The lessons of Africa reach far across this mysterious continent. In another great desert to the north, the architecture of living places has remained rooted in the rich and beautiful heritage of desert dwellers and camel traders who understood how precious water had more uses than to quench a throat parched by heat and dust. Blowing like the wind across towering mountain ranges, through great Rift Valleys and across the mosquito coasts of the equator, the teachings of the northern desert dwellers have inspired the vision of one man to design Onguma, The Fort. On the Eastern borders of the vast Etosha Pan, luxury takes on a different dimension. Tranquility is cool; richly coloured fabrics whisper on breezes through open spaces that ease the eye away from the sizzling heat of the plains beyond. Shoes are removed to feel the earth and cement floors, cooled by the streams of water that calm prickly senses with a gentle sound of ‘flow’. You’re on your own, but not alone.