Midgard Country Estate is an ideal family hide-away, a first or last stop for international visitors, the perfect venue for intimate meetings, team-building events or weddings. Acquired in 1937, Carl Werner List originally farmed the 12.000 hectare estate, developing this private and intimate world into a household name in Namibia. Midgard Country Estate was born.
Today we invite our guests to enjoy the tranquillity, while marvelling at the pioneering German Settler spirit which gave birth to it all. “Midgard”, a word found in Old Norse, Middle English and High German languages, has varying meanings, but is popularly thought to mean “A paradise where the earth rises again, fertile and green, creating a protected world and a safe empire for the people”.
It’s an intimate world. One which offers 46 newly decorated and fully equipped rooms, Carl’s Dining Room & Bar, the African Boma, two swimming pools, the Pool Bar & BBQ Terrace, gym and sauna, and a private skittle alley (Kegelbahn). These are all spaciously situated in a sprawling country garden, bordering the banks of the Swakop River, as it meanders through the estate on its way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Guests are free to soak up the ambience and enjoy doing absolutely nothing; or they can explore our activities such as hiking and mountain trails, drive along 4x4 tracks, play volley ball, tennis, table tennis, pool or outdoor chess and view our vintage car collection.
One of the estate’s major attractions is a sundowner drive to Hilltop, where guests can enjoy a stunning 360° view over the Otjihavero Mountains and watch the sun set with sundowners in hand. They can also experience what life was like on a traditional Namibian Farming and Game Estate in years gone by, with a morning or afternoon nature-game drive through the separate 2.000 hectare nature reserve, along the Swakop River.
Wildlife found at Midgard Country Estate includes giraffe, blue and black wildebeest, oryx, kudu, hartebeest, eland, warthog, baboons and smaller antelope species such as the steenbok. The riverfront is a birder’s dream.
For school groups, church, scout or other groups of we have opened the historic Midgard Train Station, just 2 walking minutes from the main lodge.
Midgard Country Estate features forty-six rooms with views overlooking the swimming pools, the gardens, the courtyard or the mountains, situated in separate farm style one and two storey buildings in the large gardens.
- 36 Standard rooms;
- 5 Luxury rooms;
- 5 Standard family rooms; and
- Luxury rooms: 1 Honeymoon Suite with mini-fridge, lounge and private balcony.
Facilities in rooms:
- En-suite bathroom with shower or bath;
- Electronic door locks;
- LCD television with 8 satellite TV channels;
- Room safes;
- Free wi-fi internet; and
- Tea/coffee station.
Braai (barbeque) Boma:
Namibia is famous for its beef and game meats and it is therefore no surprise that the favourite meal is a braai (barbeque). At Midgard Country Estate its thatched roofed Braai Boma is the place to gather and enjoy this Namibian tradition. Meats grilled over open fires are accompanied by a wide selection of salads and traditionally prepared vegetables are served on certain nights.
TV Lounge & Pool Room:
Located within Carl's Bar & Lounge there is a cosy TV lounge where guests socially enjoy major sporting events on a large TV screen. Next to Carl's Bar & Lounge there is also a Pool Table around which many pleasant moments have been enjoyed by our guests.
Pool Bar & BBQ Terrace:
Open most weekends dependant on season, occupancy and weather. Serves drinks and snacks and items from the a-la-carte lunch menu. Subject to occupancy it also offers a traditional Namibian braai (barbeque).
Carl's Bar & Lounge:
Situated in a separate wing of the main Lodge Carl's Bar & Lounge is where guests gather whilst overlooking the sprawling landscaped gardens. It is conveniently located adjacent to the Braai (barbeque) Boma and is often the heart of the Lodge before and after dinner.
Carl’s Dining Room & Terrace:
Offering country-style comfort, “home" cuisine with a Namibian touch, during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dining at night includes a buffet or three course set menu, with three selections per course. At lunch there is either an à la carte menu, or depending on occupancy, a special buffet. Meals are also served al fresco on terraces or under trees.
Special Event Venues:
Midgard Country Estate offers conference groups and weddings an array of unique venues such as Hilltop Open Air Braai/BBQ (20-100 people), Braai/BBQ Boma for exclusive use (20-100 people) and the Open thatched roof Bali Boma for Braai/BBQ or buffets (50-120 people) as well as private banquetting rooms for buffet meals (20-80 people).