The lodge strikes just the right balance between simple and sophisticated with its beautifully thatched roofs, earthy tones and luxurious features. We love that the traditional design elements pay homage to local architecture, as well as blend in seamlessly with the chic furniture and indulgent amenities. You are guaranteed to feel spoiled here, especially within your cosy circular room or ‘hut’, where we recommend enjoying the endless scenery from your private terrace with a glass of wine in hand, or from your well-appointed en-suite while soaking in the spacious bathtub: trust us, both are bliss.
10 of these cosy yet rustic huts are tastefully scattered across the luxury camp’s bushveld range (two come with adjoining rooms and a living area, so are ideal for families over three or groups of friends). A real highlight of Omaanda is Ambo Delights, the open-air restaurant that is often described as a destination in its own right thanks its the mouth-watering cuisine whipped up by the much-loved chef, Annelie. Other pluses of the property include its dreamy spa and cutting-edge infinity pool, as well as the vast decking area, which make for the ideal spots to relax and unwind while overlooking the sprawling surrounding landscape and spotting wildlife as they roam the savannah.
In typical Zannier fashion, the hotel staff are always at hand to tend to your every whim here; be it crafting a refreshing cocktail as you lounge by the pool or arranging a game drive to track elephants, white rhinos, cheetahs and meercats for you. The excursions offered here are phenomenal as they are carefully designed in partnership with the local N/a’an ku sê Foundation in order to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia, as well as rescue endangered species. Taking a private ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Shiloh wildlife sanctuary, its research centre and its anti-poaching unit is truly unforgettable, not to mention the sunrise conservation game drive when the Namibian plains are arguably at their finest, bathed in the early morning light.
We are sure that you'll find it hard to tear yourself away from this hideaway at the end of your stay, for it really is a wonderful idyll. It is no surprise that French hotelier, Arnaud Zannier, couldn't resist collaborating with the Na’an ku sệ Sanctuary after visiting the beauty spot with his good friend, Angelina Jolie - whose daughter was born in Namibia - despite never intending to a property open in the region.
Omaanda can be easily included into an itinerary exploring Southern Africa, as it is conveniently located only a 45-minute drive from Windhoek.
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India