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Waterburg Plateau PO Box 973, Otjiwarongo Namibia
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#9 of 19 Speciality lodging in Otjiwarongo
In the wild beauty of the Waterberg Plato lays the ultimate place for individual travelers, who seek for peace and inspiration - WABI.Experience adventurous Africa at WABI Game Lodge. This privately owned Game Reserve, free of Malaria, is nestled at the edge of a dry Riverbed, in which century old by law protected Camelthorn trees are embedded.The park surrounding the Lodge is a verdant delight - one of the most beautiful gardens in the middle of nowhere. Above carefully - attended lawns the acacias are filled with the sounds of Hornbills, Touracos, Babblers and Glossing Starling, while at their bases blue Plumago, Fuchsia, Hibiscus, Laurel Roses and other colorful flowers are growing. Infact, a variety of over 230 bird species can be observed.Nocturnal wildlife such as Porcupine, Springhare, Genet Cat and Bush Babies are living within this garden and during the day you can observe Nyala antelopes sneaking through the bush thickets along the river bed still within the Wabi garden. A Bougainvillea-laden arbour leads to the well equipped air-conditioned Bungalows. It is difficult, indeed, to tear yourself away from the pool, which overlooks one of the waterholes, but then, why should you? After all you are on holiday.Thus, bring sufficient film material along!!Two Cheetahs, veterans from their bush experience and not able to survive the hard life in the wilderness, are also roaming a two hectare enclosure, still wild at heart!The mountain area, namely the breath taking & unique Waterberg Plato invites for adventurous excursions by car or on foot: walk the grounds of the mighty White Rhino.The roads along the edge of the escarpment offer superb views of high, rocky peaks of red sandstone eroded into fantastical shapes and laced with the clinging vines of climbing figs. Of course a smooth glass of red wine or a fruity sip of a superb white wine, to make the most of a spectacular sight of the Plateau at dusk or dawn, will not be missed.The gamedrives allow you to see White Rhino, Leopard, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, Water Buffalo, Roan Antelope, Sable, Waterbuck, Nyala, Red Letschwe, Giraffe, Zebra and even Hippo among many others.All exciting activities are offered at WABI - to get you "up close and personal" with Africa's wildlife. The cuisine serves superb game dishes and of course vegetarians are also taken very good care of.It is worth your while to stay at least 2 days with us at - WABI.
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Waterburg Plateau PO Box 973, Otjiwarongo Namibia
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Anja K wrote a review Aug 2019
Eppstein, Germany65 contributions102 helpful votes
I stayed at the Wabi Game Lodge for two nights in July 2019 with my husband and two boys, thirteen and four years of age. The place is really odd! First of all, the main gate to the lodge is locked from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and they won’t let anybody enter during that time. We knew this beforehand and timed our arrival accordingly, but still – why?? It’s not like somebody would have to walk for miles to open the gate, which isn’t that far from the main building in the first place. It can be opened electronically from reception. Our room or rather suite was huge and consisted of two bedrooms and a very spacious bathroom. The furniture was time-worn and completely tasteless. There was a brochure on the history of Wabi in the room which stated that guests had complained about the “seventies style” of the furniture and that this was completely incomprehensible as “Karen Blixen’s house in Kenya is lovingly antiquarian and visited by many guests each year”. Excuse me? The Karen Blixen House is a museum that illustrates life on a Kenyan farm in the early 20th century. Of course it is antiquarian, and very tastefully so. The horrid interior design of a hotel built in the late 1980s isn’t remotely comparable. The amenities provided included a safe, tea/coffee maker, fridge, A/C, and a hairdryer. No Wi-Fi! There was ample storage space, in fact there were a wardrobe several meters long and a whole wall of cabinets and drawers in the bathroom. What on earth for?? No toiletries were provided except soap, and the one soap dispenser didn’t really work. The room was rather dark and cold. We were there in winter, though. It got really cold at night, but hot-water bottles were provided. There was a balcony outside with chairs and a table overlooking a little waterhole where different kinds of animals could be spotted at all hours of the day. The room was clean and the grounds well-kept. The gardens are lovely and the swimming pool is very nice, though the water was quite cold. There is a lounge in the main building where guests can have a drink before dinner. The furniture is rather tacky, but there is a nice big fireplace that radiated some much-needed warmth in the evenings. The dining room was a little more nicely furnished than the rest of the place. The food was okay, though nothing to write home about. Choices at breakfast were rather limited. Dinner consisted of a three-course meal that was served at a set time which we thought was rather inflexible. The staff were friendly enough but a bit elusive. At some point my husband began to wonder whether they were all ghosts. When we checked in we were told we could do the “Sundowner at the Hippo Lake” drive or a guided walk on the lodge’s property and that we would find more information on the available activities in our room. Sure enough, there was a leaflet listing all kinds of drives and walks. We wanted some more information on this and asked at reception, but the lady there said she couldn’t help us with any details and that we should talk to the assistant manager. He would be around at dinner time. He wasn’t. We contemplated doing a guided walk, but then some other guests told us that they had done it and so regretted not having gone to the Waterberg Plateau National Park and done the Mountain View Trail instead. The first part of the guided walk had been tiresome and boring, the second part nice but not really worth it. That was some valuable piece of advice! We did the Mountain View Trail on our own instead of the guided walk at the lodge and really enjoyed it. It is so beautiful! We did the “Sundowner at the Hippo Lake” drive and I honestly still don’t know what to think. The fact that the hippos were imported to Namibia (as were most of the other animals at the lodge) and live in an artificial lake made the whole thing somewhat theme park-like. The Hippos came very close and that was nice, the kids really liked it. The Waterberg region is not their natural habitat, though, and I just don’t like the idea of bringing these animals there from far-away places for the amusement of tourists. Don’t tourists come to Namibia to enjoy the country’s natural wonders? Hippos aren’t part of them!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Lene J wrote a review Aug 2018
11 contributions6 helpful votes
The hotel only accepts cash or payment via bank transferral. good to know. The rooms are big and spacious. a little outdated, but true to the Karen Blixen era. We enjoyed a trip up in the mountains , but the best trip was the Hippo Sundowner, make sure to book it! Around the hotel are many birds and animals, waterhole is close, so lots to look at. Dinner was good, you dont get to choose, it is simply served. So for the children it was a bit disappointing. Make sure to bring snacks and stuff to enjoy in your room, there are miles to the next store.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the waterhole, our friends had the next room in the building, so we...
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huys25 wrote a review Nov 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands10112 contributions899 helpful votes
The terrain entrance is well done with green lawns and artwork animals, and some (live) buffalos in a coral. A welcome drink and briefing in the nice reception hall. The apartment suite has a 20 m2 living room, 12 m2 terrace and a 20m2 bedroom with a bathroom of 7 m2. The room decoration is very outdated, but there are plans for the rooms to be renovated soon. That said, the rooms and bathroom were clean. Tea and coffee are complementary but no bottled water. The A/C only works on solar panels and is off from 6 pm till 8 am. From the 10 activities mentioned in the brochure, only two were available. However, the sundowner game drive towards the hippo pool exceeded everyone’s expectations. Super . . . the best reason for staying at this lodge. Without it, the lodge would probably receive a 2-star rating. The area around the swimming pool requires some attention, better lounge chairs and planting. Dinner and breakfast is served inside and the room was very warm and stuffy. For the second night, we requested to eat outdoors and the management had no problem with setting up a table on the patio. This option should be given to all guests beforehand, and eventually the facade should be opened up to the garden. The breakfast was not very good; more like a cheap German B&B. On our request, in the morning, we were given a detailed tour of the renewable energy set-up of the game lodge by the owner, which was well appreciated.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
573Steve wrote a review Sep 2017
Saxmundham, United Kingdom23 contributions20 helpful votes
A short one night stay and our last night in Namibia after a great 2 week camping trip. Great welcome with cool drinks, friendly staff, lovely gardens and pool area and we enjoyed seeing the peacocks. Set in a pleasant slightly elevated position overlooking the bush near the Plateau. Downsides:- dinner was disappointing and expensive for what it was. A friendly belgium couple who joined us at the breakfast table also felt the same! The dinning room was small and cramped. Why not have an outside dinning area on one of the outside terraces. No hot water just before breakfast either. If the owners took on board some of the constructive points made by previous guests rather than being so defensive this could be an excellent lodge.
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Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
Karen3435 wrote a review Sep 2017
Swilland, United Kingdom41 contributions14 helpful votes
A quiet and attractive spot just past the Waterbury Plateau. Warm welcome and friendly staff. Beautiful pool with views. We enjoyed the history of the place including the game trophies. A few negatives would be that the gates were locked between 12 and 2 so not the nicest way to start your visit. We ran out of hot water that evening and decided to leave showering till the morning but there was still none prior to 7.30 am when breakfast was served and we had to leave early that day. The dining room is small and stuffy and you are seated with other guests at your table. The food was poor and very expensive. We were only there one night so it was ok for a stopover.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
NamibiaOtjozondjupa RegionOtjiwarongo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wabi Game Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Wabi Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Wabi Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Wabi Game Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Wabi Game Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Wabi Game Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.