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.