Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lianshulu Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Does Lianshulu Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.