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Naankuse Lodge

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

While volunteering at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary I decided to have Sunday lunch there and also stayed over night before I was picked up to be driven to the airport. The Lodge is amazing and my room was superb (I was in No 1 which is the closest room to the lodge. The staff were wonderful, particularly the manager and the receptionist. The food which I believe was cooked by the first ever Bushman chef was superb - delicious, beautifully cooked and well presented. It was worthy of a top class restaurant in Europe. The service was a little haphazard but did not detract from the culinary experience. The room was wonderful with a sunken bath and shower plus sink balanced on rocks - a la Bedrock! The bed was huge and comfortable and I had an excellent night's sleep. Becuase I was being picked up at 5am the staff kindly provided me with a breakfast package. There is a swimming pool out the front which was welcome as it was about 36c outside with not a cloud in sight. Do stay there if you can

I had a great stay at Naankuse! The staff was super friendly and helpful. I enjoyed talking to them and learning more about their personal experiences. I had such of an amazing time with the San people. Very beautiful and smart people!!! I learned a great deal about their culture on the excursion. Jum (guide) was great and ensured that I saw plenty of Zebras as requested. The food was amazing also. Lodge is nice and cozy. I definitely recommend Naankuse to others.

A fantastic wildlife lodge and sanctuary: marvellous facilities, great food, beautiful grounds, a variety of amazing activities and a great variety of wildlife, both the rescue animals and the wild animals in the Zannier reserve. But the biggest asset are the people: Marlice and Rudie Van Vuren for their vision and drive and Henny for being such great manager, making me feel right at home. Special mention also goes to Omo, who took great care of me and treated me to some great gin-tonics! And let’s not forget the guides like Jan and Jonas who where funny and competent in equal measure! In any case, this is fabulous place supporting truly worthy causes of wildlife conservation and supporting the San bush people in Namibia. 10 out of 10

An excellent lodge to stay-over as it is just 45km away from the airport. We spent our first night in Namibia in a huge three-bedroom villa some 15 minute’s drive away from the main building. Be aware that their map is not that clear and you might get easily lost just like we did the first time. One of the things that new management decided to adapt asap. On the day of our arrival the six of us opted for a sunset drive but saw no wildlife and the guide did not make a big effort either to go for it. Staff in the restaurant was friendly but still learning. The dinner dish was served lukewarm, but breakfast was very good with fresh juice and a hot espresso. Leaving early the next day we saw two leopards with a guide and guests. Knowing that we probably would not see any leopard during our three-week holiday we stopped and took some pictures and our compliments for the wildlife sanctuary to have taken care of these beautiful animals.

We were blessed with a Villa "oom piet se plek". Awesome! We had this massive villa to ourself with a view to die for. We had our own transport so it was no problem to get to the lodge for our dinner etc The staff were over friendly and went out of their way to help us. We did a few activities- Walk with the Baboons, we had such high hopes for this but was dissapionted. When we arrived there were already another group and the monkeys were already been on there walk for a while. So when we arrived we stayed for max ten minutes and walked back to there cages where they were put back. 30 minutes and our tour was finished. It was supposed to be two hours. We also did bushman stories under the stars, that was amazing, Ten out of ten, will do it again. There stories were awesome. The feeding tour was also great! Lions were a highlight. In short i will recommend this lodge, we enjoyed it and it was value for money! And the food is to die for! We will be back.

Spent the last 2 years volunteering so thought I'd treat myself to the lodge for a few nights before moving on to backpackers. Was accommodated in a villa far from the lodge. Very nice but not when you have to walk to the lodge for your meal as the driver failed to arrive 2 out of the 4 days with no apology from management. Nice food but very limited choice and same menu 2 out of 4 days. Fortunately I'm not a fussy eater. Upon arrival I was left outside for 2 hours until being taken to the villa. Requested a taxi to windhoek 2 days in advance and was charged 990 dollars which is advertised as 410 dollars. Totally outrageous. Taxi was 600 dollars from airport to the lodge. Taxi from backpackers to airport was 190 dollars albeit I was sharing. Upon departure from the lodge after begrudgingly paying for the taxi I wanted to settle my accommodation bill and was informed that it had been paid by a company I've never heard of. I could have got away with a 600 pounds payment if I wasn't so honest. Wish I had now after the unprofessional treatment I endured. Lovely place but well over priced and poor management. Talking to various staff it seems like they are not impressed with the manager and are disrespected similar to the old South Africa which I am familiar with having lived there for 25 years. Won't be going again. Give me backpackers any day.

Spent 2 weeks at the NaanKuse medical centre in Epukiro, in Eastern Namibia, and 90 minutes north of Gobabis. The clinic serves mainly the local San population. A great experience, I was able to be of some use, despite my mature years (!), and lack of medical experience. And the financial contribution obviously helps, and goes a long way. A great way to meet some locals outside a typical tourist setting, even better if you have some medical skills !! Not really tourism, more volunteering, but for a very worthwhile cause.

We spent our first night in Namibia here. Checking in was a bit unprofessional and inexperienced. I thought it was strange that nobody tried to explain the activities they offer. You had to ask yourself and still the answers were very short and not enthusiastic. We already booked the caracal walk. We had to ask were to meet. They did not explain what we could expect, what to wear, howling it would take and so on. The walk was ok. You walk with a very tame caravan that acts as a domestic cat. I prefer seeing the animals in their normal behavior, but I understand they (wildlife sanctuary) really does a great job in the protecting and conservation of wildlife and I have great respect for this. Staff in the restaurant was really very nice. Especially Caroline was very nice. She was the one taking care of us and she was great. So it was a very nice first day. With what I know now, I would have chosen the carnivores tour.

Na’an ku se rescued us after an earlier debacle. We got a two bed two bathroom villa and stayed for three nights. The property has villas scattered all over the property, and each has its own little water hole, although they are not out at night, Na’an ku se specialises in rescue animals, many of whom roam 5he property while others (like the big cats) are in v large enclosures. It’s very close to Windhoek airport. If we’d known it was there, we probably would have stayed for a night or two before embarking on our safari. The upside- v comfortable, we had a full kitchen if we’d been organised enough, and not one, not two, not three , but FIve lounging around areas, and an enormous covered verandah. (See pics) The accommodation price included dinner and breakfast. The evening meals were ok, !though nothing really flash. Breakfast was ok, it wasn’t until the last morning we discovered we could order eggs rather than just going for the Bain Marie. The coffee was acceptable and the wifi in the restaurant was ok. The swimming pool was terrific although the pH balance was out and we had to wear goggles or not put our heads under water. (V acidic) On the downside, the signage around the property was very poor. We repeatedly got lost, even after two days, especially at night. And it’s a long, bumpy drive in. We struggled with the failure to protect food from the flies in the morning at the breakfast buffet

We had a great time Naanakuse. We found the food at the Sanctuary to be top notch for breakfast & dinner. We had some of our best meals in Namibia here. (I am vegetarian and both the starters & main courses for dinner were very elaborate vegetarian dishes & delicious!. Lunch, however, was the standard option with the meat removed). We were in hut #2 and found the rooms quite comfortable and loved the electric blanket and robes. I would suggest adding slippers, since the cement floors are extremely cold in the morning. Enrich at the front desk was very helpful & accommodating & our guides Matias & another we’re both very good. Highly recommend. We had signed up a year in advance for the behind the scenes tour as well as for the Carnivore eating tour. We were very disappointed when we heard that Marlise was on vacation and would not be leading the tour. We were given the option to change our tour but we went ahead with both tours and found them both to be very engaging. (As Enrich promised, it was outstanding & with Marlise it would have been exquisite). We loved walking with the cheetah, playing with the baboons, and visiting the Research Center & the Farm. There is so much good work being done here. We also thoroughly enjoyed the carnivore eating tour. We had really wanted to meet Marlise but we found a whole series of DVDs of Wild Jobs in Africa in the lobby. I watched hours of these as she spoke of her passion for the animals and the work of Naanakuse staff. I do hope to come back in retirement as a volunteer & meet her !

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Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Naankuse Lodge places you 31.2 mi (50.2 km) from Avis Dam and 31.2 mi (50.3 km) from Maerua Mall. This 20-room, 3-star lodge has free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free self parking.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Explore the lodge and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


Beds sport premium bedding and the bathroom offers a hair dryer and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a furnished patio, an electric kettle, and free bottled water.

Property features

At Naankuse Lodge, guests have access to an outdoor pool, laundry facilities, and a garden. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for NAD 500 per person one-way. The front desk has multilingual staff that can answer questions about the accommodations, services, and more. This smoke-free lodge also has wedding services.

Room options

Standard Chalet, 1 Bedroom (Standard Room)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Family Unit

Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Family Unit

King 1 | Sleeps 6

Family Unit

Full 2 | Sleeps 8

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 387 reviews