Rest Your Head - OMAANDA

Rest Your Head

Omaanda (meaning rhinoceros in Oshiwambo), is the fourth property in the Zannier Hotels collection, a Belgium-based hospitality group that specialises in small, boutique properties with a pared-down yet sophisticated design aesthetic.
Inspired by the Ovambo tribe, Omaanda takes its name from its location in the heart of the 9,000-hectare private Zannier game reserve, located in the savannah near the Namibian capital of Windhoek.
The reserve is managed by N/a’an ku sê, one of the country’s premier conservation organisations, which strives to sustain the preservation of natural spaces – a conservation mission that aligns with the values of the Zannier Reserve, which is home to a rich sanctuary of flora and fauna as well as wildlife.
Like the lodge’s name, everything about the property flows organically from the sights, sounds and culture of this wide, savannah-covered corner of Namibia. And thanks to their traditional Ovambo architecture of rounded, natural clay walls topped with hand-finished thatched roofs, the camp’s hut-like buildings appear to rise out of the dusty plains and look right at home in their surroundings.
Inside the lodge’s ten deluxe guest huts, long-time Zannier Hotel’s collaborator, Géraldine Dohogne, has approached the decor with a natural respect for the region’s ancestral architectural techniques. The result deftly combines Dohegne’s signature stripped-back approach to luxury with one-of-a-kind antique pieces sourced from Namibia and neighbouring countries. From large, private terraces, guests enjoy views stretching towards the mountains in the distance. In the mornings, guests often rise to find curious baboons lounging on the cool, polished concrete decks.
Banded mongoose, pangolins and caracal are often spotted alongside zebras, giraffes and hyenas during daily game drives. Though elephants and rhinoceroses do not roam freely through the reserve, at its center is a hospital for injured or abandoned rhinoceroses and elephants, funded by the JoliePitt Foundation, the main aim of which is to raise awareness and educate the planet on the need to support and preserve the wild world. At the hospital, guests can get up close and personal with animals, and gain a deeper appreciation for those that champion the massive conservation efforts that have helped rehabilitate the country’s wildlife, which has flourished since protective programs which were put in place in the mid-1990s.