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Kalahari Farmhouse

Kalahari Farmhouse

Kalahari Farmhouse is on the outskirts of the village of Stampriet in the fertile valley of the seasonal Auob River in the Kalahari. The main building, a former manor house constructed at the height of the Karakul sheep farming industry some fifty years ago, contains the reception, restaurant, bar, and guest lounge. There is internet connectivity, a laundry service, and secure parking. Kalahari Farmhouse is also wheelchair friendly.

Accommodation is in twelve tastefully decorated rooms that remind one of the Cape Dutch architectural style of the Western Cape in neighbouring South Africa. Each of the rooms has en-suite bathrooms.

Drinks and meals are served in indoor and outdoor “lapa” areas. Breakfast is a buffet-style affair, and a set menu is on offer at lunch and dinner times. The small farming business next door keeps the kitchen stocked with fresh produce. In fact nearly all their ingredients—dairy products such as cheeses, meat from the butchery, and vegetables—are grown in their very own garden or sourced locally. They also bake a variety of breads and make their own jams.

Visitors can experience the village of Stampriet, a reminder of South Africa's Cape region of yesteryear. The old church is worth a visit, as is the “Stampriet Historical Guesthouse,” even if just to enjoy refreshments. Hardap Dam on the upper Fish River offers magnificent views across the fields of the town right up to the escarpment to the east. Some plains game and interesting bird species make the trip worthwhile.

Gondwana Kalahari Park boasts springbok, oryx, ostrich, jackal, hare, and porcupine inhabiting the dunes and dune valleys of the Kalahari Desert. The area is also home to the Kori bustard, the largest flying bird of all, and huge colonies of weaver birds reside in the many camelthorn trees. The park affords unforgettable memories of the Kalahari, the largest continuous stretch of sand on earth. The park itself is 100 square kilometers in size and is situated 30 kilometers northeast of Mariental. An outstanding feature of the Kalahari dunes is the extraordinary red hues that stem from their high iron content that is rusting!

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