Etotongwe Lodge consists of numerous separate rooms scattered like little houses throughout the 1 ha property. All buildings are reminiscent of German colonial architecture with an indigenous garden which has many plants, stone and African art.
The lodge is one of the few establishments in the area that offers air-conditioning for the hot Namibian summers. The abundance of local birds together with the wild animals that were raised as orphans offer a unique close encounter with nature. We also have a restaurant on the premises.
Conferences can be hosted in the Etotongwe Lodge lounge or at the Aloe Guesthouse Conference Venue (+/- 800m away). We have a restaurant and bar on the premises as well as a laundry service available. The restaurant has an a la carte menu (except when a buffet is served) and we also offer plated meal options, breakfast and lunch packs and a braai menu. We also do catering and platters for functions and are able to host weddings, birthday parties, year-end functions and other special occasions. Other facilities include an African Art shop, 50ha Wildlife Camp with with orphaned hand raised antelope, secure on-site parking, swimming pool and deck and Wi-Fi internet access.
Etotongwe Lodge is host to a variety of antelope that were brought to us to care for. We now have 50ha fenced for this purpose.
Outjo can be used as a base when exploring places like the Etosha Wildlife Park, the Skeleton Coast, Koakoveld and Damaraland in the North of Namibia. Etotongwe Lodge can be found next to the C38 Northwest towards Okaukuejo, Khorixas and Kamanjab. Outjo is less than an hour's drive (only 94km Southwest) from the popular tourist attraction, the Etosha Wildlife Park in Northern Namibia. The Lodge offers an affordable alternative to accommodation within the park and is close to the town of Outjo.
Etosha Wildlife Park covers an area of 22 270 square km and was declared a National Park in 1907. Etosha, meaning "Great White Place", is dominated by a salt pan. The Etosha Pan covers 25% of the National Park and is in places 130 km long and as wide as 50 km. The pan used to be a lake fed by the Kunene River and a change in the course of the river resulted in a dry pan which fills only during heavy rains and holds water for short periods. Water in the Etosha Pan attracts flocks of breeding flamingos believed to be from Walvis Bay. Game viewing in the Etosha National Park is an exceptional experience and visitors to Etosha are usually entertained by numerous buck species, elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions and less frequently, leopard and cheetah. It also offers awesome opportunities to view nocturnal game from the water holes. It is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and one species of fish, believe it or not.
The best time for game viewing is during the dry and cooler months in Namibia, from May to September.
In Room Facilities:
Etotongwe Lodge has 21 bedrooms, all air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms, mosquito nets and verandahs. Certain rooms are wheelchair accessible and some rooms have a TV with DStv Hotel bouquet. Camp sites have dedicated power outlets, water points and BBQ as well as communal hot & cold water ablutions with 6 showers and 6 public toilets. There is a lapa with central BBQ. Camp sites are grassed and shaded.
The town museum in Outjo has displays of local history and a variety of animal horns, skins and bones, minerals and gemstones. The museum is also home to an interesting Craft Shop that teaches local woman the art of fabric painting and other skills. Gamkarab cave is 50km North-East of Outjo. There are a few stalagmites and stalactites and an underground lake. Travelling westwards en-route to Khorixas and 95 km West of Outjo, is the Ugab Vingerklip (finger of rock) situated amongst the rugged Ugab Terraces. If you stay on the tarred road you will miss this. About 35 m high, this distinctive monolith has been moulded into its curious shape by erosion. Rock paintings - 95 km West of Outjo. Can be viewed at Omburo Ost, a neighbouring farm to the Rockfinger site. Etosha National Park - 94km North of Outjo it is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. Petrified forest - 140km West of Outjo. The turn-off to the site of the Petrified Forest is signposted (the sign is in the Afrikaans language and reads "Versteende Woud") 42 kilometres west from Khorixas on the C39 road. The site was declared a national monument in 1950. It is now strictly prohibited to remove or damage even small pieces of petrified wood after it suffered damaging attacks of souvenir hunters. The trees are about 250 million years old and were deposited in the area by the flood which came down from areas further north, suggested by the fact that trunks do not have any branches or roots.