Otjisazu Guest Farm
(13 rooms) PO Box 1505, Okahandja; tel: 062 501259; fax: 062 501323; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Having recently changed hands, Otjisazu is now run by Herbert and Monica Lauenroth. It's an hour's drive from Windhoek. Take the D2102 signposted to the Von Bach Dam about 1km south of the bridge over the Okahandja River. After about 4.5km and again at about 16.5km there are very sharp bends, and the road crosses a number of dry riverbeds. (This isn't a road to drive for the first time when it's dark.) It reaches Otjisazu after about 27.5km. The area around is rolling acacia scrub/bush – typical of the central plateau around Windhoek.
The farm stands in pleasant, well-watered gardens with a good stone braai and stone counter, and shaded tables. There is also a separate outside boma dining area and bar, overlooking a good-size pool. Inside, the farmhouse is comfortable and spacious. The furniture's neither antique nor very modern – despite the building dating from 1878, when it was originally built as a mission. The twin rooms are comfortable, solidly constructed and all en suite: most seem purpose-built.
Nature drives are available around the farm – lasting an hour or so in the evening. With luck you'll spot a few of the farm's kudu, gemsbok, springbok, duiker, steenbok, or (it is claimed) eland. Horseriding is available on request. Otjisazu has always been quite a nice guest farm, and its new owners seem determined to make staying here good value.Rates: N$495 single, N$470 per person sharing, including dinner and breakfast.