After a 7.5 hour drive from Epupa Falls, partly through a tire graveyard, we were happy to see Grootberg Lodge. They invited us to drive up their mountain in our 4x4. Based on our guidebook's advice, we opted for the complimentary safari vehicle shuttle. Several cars with flat tires at the top told us we'd made the right choice. The views were gorgeous, and the chalet was beautiful. We were tired but it was worth the trip. Our dinners were included, so we could really just relax. The meals were delicious but more than we could eat!
Note: we really don't see other Americans in Namibia at all. People find out we're from America and say we're brave for making these drives. It's funny to be an anomaly. I definitely have my moments where the gravel roads make me uneasy, but overall, we feel very safe in Namibia.
Anyway, the lodge was spectacular. We were situated right in the mountains. The sunsets and sunrises were gorgeous, and we didn't even have to leave our bed to enjoy them.
We saw oryx, zebra, springboks, kudo, dassie, and baboons in the valley. It was a relaxing day just looking through the binoculars and reading and drinking tea.
On a sundown drive, we saw more animals, namely the mountain zebra up close plus a baby oryx and black eagles. Here's my favorite animal: