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“Guesthouse Terra Africa” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Guesthouse Terra Africa
Ranked #20 of 97 Windhoek B&B and Inns
Cape Town
Level Contributor
13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Guesthouse Terra Africa”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

I recently visited Namibia on business and stayed at the homely Guesthouse Terra Africa which definitely left a mark on me and I will definitely return myself for a holiday!

Terra Africa Guesthouse in Windhoek is situated in the southern valleys of the city centre and is the first establishment in Namibia to operate as an art gallery as well as an accommodation. The rooms are all elegantly designed with different themes to suit all tastes.
The room mod-cons include flat screen TV’s, air conditioning, mini bar, hair dryer, as well as the simple touch of sample cosmetics in the bathrooms! This lodge really has focused on the clients comforts. The rooms are surrounded by absolutely stunning gardens with a pristine pool which unfortunately I did not have time to sample but very much needed on a hot day in Windhoek!
All staff I encountered were super friendly and efficient and my breakfast was made to order within moments. The breakfast buffet is suited to all tastes with a typical ‘European’ spread as well as the traditional cooked breakfast options. The guesthouse is adorned with beautiful pieces of art and high quality luxurious materials making all areas comfortable and inviting.

I can safely say i recommend Terra Africa and I will definitely be staying there when i go back on holiday

- Elizabeth Shaw (Product Manager, Jenman Safaris)

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank JenmanSafaris
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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82 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

We stayed here on two occassions at the beginning and end of our trip through Namibia. We found the owner and staff to be very helpful and hospitable. The guesthouse itself is basic and like staying in grandma's house really. Rooms homely but a bit cramped; breakfast adequate but not flash. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our stay.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Moonwaker123
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Hasselt, Belgium
Level Contributor
30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

We stayed for 1 night on a round trip through South Africa & Namibia. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here because it genuinely felt like coming home.
The room was clean, light and airy with a comfortable bed. Also, after a few days without internet, we enjoyed the WiFi.
The staff was very friendly and also very helpful in arranging a dinner reservation for us & taking a post card to put it in the mail for us.
There is a beautiful backyard that we could step down into from our room where there are tortoises, which is fun.
The guesthouse is located right off of a busy road, but with a gated parking right in front of the building and live wire, there are no concerns about safety.
We found breakfast to be sufficient with choices between cereal, bread, fruit, etc. and hot breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank LynReviews
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Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
67 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2012

This is a not-very-special guesthouse opposite the State House property (which in itself is worth driving past, as it could be from a James Bond movie set!)
But Terra Africa is a bit of a jumble; to get to our room we had to negotiate lots of steps and no one offered to assist. Room was a bit poky and it's right by a busy highway. The pool was supposed to be heated - it wasn't. Breakfast was a bit hit and miss. Overall ... give it a miss. The new Hilton in the centre of Windhoek is fab!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AstonJag
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DesertGlobeTrotters, Owner at Guesthouse Terra Africa, responded to this review, 23 February 2015
Thank you very much for your review.
The initial feedback was rejected by TripAdvisor as it hade our interactive website link on.

I regret that you did not like your stay in our Terra Africa House.
The building and situation of the new State House of the Republic of Namibia constructed across the road from us is unfortunately none of our fault and this seems your personal expression rather.
I do apologize that adequate assistance was not provided for your luggage to your room.
We acknowledge that Terra Africa House is situated in the City of Windhoek and along a busier main road. Therefore, we have introduced sound dampening curtains and flooring to assist in this regard. It does quite down after rush hour though.

We are a guesthouse, and all our rooms are of varying sizes and designs. Rooms are not extremely large (as would be the case with lodges in the nature), but in relation to city properties.
The Hilton is a lovely 5-star international chain hotel, newly built and also at about 4-5 times our price - but, I am glad you enjoyed your stay over there.
At the end - as long as you enjoyed Namibia, I apologize for the inconvenience you may have experienced with us.

Your are welcome to contact me at rolf@terra-africa.com

With kind regards,

Rolf Hansen
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
87 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

Stayed here on our final night in Namibia. The location is easy to find and off a main highway, nice gated drive-up. The staff were pleasant and helpful and recommended us eating at the local mall since we had a long day and just needed a quick bite to eat. Sadly though the rooms really need to have a refresher, everything feels very worn and dingy with lots of hand-written directions taped up. The shower did not have a shower curtain and no matter how I angled the shower head I managed to soak most of the bathroom. Breakfast was very basic and by the time we sat down most items were already gone even though it was not that late. Only giving an overall average rating since the staff was nice and location was good.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Susan116
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Munich, Germany
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

We where a family with two kids arriving from an overnight flight without luggage. The staff has been very friendly and took great care of our "problem".
The place is nicely built with a beautiful relaxing garden. Rooms where ok and bathroom just ok. Breakfast was basic.
It is located close to a bigger shopping mall what has been very convenient to do the necessary shopping for an upcoming trip.
We got a lot of good hints and recommendations about where to go in town.

Overall very convenient place. We would go there again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AfricanMagic_Nomad
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Johannesburg
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

Terra Africa is my home away from home. I have been going to Windhoek on business for over 4 years now and in the beginning stayed at different guest houses, but only found the guest house for me in Terra Africa.
The staff are friendly and welcoming and the owners really make you part of their family, yet keep it very professional.
The accommodation is up to standard and your are getting what you pay for and more.
I recommend Terra Africa to anyone!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank AnnelienJohannesburg
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Property: Guesthouse Terra Africa
Address: 6 Kenneth McArthur Street | Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Khomas Region > Windhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Windhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Guesthouse Terra Africa 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hansen & Locher family welcome you to the Terra Africa House. We hope you will relax before or after a trip through our magical Namibia - OR for the business person, a home away from home! Guesthouse Terra Africa has welcomed guests for over a decade to Windhoek and we look forward to seeing you at the Terra Africa House too! ... more   less 
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