Once a checkpoint for the German colonial government in 1896, Fort Sesfontein Lodge has been redesigned as a luxury safari stop in Kaokoveld.
Accommodations at the lodge consist of sixteen comfortable en-suite bedrooms and a family unit arranged around an inner courtyard ringed with palm trees. The rooms are built using indigenous materials for clay walls, stone floors, and wooden lining for a unique look in harmony with the landscape. Each room features an en suite bathroom with a solar-heated bath and shower, sinks, bidet, and flush toilet. The bedrooms have comfortable four-poster beds draped with mosquito nets, ceiling fans, and air-conditioning. The larger family unit can house up to two adults and two children.
The lodge is located in Sesfontein meaning six fountains and is the gateway to Kaokoveld, an area of nearly 20,000 square miles between Namibia’s Hoanib River and the Kunene River, which forms the boundary between Namibia and Angola. A harsh desert of drifting sand dunes and rocky mountains, Kaokoveld’s only permanent water comes from the Kunene River where elephants, rhinos, and giraffe come to drink. The unusual Welwitschia mirabilis plant grows here. The fort was erected by the German government to monitor cattle disease, illegal hunting, and arms smuggling. It was abandoned in 1914 and fell into ruin before being revitalized one hundred years later.