A deeper look to see the magic
by Marita van Rooyen
“We like to have small groups of guests. It’s much better for sharing stories around the fire,” says Robert Sibold, who recently returned from Germany to join his parents on Onduruquea Guest Farm. “Honesty and sincerity are characteristics of a true German, and that’s how we do things here.”
The Sibolds have been active in the tourism industry for years. “My father, Eugen, is one of the oldest of the original hunting guides in Namibia. Our family leased Erich’s Restaurant in Swakopmund, and since 2008 we’ve been on Onduruquea.”
Activities at Onduruquea are undertaken throughout the property of over 15 000 hectares. Guests can stay in one of ten spacious rooms, nine of which are doubles and one a family unit, all fitted with large windows offering a panoramic view over the bush or waterhole. Rooms have bathrooms en suite and are equipped with a minibar, air-conditioning and hairdryer. If you prefer to have a more natural sleeping experience, camping sites with water, electricity and firewood is another option. Then there’s the ‘tower house’, which sleeps four and is situated about seven kilometres from the main house. Here guests can enjoy the luxury of having an in-house chef, cleaner and ‘all-in-one’ assistant.
The main building, where meals are served, has an interesting history that dates back to the 1930s when a Frau Kahl occupied the property. Today it has a large veranda, perfect for spending time to share information- on the Erongo Region while sipping on a late-morning glass of homemade lemon or prickly-pear juice. In the afternoon, tea and coffee are served with freshly baked cake under the large thatched roof next to the swimming pool.
Great for pampering and relaxation
And then there are the massages and pamper sessions offered by Robert’s wife, Julia, and a sauna for those cold winter days, when all you need is an hour or two of relaxation. Mother Monika is a herb boffin who makes her own calendula body cream, using a recipe passed down by her grandmother. She also makes face cream and creates beautiful pottery with Eugen. Monika is the creative force behind the recently opened curio shop, garden and vegetable patch. “The most mouth-watering delights are conjured up in Monika’s farm kitchen, making every meal an occasion. Come and enjoy real German cuisine, flavoured with a taste of Africa.”
“When guests stay for two nights or more, I take them to see the special collection of over 3 000 Bushman paintings we have in the area,” says Robert. The Sibolds offer hiking, sightseeing tours to interesting attractions, animal observation excursions, game drives with sundowners, stalking antelope with a guide and excursions to a Bushman community and one of the highest Erongo farms. “This is a different kind of place where you really have to look deeper to see the magic found in small things.”
Onduruquea has a landing strip for private aircraft. The Sibolds are available to help with the planning and organisation of trips in the country and will gladly offer advice on flights, accommodation, car rental and the many interesting Namibian destinations.
Onduruquea is situated near the Erongo Mountains, 240 kilometres north-west of Windhoek, 40 kilometres from Karibib and 25 kilometres from Omaruru along the C33.
This article appeared in the Feb/March 2011 edition of Travel News Namibia.
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