Welcome to Journeys Namibia’s flagship lodge, the first middle market establishment to be wholly owned by a conservancy. For the initial development the European Union funded the project through the Ministry of Environment and Tourism’s Development Programme. At the same time, the private sector was called in to provide the training and management skills until the local community becomes self-sustainable.
Your hosts at Grootberg Lodge are members of the rural community, trained by Journeys Namibia to deliver excellent service for international guests in a home-away-from-home atmosphere.
Visit www.journeysnamibia.com for more information on our other lodges. Marvel at the breath-taking view of the Klip River Valley below while lounging on the deck or cooling down in our infinity pool. The rooms are comfortably appointed. Walls are clad with the ancient lava rock of the area. Explore the landscape, rich in geological and botanical wonders, encounter stunning wildlife and get acquainted with the traditions of the #Khoadi//Hoas people.
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.
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 crackling fire wards off cold winter nights.
Namibians are well-known for their hospitality - a characteristic that becomes the most apparent when staying at Grootberg Lodge.
Please note that flying a drone in this area is strictly prohibited.
Eco-tourism is the main focus at Grootberg Lodge with members of the local community ensuring 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 freely 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 will allow you to discover the rich plant and animal life that thrive here. While traversing the plateau, you will encounter a wide variety of the inhabitants of this area, including springbok, zebra, kudu and gemsbok. Klipspringer, although rather skittish, are often seen gracefully leaping from ledge to ledge along the steep cliffs. A visit to the #Khoadi//Hoas community is a favourite activity among 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 might consider extending your stay.