South-west of the little Namibian town of Keetmanshoop is the Seeheim Hotel. Having seen the sign below we had visions of a hotel like the one featured in the Stephen King’s book The Shining or the Hotel California! Check in there and you may never leave . . . at least not in your present form!
What I discovered when I got back home and did some research is that the Seeheim Hotel (and indeed the whole surrounding area) has a rich history. The hotel was out of stone built in 1896 to house the German colonial troops. In the 1920s it became a busy hotel. Following the decline of the town of Seeheim, it was closed down in 1974. Then after 30 years, the current owner Zirkie Kloppers renovated the building and it was again open for business. You can read a more detailed history of the Seeheim Hotel and the surrounding area, on the hotel’s website here. Wikipedia describes it as “a nostalgic stopover for tourists on their way to Fish River Canyon“. Looking at the map, it is also close to several other tourist attractions – the Naute National Park and the Vogelstrausskluft Private Game Reserve – as well as being on the way to Lüderitz.
I’m not sure where the “taxidermy” is done – all that is mentioned on the website is that quality hand-crafted wooden furniture is made there. Maybe they do the taxidermy on the side when things are slow at the hotel?!