Fort sesfontein

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

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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.

Epupa Camp

Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements.

Epupa Falls Lodge

Epupa Falls Lodge

A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls, this site previously only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls.

Hoanib Valley Camp - Natural Selection

Hoanib Valley Camp - Natural Selection

AMONGST THE MOUNTAINS AND SAND DUNES OF REMOTE NORTH-WESTERN NAMIBIA IS HOANIB VALLEY CAMP, A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE GIRAFFE CONSERVATION FUND AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls.

Khowarib Lodge

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area.

Kunene River Lodge

Kunene River Lodge

A great lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must. Undoubtedly one of our favourite out of the way lodges.

Mopane Campsite

Mopane Campsite

A campsite near the village of Opuwo.

Ohakane Lodge

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants.

Okahirongo River Camp

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp

Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp

A comfortable tented camp, on the banks of the Kunene River, close to the Epupa falls

Opuwo Country Lodge

Opuwo Country Lodge

On the outskirts of Opuwo with has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis.

Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Richter, Martin

14 Jun 2016

friendly staff - room ok bath needs renewal - dinner not good - they shouldn't try to cook "European" style

Leaver, Ellen

29 Sep 2015

This was perhaps the least welcoming of the lodges, the place was pleasant enough but not much warmth from the staff.

Beekman, Madeleine

9 Mar 2010

Interesting place, but the accommodation rather over priced for what you get (although staying in a fort is rather special).

Nedea, Octavian

18 Jul 2016

Again another excelent lodge. We received room number 2, having acces to our private tower terrace. Excelent staff.Congratulations.

Sogne, Mauro

21 Nov 2016

Nice place but the food was really poor, low quality compare to the other place. The service is ridiculously slow but we were on holiday so it was not a problem.

Agogue, Pierre

16 Apr 2017

Very special place to visit this remote area. The place is very interesting charged with history. We are very close to people from the local community. The food is good, the rooms are very spacious and comfortable.

Kratzsch, Karin

2 Nov 2013

rooms a little dark but clean and big enough, dinner the first night terrible, the second night ok, breafast not even average, no wine, the garden is very nice, the next time we`d look for another lodge in this area

Directions

Fort Sesfontein is in the village of Sesfontein, north of Palmwag and South of Opuwo on the C43

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