River Crossing is owned and operated by Andrew and Melissa Gillies, who have over thirty years’ experience of the tourist industry. The accommodation is usually booked on a half-board basis. Please note, the lodge doesn’t provide special activities for children, and youngsters must be supervised constantly because of the depth of the pool and the unfenced nature of the property.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The lodge can be accessed via road transfer from Hosea Kutako International Airport, a journey of 30 minutes or so. It’s easy to spot signs for River Crossing from the main road, and free parking is available on site. The communal building, a solid brick structure, is situated on a hilltop and boasts beautiful views over the surrounding bushveld!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Guest accommodation consists of 20 chalets – 14 with twin or triple beds, and 6 with a double bed. All are brick built and very spacious inside. Other furnishings include bedside tables and lighting, seating at the end of the bed/s, a writing desk, a lounge area, and a wardrobe. The floors are polished concrete, strewn with rugs to feel soft underfoot, while the walls are decorated with black-and-white photos of Windhoek during earlier times. Colourful scatter cushions brighten the interiors. Amenities include air conditioning, a television, free Wi-Fi, a tea-and-coffee station, and a mini-bar. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin, and shower and/or bath. Two honeymoon chalets have a bath each, and all guests receive complimentary toiletries! Every chalet benefits from a covered veranda set with chairs and a table – from here, guests enjoy amazing views, either towards mountains or in the direction of Windhoek.
The communal spaces of River Crossing are housed in the property’s big brick lodge, which is connected to the guest chalets along gravel paths. Inside, you’ll find a luxurious lounge featuring studded leather sofas, chunky wooden coffee tables, and a cosy fireplace! There’s a dining room too, with dark-wood separate tables and smart upright chairs, and some interesting wall artwork. This is the setting for delicious buffet breakfasts, typically offering cereals, freshly baked breads and muffins, yogurts, meats, and cheese. Light lunches are available too, as are lavish three-course dinners! Between the lounge and dining room is a well-stocked free-standing bar, attended by friendly staff. Guests can also eat and drink on River Crossing’s fantastic viewing deck, from which you can see as far as the mountains. The lodge’s swimming pool is perfect for cooling off between activities, and the property even provides conference facilities – a conference room for a maximum of 65 delegates, and a boardroom for up to 12 persons.
River Crossing’s activities focus on exploring the reserve, on drives, walks, bike rides, and horse rides. Game drives take place during the morning and the afternoon, offering exciting opportunities to see as many as 19 mammal species! Among these are leopard, cheetah, giraffe, wildebeest, sable, and roan. The birdlife is impressive too – guided or self-guided walks are highly recommended for observing the feathery friends of the reserve, in addition to the insect life and plant life. Mountain biking is currently being introduced within the reserve, so if this is something you’d like to do please check whether it’ll be possible during your stay! Horse riding is on offer from local stables. And staff at the lodge are happy to arrange trips into Windhoek, for guests to enjoy township tours, museums, markets, galleries, gardens, shops, cinemas, and a wealth of restaurants, cafés, and bars!