Hello there, haaaaaappy new year (yes, 16 days late but oh well). Welcome to 2019 good people, I hope that it proves to be everything we want it to be and more. But can I just say that I don’t feel particularly refreshed and energetic at the moment, I don’t know if I was on holiday for too long but I just feel so fatigued and lethargic of late. Is it just me or do you feel it too? Anyway, I hope it passes soon because it looks like this year is going to speed by like 2018 did.
And speaking of holidays, we were looking to do a road trip down south and it turned out to be a very good choice because it was AMAZING. I thought I’d share our some of it here. Our first stop was Kalahari Anib Lodge, a Gondwana Collection Lodge, located about 30 km north of Mariental. It’s not too far from Windhoek and you can go there with a sedan with no problems, very convenient. We were welcomed with delicious home-made ice-tea on arrival, it was so yummy I wanted to ask for a second glass but I was too busy looking around the well lit and beautifully earthy souvenier shop which also houses the reception area that before I knew it we were being ushered to our room. Our room was cute and cozy but with no tv, wifi or a decent network connection, we were very glad we had packed some books to keep boredom at bay.
After settling in and brooding about being slightly annoyed that we hadn’t seen the luggage trolleys parked outside reception and the gentleman who showed us to our room didn’t inform us that we don’t have to take two whole trips to and from our room (which was quite a walk from the parking area might I add) carrying bags, cooler boxes and all our other stuff ourselves… in the rain. We decided to skip dinner that night and head to the bar instead. And there are two sand pits with red Kalahari sand in the bar that I found so cool! Like a sand pit but for (possibly drunk)grown-ups, how cool!? Also, the bartender, Abraham, was the nicest guy and the Sex on the Dunes cocktail he made for me was perfect. It became my drink of choice for the duration of our stay. We also had a generous serving of yummy Nachos and went to bed full and a little tipsy.
The next day we headed to breakfast at the restaurant and can I just say AESTHETICS (or whatever the cool kids of Instagram call very nice looking, IG worthy spaces), the interior of the restaurant is so beautiful and features a lot of earthy tones, leather, egg shell light fixtures, woven backets, tree trunks… it’s really a beautiful space, it was then that I took notice of the common nature theme in the interiors of the bar, the souvenir shop and the restaurant. And then there was the food. Honestly, at this point in my life, I just want every travel establishment to take it’s breakfast buffet as seriously as Kalahari Anib Lodge does. Let me just say it was not your regular bacon, egg and toast joint. Breakfast was an assortment of fruit (fresh and dried), nuts and seeds, cereals, warm and cold meats, jams, bread, muffins… OPTIONS. Needless to say, I was a very happy chappy.
We then headed back to reception to enquire about the e-bike (battery powered bicycles) self-guided tour offered at the lodge. There is no reservation or booking system for the 5 e-bikes, it basically works on a first-come-first-serve basis and while we were sooooo excited to do it, we thought a lot of people would probably be lining up to get a chance. To our surprise, all 5 e-bikes were available and we eagerly set off on a 2 hour self-guided game ride. We rode our e-bikes for 10 km and saw Ostriches, Zebra, Springbok, Kudu, Wildebeest and the beautiful scenery of the Kalahari. It was both fun and refreshing to be in nature on two wheels.
We returned to the lodge spent and, for me, very sunburnt because I decided to wear a tank top and not put on sunscreen (SMDH). We just lounged by the pool the rest of the afternoon until dinner. Dinner is a N$360 three-course buffet, which can seem a tad bit expensive but man, it was so worth it. Fortunately, we made use of our Gondwana cards to get 50% discount on accommodation, 25% off dinner and 25% off activities (like e-biking). The food was top notch, with plenty of options, freshness and flavour. The perfect ending to our short stay. Kalahari Anib Lodge definitely gets my nod.
Thanks for stopping by.