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May 24, 2010
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Vingerklip Lodge, NamibiaThis hotel was booked through the same company as all our others in Namibia, www.namibiareservations.com. We drove from Swakopmund to Vingerklip via a few things we felt we had to see whilst in Namibia with the result that ...
Vingerklip Lodge, Namibia
This hotel was booked through the same company as all our others in Namibia, www.namibiareservations.com.
We drove from Swakopmund to Vingerklip via a few things we felt
we had to see whilst in Namibia with the result that our drive took us about 8 hours with stops for seeing things. Firstly we drive 70km up to see the Cape Cross Seal colony and then had to drive back along the same sand/salt road as there were no connecting roads going across country. We then called in to see the ancient rock engravings at Twylfontein and after that the Petrified Forest before finally getting to Vingerklip Lodge for about 5pm having left Swakopmund at 8am.
Our satnav once again seemed to think it was going to take us 28 hours but we had got used to the over estimation by now so were not so alarmed. It was an extremely boring drive up to the seals and back as it was sand either side and really bleak and grey however the journey improved and we saw such a huge variety of vegetation and scenery changed constantly. Having said that we were glad to arrive at the lodge which was built to have a wonderful view of Vingerklip ( a finger of rock) and the surrounding agab terraces and rock formations very similar to the area around Sedona and that part of the USA.
We checked in and were given a glass of non alcoholic fruit cocktail in three colours to welcome us then given our key and taken up to our chalet/ room/small lodge, number 7A. We were not the very furthest lodge this time but pretty close to the main building which was a relief. We had one night only here so we didn’t unpack just had a shower and headed over for a drink. It was quite warm in the room but once we opened the patio doors it cooled down a bit. There was a portable air conditioner but we didn’t bother putting that on until we were going to bed .
The accommodation was a concrete based building with thatched roof and a patio looking out over these amazing rock formations called agab terraces. The room was very high ceilinged and had a large double bed, a couple of comfortable chairs and a table. There was also a wardrobe with a safe but once again it didn’t work. It was shut and would not open so we didn’t bother as we were only there one night and leaving early the next day anyway.
A very steep loft ladder took you up to a mezzanine floor above the bath room and up there was another double bed and a chair but not much else. This was a family lodge and this upper floor was for children but I’m not sure I would want my children climbing up and down that ladder in a place they didn’t know at night. Also the ladder was very close to the bed down stairs and my husband nearly banged his head on it while walking to the bed so we pushed the bed as much as possible away from the ladder so when he got up in the night he would not crack his head on it and knock himself out.
The room was tastefully decorated in an African theme once again and looked most inviting. The view looking out was amazing and would take a lot of beating in any country. The floors were all stone and polished which were nice and cool. The patio area outside had four chairs and a table with a large umbrella for the sun but we were not there long enough to enjoy it really.
The bathroom had a shower toilet and basin and we were not provided with any soap, shampoo etc but there was a wall dispenser for an all in one bath/shower gel/shampoo. We had nice fresh sandy towels in the room and if you wanted to go swimming then you got pool towels from reception.
We made our way over to the main building which was Reception, dining room, bar and very small shop. We got some drinks then made our way up to another thatched open sided building from where you could see Vingerklip and watch the sun setting over the most wonderful view. It was the most relaxing end to a very long and tiring day and the drinks went down without touching the sides. The price of drinks was pretty good too about £1.50 for a pint and the same for a gin and tonic.
We had dinner included and so after our drinks we walked down the steep pat very carefully as it was a little slippery and went to see what we had on offer for dinner. The dinner service was buffet style but without the choice. The first course was cheese soup which as absolutely disgusting, so salty and strong that I couldn’t eat it at all. The next course was braised eland steaks with rosemary, potatoes, sweet corn and peas which were all nicely cooked and I had no complaints at all. Dessert was a strange custard which was lemon flavoured and not so great and then you could have cheese and biscuits which is what my husband had instead of the dessert. It was okay but not that interesting an did not offer a great deal of choice but the lodge was miles away from anywhere and there were not many guests so they obviously did not want to waste food.
Breakfast was served from 7am to 9am and it was once again buffet styel. The choice was limited but they did offer a range of food from tinned fruit cocktail and yogurt, cereals, bread which you could toast yourself and then bacon and scramble eggs but I found some delicious warm carrot cake muffins and really enjoyed that after my fruit. It was perfectly good once again but lacked any excitement, not that I really look for that in my breakfast but it is important to my husband when we are on holiday.
There were two pools and they looked lovely but unfortunately we did not get the chance to try them out. The gardens around the resort were beautifully kept with gorgeous succulents and cacti as well as bougainvillea but they were all on the side of a hill and throughout the resort you were walking either up or down steep paths so not really disabled friendly unless you were very strong for pushing up hills.
The bar area was quite big and led from the reception and dining areas and they were all under one huge thatched roofed building. All around were wood carved animals and other African artefacts which really made the place interesting. The comfortable chairs near the bar were decorated in zebra/giraffe fabric in muted colours. It was very well put together and had a unique style which was quite appealing.
If you wanted you could book to eat at the Sundowner restaurant at the top of the hill/mountain and there you would enjoy stunning views and a BBQ but I looked at the height that you needed to climb and the stairs up the side of the hill looked like fire escape metal stairs and we decided that we would not bother mountaineering in the dark as we had had enough excitement that day.
In the morning it was really quite cool as we were quite high up in the hills, we saw a nice sun rise then got packed up ready to be on our way straight after breakfast. This lodge offered trips out to visit authentic Himba villages, bush hikes and climbs and other activities if you were staying longer. It was certainly a lovely setting but a very long way to get to as it was miles from anywhere but then most places seem to be miles from anywhere in Namibia so maybe they area used to travelling great distances on dirt roads and take it in their stride.
We came to this lodge as a journey break on the way north to Etosha National Park and obviously the people at Namibia reservations thought this would be a pleasant place to stay and is very near to one of the are3a attractions, Vingerklip and not too far from the Petrified Forest. It certainly had one of the nicest settings I have seem for a resort but not very easily accessible as it was once again a long way off the main road and up quite high too .
The price we paid for this accommodation for dinner ,bed and breakfast for one night was $1916Namibian ( $11 namibian to the £1) we didn’t think that was too bad but it was not a bargain by a long way.
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