About the Hotel
The Naries Namakwa Retreat in Springbok, Northern Cape is the best place to experience the surreal and primitive beauty of Africa in all her glory. This isolated and romantic hideaway is strategically placed on the edge of Spektakelberg between Springbok and Kleinzee. The place is built on a strip of semi-desert Namakwa land and is especially popular during the wild-flower season.
Naries Namakwa is the pace for you, if your heart is set on experiencing nature, luxury, and a romantic vibe, all fused into the perfect travel cocktail. Read on to know more about this stunning place and reasons why it should be on your bucket list this holiday season.
Imagine waking up to the sounds of wild animals nearby instead of the harsh honking of vehicles. Imagine seeing jagged mountains and highlands outside your window instead of columns of concrete and dust all around. Imagine a place where the air is not tainted by pollution and the sunlight is not blocked by multi-storeyed buildings.
The Naries Namakwa Retreat in South Africa turns it all to reality. The hotel is well positioned in the Greater Namakwa region with the Richtersveld in the north to the shipwrecks in the west. Naries is an establishment renowned for its lip-smacking meals, magnificent architecture and warm hospitability. Here, tourists can choose from a range of accommodations – the classic mountain suites, the Manor House or the Self-Contained Cottages. The Naries Namakwa Retreat takes you far away from the din and chaos of city life straight into the lap of nature.
The Naries Namakwa is a place where you can experience nature up close without having to give up on everyday luxuries of city life. Let us take a walk down the memory lane and unearth the story behind Naries and trace its journey to the present. The barren uncultivated plains of north-western South Africa was discovered and then occupied by Dutch settlers in the days ofcolonization.
In 1655, three years after the first settlements were established in the Cape of Good Hope, an expedition ventured out to explore the interior areas and local tribes inhabiting the continent. The group of explorers was headed by Jan Windvogel who set out to the south-western corners of Northern Cape to contact and connect with the natives of the place.
As per the written and documented records, the first contact between the Dutch settlers and Namakwa natives took place in 1661. This particular expedition was led by Pieter van Meinhof, who was also the first to discover Namaqualand. Pieter was mighty impressed by the peaceful atmosphere and bountiful natural beauty of the place. However, what really caught the Dutchman’s eye was the use of metallic ornaments by the tribesmen and the huge deposits of copper and other minerals in the depths of the mountain of Namakwa. His account and discovery encouraged the future explorations in the region and it was soon developed into a vacationing spot.
The Naries has three retreats for guests. The three mountain suites on the edge of the Namakwa Mountains are state-of-art private accommodations with complimentary meals. The resort looks like an upturned coconut with a thatched roof and ceramic windows. The dome-shaped building comes with an open terrace, outdoor pool, and a garden where you can relax and de-stress after a long day. The mountain suites are placed adjacent to each other and are independent units, each having its own bedrooms and bathrooms. The pool and garden are commonly shared.
The Manor House is more on the elegant side. Itsclassic white structure is spacious, beautiful and modern. Space offers 5 en-suite rooms. Unlike the domes up in Namakwa mountains, the Manor house is simpler, yet far more sophisticated. It looks like a conventional holiday resort that though compact, has all the luxuries of a five-star hotel.
The Family Cottages look like a contemporary version of a country home. The architecture remains pretty much the same – i.e. brick columns, slanting roofs, and concrete structure – but the ambiance is that of a luxury resort. There are two cottages side-by-side, almost identical to each other, each a complete holiday home in itself with bedrooms, bathrooms and dining space. The cottages are suitable for families and travelers who want some privacy.
On the outside, the resorts in Naries Namakwa Retreat look conventional, except for the Mountain Suites. The Mountain Suites that resembles an upturned shell or a beehive really steals the show. It blends in naturally with the surrounding landscape and doesn’t stand out like the two other accommodations. The insides, on the other hand, are a different story altogether. The interior décor is elegant, regal, and decorated in red and gold tones. The Manor House is built like authentic Dutch cottages and features 2 bedrooms with mid-sized beds, showering space and a dining area. The self-contained cottages are traditionally designed and decorated in warm earthy tones, have plush beds, state-of-art bathrooms, and spacious dining space.
Meals are served by the hotel, as there are no restaurants or cafés in the vicinity. Each of the three spaces differs drastically from each other. The Mountain Suites have a raw feel to them that immediately takes you back to the primitive times. The Manor House is reminiscent of the area’s recent colonial tussle with the Dutch. The Family cottages are considered modern and contemporary in look and feel.
Most of South Africa’s landscape is made of rolling hills, flat highland plateaus, and lush green plains. The place is a private paradise for wanderers and nature lovers. Plan a picnic in the rolling plains, climb mountains, go for a safari expedition and witness the wilderness of Africa first-hand, or simply soak up the magic of Namakwa and stroll through the landscape – the choice is yours. The hotel offers customized picnic baskets and pre-packed lunch at an additional charge. Each excursion is handled by a different sponsor, you need to contact them directly if you want to join the expedition. Also, note that these trips need to be booked prior to your arrival at the Retreat.
There are numerous tours, safari expeditions, adventure sports programs and nature walks organized by the hotel management that you can be a part of. A 4×4 shipwreck tour is arranged by the Namaqua Coastal Expedition. The tour begins from the Namaqualand Diamond Coast and covers three shipwreck sites – the Piratiny, Arosa,and Border. You can even spot some ancient archaeological sites from the Late Stone Ages on the pristine white beaches.
And don’t miss out on the annual flower show hosted by Namakwa during the flowering season. Every year without fail, colorful flowers burst forth, breaking free from their wintery slumbers, covering the vast barren land with a mirage of shapes, smells, and hues. Daisies, perennial herbs, lilies, and 4000 more kinds of plants and flowers thrive in the land of Namaqua and add on to its charm.
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The Natives Namakwa Retreat captures the true essence of South Africa. Situated a short way inland from the coast up in the Northern Cape, the Retreat is remote, isolated and very private. There are no towns or villages nearby – only craggy canyons and ridges everywhere you look. The interior décor stands in contrast yet complementing the architecture. the rooms are chic, comfortable and classy. Here are some interesting facts and necessary information about the place that would make your stay all the more memorable:
- There are no hotels or eating houses anywhere in the vicinity of the lodging spaces, the hotel provides complimentary meals according to your dietary preferences.
- Children below the age of 11 aren’t allowed, and the kids aged 12 or above will be charged a regular adult fare.
- Pets are not allowed within the hotel premises
- The property is a non-smoking zone, throw away the cigarette box before you come here
- Wi-Fi is available only in public areas at an additional fee
- The Gemsbok Lapa is a recent addition to Naries project – the Lapa functions more as a venue for hosting public and private events and less as a lodging space.
Finding the right hotel is not an easy task. And it’s not because there aren’t many hotels. On the contrary, five-star resorts and lodging spaces are popping up all over the world, each promising a memorable experience. The Naries Namakwa Retreat is one such romantic gateway in South Africa where you get the best of nature and luxury.