Air Namibia recently suspended direct flights between Gaborone and Windhoek. One thing that made me reminisce about a trip I took to Namibia a couple of months ago. While on a fifteen days cross-country tour of Namibia’s exotic destinations, I came across place called Waterberg Plateau north east of Otjiwarongo and north west of Waterberg Mountain. But what made me love this place was my stay at Frans Indongo Lodge. Air Namibia recently suspended direct flights between Gaborone and Windhoek. One thing that made me reminisce about a trip I took to Namibia a couple of months ago. While on a fifteen days cross-country tour of Namibia’s exotic destinations, I came across place called Waterberg Plateau north east of Otjiwarongo and north west of Waterberg Mountain. But what made me love this place was my stay at Frans Indongo Lodge.
Surrounded by massive grasslands, savanna and acacia, this is truly a place for relaxation. A sort well graded gravel road takes you to this pristine wilderness lodge. The lodge has a rather interesting history apart from the luxury it offers, which cannot be ignored. Upon arrival at the lodge, the lodge manager Alf Walter who shows me around welcomes me. As we sit while looking at the expansive open grasslands, I ask a question about how the place was founded. Looking far into the grassland horizon, he narrates the history of this spectacular place with his German accent.
Frans Indongo Lodge is named after Dr Frans Indongo born in 1936 and happens to be a self made businessman and former politician. Dr Indongo started off his early life as a herdsman, working hard through the farmland and saving money to purchase sewing equipment. Once he had acquired the sewing equipment, he went on with his business that blossomed. In 1961, he invested in a small supermarket which eventually growing into a chain stores business across Namibia. Around the 1970’s, Dr Indingo joined politics and on pole position of the National Democratic Party which later merged with Democratic Turnhalle Alliance and became a Minister of Economic Affairs from 1975 and resigned from politics in the late 1980’s.
Dr Indongo has invested in Property especially in high-end locations. Well, with the lodge I stayed at, I was not surprised at all. The catch is comfortability and luxury modeled around the homesteads of the Ovambo. Double rooms, chalets and family units are available with modern amenities that also bring you closer to town with a child friendly environment. You can also go up a tower located by the poolside and get the panoramic view of Waterberg Plateau. Morning exercises can be done in style. A bush walk in the grasslands covered in morning dew, which sparkle from the golden rays at first light. This also gives you an opportunity to bond with nature while gazing at Springbok, Kudu, Eland, Roan Antelope, Black Wildebeest, Gemsbok and Zebra. You might be on a lucky walk and spot the White and the Black Rhino within the 17000 ha farm. If you feel need to be chauffeured around then a game drive is for you.
Dinning by the open restaurant is an experience on its own. Different dishes can be enjoyed among them game meat and different wines too. Day drives outside the farm where the lodge is other excursions include a visit to the rare and The Endangered Species Trust (TRUST), which protects mainly the Cape vultures. This is the place to learn about vultures and also interact with them as well as owls. There are also day visits to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (FCC). Cheetahs have become highly endangered together with other big cats due to conflicts with farmers. This is a good place to learn about taking care of your livestock as well as keeping cheetahs away without having to gun them down. Why not immense your selves in wide open grasslands and bond with nature while and forget about the city!