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Okahirongo Elephant Lodge
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

We would have been happy to find meals in Cape Town of the quality we found here - never mind 110km out in a desert wilderness in north east Namibia.

The journey by vehicle to Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is quite something - it took us 3+ hours from Sesfontein along dried-up river beds, down valleys and across desert. A 4x4 is essential. If you get the opportunity to fly here, perhaps worth considering the option.

But once at Purros, what a treat! The Lodge sits in the most remote and expansive setting with desert and mountains all around. The buildings are beautiful, gorgeously designed and furnished, with the main cluster around the swimming pool. The staff - most of whom come from the local community - are highly trained. The quality of service exemplary and the food stunningly good. Amazingly, wifi is available. The speed is slow, and there’s an additional charge for using it.

If you get the opportunity to visit a local Himba community, take it. The trip is beautifully done and we were fascinated. We took up the offer of several other Land-rover trips - each run by one of the Lodge’s guides and all informative and interesting.

This is an outstanding Lodge - a joy and a privilege to have stayed here.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

What a place! After a long and hot dusty drive the hotel was an absolute oasis in the desert. Wonderful location with amazing views. The hotel is extremely stylish and beautifully decorated but is welcoming and not intimidating. Owner Pieter is full of information and was very helpful and accommodating. All the staff are professional and friendly. Food was very good but no choice, fine for us but other people might not like this. My only recommendation would be to say no to children under 16. Great place for seeing desert elephants and other wildlife including giraffes which we watched from the comfort of the swimming pool!

Room Tip: All seem to have great views and be similar in layout and design. Very large, spacious and airy. Fabulous!
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

it's like landing in Tatooine for those knowing star wars, incredible place, amazing .... staff is gentle and kind, food is delicious. Wonderful moment to discover desert, to chase tracks of desert wild animals, to see sundown and moonrise

Room Tip: all are well placed
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

This hotel is quite beautiful and the owner Peter is very nice and helpful, Nadia who works there is pretty grumpy and doesnt seem to care much about anything at all and spends her days in the little office behind. Breakfast is fine but lunch and dinner are very thin on the ground ... small and mean pieces of meat and veg and rather bizzare retro food like fried brie with apricot sauce, served cold.Pretty inedible. if you find that you dislike the food as much as I did, ask them to make you a basic pasta with a tomato sauce,which is really very good as they have an italian partner who seems to have taught them to make a good version of this dish, rooms are small, and bathrooms large. annoyingly located accross the way. The desert dust gets everywhere. Everything is dusty and covered with a flim of horrid dust as there are no shutters on the windows, just a mesh net to keep the creepy crawlies away. Pool is freezing or could make everything so much more bearable. Dogs are adorable.Guide Pollen is a good man.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

WELL!! What an experience!!! The road was as bad as we had been led to expect, but the ever-changing scenery makes it well worthwhile. And the lodge itself is as good as portrayed on their website!! When we got to Purros, there are just sand tracks going in different directions and no definitive signposts, so fortunately they had sent one of their vehicles to meet us and show us the way. This is definitely one of the places that need a 2-night stay. First of all, you need to recover from the "trek" there, and there are things in the area worth seeing that we didn't have time to experience. I am not sure it is the place to be in the summer months ... must get VERY hot indeed. At breakfast the next morning another guest suggested we let some air out of our tyres - down to 1.6 bar - and that made a massive difference to our drive back. I am so glad our friends recommended (actually insisted!!) this part of the journey. But one needs to have a spirit of adventure, otherwise it could be a bit overwhelming.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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