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.
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.
This remote lodge is a truly unique destination. Stunning scenery, award winning conservation and highly personal service are just some of the reasons that just about everyone who knows Namibia rates this as one of it's finest destinations.
A small private lodge, with attentive management. Activities centre on the Huab river which attracts game and a wonderful variety of birdlife. This is the perfect destination to relax for a few days and enjoy the tranquility of the bush.
In the dusty village of Kamanjab, many guests stay here in order to visit the nearby Himba village.
Just outside the town of Kamanjab lies this small restcamp.
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.
A mobile camp, specialising in finding desert rhino. Offers a luxurious and exclusive experience.
This lodge is such an institution that Palmwag, which is no more than the lodge and a petrol station, is marked on every Namibian map
On a large farm, offering visits to the nomadic Himba people.
These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
What a location/view. Very sweet staff and an epic day of rhino tracking. Highly recommend this lodge.
Spectacular landscape and Lodge supports local community conservation initiative. Rhino tour was great.
Fantastic location and food. As with all the previous lodges, we found the staff friendly and helpfull.
All I can say about Grootberg: Excellent - great people, great facilities, good food, awesome scenery!!!
The diamond in the trip, a wonderful, beautiful, happy place. Fully recommend to everyone who will listen.
An experience that should not be missed. Great accommodation, great spot (unique), lovely staff, good food.
Very nice place to stay - staff very eager to please. Fills a gap between very expensive lodges and camping.
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.
Excellent place, so beautiful, very special. nice excursion with our guide who was very entertaining. Again good food and service.
my favorite: stunning view , they give us a second room without extra.rhino tracking fantastic, nice team(Melody was very efficient)
Fabulous lodge in beautiful setting. Individual chalets are lovely. Staff are very friendly and service excellent. Food is very good.
amazing place, beautifully designed, staff extremely professional, helpful, friendly, we were very sorry that we stayed only one night
Good lodge with wonderful view on the Klip River Canyon. Very difficult access road, designated shuttle. Himbatour highly recommended.
Small lodge with beautiful view. Staff is from local villages and they really enjoy helping you. Great atmosphere. Small rooms. Liked it a lot!
Beautiful location. Wonderful food and staff. Enjoyed all the activities we did- Sundowner Plateau Drives, Himba visit, Rhino drive. Loved this place
LOVE this place! The location is memorable, the staff very professional and friendly, the room was gorgeous and spotlessly clean. Highly recommended!
Another favorite. Very professional. Great restaurant, great staff. We took the rhino tracking walk and got close to two black rhino. Excellent guides.
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.
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.
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!
Our favourite place on this trip - amazing location, very good (but slightly expensive) activities - fantastic staff and great accommodation - we will definitely go back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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 PalmwagDownload Map
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