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Fort Sesfontein

Sesfontein | Namibia

Fort Sesfontein and Cemetery were provisionally proclaimed a national monument on 1st November 1984 for a period of 5 years. Although this period has lapsed it is still worth a mention and now stands as a reminder of German rule and expansion in the very north of Namibia.

Sesfontein served as the main administrative and military station and police station from 1896 onwards. It has the dubious distinction as a fort that never saw any war action.

The fort served mainly as a guard post to control the spread of cattle diseases and to prevent illegal trading in alcohol, arms and ammunition. Hunting of elephant and rhinoceros and other protected species was also controlled from here. Raids initiated in Angola, crossed the Kunene River to conduct illegal ivory raids.

As the fort was only used in times of peace, there are only 3 graves in the cemetery. One soldier died in a construction accident when the fort was being built, a 2nd belonged to a trader and the 3rd of another soldier who died of illness.

In 1909 the district of Sesfontein ceased to be and the military forces withdrawn and replaced by a detachments of police. In 1914 when Union of South Africa troops took over the administration of the fort it remained uninhabited.

Restoration has taken place over the years and it was taken over as tourist accommodation since 1994. It is known as Fort Sesfontein Lodge and is a stop on many safaris in Namibia

Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements

Epupa Falls Lodge

A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls, this site previously only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls

Fort Sesfontein

On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area

Kunene River Lodge

n great lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must. Undoubtedly one of our favourite out of the way lodges

Mopane Camp

A campsite near the village of Opuwo

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Omarunga Camp

A comfortable tented camp, on the banks of the Kunene River, close to the Epupa falls

Opuwo Country Lodge

On the outskirts of Opuwo with has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis

Serra Cafema

Up-market luxury safari camp in a spectacuar setting overlooking the Kunene River. A range of activities are included and a highlight is a visit to the local Himba community

Walvis Bay Accommodation