Grootberg Lodge - Northern Damaraland Accommodation
Perched on the rim of the Grootberg Plateau, the Grootberg Lodge stands sentinel over the Klip River Valley. 12 000 hectares have been set aside by the Khoadi / Hoas community for conservation and tourism, and it is through this pristine wilderness that you meander either on foot or by vehicle to encounter the inhabitants of this remote biosphere.
From ZAR 1,155 pppn
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12 000 hectares have been set aside by the Khoadi / Hoas community for conservation and tourism, and it is through this pristine wilderness that you meander either on foot or by vehicle to encounter the inhabitants of this remote biosphere.
Grootberg Lodge is a landmark in Namibia's tourism industry. It is the first middle-market establishment in the country that is 100% owned by the conservancy.
Grootberg Lodge offers a professional service, extremely good food, well-trained guides and exceptionally good local management in great surroundings. The local community benefits greatly, thanks to the revenues generated by the Lodge.
The main thatched lodge has a restaurant, lounge and bar. Guests can charge electrical goods here.
A set menu is available for all meals.
The swimming pool is close to the main building.
Grootberg Lodge has 16 rock and thatch chalets.
Double Chalets: 14 Double Chalets have an en-suite bathroom or a shower (with large viewing window) and toilet, twin beds, wall paintings and lights. Mosquito nets are fitted to the doors and windows.
There is a tea/coffee station; ask for a flask of hot water.
Step outside through sliding doors to a small, private deck. Every room has a wonderful view over Klip Valley Vlei, where Black Eagles hunt just below the level of your private deck.
Family Chalets: 2 Family Chalets can sleep up to 5 and have similar facilities, furnishings and views as the Double Chalets.
There are wifi facilities at this lodge.
Activities available at Grootberg Lodge
ELEPHANT TRACKING (HALF DAY) (ZAR 1,177pp 2015 rates)
This is one of the most popular activities at Grootberg Lodge. A guide with a tracker will take you out into the surrounding farms in search of the elusive desert elephants, giving one also the opportunity to appreciate the life style of the local people. Lunch takes place in the shade of a tree in the remote wilderness of Damaraland Departure at around 7.30am and back at the lodge in the early afternoon.
RHINO TRACKING (FULL DAY) (ZAR 1,338pp 2015 rates)
Departure is at 7.00am after an early breakfast at the lodge. The guide, along with the game trackers will take the guests in an open 4x4 game vehicle down to the Klip River. They will track the rhinos from the vehicle using telemetry as transmitters have been inserted into the animals' horns for monitoring purposes. Part of the tracking will take place on foot, with the possibility of between 1 to 3 hours walk at the most. At lunch time there will be a stop near the springs where people can enjoy some refreshments. It's almost a full day activity going along bumpy roads and walking in rocky terrain, so not advisable for the faint-hearted.
HIMBA TRIP (HALF DAY) (ZAR 1,177pp 2015 rates)
Come and visit one of the last most traditional peoples of Namibia in a small settlement near Palmfontein surrounded by makalani palms and dry river beds. These friendly people, closely related to the Herero, are herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats while leading a semi-nomadic life. Learn how the proud Himba women spend many hours on beauty care and clean themselves with herbal steam baths. See their homesteads, cone shaped structures made from palm leaves, mud and cattle dung.
GUIDED WALK ON THE PLATEAU (ZAR 294pp 2015 rates)
After a scrumptious breakfast on the veranda of the restaurant with the Black Eagles hovering around the cliffs, the guests who prefer an early start to the day will depart at around 7.30am for a 3 hour walk on top of the plateau. Our knowledgeable guide will enable guests to enjoy the local flora, the amazing rock formations of the Etendeka Mountains and the shy wild animals, long inhabitants of this plateau. For the afternoon walkers, departure is around 4.30 pm after coffee and tea, served with home made cakes for extra energy for the hike.
KLIP RIVER SCENIC DRIVES (ZAR 562 pp 2015 rates)
The lodge offers scenic drives down to the Klip River Valley where permanent springs provide water for the local population of zebras, antelopes and occasionally elephants and black rhinos Springboks, kudu and oryx are a permanent fixture and even the nervous and shy klipspringers are sometimes seen leaping about on the steep cliffs of the mountain as if they were flying. The morning drive starts after breakfast and takes between 3-4 hours, the afternoon drive is shorter, leaving after tea and coffee at the lodge for a 2-3 hours drive.
Dinner, bed and breakfast
All rates are inclusive of VAT and in South African Rand (ZAR) .
Accommodation rates are per person per night sharing.
Single Supplement: Applies all year
Child rate applies when sharing with 2 paying adults.
Children under 6 yrs are FREE
Lunch can be booked the lodge