Fort Sesfontein Lodge
Damaraland / Kaokoland - Namibia
Fort Sesfontein Lodge is situated in the centre of Sesfontein in the old German fort that was abandoned in 1914. It is now restored as a lodge from where visitors can explore an ephemeral river bed, recently discovered rock engravings and the nomadic Himba people.
A gap in the mountains gives access to the valley basin of Sesfontein, (six fountains) where green gardens give the landscape its special character. In 1896 the government of what was then German South-West Africa, built the Fort of Sesfontein as a control point for keeping in check cattle disease, arms smuggling and illegal hunting.
Today, more than 100 years after the original establishment of the Sesfontein Station, the Fort has acquired a second lease of life after being tastefully restored as a tourist lodge. Use of building materials, characteristic for the region, such as clay walls, stone floors and reed linings, convey a very special and original atmosphere.
The former officers mess has been refurbished as a restaurant with integrated lounge and bar. The large swimming-pool offers their guests the opportunity to cool off from the hot midday sun or have a relaxing work-out.
The fort offers accommodation in the following units:
- Rooms: Comfortable, double bed rooms arranged around the historic courtyard with a lush garden of old palm trees. Each room has an en-suite, solar heated bath or shower, with a bidet and toilet, mosquito nets fitted onto the four-poster beds with a bedside table/lamp, built in wardrobe and ceiling fans. Relax in a whicker chair and table seating area.
- Family Room: Ideal accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children. The facilities and setting are similar to the Double Rooms.
Fort Sesfontein is ideally placed to discover the southern regions of Kaokoland. From here you can explore Himba villages, and with some luck spot desert elephant wandering down the nearby river valleys.
Fort Sesfontein offers guided day trips in 4x4 vehicles and local guides are on hand for those with their own 4x4 transport
- Himba tour
- A Himba tribe member will guide you north of Sesfontein into the Kaokoveld. He will explain certain aspects of an authentic nomadic lifestyle and of their traditional way of life. Travelling through one of Namibia's most striking landscapes, your visit contributes to the preservation and development of this endangered Himba tribe.
- Hoanib tour
- This drive follows the dry river through a number of changing landscapes that vary from grass velds to desert and to mountainous terrain. Reservoirs form after the rainy season which offers vital sustenance to desert-adapted elephants, giraffe, antelopes and at times lion.
- Rock engravings
- The rock engravings of Sosos are a recent discovery and are in a canyon with works of African fauna, lion, elephant, zebra, giraffe and rhino evident at the site. A tour through the beautiful savannah of grass and bush takes also takes you to a Welwitschia plant believed to be more than 1,000 years old. Springbok, zebra and ostrich have been observed in the area.
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