Huab Lodge: "Don't miss this!" Namibia Hotel Tip by toonsarah
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A visit here is more like visiting friends than staying in a hotel. Yes, it's expensive, but if you can afford it it's unmissable! The rooms are fantastic, with huge picture windows with a view of the Huab River (dry for most of the year). Even the showers come with a view (the rooms can't be overlooked by anyone apart possibly by a stray elephant or kudu). The lodge itself is beautifully designed, completely in keeping with the surrounding countryside. There's a natural hot spring, a small pool and a hide for bird-watching. Apart from the birds and the chance of seeing the elusive desert elephants (we weren't lucky) the wildlife isn't as great as elsewhere in Namibia, but don't let that put you off. What really makes a stay here special are the people. Jan and Susi will make you so welcome you won't want to leave! Jan is so knowledgeable about the local environment. He can imitate all the birds, identfy animals at a glance, and will describe in detail how he and Susi have restored this former farm land and given it back to the wildlife. And in the evenings everyone eats together by candlelight at the long table in the lodge. The food is fantastic and is washed down with a selection of fine wines, lovingly presented by Jan.
Unique Qualities: On our last day, when we were due to leave after breakfast, Jan and Susi persuaded to stay for the morning so that we could join other guests on a climb to an eagle chick's nest. Well, one of us climbed - I stayed below to take pictures! Not only was it one of the highlights of the whole trip (see my Off the Beaten Path tip), it was also another sign of the wonderful atmosphere of Huab, where you're treated like a friend rather than a paying guest.
Address: West of the road between Kamanjab and Khorixas, on the D2670
Comparison: most expensive
Price: US$180 and up
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