Great that you are here!
We are Johanna and Ernst Sauber. On behalf of our entire team we like to welcome you to BüllsPort in the Naukluft mountains.
Farmer and horse breeder: Ernst and Johanna Sauber, with four-legged family member and guest relations “manager” Sisi. Photo: BüllsPort Lodge & Farm
Ernst Sauber is a native Namibian, while his wife Johanna originates from the Frankfurt area in Germany. They meet each other by stroke of luck in April 1989 at the Maltahöhe Hotel, where Johanna stays overnight during a holiday trip and Ernst attends the birthday party of a local farmer. Just before Namibia gains its Independence in March 1990, the couple gets married. In the same year, their first son is born and two years later their second son joins the family.
Ernst has always been a passionate farmer, but after several years of drought in the area, which is near the Namib Desert, he has to sell his last cattle and karakul sheep. Even the income from the small petrol station and the shop is not enough to feed the family. Since tourism picks up after Independence, Ernst is temporarily working as a tour guide to make ends meet. In April 1993, Ernst and Johanna open the guest farm BüllsPort, with five rooms.
Over the years, Ernst develops 14 hiking trails, including the now well-known trail through the Quiver Tree Gorge and a path to the lesser-known rock arch of the Naukluft mountains. Horse lover Johanna starts a stud in 1997 and offers riding lessons and rides in the Naukluft surroundings.
In 2010, Johanna loses her left eye in a riding accident, while in 2012 the couple suffers the loss of their eldest son due to a traffic accident. Despite these tragic turn of events, BüllsPort continues to develop and Ernst manages to re-establish cattle breeding and create access to pastures on the “Alm”, high up in the mountains, as a back-up for drought years. Johanna and Ernst also invest in the guest business. Following extensive renovations in 2016 and 2017, BüllsPort now offers 14 spacious, air-conditioned rooms with lodge comfort.
However, over the years, the farm atmosphere and personal style of the guest business remain unchanged: Just as it was in the beginning, the hosts Johanna and Ernst Sauber still join their guests for dinner and provide valuable insight into farm life and Namibian life in general.
BüllsPort also provides important economic support in the rural area where it is located. The 17 employees are mainly from the nearby surroundings. During the course of their day-to-day in-house training, they have grown into a strong team. Since 1996, BüllsPort is welcoming young interns from Germany who help out on the farm and provide useful suggestions and new ideas.
and maintenance manager and guide Lüder Meyer with “assistant” Spark. Photo: BüllsPort Lodge & Farm
Not to mention the four-legged family members who welcome, entertain and of course “protect” the guests. “On special request” you can even use their services at night as personal bodyguards in your room.
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