International comfort in an African Ambience

Frans Indongo Lodge exudes the sense for life of northern Namibia’s people in a most charming way. The complex is modelled on traditional Ovambo homesteads: palisades of tall pointed stakes embrace the lodge and convey a feeling of the warmth and security of home right in the middle of the African bush. Inside the complex a palisade separates the restaurant and swimming pool area from the guest chalets and thereby provides more privacy. A variety of beautiful building materials like natural stone, wood and reed were used for the houses. Items of daily use in Ovambo – earthen pots, voluminous storage baskets or original wooden figures – serve as decoration to emphasise the African theme, and lend a very special charm to the lodge.

The luxurious character of the lodge is complemented by the interior decoration and colour scheme of the 2 double rooms, 2 Family units and 8 generously proportioned chalets. All the rooms have their own bathroom, air-conditioner, fridge, hairdryer, telephone, TV and an electric kettle for tea and coffee.

The lush green garden is shaded by tall trees and sports an artificial brook. It attracts the Shaft-tailed Whydah, the strikingly coloured Crimson-breasted Shrike, the Pied Barbet and many other feathered friends. You can have a refreshing dip into the swimming pool, and when the sun starts to set just before dinner you can retreat to the large wooden veranda at the bar or the little observation tower. Both are fabulous places for savouring the enchanting hour of dusk - and keeping an eye on the watering place which is illuminated at night. The rare Nyala, Black Springbok and White Blesbok, Sable and Roan Antelope regularly put in an appearance.

Our gourmet kitchen whips up a variety of venison dishes served with farm-fresh vegetables and salads seasoned with aromatic ingredients from our herb garden.

An air-conditioned auditorium is available for company functions (max. 60 people) and family events (max. 40 people).


Hosts 

The lodge is named after its owner, distinguished businessman Dr. Frans Indongo. His career is quite exceptional: a subsistent farmer’s son, tending livestock during his childhood, he went on to become the probably wealthiest man in Namibia – despite Apartheid. 

Born in northern Namibia in 1936, Frans Indongo chose to attend a mission school of his own accord. At the age of 20 he became a migrant worker in Walvis Bay. With hard work and extreme thriftiness he was soon able to buy a sewing machine and set himself up as a tailor. Back home, which then was the 'Ovamboland' homeland, he started to trade with all kinds of consumer goods. Despite Apartheid and the obstacles it created, he succeeded in setting up supermarkets in various places in the north from 1967 onwards. When Namibia gained independence in 1990 Frans Indongo invested into numerous other business sectors in the country. He employs a staff of 1,400 and still keeps a firm grip on his business empire. He and his wife live in seclusion on a farm close to the lodge.

The hosts at Frans Indongo Lodge are Astrid and Alf Walter. Astrid, a qualified hotel manager, was born on a farm in the vicinity of Kamanjab; Alf is a restaurant specialist and comes from Dresden in eastern Germany. Both have trained in renowned hotels in Germany and gained further experience in Switzerland before settling in Namibia. With their team of seven they see to it that guests experience a sense of complete well-being.

 

 

 

 update: 19.01.2009 09:20

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