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Duwisib Castle

Duwisib Castle

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Duwisib Castle is one of the most historic properties of Namibian Wildlife Resorts. It is situated in the southeast of Namibia. The perfect stop over between fish river canyon and the Namibia desert. Duwisib Castle offers accommodation and camping sites on the same property. The Castle towers above the nearby surroundings and is situated between some elevated hills. It is built from stone and offers a living museum on the inside of the castle. We do recommend a stopover and a visit to the castle when you are on the route in Southern Namibia.

The museum houses a rare collection of 18th and 19th-century antiques. There are various pieces and displays of armor and some interesting paintings. The castle was built by german army officer Baron von Wolf. His intention was to build this castle for his American bride ‘ Jayta ‘ in the early 1900s. A Large part of the building materials was sourced locally in the form of stone. Specialized stone masons were brought in from all over the world to assist in completing the build.

Building materials and furniture were shipped from Germany to Luderitz harbor. Here the materials were carted overland to the building site. It was a logistical challenge to complete this castle. The initial build was motivated as a gift of love.

Apart from this, it was a dream for Baron von Wolf to build a castle. He planned to breed horses in this semi-desert environment. He was killed during the First World War. His wife left for America after the news of his death and never to return. She left the castle and all of its contents and dreams behind.

Architecture

Wilhelm Sander designed the castle. The castle compiles with the Wilhelmenian neo-romantic style and contains some Gothic and Renaissance elements. The red sandstone for the castle was obtained from a hill behind the castle. Herero people were employed for the quarrying and on site. Italian stonemasons finished off the stone and built the castle. Carpenters from Germany, Sweden and Belgium were responsible for the woodwork. The castle contains some 22 rooms and covers 900 m2.

All other building material was imported from Europe. This was then transported from Luderitzbucht the nearest harbor by ox-wagon by neighboring Afrikaans speaking farmers to the farm. Considering that the castle was completed within two years, this is a remarkable feat.

One enters the castle through the tower. The vestibule leads into the knight’s hall. Above the vestibule is the gallery. On the left are the Biedermeier and dining rooms. The private rooms of the von Wolfs’ were on the right. The von Wolfs collected antique furniture. They also imported then still modern, ‘Jugendstill” furniture. A complete bedroom suite is still in the castle. Besides the furniture, the castle was decorated with excellent paintings, copperplate engravings, photographs and ornamental weapons.

  • Picnic sites.
  • Restaurant.
  • Curio Shop.
  • Undergrounds Baron’s bar.
Accommodation
  • 5 x Twin Rooms.
  • 10 Camping sites with shared ablutions.



ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

SECURITY DEPOSIT: 100%
MINIMUM STAY: 1 night

PRICING

NOV 2016 - JUN 2017 JUL 2017 - OCT 2017
DOUBLE ROOM B&B
Per Person Sharing 880.00 880.00
Single Rate 880.00 880.00
HONEYMOON SUITE B&B
Per Person Sharing 1320.00 1320.00
Single Rate 1320.00 1320.00

Camping

NOV 2016 - JUN 2017 JUL 2017 - OCT 2017
CAMP SITE (MAX 8 PEOPLE)
Per Site
Per Person 150.00 150.00

Other

NOV 2016 - JUN 2017 JUL 2017 - OCT 2017
CASTLE ENTRANCE
Namibians 30.00 30.00
SADC 60.00 60.00
International 70.00 70.00

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