Okahirongo Elephant Lodge Purros
Perched on a hill with views over the desert village of Purros, the airy and extremely elegant Okahirongo Elephant Lodge opened in the summer of 2006. The main building is spacious and open-plan, yet still offers guests intimacy and privacy with its selection of lounge areas, including the library with its spectacular views. The large swimming pool invites guests to cool down in the heat of the day.
The lodge’s rooms (5 double, 2 twin) are each equipped with an en-suite bathroom and an indoor and outdoor shower. Laze and gaze at the endless expanse of the Hoarusib River valley from the comfort of your own sala (daybed). The Presidential Suite offers enough space for families, and comes with two double rooms and a private lounge.
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge sits on the Hoarusib River close to the village of Purros, approximately 200 km south of the Kunene River, and 50 km inland from the Skeleton Coast in the rugged Kaokoveld region. Kaokoveld is considered to be one of Africa’s last remaining true wilderness regions, and is also home to the Himba, a semi-nomadic pastoral tribe. The landscape is characterised by the broad Hoarusib River valley, which, surrounded by bizarre craggy outcrops and desert plains, is reminiscent of a lunar surface.
Kaokoveld is the only place in the world where elephant, black rhino, giraffe and lion subsist in the desert. With a bit of luck, guests will spot these fantastic creatures in the river valley around Purros.
The main event has to be a game drive to the desert elephant in the Hoarusib Valley. Guests can also visit a neighbouring Himba village or take scenic drives to vantage points in all corners of the diversified Purros Conservancy.
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Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is a place to relax and unwind. Set amidst a barren landscape, this truly beautiful lodge offers the feeling of absolute seclusion – add to this the exquisite cuisine prepared under the influence of Italian manager Rosella, and you have a recipe for utter bliss.