Igowati lodge

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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Explore Damaraland: Visit the highlights of Damaraland on self-drive excurscions from iGowati Lodge.

Donkey cart Tour: Through the town of Khorixas.

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Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Barras, Jean

5 Sep 2013

very good wecome, food and service were up to my expectations, very well cared for garden and premises.

Hanika, Anne

17 Mar 2012

It is a nice lodge. I have one suggestion. Gowati Lodge should improve their dinner, especially for vegetarians.

Lubino, Virginie

9 Jul 2012

the food is really not good and the staff is not good. No soap in the bedroom. I wish I did not go to this place.

Fujimura, Elaine

23 Jul 2013

It was very nice facility. The staff was very nice and we liked the music. Some in our group did not like the meat at dinner.

Jarvis,glen

20 Jul 2016

We stayed on a Fri and Sat night and were disturbed by the noise form the adjacent nights clubs. The food here is also pretty poor and quite pricey.

Johnson, Roger

2 Dec 2011

This was a good ,clean resort. They need to get their act together when it comes to settling accounts by credit card, at a time when there are power cuts, which I believe are quite frequent

Allen, Monica

21 May 2012

Gloomy double height room and unable to let light in through the windows because they face onto central courtyard. A bit run down. Enjoyed eating outside because restaurant was closed for repairs (dusty). Meal was good.

Seagers, Heather

9 Aug 2014

Won`t be going back to iGowati again, rooms fair, no kettle in our room and no fridge in our friends room. Dark rooms and showers look grubby. Asked if we could have an early breakfast, you would think we had asked for the moon from the morning serving staff.

Tomasina, Giorgio

30 Jun 2014

If you need to stop for only one night in Khorixas may be IGowati Lodge is a quite good solution. Beautiful garden and nice cottage even if the bathroom is basic. Food is terrible, few choise for dinner and breakfats.Better to look for something else outside.

Houlding,alastair

21 Aug 2014

Only an overnight stop for us, but found this place a bit depressing. Mossies in the room (but good nets) and the town around it is quite noisy (dogs and cockerels). Buffet is not great. However the guys they have doing acapella singing after dinner were very good.

Directions

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

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