Gross Barmen Resort is nestled on the banks of a tributary of the Swakop River only 100kms from Windhoek and 25kms south-west from the town of Okahandja. Not only is it a great stopover for self-drive travellers on the way to Swakopmund or further north to Etosha National Park, it is also within easy reach for weekend or day trips from the capital. Self-catering and camping holidays can also be arranged.
Originally the site was an early Rhenish mission station, established in 1844, of which the ruins can still be seen. The missionaries gave the station it's name Gross Barmen, having previously been called Otjikango Otjinene - Herero for large fountain. The resort is placed in a beautiful setting with rows of palm trees, green lawns and birding at the nearby dam.
The main attraction of the resort is the health and hydro/medical spa center featuring thermal springs. A comprehensive array of massages, treatments and healthy activities can be organized. Other amenities and facilities include indoor and outdoor thermal pools, restaurant, bar and shop. Other amenities include secure parking, disabled access, Wi-Fi, and a laundry service.
Guests stay in a combination of 54 chalets. There are:
Premier Chalet: 5 x Premier Chalets have en-suite bathrooms, TV, telephone, room service, fridge, air-conditioning, tea/coffee station and an in-room safe.
Bush Chalet: 32 x Bush Chalets have 1 bedroom with twin beds and facilities similar to the Premier Chalets.
Double Self-catering Chalet: 8 x Double self-catering chalets have a kitchenette with a toaster, kettle and a fridge. The facilities are similar to the Premier and Bush Chalets but without the air-conditioning and TV.
Family Chalets: 9 x Family Chalets accommodate up to 4 guests in 2 en-suite bedrooms with either a king-sized bed or 2 x 3/4 beds. The facilities are similar to the Premier Chalets.
Camping: An option for outdoor lovers is to pitch your tent on the camp site.
The nearby Von Bach Dam 25km outside of Okahandja, is also a favourite spot for water sport enthusiasts and anglers, with it's attractive picnic spots and fishing sites along the banks of the dam
The springs at Gross Barmen are reputed to have some healing properties (perhaps due to their mineral content), this aside the pool is very relaxing a great way to spend a very lazy day.
There are a number of walking trails of varying lengths and duration starting and finishing at Gross Barmen.
Camera's, bird books and binoculars are a must in this bird watchers paradise. The large dam with its reeds attracts more than 150 different species. Visitors are asked to note that the birds should not be disturbed and angling is not permitted at the dam.
These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
Anita (their consultant at the Cardboard Box Travel Shop -ed) had warned us that this place was in desperate need of renovations, she was not wrong, but we knew what we were getting, it was okay for just the one night.
The turnoff to Gross Barmen resort is signposted a short distance beyond the southern entrance to Okahandja on the B2. Follow the signposted road (Route 87) for 25km and the resort is on your right hand sideDownload Map
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