Ro­s­tock Ritz

South African Country Life - - Country Living -

Namibia has to be one of my favourite places to visit, mainly be­cause it feels so dif­fer­ent in some ways, so fa­mil­iar in oth­ers. Ro­s­tock Ritz fits into the for­mer cat­e­gory, perched as it is on the edge of a desert plain, the moun­tains in the dis­tance and a be­guil­ing canyon a short 4x4 drive away. The lodge it­self is a bit, um, pe­cu­liar in that it looks a bit like an ar­range­ment of igloos, but it is com­fort­able and very unique. The swim­ming pool is spec­tac­u­lar, with in­cred­i­ble views over the desert – and swim­ming pools can be very use­ful in this part of the world. About 240km from both Wind­hoek and Swakop­mund in the di­rec­tion of Soli­taire, Ro­s­tock is a con­ve­nient stopover, or a des­ti­na­tion in its own right. There are a num­ber of walk­ing trails and scenic drives, with rock art, birdlife and in­cred­i­ble scenery the ma­jor at­trac­tions. There is also a camp­site if you’re on a tighter bud­get but still want to ex­plore this fas­ci­nat­ing area. And if driv­ing seems too ar­du­ous, you could al­ways land your plane on their pri­vate airstrip.

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