Perched on the rim of the Etendeka Plateau, 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 can explore either on foot or by car to encounter the inhabitants of this remote area. The lodge is a landmark in the Namibian tourism industry as its revenue streams provide direct benefits to the community: not only employment but also assistance in mitigating the human-wildlife conflict via specific funds set aside by the business in conjunction with continuous monitoring of the wildlife thanks to the cooperation of Grootberg guides with SRT and the community shepherds. The lodge also supports other conservancy’s projects, e.g. by purchasing vegetables grown by the local farmers, by financing an education fund and by collecting garbage to minimise pollution in the area.
The lodge is the ideal midway stopover for visitors travelling between Etosha National Park and Swakopmund, allowing them to experience the true wilderness that is Damaraland.
Thanks to active conservation, black rhino and desert-adapted elephant still roam the land freely. The ≠Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy is proud to be an international case study of how sustainable conservation efforts can be successful in the long run. By visiting this breath-taking part of the world and the lodge’s sister companies Hoada Campsite and Hobatere Lodge you are supporting the long-term sustainability of the area, its natural resources, and inhabitants.
Enjoy a magical sundowner from our restaurant’s veranda, taste the hearty meals prepared by our passionate chefs, or get intimate with your family and friends around our fireplace adding atmosphere on cold winter nights. And do not miss the unforgettable experiences guaranteed by the unique activities led by Grootberg’s expert guides and trackers.
Fourteen cosy twin chalets and two-family units, powered with solar energy, are perched along the edge of the Etendeka Plateau and will make you feel at home. They are built from natural materials to blend into the surroundings. Private decks provide stunning views across the Klip River Valley. Each chalet is equipped with a private bathroom, a desk and a coffee and tea station. There are no electrical outlets, but we have a charging station in the main area of the lodge.
Namibian hospitality is legendary, and nowhere does it become more apparent than at Grootberg Lodge. While eco-tourism is Grootberg’s main focus, members of the local community ensure that your stay will create golden memories. It is for good reason that through Grootberg Lodge the #Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy has won a place among the 2020 Sustainable Destinations Top 100 in recognition of its efforts towards responsible tourism and distinctive appeal.
The thrill of adventure sets in as soon as you arrive at the lower gate before negotiating the 4x4 route up to the lodge. During your stay you will be immersed in nature and encounter some of the larger inhabitants of this unique landscape. The abundance and diversity of species that are found in the ≠Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy is nevertheless a far cry from the way things were until shortly before the turn of the previous century.
What you can expect to see now, ranges from common antelopes such as kudu, oryx and springbok to the more elusive mammals such as aardwolves, civets and wild cats. If you are lucky you might even encounter some of the big predators, like lions and leopards.
Our most popular excursions are the half-day drive in search of desert-adapted elephants, and the almost full-day guided tracking of free-roaming black rhino, one of the planet’s most endangered species.
Scenic evening drives across the plateau present fantastic photographic opportunities while discovering the rich plant and animal life that thrives there.
When traversing the plateau, you will encounter a wide variety of wild residents: springbok, zebra, kudu and oryx are easily spotted during drives and guided walks. Klipspringer, though shy, are often seen leaping gracefully from ledge to ledge on the steep cliffs. Possible sightings of predators are not unlikely, especially lions, as the population has increased after years of draught.
A visit to the #Khoadi//Hoas community is a favourite activity for most guests to participate in. The warm cordiality with which visitors are received touches every heart. Learn more about the local culture and customs as you are invited into the midst of the community.
Grootberg is a paradise for nature lovers. With so much to do, you will want to stay a bit longer or hopefully come back for a second visit.