The Elegant Farmstead (30 December 2017)

On the 30th of December we ventured over to the Elegant Farmstead, which is about 85 km from Windhoek and a few km before reaching Okahandja, after which you need to drive for another 26 km to the place.  The road was an absolute mess, with lots of stones making up the gravel road, which resulted in us having to drive very slowly, which made the road to the place seem even longer than it actually is.  And then the worst thing happened, we were driving with a standard size car, which I do not recommend doing, because the road is just terrible as I previously mentioned (the manager of the place said it’s the worst it’s been in a while although the road does get scraped, but because there are a lot of cars using the road, it just ends up a mess), anyways, back to the terrible thing that happened, I am not going to get into technical car terms over here, because cars and their parts are not really my thing, but to give you the short version: our car broke down.  In the end we managed to get help from the manager of the place, he was an absolute lifesaver.  The car problem did however not dampen our spirits and we were determined to have some fun while we were there and here is my little review of the place and the things we got up to.

On their site they describe the place as having a typical old farmstead look and feel and on the inside the elegant interior gives it a modern and stylish twist, which I couldn’t agree with more.  The place also has a bit of history, which you will find on their website as well and which we were informed about by the manager during our sundowner drive.



They have about 11 rooms available and the rooms we stayed in were absolutely gorgeous, it was very spacious, had quite a big bathroom and the rooms have AC as well (definitely a bonus during this very hot summer we have been experiencing in Namibia), plus the decor just adds that extra element to the room.  At night they light up your room with candles and place a bedtime story as well as a little nighttime treat on your bed, which I thought was pretty cool.



There is a large pool that you can cool down in and a beautiful garden that you can relax in, as there are many seating arrangements, as well as day beds that you can lounge on.  There is a bar area, where you can get some drinks by the pool area or you can venture off to the wooden deck area, where you can enjoy your drinks.   They do also offer various game drives and tours and we opted for the sunset drive, which I highly recommend, as you get to see basically all of the animals (Springbok, Eland, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Kudu, Hartebeest, Blesbok, Duiker, Steenbok and Ostrich) plus the sunset as you make your way back, which as you will see in the pictures was breathtaking.  The outlook point where we stopped for some snacks and drinks also had an amazing view of the entire farm.



The staff were very friendly and saw to our every need, they definitely make you feel at home.  Breakfast did come included with our rooms, so we only had to pay for dinner.  Dinner was quite good, we started off with a pumpkin soup (which I actually enjoyed, even though I’m not really a pumpkin fan) and we were then served with a greek salad, some squash, couscous and steak.  My favorite part was the dessert, which was a granadilla mouse.  Breakfast was just as delicious, which is served in a buffet style, if you ever do decide to visit, do yourself a favor and order the Moesikie-Full House Omelette which is filled with cheese, ham, tomato, onions and peppers (it’s absolutely YUM!) which they will make for you on request.


This place is highly recommended if you’re looking to escape the busy life of the city or even just to relax, as it has this crazy ability to make you feel at one with nature again.  You can check out their site here.


But that is it for this post…until next time!

xoxo Lilanie




Lake Oanob Resort (27 December 2017)

We recently went to the Lake Oanob Resort for a day visit and by we, I mean my family and I.  It’s always fun going to the resort and this is my second time being there.  The first time we stayed over for a night, something I would highly recommend you do, because the Chalets are just amazing!  I therefore thought I would write a little review on the place and share my experience with you guys, in case you haven’t been there before and you are considering heading over there.



The Lake Oanob Resort is located in the Hardap Region of Nambia, about 100 km from Windhoek and 10 km from Rehoboth.  The entrance fees for adults are N$ 30 and children under the age of 13 go in for free.



(The Chalets)

(The camping site and views from the camping site)


The last time I was there we stayed in a Chalet, which they have a variety to choose from, depending on the number of people in your group.  The Chalets have amazing views, have all the facilities you might need, are quite large in size and are just absolutely beautiful.  For day visits you can either just hang around the main area, where there is seating available and  where you will be near the swimming pools, restaurants and activities.  The other option when going for a day visit, if you want privacy or want to have a braai, is to book a camping spot for the day.  They have a few options available as well.  The camping spots are very nicely integrated, with amazing views of the dam.



They have so many activities to choose from and there is literally something for everybody.  These include hiking, game drives, aqua cycling (which can definitely be your exercise for the day), speed boat rides, tube rides, canoeing (which was actually super fun despite the fact that I cannot swim, so if I can do it, you definitely should try it out as well.),a fish eagle cruise ride (which is a perfect activity for the whole family), as well as a Giraffe Pool Bar (which is as the name suggests, a bar area which is integrated into a pool area.  Also definitely try the Bahama Breeze cocktail; it’s always a must for us whenever we go).  The activities are all very safe as well; they do provide you with life jackets for most of the water activities.











Both times we went; the staff was quite friendly and accommodating.  The service is however very slow.  We ordered food and had to wait for quite some time to get our food, even though there were very few people left at the resort.


I do however still highly recommend the place so do go check it out, as you will most definitely not regret spending your day here.  You can check out their site here.

But that is it for this post…until next time!

xoxo Lilanie





Mini – Vacay: Swakopmund Trip (22 – 25 September 2017)

My brother had a soccer tournament about 2 weeks ago in Swakopmund and we decided to turn it into a little family vacay and I thought I would share what I got up to, as most of my recent posts have consisted of outfit and makeup ideas.  Most of my time there consisted of watching soccer and cheering on my brother from the sidelines, as the weekend was filled with soccer games, but we did however have a little time left to go visit the beach, the aquarium, the snake park, as well as the mall.


We decided to stay at the Swakopmund Municipal Restcamp, as they are conveniently located near the soccer field where my brother was playing, various shops, the beach, as well as the aquarium, plus the prices are very affordable which is definitely an added bonus.  There are various types of accommodation that you can choose from and we decided to go for the one named “Spitzkoppe” (each type has different names), as we were 6 and the Spitzkoppe bungalows accommodates 6 people.   The bungalows are not the biggest or fanciest accommodation that you’ll find in Swakopmund, but they are very comfy and you get the basic amenities needed and I definitely recommend it.  I do however advice making a booking through telephone, as I did it online and when I called to confirm the booking they had no record of it.


National Marine Aquarium of Namibia

The aquarium is situated on Strand street and is walking distance from the Swakopmund Municipal Restcamp.  The opening hours are from 10 am to 4 pm and they are closed on Mondays.  They charge N$ 10 for adults and N$ 5 for kids (for Namibians).  The place is quite small, but there is ample marine life to see and it is definitely worth the visit! My favorite definitely has to be the sting rays.


The Living Desert Snake Park

The snake park is situated on 5 Libertina Amadhila Street and houses a variety of snakes, with very detailed information sheets on every snake.  The entrance fee is N$60 for adults and N$20 for kids (For Namibians) and their opening hours are from 9am – 5pm, with it being closed on Sundays.  This is definitely worth the visit, as you get too see so many species of snakes in one place and you get to learn about each one.  We also got to see some of the snakes feeding, which was a pretty interesting experience.


Swakopmund Jetty

When visiting Swakopmund, a stop at the Jetty is definitely a must.  You can take some amazing pictures and walk on the jetty, while waiting for the sun to set.  There is also a restaurant situated at the jetty, so you can have an early dinner while watching the sun set.  I didn’t get my sunset pictures this time around, as it was pretty windy, foggy and cold and we didn’t want to stick around and wait for the sun to set, but I can assure you it is definitely worth the wait.



Overall it was a pretty awesome, much needed trip to escape the Windhoek heat, as well as studies.  Below are more pictures from the trip.

But that is it for this post…until next time!

xoxo Lilanie



Haven Zoological Park

I visited the Haven Zoological Park a little while back and thought that I would share my experience with you guys.  It is situated on the corner of Kleine Kuppe and Rietfontein Streets in the Kleine Kuppe area in Windhoek, Namibia.  This is the only zoo in Windhoek and was founded by Martin and Julie Wiese.

On arrival you get a feeding bucket from which you can feed the animals.  The zoo also houses a coffee shop, as well as a playground for children.  The first time I visited the zoo was on a school field trip when I was in Grade 11 / 12 and nothing has changed, a few new animals were added, but there were so much more animals to see when I went on my first trip.  I must admit that I was a bit disappointed by this, as I expected to see even more animals this time around.  The zoo does give off more of a farm vibe than an actual zoo, just because there are so few animals and because of the type of animals that they have.  They did however also add a mini golf course, or as we like to call it a “putt – putt” course which was exciting to see, except we couldn’t play, as we got there just before closing time.


These are some of the bird species that can be found at the zoo.


These little fury friends were the highlight of my trip to the zoo.  The little baby rabbits just stole my heart.  On a previous trip to the zoo, my family said that they were allowed to enter the enclosure where the rabbits are, which allowed them to pet and feed the rabbits, but they have however put up a sign that does not permit you to enter the enclosure, which was super disappointing. P.S Excuse the bad quality of the picture.


These monkeys were just interesting to watch.  The big monkey actually has blue balls, I have no idea why this is, but it was a very interesting sight.


I actually found Pumba!!


Overall it was actually a fun outing.  I do however hope that they do a bit of upgrading and add a few more animals to see.  Be sure to check it out if you’re looking for something fun to do with the family; kids will love it and you can play mini – golf after.

But that is it for this post…until next time.

xoxo Lilanie


The Independence Memorial Museum

I recently paid a visit to the Independence Memorial Museum, situated right between the Christus Kirche and the Alte Feste Museum on Robert Mugabe Avenue and thought I would share my thoughts and experiences of this Windhoek – based attraction.

The museum was inaugurated on the 21st of March 2014 to commemorate Namibia’s 24th independence and focuses on the anti – colonial resistance and national liberation struggle of Namibia.

The outside of the building has a very unique and interesting design, with a statue of Namibia’s founding president, Sam Nujoma standing guard in front of the museum.


Three of the four floors that the museum is divided into each depicts a different theme and time of the road leading to Namibia’s independence.  I was very impressed with the artwork and the paintings, as it was beautifully done and so accurately captured the struggles of the Namibian people when they fought for their independence.

(Some of the paintings and artwork that can be found at the museum)

My favorite part of the museum definitely has to be the fourth floor, which features a restaurant with amazing views of the city.  I went during the day, but will definitely have to return during the night time to see the view, which I bet is even more spectacular.


I do however wish they had local guides who knew about the history of Namibia and could incorporate little stories about the past to make it a little more interesting and fun, especially for children who don’t really care to read the little descriptions placed all around the museum.  Also, not everyone knows the history of Namibia, and the guides would be better able to give a bit of a background on the exhibits displayed.

The amazing artwork and paintings, breathtaking views from the fourth floor and the fact that it is entirely free to visit however definitely make it worth the visit, so be sure to check it out!

Until next time

xoxo Lilanie