Red Sand Bliss: Kalahari Anib Lodge

The Kalahari Anib Lodge was hands down one of the best Gondwana Collection Lodges that we stayed at on our recent trip to Namibia. The lodge lies just 34 kilometers north of large Namibian town, Mariental and is surprisingly only a 2 star report.

The lodge offers 52 rooms, including 30 twin, 17 twin comfort and 5 family rooms. Children under 5 stay for free and kids under 13 stay at 50% off. All stays are inclusive of breakfast and dinner.

With two swimming pools, electronic bikes, a small waterhole, restaurant and bar, Kalahari Anib Lodge is a convenient stop over between southern and northern Namibia.

The eco friendly minimalistic finish and easily accessible roads made it a peaceful rest stop and one of our favourite Gondwana Collection Lodges.

Don’t forget to check out my post on how to get discounts on Gondwana Collection Lodges!

 

 

Top Features of Kalahari Anib Lodge

  • Beautiful, modern bar with steel fireplaces submerged in vibrant red Kalahari sand.
  • Electronic bike rides among a dozen giraffes.
  • Small waterhole outside the cottages that allow modest game viewing.
  • Crystal clear skies with exquisite views of the milky way.
  • Best food spread out of all of the collection.

   

Here’s my 6C review:

Kalahari Anib Lodge Review

Comfortable Bed (Get a good night’s rest)

It’s important to get a good night’s rest on any journey, but particularly when spending a lot of time on the roads like in Namibia.

We stayed in a comfortable twin room that offered more space than the other lodges, 2 single, sturdy beds with soft sheets and a sweet bird print canopy above. I slept very well and enjoyed looking out the patio doors onto the water hole (that was well lit at night) to see if any animals were popping by for a drink.

Even though it’s not a Malaria zone, the folded mosquito nets around the bed were a welcome addition and guarded well against any bugs. The extra blanket was also handy.

Cleanliness

Our room was very clean, however, the bathroom could have done with a slightly better scrub down. Dark tiles can often be overlooked if the light isn’t good while cleaning.

Counterspace (Bathroom)

The bathroom was a decent size and included a loo, large counter, sink, mirror, towels and a shower. While I wasn’t “glamming” it up at the lodge, there was enough space to put on makeup and use toiletries comfortably. It was one of the more modern bathrooms which enhanced our stay.

Charging Stations

We had 2 little bedside tables on each side of the bed, which was a handy. Unfortunately, the mosquito nets prohibited us from direct contact with our phones during the night. Realistically, there was low reception and no one was calling anyway! So it really wasn’t an issue in this instant.

Connectivity

The main reception areas are ok for internet reception, but if you have anything urgent to do, the town of Mariental is easily accessed with airtime available to be bought in store. Just make sure you buy enough to buy a package! (More tips about travelling in Namibia coming soon!)

Conveniences

The room also had some lovely soft furnishings like cushions on the porch bench and a lovely metal, cage swing chair out front. The carpet next to the bed was also a welcoming touch.

Unfortunately, the room did not include a fridge, which was a bit of a pity as a bottle of cold water never goes amiss.

Usual amenities like a hair dryer, kettle, tea and coffee options were available and the air conditioning worked very well.

Unlike Etosha Safari Lodge (which is also part of the premium collection), the Kalahari Anib Lodge provided a lovely welcome book with emergency numbers and information about the lodge. This is always useful, particular in a “low internet” location.

The glass doors onto the porch was a welcome addition for relaxing, reading a book, watching animals and smoking (if that’s your thing).

To Keep In Mind

Close your Curtains: It’s very dark out so any light allows anyone to see straight into the room if your curtains are open.

Adapters: Bring along your own mobile chargers and hair straighteners with adapters to use your appliances.

Close Your Windows at Dusk: The desert is very dark at night so insects are attracted to any light. Be sure to shut your bathroom and bedroom windows to avoid the creepy crawlies flying in.

Wear Sneakers for Bike Riding: While you will go over a number of different terrains from dried pans, rocky trails and sandy patches you may need to push your bike at some points. Keep your feet covered for greater protection from the elements.

Wear Shoes: There are some killer devil thorns outside the back porch. Pop your shoes on if you go exploring, leave them out back when you step inside to avoid dragging them in.

Final Impression

We were very disappointed when we had to redirect our self-drive Namibia route to exclude Swakopmund, but were most grateful when Gondwana was able to accommodate us at Kalahari Anib Lodge instead. What came of sadness ended up being one of the best places in the trip and on our adventure!

The radiant, red sand of the kalahari is absolutely beautiful and we could hear lions on nearby properties as we road our bikes! The staff were friendly and there’s even a small coffee shop on site.

My absolute favourite part of the lodge was the inside “outside” bar, which featured a long wooden bar, 2 steel fireplaces sunk into red Kalahari sand (raked daily) and large sliding doors for inside-outside gin & tonic drinking! I’d absolutely love to return with friends to this venue.

 

E-Biking With Giraffes

And, of course, the highlight of our trip at Kalahari Anib Lodge was doing a kalahari e-bike tour with a dozen giraffes! Apparently they can be quite tricky to spot, but we had no trouble!

It was an absolutely spectacular occasion to head out for some fresh air and exercise, only to run across these phenomenal animals. We kept our distance as we didn’t want one of these guys chasing us! But what an experience!

This is a MUST DO even if you are only there for one night! Make it happen for about R200 per person and can be booked at reception on site, only.

Thank you to the Gondwana Collection for having us to stay.

We look forward to visiting again in the future!

 

 

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