Damaraland camps - Grootberg Lodge

Grootberg Lodge

Grootberg Lodge is perched on top of a high plateau between the red basalt mountains of Damaraland to the west and the scrubby bush edging towards Etosha in the east. Commanding a fabulous view of the picturesque mountains and unusual ecology of this area, Grootberg is rather a unique setting.

The lodge too is special in that it is fully owned by the community conservancy on which it sits, and efforts are underway to train the local people in the hope that they will have the capacity to run the lodge in the near future. Stone and thatch chalets with a private balcony perch on the edge of a great escarpment.

Well-positioned as a stop-off between Etosha and Damaraland, it is worth spending two or three nights here as there is so much to do. Lengthy walks or hikes along the plateau or down the Klip River, tracking desert-adapted rhino and elephant and horse-riding to gorgeous sundowner spots are among the pursuits on offer. Depending on their movements, you might also be able to visit the nomadic Himba people and learn about their customs and traditions.

Grootberg is a simple lodge in a gorgeous location with plenty to do and see. The lodge itself is simple and unpretentious and service can be a little wobbly so don’t expect all the trimmings of a luxury lodge. However, you can expect a friendly welcome, good value and knowledgeable guides in a stunning area.

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