Okahirongo Elephant Lodge
Way up in the north-western reaches of Kaokoland is a land so wild that coloured drums mark intersections and place names have no written equivalent. Put a comfortable and stylish lodge in the middle of this and the result is a bizarre mix of avant garde eco-tourism.
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is in the Purros Conservancy and must surely take the prize for 'Most Remote Lodge in the Country'. Accessible by light aircraft or sturdy 4x4 vehicle, the lodge is like a time machine stuck in a land that hasn't changed in aeons.
If you are self-driving and not keen to brave the terrain - "off the beaten track" - from Sesfontein to the lodge, good news, they offer a daily pick-up (at an additional cost).
The lodge is built from local adobe and looks like a medieval hacienda in a Martian landscape. Each of the seven units looks out over the endless wilderness and has been fitted with pure luxury: en suite bathrooms with large tubs and two showers, one outdoors; private gazebos with day beds and cushions. The décor is a rich combination of earthy tones and dark African wood.
The main lodge features two open-sided lounges, a pool with a sun deck and shaded gazebo, a romantic dining area and a small library. Everywhere you go is that age-old view and the tranquillity is complete.
Seven luxury chalets; en suite with bath tub; indoor and open air shower; private gazebo; swimming pool; indoor and outdoor dining; bar; sun deck; gazebo; organic potager garden; library; airstrip
Elephant tracking, scenic morning, afternoon and evening game drives, night drives; visit local Himba village; hiking trails in and around the Hoarusib Valley; bird watching; Desert Lion Project
Your nature drives follow the tracks of lion, elephant, black rhino and giraffe. And if you're lucky enough to see any of these majestic creatures, you'll be seeing the only desert-adapted versions of their kind in the world. On top of that there are several of Namibia's rare and endemic birds and smaller animals to look out for.
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