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HERO Namibia Onguma The Fort

LOCATION

Looking out over the camel thorn trees and herds of wildebeest of Namibia’s Etosha Pans, part of the 84,000-acre Onguma Game Reserve, Onguma the Fort is a luxury lodge that seems to have arrived from Morocco.

Dining takes place outside in the Boma, with the stars beginning to peek through the lilac evening sky. Bean bags and lanterns are arranged around a central fire for relaxing after another eventful day of game drives and African adventure.

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

The fort’s architecture is unique in this region, eschewing the thatch and mud for something that would look more at home in Marrakesh. Its striking architecture blends classic African and North African styles with Indian influences and features antique windows, stained woods, and engraved crockery.

The open plan of this riad-like structure pulls through the breezes to help combat the heat of the desert. If you’re not staying in the Sultan Suite in the main building, you’ll be in one of the chalets dotted on either side of the buildings.

The chalets are well spaced-out ensuring privacy while you’re contemplating the activity of the nearby waterhole from your sun lounger. Facing west to make the most of the sunsets, you’ll also be electrified by the sound of the lions roaring in the dusk (you can also hear them sometimes when using your outdoor shower).