Naries Namakwa Retreat – serenity for body, mind and soul. Relax, Refresh and Re-visit.
“Naries” is a Nama word (indigenous people of this region), meaning “place where the reeds grow”. No one is quite sure of the exact location of these reeds, but it is believed to have been in one of the many non-perennial riverbeds to the east of the farmhouse.**
Our March trip was focused on the Northern Cape’s hidden gems in this undiscovered Province.
I was so excited to see the Springbok area’s unique landscapes and nature for the first time.
We arrived at our destination, after a 5+ hour’s drive from the Mother City. It is located 27 km outside of Springbok – the largest town in the Namaqualand area of the Northern Cape.
We drove through the main gates entrance to the Manor House, where we received a friendly and warm welcome. The mountain and its surrounds are impressive ringing true of what’s being said: “beautiful & romantic hideaway on the edge of the Spektakelberg between Springbok and Kleinzee”.
The Manor House’s cosy reception includes a curio shop with interesting local designs, a restaurant area (indoor and outdoor seating) as well as 5 Classical En-suite Rooms and two “Luxury Cape Country Style Cottages with top quality finishes to choose from.” This is the ideal choice for families travelling together or those who love self catering.
The Spacious lounge area was a perfect to relax, catch up with the news or read before dinner whilst enjoying a glass of wine or two. Fresh Flowers always makes a special impact and showcases the owners’ attention to detail, which is evident throughout the property.
We adored the vintage furniture and decor, lending extra charm to the property.
The Dining area overlooks the pool, luscious garden with succulents, flowers and my favourite, the Quiver tree. The Fountain feature in the middle of the garden is the playground
for all the birds. What better way to relax, after a day of exploring, than listening to birdsong and watching the sunset.
Our home for two nights was one of three unique domed completely thatched luxury mountain suites. It is located few minutes slow drive from the manor house. On our drive there (through the reserve) we enjoyed seeing some ostriches and birds, whilst admiring spectacular vistas. This is Nature at her best.
The location of the suites is breathtaking; lending itself to privacy, right in the middle of the reserve.
The suites are state of art and built on and around rock formations. They consist of a sitting area, bedroom, bathroom and patio.
Our sitting area/lounge had comfortable chairs, couch, and table, mini bar/honesty bar fridge and tea and coffee facilities. We were welcomed with fruit and dry snack platter – thoughtful touch after a long drive.
The spacious bedroom’s king size bed is adorned with crisp linen and 6 pillows- love it! There was ample cupboard space and a table and chairs staying true to the African theme and decor. The standing fan – was adequate (no air-conditioning) as the suite was cool despite the heat outside.
The bathroom with bath and separate shower had all the amenities provided staying with the African theme.
We enjoyed spending time on the patio- observing nature and just being. The comfortable wooden loungers were the perfect spot for animal viewing. Here one can enjoy the open panoramic vistas and listen to nature. A place to breath, connect and appreciate with all the senses.
We spend hours observing the birds and small animals like: rabbits, dassies, ostriches roaming around us. It’s a photographer’s heaven, any time of the day or night.
Gemsbok Lapa, the latest addition to Naries, was only a few minutes’ drive or around 20min walk away. Nestled high up the hill “this unique venue guarantees views that will take your breath away – every time.”*
The lapa is built to host all kinds of functions, events and guest sundowners. We enjoyed some snacks, pre-dinner drinks and an animated chat with Naries’ staff about the reserve and surrounds.
The sunset from Gemsbok Lapa was absolutely breathtaking…
Naries offers many activities for their guests from 4×4 Shipwreck Tour, Orange River Rafting to a Flower Tour in the Flower season. We opted for one of the early morning trails (before breakfast) around the reserve.
Our guide shared the history of Naries and surrounding vegetation. A unique way of seeing the reserve. We also spotted Oryx which was an awesome experience.
Naries is renowned for its mouth-watering meals. Breakfast & Dinner are served in the Manor House Dining Room.
Breakfast is served daily from early morning and includes freshly baked pastries, croissants, preserves, cereals and yogurts, cheeses and meat platters. A cooked breakfast is also on offer.
Naries does not have a public restaurant on site. Their dinner cuisine is carefully planned, prepared and served for in-house guests only, ensuring an exclusive experience.
The 3 course meal was an affair of fresh local ingredients and game meats. The Game Potjie was absolutely delicious and highly recommended.
On the second night we were treated to a picnic basket in our suite with sun-downers. And wow! What a culinary treat!
All your heart’s desire -from homemade sushi, fresh salads, freshly baked breads with preserves, cheeses, samoosas, sosaties, mini burgers, salads, wine to love drinks (Yes!). Everything was delivered with perfect timing with the sunset in mind.
A quick set up on our patio ensured that we enjoyed the magnificent view and food till long after Mother Nature retired.
Naries offers their guest a combination of a luxury stay and sense of oneness with nature.
It’s a place where one should rest, relax and just be! Leave the big world behind, switch off all electronic devices and enjoy the peacefulness of this retreat. “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. “ – Khalil Gibran.
Good to know:
* Rates include Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
* Naries caters for all dietary preferences (Notice in advance).
* WiFi available – Who needs it there?
* Family friendly. Romantic getaway.
* Min stay of 2 nights advisable.
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Text and Images by Patrycja @ travel opulent box.
We have been hosted by Naries during our March Media Trip. Opinions are ours and based on personal experience. All the extras has been settled directly.
*/**Source: Naries Website