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iGowati Lodge

Damaraland - Namibia

iGowati Lodge offers a decent base to explore the wonders of Damaraland. The main attractions are Twyfelfontein, the Petrified Forest, the Organ Pipes, Vingerklip and The White Lady rock painting at the Brandberg Mountain. In the Damara language, iGowati means 'desert dunes.' The lodge is situated in the small, slightly run down, town of Khorixas (named after the Khori bush, Salvadora persica).

The thatched lodge been decorated in the colours of the Namib Desert. The restaurant and bar (with satellite TV) are located inside. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be ordered from the 'a la carte' menu. Buffet style meals are served for groups of 10 or more. The swimming pool offers a welcome respite from those hot, Namibian afternoons.

Other facilities include a curio shop and an internet facility. A safe is available in the office to lock up valuables. There is secure parking and 24hr gate security. Children of all ages are welcome are iGowati Lodge.

On some nights the Aba’s Khab traditional dance group are in house to entertain their guests. Mr. Michael Doeseb a local cultural historian is at hand on most evenings to share some interesting facts about the Damara people and their traditions.

Accommodation is in 29 en-suite rooms, with a combination of baths or showers. They are all equipped with a fan, telephone, tea/coffee station, mini-bar and a fridge. Some of the rooms have mosquito nets. Due to a very central location the lodge can get a bit noisy, especially on the weekend, when the surrounding bars and clubs start to pump - this can be excellent for those wanting to experience a bit of local entertainment flavour, but not ideal for those looking to get some rest.

Activities revolve around self-drive trips to all of the main attractions of Damaraland. Although the does not offer guided activities, general information is freely and readily available, and lunch packs and soft drinks can be provided on request.

A slightly more unusual and fun day is a (per-booked) donkey cart trip through the town of Khorixas, just as the Damara people used to travel. (And some still do!) The journey stops at a local shebeen for a drink or two and a taste of some of the local delicacies, such as Mopane worm. There is a strong emphasis on interacting with the Damara people, before returning to iGowati Lodge for perhaps a more familiar tipple!

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  • iGowati: Pool Area
  • iGowati: Outside Area
  • iGowati: Room Interior
  • iGowati: Fire Pit
  • iGowati: Exterior View Of Rooms
  • iGowati: Looking Out From Pool
  • iGowati: Lodge Grounds
  • iGowati: Exterior
  • iGowati: Swimming-pool
  • iGowati: Exterior View
  • iGowati: Thatched Accommodation
  • iGowati: Double Room
  • iGowati: Lapa Area
  • iGowati: Restaurant
  • iGowati: Twin Room
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Directions to the lodge

iGowati Lodge is on the main street of Khorixas opposite the Total petrol station and Telecom offices

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Ugab Terrace Lodge

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Vingerklip Lodge

The Vingerklip is a 35m high finger like rock structure - this popular and well equipped lodge has two swimming pools and apart from being close to Vingerklip is in close proximity to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest and other wonders of Damaraland

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