What a trajectory: Formerly the child of a humble farmer family, charged with taking care of the cattle, to possibly one of Namibia’s most wealthy men. Dr. Frans Indongo is the proud owner of the luxurious Frans Indongo Lodge.
The lodge is located in Namibia’s north, at only 43 kilometres’ distance from Otjiwarongo. It sits majestically on a vast farming property, stunning 17,000 square kilometres large.
The design of the complex was inspired by the traditional arrangement of an Ovambo
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village. In the old days, the Ovambo, the largest ethnic group in Namibia, used to live in round huts surrounded by palisades.
The tradition was picked up by the Frans Indongo Lodge. And indeed, apart from protection, the palisade fence radiates a sense of privacy and cosiness
The Indongo Lodge’s four rooms and eight bungalows have been furnished with great attention to detail and loving care. The carefully selected decorations are predominantly of Ovambo origins.
Natural materials, stone, wood and thatched roofs radiate both an unpretentious elegance and a connection to nature. Your privacy is well protected, once again, by palisades, which separate the rooms from the central facilities.
Of course, where activities are concerned, the focus lies on the exciting game drives introducing you to the region’s great wildlife diversity. Camera at the ready, take some close-ups of gemsboks, the plains zebra, kudus or even the White and Black Rhino.
Those who prefer exploring on foot enjoy everything at a slower pace and in greater detail. Perfectly maintained trails navigate the wilderness. Having climbed a small hill, you are rewarded with a magnificent panorama out over the plains as far as the Waterberg in the distance.
The Indongo Lodge is situated relatively close to both the Cheetah Conservation Fund and the Rare and Endangered Species Trust. The foundations are a great opportunity to observe the cheetah and the extremely rare Cape Vulture, while at the same time making an important contribution to ongoing conservation efforts.
Having been out and about living adventures, dust yourself off on the sundeck or by the inviting swimming pool, your eyes resting on the lush, green gardens, soaring trees and small creek. Frequently, various birds dot the scene with colour.
On a cold winter’s night, the cosy lounge is the perfect spot to unwind. A crackling fire radiates cosy warmth. Throw a glass of fine wine and a good book into the deal and time flies.
Later, indulge in the restaurant’s excellent cuisine. A speciality are the game delicacies served with crisp salad and vegetables. All meals are seasoned with herbs fresh from the lodge’s vegetable patch.
Settle down on the veranda with a refreshing sundowner in hand. Or climb the observation tower for another peek at the illuminated waterhole, where Nyalas or Roan Antelopes might be spotted taking a drink and a bath.
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