Positioned in the southern reaches of the Namib Desert on a hill overlooking all that surrounds it, Duwisib Castle is one of Namibia's more fascinating landmarks.On a boiling hot day in the middle of August, we found ourselves driving along the D826 road from Sesriem towards Helmeringhausen and almost stumbled onto the fascinating landmark that is Duwisib Castle, 72 kilometres (44.7 miles) from Maltahöhe in Namibia.
The construction commenced in 1908 with most of the materials being produced in and then imported from Germany. Stone masons from Italy, Sweden and Ireland all worked on the stones for the castle.
Baron von Wolf returned to Germany in 1914 to fight in World War 1 and was killed two years later in 1916. Lady von Wolf never returned to Namibia (South West Africa) and in 1937 the farm was sold to the Duwisib Pty Ltd.
Today, visitors can explore most of the 22 rooms of the castle, relishing in its cool interior.
The castle was built with extra thick walls and a central fire place to ensure the whole building stayed cool in summer and warm in winter. The castle now houses a collection of 18th and 19th century armour, paintings and antiques and has a quaint central garden that is quite picturesque.
by Katie Edge