History of Farm Ibenstein

August Stauch, finder of the first diamonds in Namibia (then called German South West Africa), and a forefather of the Krafft family, bought Ibenstein and the neighbouring farms, Protea and Dordabis, at the beginning of the 20th century.

After Stauch’s death the farms were divided. His daughter Marianne inherited Ibenstein and lived on the farm together with her Russian born husband Nicolai Krafft, an engineer and business man.

The farm became well known for breeding Karakul sheep, the so-called “black diamonds” of Namibia. The skins of the lambs were sold for the production of pelts and the shorn wool from the mother sheep was discarded.

Marianne, an artist herself, had the idea to use this very tough wool to weave durable carpets and founded the first weaving centre.

Marianne’s and Nicolai’s son Michael reorganised the farm operations into cattle breeding, while his wife Sabine from Berlin took over the weaving centre and made an internationally successful business of it.

The hunting activities on Ibenstein only began in the mid seventies. Michael, a passionate hunter himself, did a lot of hunting in Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe. His dream was to turn Ibenstein from cattle into a hunting farm, which he pursued in the years to follow.

Ibenstein today

In the meantime, René Krafft, son of Michael and Sabine, took over most of the farm activities. The hunting safaris and our guest house under Ibenstein Hunting Safaris take first priority in this. René, a professional hunter since 1994, organises the hunting and guestfarm and takes guests for flights in his “Microlight” plane to view the farm from above.