In the small town of Marienthal in the Hardap region of southern Namibia you will find self-catering (self-contained) accommodation in the form of the Marienthal River Chalets.
The town of Marienthal owes its name to Hendrik Brandt, a pioneer farmer, who bought the farm from the Nama leader Hendrik Witbooi. Brandt named it after his wife, Marie. To this day Marienthal is home to many Nama-speaking people. The original Nama residents called Marienthal “Tsaraxa Aibes” - a reference to the dust storms in spring and autumn.
The region is one of extreme temperatures: very hot in summer and freezing cold in winter. Despite the aridity of the region, water is relatively plentiful. The Hardap Dam reservoir in the nearby Fish River enables the cultivation of animal fodder, as well as fruit and vegetables. The ostrich abattoir bears testimony to the importance of this industry in the region. Apart from being the largest water reservoir in Namibia, the Hardap Dam is renowned among water sports enthusiasts. The dam frequently plays host to international triathlons as well as angling competitions.
Mariental River Chalets is centrally situated on the B1 Road and the Trans-Namib railway that stretches from Windhoek to Keetmanshoop, making it ideal as a stop-over destination.
The Mariental River Chalets are popular with travelling families, hunting and fishing groups, as well as business people and offer value for money self-catering (self-contained) accommodation.
The friendly staff at Mariental River Chalets go out of their way to make their guests feel at home. Children can frolic in the safe playground, while the adults relax around the braai fires. Braai packs and wood can be purchased at the reception desk, and the staff can help you to plan the rest of your journey.