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“Convenient stopover” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Okapuka Ranch
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29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Convenient stopover”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2011

This was our first stopover on a 2 week trip around Namibia. It is very close to the capital and just off the main motorway so convenient if you don't want to have a long drive just after landing in the country but also don't fancy spending your first night in the city. Location is not spectacular though. Still, first impression was very good, the place is set in expansive own grassland and you can see some Antilopes from the car and warthogs on the lawn right in front of the main house and restaurant. Maybe not too impressive for anybody who's been around Africa already but as it was our first trip and first day, exciting enough. Room was big with nice views across the grassland and clean enough, with a thatched roof. The complimentary lion feeding is a chance to see the big mal lion very close up which you would rarely get otherwise. But these are by no means wild lions, they live in an enclosure (which is much bigger than anything you would see in a zoo, so I don't see an issue from an animal welfare point). Food was ok and German inspired, similar to what we had in other places later during our trip. Varieties of game, other dishes (had a vegetarian meal) not overwhelming but perfectly edible. Service was ok but didn't feel like anybody was going out of their way for you. Staff in the restaurant were very friendly and clearly trying their very best.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Gallarate, Italy
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34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

Very very beautiful place near Windhoek. Restaurant was excellent and game drives too.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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Thank mariamichela
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Sofia Region, Bulgaria
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74 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2011

Before going to Namibia I checked the comments of fellow travelers but must state that I find their reviews too overrated. One nice thing of the lodge is the location as it is about 30km from Windhoek.
The rooms are big but could be cleaner. One thing disturbed us quite a bit. It is full of spiders. I know that the ranch is in the midst of the outdoor but I have been on many lodges but to have spiders next to the bed, in the bathroom, on the walls etc. was just a bit disturbing.
Also the service is not really the fastest. Especially in the restaurant it is not always easy to interrupt the chatting waitresses as it gives you the impression you are disturbing them.
One positive thing is the bar which is really done with good taste.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank kathyhan1
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Holland
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16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2010

After a long journey we arrived early in the morning at Windhoek airport.
It was only a 100 km drive to Okapuka Ranch, and the road was still tarted, so that was an easy start of our trip trough Namibia!
De lodge was a pleasant surprise! We had a beautiful little house, with a great view overlooking the spacious garden. Warthogs were grazing in that garden en we could come very close to them. Our first animal pictures were taken. There was also a lot of bird life in the garden. Around sundowner there was a group of wildebeest grazing and drinking in the garden!
We went to see the Lion Feeding (recommend to reservate the things you want to do when you first arrive at the lodge, so it's not fully booked) that was nice to see, if you haven't seen the lions in the wild jet. Otherwise it's a little bit to touristic.
Dinner was fantastic! We had a table next to the window that overlooks the garden. Dinner was a la carte and we enjoin our first bush meat. Oryx steak!!!!! Maybe the best of the entire holiday!
Beds and service were really great. Also the look of the accommodation was beautiful.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank WKBHolland
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Perth
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27 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2009

We spent the last night of our trip at Okapuka Ranch before flying home and we wish we had stayed a few days more. The ranch has a lovely setting just 40km out of Windhoek and we had a nice, basic but spacious and comfortable thatched room. We didn't do any of the drives but we enjoyed watching the warthogs and antelopes that graze on the lawn at sunset and afterwards. The food was okay but nothing spectacular and the wine list seemed to be fine. The best part of our stay was listening to the sounds of roaring lions (which are kept on the ranch along with crocodiles) throughout the night and into the early morning. A lovely end to our Namibian holiday.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Artellphoto
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Granby, Canada
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86 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2009

My group stayed there for our last night in Namibia. Very big room with thatched roof. Four rooms per bungalow. There were murals of African scenes painted on the walls. Everything was very clean, the only negative point for me was that dark walls made the room feel dark. Food was very good too, the service seemed a little impersonal after all the enthusiastic staff we had in most of the other places we stayed in. The lion feeding was included in our package and is well worth it. Some members of our group went on the optional game drive and were very happy with their driver/guide who made sure they were perfectly positioned to take photos of the numerous animals they saw. During the day the lawn area in front of the restaurant and bar was visited by a great number of warthogs that seemed to replace lawnmowers here. At night during dinner the lawn area was illuminated and one could observe the many different types of antelopes that came to feed on the grass. There were also many birds for birdwatchers to enjoy.

  • Stayed September 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank WolfyP
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keith
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42 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2008

Had a fabulous week here. Staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. Good food and plenty of it to fill the gaps after riding and game viewing. Rooms clean and bright.

  • Liked — rugs
  • Disliked — spiders!
  • Stayed July 2008
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank yellowboris
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Property: Okapuka Ranch
Address: 30 Km3, Windhoek, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Khomas Region > Windhoek
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Ranked #25 of 76 Speciality Lodging in Windhoek
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Okapuka Ranch 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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