Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, Reimagined

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Immersed in the great wilderness of Kaokoland in Namibia sits Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, a magnificent camp on the banks of the Hoarusib riverbed currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment. Due to reopen April 2023 and comprising seven suites, a two bedroom private suite with open lounge area and a spectacular infinity pool, the lodge blends seamlessly with the otherworldly terrain, ushering in dramatic views of rugged mountains, shifting sand dunes and curious rock formations.

Luxurious living, naturally

This oasis is rendered in an organic architectural style that echoes the topography of the desertscape and makes fantastic use of local materials – think driftwood, clay and stone. Local customs and culture are referenced in the design, as seen in the striking dome roof, which is styled after a traditional Himba home.

Embrace peace in the elements

Each of the seven spacious suites has been designed as a sanctuary from the bright desert glare, decorated in soothing tones to encourage moments of reflection, repose and rest. Throw open the door to your private veranda and find solace in the shaded terrace and glamorous daybed – ideal for an afternoon nap or getting stuck into a novel. Keep an eye on the horizon and you might spot giraffes strolling along the river valley.

The tranquil ambience continues through to the ensuite bathrooms, where an indoor shower is carved from gentle, undulating lines and rendered in bleached-white plaster.

Elevated interiors that sing with style

Expect panoramic views from the generous communal spaces, which take in the sparkling azure of the infinity pool and majesty of the soaring peaks beyond. In the main lounge are chunky, recessed shelves either side of an open fire, dressed with terracotta amphorae, curios and inspiring books, exquisite details that add depth to the room and create pleasing silhouettes in the flickering light. In this peaceful setting, guests can relax with a glass of wine or cocktail before settling down to a delicious dinner in the dining room, now reimagined in opulent umber tones, offset by distressed wooden furniture and oversized rattan lampshades. As another action-packed day in one of the world's oldest desert landscapes comes to a close, guests are invited to gather at the traditional boma to sip and share around the flames, as the inky sky bursts into life from the light of a million twinkling stars.

Life-affirming adventures

Embrace life in the bush with a variety of activities distinct to Kaokoland. Embark on scenic drives with expert Himba guides and spot desert elephants, giraffe and plentiful gemsbok, springbok and kudu. If you prefer a spot of culture, then take a trip to the majestic clay castles of the Hoarusib river valley. These towering natural wonders are thousands of years old and soar hundreds of metres high from various gorges along the riverbed – thanks to the isolated location, you might well have them all to yourself. The mystery doesn’t end here – spot the Lone Men of Kaokoland while out on your scenic drives. These almost life-size rock sculptures blend in seamlessly with their surroundings, further adding to the extraordinary atmosphere.

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