Grootberg Lodge is perched on the rim of a plateau and stands sentinel over the Klip River Valley. They offer a warm welcome, high-standard of professional service, extremely good food, well-trained guides and exceptionally good local management in great surroundings. Many of their guests stay here for at least a couple of nights on a self-drive safari from Etosha Natonal Park or Damarland.
Guided walks on top of the Plateau: After a scrumptious breakfast on the veranda of the restaurant with the Black Eagles hovering around the cliffs, the guests who prefer an early start to the day will depart at around 07h30 for a 3 hour walk on top of the plateau. Our knowledgeable guide will enable guests to enjoy the local flora, the amazing rock formations of the Etendeka Mountains and the shy wild animals, long inhabitants of this plateau. For the afternoon walkers, departure is around 16h30 after coffee and tea, served with home-made cakes for extra energy for the hike.
Elephant Tracking: This is one of the most popular activities at Grootberg Lodge. A guide with a tracker will take you out into the surrounding farms in search of the elusive desert elephants, giving one also the opportunity to appreciate the life style of the local people. Lunch takes place in the shade of a tree in the remote wilderness of Damaraland Departure at around 07h30 and back at the lodge in the early afternoon.
Rhino Tracking: Departure is at 07h00 after an early breakfast at the lodge. The guide, along with the game trackers will take the guests in an open 4×4 game vehicle down to the Klip River. They will track the rhinos from the vehicle using telemetry as transmitters have been inserted into the animals’ horns for monitoring purposes. Part of the tracking will take place on foot, with the possibility of between 1-3 hours walk at the most. At lunch time there will be a stop near the springs where people can enjoy some refreshments. It’s almost a full day activity going along bumpy roads and walking in rocky terrain, so not advisable for the faint-hearted.
Damara Cultural Tour: You will be guided through surrounding conservancy farms visiting a couple of authentic homesteads of the Damara people. This allows the opportunity to spend time with their hosts understanding their origins, cultures, traditions and their approach to human wildlife conflict farming within the harsh desert conditions. The tour includes a visit to the local primary school where guests will gaining insight into the positive impacts and benefits that the Conservancy enjoys directly as a result of its ownership of the Grootberg Lodge. The tour concludes with a cultural performance by the Erwee school pupils, followed by a lunch under the trees in a remote spot in the wilderness of Damaraland.