Op my Stoep
OP MY STOEP is in the oasis town situated in the Namib Desert – the oldest desert in the world – in the extreme southwest of Namibia, is also bordered by the Orange River and Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of the river, thus its German name Oranjemund, meaning “Mouth of the Oranje”. Oranjemund was established in 1936, following Hans Merensky's discovery of significant alluvial diamond deposits on the north bank of the Orange River and the adjacent northern coastline. Oranjemund has a mild desert climate with pleasant temperatures throughout the year, therefore making it an attraction location for year-round visits.
The original building was built in 1971, but was used as the Horse Riding Club, where all horse enthusiasts would come together to share their passion and love for the elegant four-legged animal. In 2006 the OP MY STOEP lodge was built on the old gymkhana and show jumping grounds, with the restaurant and bar having been started earlier.
*Stoep has grown since then
The owner and creative mind behind OP MY STOEP – Fanie Smit – was born as Esteban Alberto Smit in Argentina, migrated to South Africa with his mother at the young age of 17.
He then moved to Windhoek, South West Africa to complete his Trade Qualifications for Auto Electrical.
Fanie found his way to Oranjemund, where he worked for CDM and then started an Auto Electrical Business, but found his passion to be in catering and hospitality, cooking since 1988, starting with catering at the Off-Road Club (Log Cabin) and then he bought the Desert Inn restaurant and transformed it to become Don Esteban.
After Fanie sold Don Esteban, he envisioned a restaurant with lodgings offering a luxurious yet family orientated experience, thus the birth of OP MY STOEP.
OP MY STOEP LODGE has undergone an ownership change of sorts, where Fanie and Ria's son - Mauricio, his wife Shola and their daughter Stasia - has taken over the daily tasks and responsibilities of the restaurant and lodge, so as the allow Fanie and Ria to retire. They get to stick their toes in the sand and throw a rod into the ocean, in their newest home-town of Henties Bay.
Amenities & Services
Every room offers a bar fridge, kettle, TV, DSTV, aircon, coffe/tea/sugar and more!
Free Wi-Fi access
Lodge, Bar & Restaurant
meet the team
MAURICIO • STASIA • SHOLA
Mauricio and Shola are a dynamic couple, who bring a lot of experience to the new table.
Both love cooking and take pride in GREAT service!
They are already making a difference, which can make Fanie and Ria proud and feel rest assured that their hard work is in safe hands!
mancha - security
She runs with the Jackals and Oryx, while stopping in at the restaurant to rest, have a drink of water or, though a picky eater, to see if you would give her a treat (pls don't).
Fanie Smit - FOUNDer
Self-taught Chef and Entrepreneur ~ now retired.
He made all the hand-made furniture unique to each room.
ria Smit - wife
Fanie's right-hand who is now enjoying life along the ocean, in their new home-town.