Okahirongo Elephant Lodge
Kunene Region | Namibia
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is situated in the Kunene Region, 55km from the coast and around 200km south of the Kunene River. The lodge itself stands on the banks of the ephemeral Hoarusib River, near the tiny town of Purros, in the Purros Conservancy. It is one of Namibia’s most remote destinations and is a no-risk malaria destination.
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge pride themselves on the relationship between them and local Himba tribes. In particular their involvement with numerous school projects embellishes the standards of education for Himba children in Purros. Hospitality training for staff and water deliveries to remote villages are also of great importance, highlighting the lodge’s determination to lower local unemployment therefore improving the overall standard of living of the Himba.
The lodge has a spectacular wraparound view. Spend your days lazing around the pool, reading a book in the cool comfort of the library, relaxing in one of the two open air lounges, or having a body massage.
A domed entrance gives access to the open-air buildings, which are linked by wooden walkways, all joining onto a central area with a rustic deck and infinity pool.
The cottages are decorated in a rich and sensuous fusion of ochre, honey and sand colours, whilst each one has its own unique style and atmosphere. Ethnic and locally carved furnishing adds to the romance and excitement of the pervading African ambiance. Each terracotta chalet overlooks the immediate stunning wilderness. En-suite bathrooms with a bath tub and a view, indoor and outdoor showers, private gazebo with day bed are standard. Mosquito netting is fitted to your double bed.
The cuisine is a delicious fusion of Italian and African cooking. Dinner is served by candlelight in one of the two dining rooms or under starry Namibian skies in a traditional boma around a fire. Most of the fresh produce comes from the lodge’s organic garden and every day they bake fresh bread and muffins.