Grootberg lodge

Grootberg Lodge is perched on the rim of a plateau and stands sentinel over the Klip River Valley. They offer a warm welcome, high-standard of professional service, extremely good food, well-trained guides and exceptionally good local management in great surroundings. Many of their guests stay here for at least a couple of nights on a self-drive safari from Etosha Natonal Park or Damarland.

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. The European Union funded the project, through the Ministry of Environment and Tourism's Development Programme. At the same time, the private sector has been called in to supply the training and management skills, while the community becomes self-sustainable. Some 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. 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 Llodge 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.

Desert elephant, black rhino and lion are some of the more impressive mammals to be found. But you will also find a myriad of smaller mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and plants.

Guests can take advantage of rhino and elephant tracking trips in the valley. Morning and afternoon scenic drives on the plateau at Grootberg Lodge offer an alternative pursuit.

For travellers making the journey between Etosha and Swakopmund, this lodge provides the ideal midway stopover, whilst allowing guests to experience the true wilderness that is Damaraland.

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Guided walks on top of the plateau: 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 07h30 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 16h30 after coffee and tea, served with home made cakes for extra energy for the hike.

Elephant tracking: 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 07h30 and back at the lodge in the early afternoon.

Rhino Tracking: Departure is at 07h00 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 1-3 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.

Damara Cultural Tour: You will be guided through surrounding conservancy farms visiting a couple of authentic homesteads of the Damara people. This allows the opportunity to spend time with their hosts understanding their origins, cultures, traditions and their approach to human wildlife conflict farming within the harsh desert conditions. The tour includes a visit to the local primary school where guests will gaining insight into the positive impacts and benefits that the Conservancy enjoys directly as a result of its ownership of the Grootberg Lodge. The tour concludes with a cultural performance by the Erwee school pupils, followed by a lunch under the trees in a remote spot in the wilderness of Damaraland.

Malansrus Tented Camp

Malansrus Tented Camp

You will find Malansrus Tented Camp nestled between beautiful shady Mopane trees, with spectacular views onto a set of granite “koppies” close by.

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

A non-profit organisation aimed at conserving Namibia's cheetah population. The lodge offers superb photographic opportunities at scheduled cheetah feedings, and also offers guided game drives to view wild cheetah.

Palmwag Camping2Go

Palmwag Camping2Go

Nature-lovers' cup of tea, this peaceful campground comprises eight spacious tents, each fully equipped with bedding, towels and kitchen utensils. Having nature right on your doorstep, while having all the luxuries of civilisation at your fingertips is one of the most sought-after experiences in our modern day. Enjoy the peace of camping, without the hassle of setting up camp. And an added benefit of full access to the lodge facilities, including restaurant, pool and activities.

Palmwag Desert Rhino Camp

Palmwag Desert Rhino Camp

A mobile camp, specialising in finding desert rhino. Offers a luxurious and exclusive experience.

Palmwag Lodge and Camp

Palmwag Lodge and Camp

Palmwag is a series of table-topped mountains and rocky land tinged a deep basalt red is dotted with green from the rod-like euphorbias and the robust mopane and shepherd trees. The lodges is positioned in a small oasis of makalani palm trees, which mark the underground watercourse of the Uniab River. This is home to the Palmwag Concession, where desert elephant, rhino and lion call this red, rugged terrain home. This lodge offers access to unique under-canvas sleepout experiences within the concession area, as well are various scenic drive opportunities. In conjunction with the Save The Rhino Trust, Palmwag also offers guests access to partake in rhino-tracking to visit the mighty mammals in their natural habitats. There is no lack in comfort though, as the property hosts a series of chalets with different views and vistas, and an occasional visit from the resident Elephant, Jimbo.

Rustig Toko Lodge

Rustig Toko Lodge

On a large farm, offering visits to the nomadic Himba people.

Traveller Reviews

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

Chambers, Ben

3 Jun 2015

What a location/view. Very sweet staff and an epic day of rhino tracking. Highly recommend this lodge.

Gallan, Dave

23 Sep 2013

Spectacular landscape and Lodge supports local community conservation initiative. Rhino tour was great.

Tallo, John

23 Nov 2012

Fantastic location and food. As with all the previous lodges, we found the staff friendly and helpfull.

Strauss, Louis

9 Jul 2015

All I can say about Grootberg: Excellent - great people, great facilities, good food, awesome scenery!!!

Graham, Ben

6 Nov 2012

The diamond in the trip, a wonderful, beautiful, happy place. Fully recommend to everyone who will listen.

Falvey, Angela

12 Apr 2018

An experience that should not be missed. Great accommodation, great spot (unique), lovely staff, good food.

Padgett, Stephen

16 Sep 2013

Very nice place to stay - staff very eager to please. Fills a gap between very expensive lodges and camping.

Rambert, Charlie

9 Oct 2009

A really beautiful place to stay with a very kind crew. I would have loved to spend on more day there if I had enough time.


14 Oct 2015

Excellent place, so beautiful, very special. nice excursion with our guide who was very entertaining. Again good food and service.

Dorez, Dominique

21 Mar 2014

my favorite: stunning view , they give us a second room without extra.rhino tracking fantastic, nice team(Melody was very efficient)

Hogan, Lesley

30 May 2017

Fabulous lodge in beautiful setting. Individual chalets are lovely. Staff are very friendly and service excellent. Food is very good.

Andric, Barbara

1 Nov 2016

amazing place, beautifully designed, staff extremely professional, helpful, friendly, we were very sorry that we stayed only one night

Dams, Luc

12 Jun 2012

Good lodge with wonderful view on the Klip River Canyon. Very difficult access road, designated shuttle. Himbatour highly recommended.

Vervaat, Wouter

26 Jan 2013

Small lodge with beautiful view. Staff is from local villages and they really enjoy helping you. Great atmosphere. Small rooms. Liked it a lot!

Kaplan, Sybil

24 Jan 2016

Beautiful location. Wonderful food and staff. Enjoyed all the activities we did- Sundowner Plateau Drives, Himba visit, Rhino drive. Loved this place

Androsoff, Katya

7 Apr 2015

LOVE this place! The location is memorable, the staff very professional and friendly, the room was gorgeous and spotlessly clean. Highly recommended!

Hayden, Jack

25 Aug 2015

Another favorite. Very professional. Great restaurant, great staff. We took the rhino tracking walk and got close to two black rhino. Excellent guides.

Durand, Pierre

25 Aug 2015

Beautiful place. The 4x4 track to climb to the top is very funny. The welcome is good but we preferred the simplicity of Hoada. Too bad the pool was not heated.

Croukamp, Carmel

7 Dec 2016

Erika's suggestion. Amazing, spectacular scening evening game drive with the two small kids, everyone loved it. Bridged the drive between Kipwe and Dolomite very well.

Martin, Julie

23 Dec 2012

It was nice to stay here, knowing we are helping the local conservancy. The views are wonderful and the staff friendly. The Himba village visit was quite an experience!

Janson, Candida

1 Jul 2011

Our favourite place on this trip - amazing location, very good (but slightly expensive) activities - fantastic staff and great accommodation - we will definitely go back.

Beswick, Karen

28 Jul 2014

Stunning location. Probably the best view of anywhere I have ever stayed. The people were very friendly and keen to talk about the conservancy and life in Namibia generally.


6 Jul 2014

Favorite place we stayed out with some of the best food. I really enjoyed being around more local people and how the lodge is helping them with jobs, etc. Service was incredible.

Riley, Vicki

13 Sep 2011

Really enjoyed time here views were amazing. Local school children visited one evening to sing which was lovely. Guide was good & persistant and we finally saw the wild elephants.

Hoke, Steven

30 Jul 2015

The scenery was spectacular and the accommodation and food were very good. Unfortunately we ran into extremely cold weather (below freezing) which detracted from the enjoyment of this place.

Jones, Bruce

3 Jul 2014

A wonderful place with great staff and wonderful views. We loved the cottage we stayed in and the restaurant/lounge area was wonderful. Lovely food, good excursions and above all very friendly staff.

Mcdougall, Neil

28 Jul 2009

Excellent setting, very friendly staff but the access road is "interesting" requiring full 4x4 traction and some skill. No problem but would be useful to advise people of this beforehand to avoid surprise!

Kinsella, Margaret

3 Nov 2019

what a place, what staff!! A truly inspirational place which was well managed and appearing to do everything right. If all locations were run on the same principles what a wonderful world it would be. Breezy!

Gondre, Karen

22 Dec 2015

We loved our stay at Grootberg lodge. The location is gorgeous, the room was very clean and the food was good. There was special entertainment at night with the staff from the kitchen which was a lovely surprise!


9 Jun 2015

A spectacular setting. Food excellent and staff friendly and well trained. A really good stopover between Twyfelfontein and Etosha but 1 night was enough unless you are planning to do the various game tours on offer.


29 Jul 2016

Very nice. staff very friendly. Can recommend this place. The only negative we had with it is the game drive. It was really expensive and a waste of money. I do not recommend it at all. Loved the afternoon cake and tea.

Wiese, Bernd

26 Aug 2011

very nice and well placed. Kind and profesional staff. Very nice Huts with a stunning view. Beautiful and very inviting lounge and restaurant. Good kitchen. Very interesting (and in the end successful) elephant tracking

Brown, Matthew

13 Apr 2016

wonderful staff. Excellent views. Seemed a bit too busy with clients overlapping over each other on the excursions, but the staff is trying hard and it is a great product. I loved the description of the conservancy on the walls.

Lewis, Barry

17 Jan 2013

Another fantastic place. Views were stunning, serice and food were great. The eco lodges were more basic but we loved it. We did the visit to the Himba tribe and it was a fantastic excursion. Beautiful pool and surrounding area.

Nevill, David

3 Nov 2013

Wonderful location. Really appreciated that this was being run by the community for the benefit of the community. We had a great day tracking Black Rhino with a film crew for WWF. Trackers were brilliant - and the rhino was splendid when finally found and disturbed!

Goupil, Timothe

18 Jan 2018

Grootberg is a very good place and a must see. Rhino tracking is relatively expensive for the given result : lot of driving, no guarantee of seeing a rhino. Perhaps other activities in the vicinity (self drive in Palmwag conservancy for instance) could be recommended

Lovegrove, Tom

18 Nov 2015

Beautiful location and stunning views with a wonderful intimate atmosphere. Lovely room. The dining experience was fine but not as great as other places. I think the dining room could have been lit and laid out better to better take advantage of the the amazing loaction

Gayton, Adam

26 Aug 2015

Fantastic place. We did rhino tracking where you get to drive down into the valley which the lodge has the unbelievable view over. Stunning scenery and the only rhino we saw in the daylight. Himba trip and guided walk also good and food and staff wonderful. Very relaxing.


Grootberg Lodge is situated on the C40 road 90km from Kamanjab and 23km from Palmwag

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