(33 twin rooms, 3 suites) PO Box 726, Windhoek; tel: 062 503871; fax: 062 503842; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.oropoko.com
Oropoko is reached by taking the main B2 west from Okahandja for about 41km, before turning north on to the D2156. It is well signposted 18km along this road.
Oropoko is a grand lodge with a stunning situation on a small mountain, whose top was flattened to make way for it. Its large outdoor pool has an impressive view, and the lodge's bar and dining room are of a similar scale. Meals are extensive affairs: large buffet breakfasts, and heavy à la carte dinners. The bar has numerous large leather armchairs. Guestrooms at Oropoko are large, luxurious and square. Each has an en-suite bathroom, minibar/fridge, telephone, and its own safe.
The lodge aims for the most affluent travellers – which might explain the zeal of the security force manning the gate. If film fans imagine James Bond approaching a villain's isolated estate, surrounded by a veritable private army, then Oropoko offers them the perfect chance to act out that fantasy. Just try to drop in here.
The game area surrounding the lodge buildings is about 110km2, and it protects seven white rhino, half a dozen giraffe, waterbuck and nyala, as well as the more normal antelope for this area like gemsbok, kudu, and steenbok. Game drives can sometimes be organised for N$100 per vehicle, in the morning or the evening.Rates: single U$70, double U$105, including breakfast.