Damaraland
Grootberg Lodge

Positioned atop the Etendeka Plateau, the community-run Grootberg Lodge offers sublime views of the Klip River Valley with family-friendly adventures at every turn, from cultural visits to rhino tracking.

When you’re not exploring epic Damaraland on foot or by jeep then you can sip a sundowner from your private balcony, cool off in the infinity pool or simply soak up the scenery.

Facilities & Activities

At the heart of the resort, the pool has striking views across the valley, while a cosy fireplace is atmospheric on a winter night. Wi-Fi is available in the reception area and, though rooms don’t have electrical outlets, there is a charging station in the main lodge.

However, the star of the show here is the wide range of activities on offer, from cultural tours to wildlife excursions (both half-day and full-day options). Expert guides share their knowledge of the local flora and fauna on guided walks (not for children under 12), where you can spot animal tracks, learn the medicinal properties of the plants around you and discover incredible rock formations of the 180 million-year-old Etendeka Mountains.

Another option is desert elephant tracking. Guests leave the lodge by jeep in the early morning to search for herds, which can often be spotted along the dry riverbeds. A picnic lunch is provided, and munched in the shade of a shepherd tree, before returning to the lodge for the afternoon. Other activities include rhino tracking (for over-16s) and sundowner drives.

You can also discover more about the culture and traditions of the Damara people first-hand by visiting their homesteads. These cultural tours offer a fascinating insight into farming in harsh desert conditions and the locals’ approach to human-wildlife conflict.

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Dining

Meals are eaten at the restaurant’s veranda that overlooks the valley. Food is freshly prepared by the chefs and served by friendly staff with choices ranging from hearty steak and chips to easy pasta dishes that children will enjoy. Vegetarian options are available. Don’t expect fine dining, but do expect good service, warmth and hospitality – and possibly even a performance by staff who will sing and dance while you tuck into your dessert.

 

Rooms

The 14 twin chalets and two family units are solar-powered and built from natural materials that blend into the surroundings. Inside, expect simple furnishings, neutral colour schemes, a desk and tea station, plus a private bathroom. The highlight is the wide doors that lead to a private deck that affords fantastic views across the valley.

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Family

The two family units are ideal if you’re travelling with children, offering extra space for your brood to stay together. Children of all ages are welcome to join in with vehicle-bound activities (under parental supervision) but rhino tracking is for over-16s and guided walks are for those aged over 12.

Sustainability

The lodge has sustainable credentials that have earned it a 5 Eco-flower certificate (eco award members offer environmentally sustainable tourism in Namibia). Owned and run by the local community, the lodge supports sustainable projects such as purchasing vegetables grown by local farmers and financing an education fund. Other sustainable initiatives include the use of solar power and donating to a wildlife fund.

Location

Grootberg Lodge is set on a large private concession in the remote northwest of Namibia, between Damaraland and Etosha National Park. Its location is standout – sitting on the edge of the Etendeka Plateau, it has some of the most spectacular views of any lodge in Namibia. The lodge lies 25 km east of Palmwag, a journey of around 30 minutes.

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