A luxury lodge in Namibia wasn't part of Zannier Hotels' plans until a chance encounter between the boutique hotel group's founder, Arnaud Zannier, and film actress and producer, Angelina Jolie. The encounter resulted in Omaanda, a boutique lodge, with ten individual thatch and clay huts in the heart of a 9,000 hectare private wildlife conservancy. Omaanda partners with the Na/an ku se Foundation to protect the biodiversity and incredible wildlife of the Khomas Hochland Plateau just half an hour from Windhoek. The vast landscapes are home to leopards, baboons, jackals, antelopes and more. Within the reserve, the recently opened Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary treats and seeks to reintegrate animals affected by poaching.
The chic huts have either one or two bedrooms, created in understated, Namibian style, with earth and clay colours, African antiques and furnishings from natural materials. The simplicity belies 21st century comforts which include a flat screen TV, Bluetooth sound bar, WiFi, minibar, Nespresso machine and air-conditioning. Generously proportioned bathrooms include double vanity basins, large bathtubs and walk-in rain showers,
- Safari and wildlife devotees.
- Conservation enthusiasts.
THINGS TO DO ON THE RESERVE:
- Relax poolside - there's a 15 metre heated infinity pool, with adjacent pool bar and superb views over the surrounding savannah.
- Unwind in the spa, where a double treatment room offers rituals based on ancient Namibian beliefs and traditions.
- Enjoy sundowners or aperitifs in the boma. The bar keeps a wide range of wines, spirits and cocktails.
- Dine at Ambo Delights, an open air restaurant with spectacular sunsets.
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
- Explore the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary, a project to nurture elephants and rhinos injured or orphaned following poaching incidents. Guests can meet with the veterinarians and learn about the support provided by the sanctuary.
- Twice daily game drives through the reserve on the Khomas Hochland Plateau. Group and private drives can be arranged.
- Wildlife tracking - elephant, leopard and rhino are regularly sighted.
- Watch meerkats as they play.