Onjala, near Windhoek, is Namibia’s own personal story lodge.
Starting with the random meaning of the Herero word onjala, which means ‘finger’; and including general manager Heiner Soltau’s involvement in the building process; his wife Zelda’s amazing initiative in creating the best wellness centre in the middle of the African bush (don’t forget about her golden onjalas!); and Steven, the horse guy, who is also Steven the waiter.
There’s a story around every rocky corner. And there’s Klaus, the solar chef, who is also a champion pianist and lover of Scottish terriers; the ever-smiling front-desk manager Leticia; and kitchen hand Rosalia, who makes the best home-made bread in the entire world.
But these stories are by no means where the magic stops.
Here you can jump on Viola the lazy horse and go for a canter amongst zebra friends and crazy wildebeest. Steer clear of the giraffes though, as the horses don’t seem to be too fond of their long-necked counterparts. The latest addition to this unpretentious little haven is a romantic Bush Spa, and Onjala is destined to become tops for nighttime admirers with one of the country’s largest telescopes soon to be installed here.
This news snippet first appeared in the Travel News Namibia Autumn 2013 print edition and was compiled by journalist Marita van Rooyen.