Frans Indongo Lodge is Namibia's Central Highlands.
Frans Indongo Lodge: Our full report
Frans Indongo Lodge is situated on a 170km² farm in the proximity of the Waterberg Plateau and about 43km north from the town of Otjiwarongo. The lodge is named after its owner, Dr. Frans Indongo. He was born a local farmer's son who tended the family livestock during his childhood, but with a healthy entrepreneurs mind, he went to become one of the wealthiest men in Namibia. One of his enterprises was to buy the farm upon which Frans Indongo Lodge now stands. Part of the farm is still used for agriculture, but the main focus is wildlife and the property is home to species rarely seen in Namibia such as sable, roan and eland.
Although Frans Indongo Lodge has a modern feel to it, the décor is very Namibian using traditional Ovambo arts and crafts. Each of the 12 rooms is built from natural stone and covered with a reed thatch roof. The interior is spacious and light with white walls and tiles broken by the darker colours of woven Ovambo baskets, earthen pots and wooden figurines. Of the three room types, the double rooms are large and have only a shower. The family rooms are similar to the double rooms except they have a lounge area. The chalets are individual rooms with both a bath and a shower in the bathroom. All are furnished with a large double or twin beds, a desk and chair, a small fridge, television, tea and coffee facilities and an air-conditioner. Two of the rooms are suitable for families and all of the rooms have en suite bathrooms complete with a shower and a bath.
The main complex is divided into the restaurant, thatched lounge with bar and a decked terrace – all of which overlooks a floodlit waterhole. A central fire place surrounded by comfortable chairs makes the lounge a cosy spot to relax in the cooler months. The outside deck is dotted with chairs and sun loungers surrounding a pool perfect for a refreshing swim in the warmer months. Although each central area offers a great vantage point from which to watch wildlife as they drink, there is also an observation tower from where you could watch the sun set over the surrounding landscape too.
Whilst staying at Frans Indongo Lodge activities might include bird watching, nature drives and walking self-guided trails on the farm or half day visits to the nearby Cheetah Conservation Fund, the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Farm or the Rare and Endangered Species Trust to observe the Cape Griffon Vulture. Waterberg Plateau Park is also within daytrip distance.
Our viewFrans Indongo Lodge is a very well-run, comfortable, affordable stop-over with a modern feel for travellers en-route to Etosha National Park or Namibia's Caprivi Strip. We never think of it, or talk of it, as a wildlife destination - so the animal and birdlife which is here often comes as a pleasant surprise for our travellers.
Ideal length of stay: Frans Indongo Lodge makes for a convenient 1 night stop for travellers heading north. Alternatively, it's within easy reach of the fascinating Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and makes a great 2-night base from which to visit the centre.
Directions: Frans Indongo Lodge is situated 43 km north-east of Otjiwarongo. Turn right onto the D2433 and the lodge is approximately 17 km along this road.
Owner: Dr. Frans Indongo
Staff: Camp/Lodge Manager: Astrid and Alf Walter
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: A breakfast buffet is served in the dining room, with hot choices cooked to order. Light lunches are usually a salad or a sandwich, and dinner is a three course menu served at 7pm and explained to guests by the staff. The evening main course is presented under a silver cover, the staff count down from three in their own language and then reveal the dish to you. On our last visit here we ate vegetable spring rolls, followed by steenbok steak with rice and vegetables, and marula pudding with ice cream for dessert.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Attitude towards children: Frans Indongo Lodge does welcome guests with children and have two rooms suitable for families.
Equipment: Cots and highchairs can be provided.
Generally recommended for children: Yes – Frans Indongo Lodge is well equipped for children.
Notes: Children should be under parental supervision at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There is a phone and interent access in reception. WiFi is available in the rooms. Phone reception is available.
TV & radio: There is a television with seven channels in each room.
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Medical care: The closest doctor is in the town of Otjiwarongo.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: The main gate is locked at night.
Fire safety: There is a fire extinguisher outside each room.
Disabled access: In Place
Laundry facilities: Laundry is available for an extra charge.
Money: Euros and US dollars can be exchanged.