The Helmeringhausen Hotel in the tiny hamlet of Helmeringhausen in the southern region of Namibia, is the ideal stopover between the Fish River Canyon and Sesriem or Sossusvlei. Steeped in German colonial history, Helmeringhausen was founded by Hubert Hester, a member of the German Colonial Troops (or Schutztruppe).
Today the area is still part of a farm, called Farm Helmeringhausen, with Karakul sheep, goats and cattle farming being prevalent. Nowadays the Hotel and Guestfarm are in the hands of Björn and Katja Basler, an excellent team. In 2011 Katja received a “Best Hotelier”-award, a testimony to the high standards set at the Helmeringhausen Hotel.
Guests at the Helmeringhausen Hotel in Namibia are accommodated in 22 comfortable double rooms – all en suite and equipped with mosquito nets. For guests preferring self-catering accommodation, the Hotel Helmeringhausen offers a stylish self-catering unit. They also have a campsite if you want to enjoy the outdoors. Safe parking is provided.
Here you can be sure of receiving true Namibian hospitality: right from the ice-cold beer or Cape wine accompanying the delicious fare served in their fully licensed restaurant (a set three-course meal), to the sparkling swimming pool, to the convivial beer and coffee garden, set in well-kempt lush gardens. The lounge offers inviting sofas and a fireplace for those who just want to relax. The breakfasts offered at the Helmeringhausen Hotel come in the form of a scrumptious buffet. Even if you don’t stay over at the Hotel, give their apple crumble a try – it’s the best you’ll find in Namibia!
The staff of the Helmeringhausen Hotel is friendly and knowledgeable about the area and will gladly assist you in planning the rest of your route. This is an area renowned for crystal-clear skies, peace and quiet. The Hotel offers a guided farm drive, during which you will have the opportunity to see the interesting flora, wildlife (for example duiker, meerkat, bat-eared fox) as well as various bird species. Close to the Hotel, approximately 5 minutes’ walk, you will find comfortable tables and chairs on a hill overlooking the veld – just begging for you to sit down and enjoy your sundowner.
The museum right next to the Helmeringhausen Hotel shows many farming implements that were used by the settlers of the early farming days. The old German Police Station at Chamies is also worth visiting. If you feel like a game of tennis, collect the keys to the tennis court from the reception desk at the Hotel Helmeringhausen. Be sure to visit the curio shop before leaving – you are bound to find something unique and special to take back home.