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Fort Sesfontein Lodge is situated in the centre of Fort Sesfontein. It is located in the old German fort that was abandoned in 1914, which was recently restored as a lodge.

A gap in the mountains gives access to the valley basin of Sesfontein, (six fountains) where green gardens give the landscape its special character. In 1896 the government of what was then German South-West Africa, built the Fort of Sesfontein as a control point for keeping in check cattle disease, arms smuggling and illegal hunting.

Today, more than 100 years after the original establishment of the Sesfontein Station, the Fort has acquired a second lease of life after being tastefully restored as a tourist lodge. Use of building materials, characteristic for the region, such as clay walls, stone floors and reed linings, convey a very special and original atmosphere.

The former officers mess has been refurbished as a restaurant with integrated lounge and bar. The large swimming-pool offers their guests the opportunity to cool off from the hot midday sun or have a relaxing work-out.

Fort Sesfontein has 14 comfortable, double- bed rooms arranged around the courtyard, with a lush garden of old palm trees. Each room has an en-suite, solar heated bath/shower, with a bidet and toilet, mosquito nets fitted onto the four-poster beds, and ceiling fans.

Fort Sesfontein is ideally placed to discover the southern regions of Kaokoland. From here you can explore Himba villages, and with some luck spot desert elephant wandering down the nearby river valleys.

Fort Sesfontein offers guided day trips in 4x4 vehicles and local guides are on hand for those with their own 4x4 transport.