Okahirongo Elephant Lodge - at dusk
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge: Our full report
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge stands on the banks of Hoarusib River, in one of Namibia's most pristine regions, the malaria-free Purros Conservancy. This area is home to a number of desert-adapted game, including elephant, black rhino, lion, giraffe, zebra and springbok – roaming in a setting of true wilderness. None of the Expert Africa team have visited Okahirongo Elephant Lodge yet, but here is what we know about it:
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge has seven luxurious chalets, built from local stone; each chalet has one double bedroom, decorated in warm colours, and equipped with locally carved furnishings, fans and mosquito nets. The en-suite bathrooms have double basins, outdoor as well as indoor showers, and baths overlooking the lodge's breathtaking surroundings. Outside, there's a private verandah, complete with a queen-size sun lounger for relaxing on during the afternoon or sleeping under stars.
In addition, Okahirongo Elephant Lodge has one Presidential suite with two double bedrooms, a separate lounge area, a veranda and a private gazebo.
Okahirongo's main guest facilities include a swimming pool, surrounded by a terrace and shady spots to relax. Open-sided buildings, which are linked by wooden walkways, house two lounge areas, a library, two dining rooms, and a traditional Namibian boma with a log-fire place – so guest can chose whether they want to dine inside, or al fresco under the starry African sky.
Whilst staying at Okahirongo Lodge, a variety of activities can be arranged for you. Tracking the area's desert-adapted elephants and lions; daily scenic drives, as well as day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles; guided hiking along the Hoarusib River valley; morning desert walks; trips to the salt water springs and rock formations at Ogams; or cultural visits to the nearby Himba village – here, you're spoilt for choice.
Our viewAlthough we haven't yet seen it ourselves, Okahirongo Elephant Lodge appears to be a good choice for those aiming to explore one of Namibia's most remote areas. It's stands in a very remote area, surrounded by vast open spaces, and promises lots of activities.
Directions: Starting from Sesfontein, turn west onto the district road D3707 to Purros – note that this road is often in poor condition, so 4x4 vehicles are essential. Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is well signposted a few kilometres past Purros. Alternatively, you can fly in a light aircraft from Windhoek to Purros, which takes about 2h15min; transfers from the airstrip to the lodge are included in the rates.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: Okahirongo Elephant Lodge serves a fusion of Italian and African flavours; the ingredients are mostly grown in the lodge's organic gardens to ensure maximum freshness, and the menu changes daily.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Yes – soft drinks, local beers and house wines during meals are included; cellar wines and premium brand drinks are not included.
Traditional Cultures: Okahirongo Lodge is set in the remote Purros Conservancy, in Namibia's northwest corner. Here, you'll have the option to visit a local Himba village, and to gain insights into the culture and everyday life of these semi-nomadic, desert-dwelling people. The Himba have managed to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle, and a visit there is very interesting!See more ideas for Traditional Cultures in Namibia
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: Okahirongo Elephant Lodge has a secure parking area; each chalet has a safe for personal belongings.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included