Naankuse Lodge3.0 out of 5.0
Naankuse Lodge3.0 out of 5.0
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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 !
Amazingly beautiful Naankuse was our first stop in Namibia. What a lovely start! We just loved our house, Gais. Huge, comfy, equipped with tons of nice details. The restaurant serves great food and coffee (as well as Springbokkies). The reception , pools and restaurant are situated right next a small canyon where lots of dassies, birds and geckos can be observed. In the distance there are ostriches, horses, warthogs etc. Talking of warthogs: we met Alberta, the cute resident warthog walking around in the garden. We participated in the baboon walk and immediately fell in love with them. Volunteers take the baboons for long walks and then you meet them in the middle of nowhere (actually it just feels like it, it is the sundowner place/ pond). The baboons stroll around freely the entire time and come up to play if they want to. I don't mean to spoil anything - it was an incredible experience interacting with those misconceived animals. The sundowner was nice, too. A couple of giraffes actually joined us - awesome. In addition to all of this they took care of retrieving our lost bag (SA flight from Joburg)from the airport.
I went to N/a'n ku se from 30th July to 20th August. Being an older volunteer I was at first concerned that I would be 'too old' to fit in with the generally youthful volunteers. Well my fears were unfounded as I simply had the most wonderful experience there. Firstly let me thank Cila and all the coordinators for their unwavering devotion to the cause and dedication to the volunteers experience. All the coordinators were extremely friendly and informative, answering questions about each animal and species in general, I learnt so much from them. Secondly the volunteer coordinator Corne is simply a one off, huge personality and makes everyone feel at ease from the moment you meet. The conservation is quite ground breaking, particular focus on the human wildlife conflict that challenges Namibian life, the Rapid Response to farmers calls to help deal with a potential problem animal is such an important role. The sanctuary offers refuge to any animal that is orphaned or injured, or those who would otherwise be shot for being on farmers land. there are a lot of animals to look after, plenty of jobs to do, and I would recommend anyone with a love of animals and people alike to visit as a volunteer. There is also an opportunity to visit the other research sites, I went to Kanaan in the south which concentrates on spotted hyena research. I do feel that I have contributed (albeit minuscule) to a special place and would love nothing better than to return another time.
I would like to give this more than 5 stars. It was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget. Friendly staff and guides, excellent food, and very nice rooms. We did the carnivore feeding tour, baboon walk, cheetah walk, caracal walk, Sans Bushman skills academy, and Behind the Scenes tour. The lodge and the tours help fund this wonderful sanctuary for injured or orphaned animals. All buildings are eco-friendly. Animals may be walking right by your chalet. The sunsets and sunrises are gorgeous! And, I never realized there are so many stars in the sky! The owner, Marlice, is amazing and her love for the animals, and their love for her, is evident. If possible, they return them to the wild when healthy or old enough, but it is a long process and sometimes is not possible depending on the species. In those cases, the give them a wonderful existence. I don't have space to explain everything, but look this place up. You will be amazed. Also, volunteer opportunities are available. P.S. There is only internet at the dining hall.
This is a beautiful, friendly, conscientious establishment. We participated in the San Experience and came away from it with a deep respect and better understanding of the people and culture. The mission and values are not only proudly displayed in the experience center, but also conveyed in the actions of the staff. We were concerned the walk might be exploitive of the San people, but after asking questions about the arrangement with the lodge, our family found it nothing less than an outstanding cultural education. To speak with and learn from these people is to appreciate not only their deep knowledge of the wild, but to also understand some of their history and the challenges they face. We will be back to enjoy the lodge in the future.
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92.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 381 reviews