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Reviewed 9 October 2017

This was the start of our holiday and a stepping stone on a long journey, initiating us into our Namibian trip.

This is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems (see below).

The Lodge consists of clean roofed tent-huts, which contained the basics. The electric floor fan was appreciated as the hut was very hot. The canvas "curtains" at the front of the veranda were a good idea but not wide enough to keep the afternoon sun out. It would also have helped to have mosquito netting on the bathroom windows as well as the veranda double doors, so we could have left these open.

The wide doubled (2 singles together) bed was comfortable and with mosquito nets.

Hot water was plentiful and heated by an ingenious wood fired boiler outside the hut.

The veranda views up to the plateau were stunning, and aided bird and baboon viewing.

Access was along a fairly rough path and a few wooden steps to each hut. A little more lighting along the paths would also have been helpful at night (though we had torches). As many places in Namibia, steps were high and not always even - here this was the path up to the lounge cum bar cum dining area.

The view from this raised common area was amazing and well worth spending time enjoying. Near it was a small swimming pool which we did not have time to visit.

There did not appear to be many at the Lodge when we visited last month. Dinner was pleasant but without a choice, and breakfast a fairly basic but adequate buffet - with offer of cooking.

There was a small linked campsite.

There was free wifi in the common area but we could not really access it.

We went on the afternoon rhino drive and duly saw several, including a juvenile. Whilst the rangers were impressive - being dropped off and then appearing as various points of the compass to direct our and other jeeps, we all felt uncomfortable with the degree of intrusion to the rhinos, which, as a previous review response states, are wild. We also saw several antelope species, a jackal, Banded Mongoose, and a variety birds.

Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Caroline R, Inhaber at Waterberg Valley Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you for your detailed feedback on your stay at Waterberg Valley Lodge.

Especially your sensitive comment concerning our rhinos is highly appreciated. However, you should not have felt uncomfortable - our white rhinos surely did not. Even the cow with her calf is quite relaxed when people are around. These encounters take only a short while. And as soon as the animals show any sign of irritation, our guides and trackers ask the guests to turn around and go back to the game viewing vehicle.

By taking part in our Rhino drive you contribute to the protection of these fascinating animals (and other game in our private nature reserve). A substantial part of the income from this activity we use to finance our diverse measures against poaching. So we regard it as a win-win situation: Our guests enjoy a great rhino experience and our rhinos enjoy a life in a safe and natural environment.

Kind regards from the Waterberg

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Reviewed 9 May 2017

We spent 3 nights at the plateau campsite at the beginning of February and despite almost 24hrs of rain had an excellent time.The campsite, which is about a 5min walk to the reception and restaurant, has 8 sites, each with its own designated ablutions.The sites have a wooden shelter on on a concrete base with table and benches, and no power.
The evening meal was excellent, with even a vegitarian option.The staff were very friendly and helpful and always with a smile.
The two trails that we (40y and 68y town dwellers) walked, the Anderson and the Dassie, were fairly easy even in the pouring rain. Beautiful views when not Raining.

The Rihno Drive is well worth it. It lasts in total about 3hrs from the Wilderness Lodge and back with about 15 mins with the Rihnos. We had to walk about 10 mins through the thorny bush to get within 10meters of the Rihnos. The tracker appeared to be in charge of the situation. One of the Rihnos (there were 3) made a move towards us and the guide raised his stick said something and the Rihno stopped and carried on grazing.
During the drive we also saw Giraffe, Ostrich, Kudu and Oryx and we stopped for refreshment and Q&A with the Guide.

Room tip: 4wd recommended particularly after rain.
Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Caroline R, Inhaber at Waterberg Valley Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

A "five star" review for our Waterberg Plateau Campsite and compliments to the chefs at the restaurant of our Waterberg Valley Lodge - thank you very much!

To avoid a possible misunderstanding: The white rhinos in our nature reserve Waterberg Wilderness are not tame, but wild animals. They are just very calm and used to contact with humans. The irritated rhino you mentioned was calmed down by the guide by means of the sound of his voice. We raised a rhino baby which lost its mother due to a natural death. Even now, one year after being released at our partner reserve Ghaub in the Otavi mountains, it still recognises the sound of our voice.

Greetings from the Waterberg

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Reviewed 23 February 2017

A lovely down to earth lodge, nestled in the slopes of the Waterberg with a beautiful surrounding. The lodge is quite basic but really lovely . The rooms are simple but clean and totally effective. The staff was wonderful, especially Angelius who really went the extra mile for his guests. What I love about this Lodge is that it is affordable and realistically priced. The food was very good. The only thing I would suggest to the Lodge would be to add an extra light source in the bungalows as it is quite dark at the back. But that is just a tiny thing. One important thing: You do need a SUV to get there as the roads are not made for a Sedan.

Date of stay: February 2017
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Caroline R, Manager at Waterberg Valley Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2017

Angelius and the rest of the team of Waterberg Valley Lodge say thank you for your positive feedback and your suggestion concerning the extra light - we will look into it.

You can negotiate the 32 km sand road from the tar road C 22 to us with a sedan car experiencing no problem whatsoever on 350 days a year. Only after heavy rainfalls there are muddy patches until the sun dries them up. But ja: We do recommend a 4x4 anyway for traveling on Namibia's gravel roads, because of the driving comfort and the higher seating, which offers a better sight in places such as Etosha.

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Valley Lodge in the Waterberg Wilderness Park recently.
My sincere thanks go to every single staff member, who's attention and interest in our visit, was simply superb. The room was spotless, the meals excellent. The staff even cooked up our found delicacy - mushrooms - especially for us. A rare and much appreciated gastronomic pleasure.
It is a pity, however that we had to encounter a group of young men who not only had no respect for the nature and all it has to offer, but also for the surrounds. These people not only ignored the speed limits, they flew 2 drones all afternoon and evening which chased all form of birds and small wild life away. When they were in the restaurant managed to not only ash on the floor of the restaurant, but also left cigarette buts on the floor for the staff to clean up. What a pity. Quite possibly the staff were too intimidated to do anything, but should be taught how to handle putting a stop to such intrusive behaviour by guests.

Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Caroline R, Manager at Waterberg Valley Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2017

Thank you so much for this valuable comment. Indeed, we have to be much stricter towards the usage of drones. We will definitely enforce a drone etiquette in order to prevent guests from being disturbed.

We hope that the Omajova (mushrooms growing in termite hills) compensated you a bit for the inconvenience. Fried in butter, maybe with a bit of bacon, seasoned just with salt and pepper, finally white wine and cream added - a true delicacy, only to be enjoyed after good rainfalls!

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Reviewed 17 November 2016

First night on a trip around Namibia. What a place, clean and tidy lodges each with its own balcony and view over the bush. Excellent dinning room and bar for a beer after an overnight flight and along drive up from Windhoek. The evening meal was more than excellent washed down with a nice bottle of South African wine. Look for the monkeys on the cliffs at the top of the hill. All very good value. What more can you ask for. And that includes the staff too.

Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Stephen B
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Caroline R, Manager at Waterberg Valley Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2016

The staff says "thank you" for your positive comment!

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