Boutique LodgeOtjimbondona means “the place where the small camel thorn trees grow” in Herero. The Otjimbondona was bought by the Slaney family in 1922 and to farm with sheep and cattle.
The original farm house was built in 1923 for the Slaneys by the well-known Italian mason Filipo Philisario. It had just two rooms at the time and was built out of local stone (klip) which was dressed on site. My father was born in one of the two original rooms in 1928. The house was subsequently extended considerably, but was left unoccupied after my grandmother’s death in 1959 and deteriorated to such an extent that it could not be saved except for the two original rooms.
My wife Anita and I took over the farm in 2008 as the third generation of cattle farming Slaneys. Being in the tourism business since 1991, offering fly-in safaris throughout Namibia and its neighboring countries, we played around with the idea of building our own lodge for many years. In October 2012, after all plans were drawn up by our son-in-law, the excitement and stress began. With the help of Leon Dixon, a local builder and his team, ‘our dream’ was finally finished in October 2014. Two years later we are now proud to say that Otjimbondona, set amongst camel thorn trees on a red sand dune with a 360 degree view, is ready for guests to experience and enjoy!