≠Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy
Perched on the rim of the Etendeka Plateau, the Grootberg Lodge stands sentinel over the Klip River Valley. 12 000 hectares have been set aside by the #Khoadi//Hoas community for conservation and tourism and it is through this pristine wilderness that you meander either on foot or by car to encounter the inhabitants of this remote biosphere. Grootberg Lodge is a landmark in Namibia for the tourism industry as it is the first middle-market establishment in the country that is 100% owned by the conservancy. For travellers making the journey between Etosha and Swakopmund, this lodge provides the ideal midway stopover, whilst allowing guests to experience the true wilderness that is Damaraland.
Your hosts at Grootberg Lodge are members of the #Khoadi/Hoas conservancy in which the lodge is located. Enjoy a sundowner on the deck or a swim in the pool. The rooms are comfortably appointed and blend into the surroundings. Through active conservation, black rhino and desert elephant still freely roam the land. Explore the landscape, rich in geological and botanical wonders, encounter stunning wildlife and get acquainted with the traditions of the #Khoadi//Hoas people.
Enjoy a sundowner on the deck or a swim in the pool. Delicious meals are served in the main reception area where a fireplace adds atmosphere on cold winter nights.
The chalets are built from natural materials and powered with solar electricity. The rooms are comfortably appointed and blend into the surroundings.
Through active conservation, black rhino and desert elephant still freely roam the land. Our expert guides and local trackers will lead you on an unforgettable walk in search of these animals and more.
Explore the landscape, rich in geological and botanical wonders, encounter stunning wildlife and get acquainted with the traditions of the #Khoadi //Hoas people.
Step into Grootberg Lodge and be drawn into another world. Built in 2005 in collaboration with the local #Khoadi//Hoas community, it has become a landmark in the Namibian tourist industry as the first middle-market lodge in Namibia that is 100% owned by the conservancy.
The main areas and chalets are dotted along the edge of the Etendeka Plateau, providing guests with breathtaking views over the Klip River Valley. Your hosts, all members of the local community, will welcome you and attend to your every need.
Staying with us
Feel at home in any of the fourteen twin or two family chalets, built from natural materials and powered by the sun. The rock and thatch chalets, each with a small, private deck, blend into the surroundings and is comfortably appointed with a private shower, toilet and washbasin, a desk and small coffee and tea station.
Enjoy a sundowner on the expansive deck or a swim in the refreshing infinity pool overlooking the valley below. Delicious meals are served in the main reception area and a blazing fire wards off cold winter nights.
Namibians are well-known for their hospitality and nowhere is this more apparent than when staying at Grootberg Lodge.
Eco-tourism is the main focus at Grootberg Lodge with members of the local community making sure your stay is filled with golden memories.
Become immersed in nature, as you encounter some of the larger inhabitants of this unique biosphere. Through active conservation, desert elephant, rhino and even lion still roam free in this beautiful landscape.
Hikes led by experienced guides and trackers, take you on a search for black rhino, one of the planet’s most endangered species.
Morning and evening scenic drives across the plateau allow for fantastic photographic opportunities and the opportunity to discover the rich plant and animal life that thrive there.
While traversing the plateau, you will encounter a wide variety of the inhabitants of this habitat. Springbuck, zebra, kudu and oryx are easily spotted during drives and hikes. Klipspringer, though shy, are often seen gracefully leaping from ledge to ledge along the steep cliffs.
A visit to the #Khoadi//Hoas community is a favourite activity for most guests. Their warm cordiality touches every heart. Learn more about their culture and customs as they invite you into their midst.
Grootberg is a paradise for nature lovers and with so much to do, you will want to stay for quite a while.
Activities at Grootberg Lodge
Moringa Guided Walk
After a scrumptious breakfast on the veranda of the restaurant, guests who prefer an early start to the day will depart at around 7.30am for a 3 hour walk on top of the plateau. Our knowledgeable guide will help to spot the various shy inhabitants of the plateau. Other highlights of the walk include local flora, the amazing rock formations of the Etendeka Mountains.
Desert Elephant tracking
Elephant tracking at Grootberg Lodge has become one of our most popular activities. Guests will set out in the early morning with a guide and tracker to the surrounding farms in search of elusive desert elephant. Since the elephants roam free in the conservancy, sightings cannot always be guaranteed but the experience also gives one the opportunity to learn and appreciate more about the lifestyle of the local people. Lunch takes place in the shade of a tree in the remote wilderness of Damaraland.
You can expect to return to the lodge during the early afternoon enriched by the unique beauty of Damaraland and a good chance of having spotted one of Namibia”s unique desert elephants.
PM Scenic drive
The lodge offers scenic drives on top of the Etendeka Plateau with the possibility of seeing a variety of wildlife population of zebras, antelope, jackal and occasionally leopard and lion. Springbok, Kudu and Oryx are a permanent fixture and even the nervous and shy klipspringers are sometimes seen leaping from ledge to ledge on the steep cliffs of the mountain.
Once classified as critically endangered, black rhino numbers have risen dramatically thanks to a conservation partnership between local communities and eco-tourism. Our dedicated guides and local trackers will take you on an unforgettable exploration on foot amidst the cliffs of the Klip River Valley and rising plateau of volcanic basalt ridges.
Your guide and game trackers will take you in an open 4x4 game vehicle into Black Rhino territory. Part of the tracking will take place on foot, with the possibility of between 1 to 3 hours walk at the most. At lunchtime there will be a stop near the springs where you can enjoy refreshments. It’s almost a full day activity going along bumpy roads and walking in rocky terrain, so not advisable for the faint-hearted. Sightings are not guaranteed.
Max. clients in vehicle
Game Drives, Walking Safaris, Rhino tracking