SOUTH­ERN NAMIBIA

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46 places to stay, from Ti­ras­berg to Lüderitz, Keet­man­shoop to the Or­ange River, and Koës to Aus

Helmer­ing­hausen & Ti­ras­berg – Koës & Kala­hari – Lüderitz – Aus – Bethanie – Goageb – See­heim – Keet­man­shoop – Oran­je­mund – Rosh Pi­nah – Or­ange River – No­or­doewer – Fish River Canyon – Grü­nau – Karas­burg & Aroab

HELMER­ING­HAUSEN AND TI­RAS­BERG

Guns­be­wys

Sit­u­ated next to the scenic D707. You lit­er­ally walk out into the Namib Desert – early morn­ing is best for a stroll. Camp­ing (two stands; no power) costs R110 p.p. Self-cater­ing rooms R300 p.p. Guest­house R350 p.p. (six peo­ple shar­ing). Meals avail­able, or­der well in ad­vance. GPS: S26.18322 E16.35651 Con­tact: 00 264 63 683 053 (Gertrud, call af­ter hours);

of­fice@ki­dogo-sa­faris.com

Namtib Bio­sphere Re­serve

One of the pret­ti­est places to stay along the D707 route. The view from the camp­site is some­thing else: a grassy val­ley framed by the Ti­ras­berg with the Namib shim­mer­ing on the hori­zon. Camp­ing R100 p.p. (five stands; no power; don­key boiler for hot wa­ter). Lodge rooms from R710 p.p. shar­ing (B&B). Kids un­der 12 get a dis­count. GPS: S26.03714 E16.26170 Con­tact: 00 264 63 683 055;

namtib.net

Koi­ima­sis

Ac­ces­si­ble from the scenic D707. You can go horse rid­ing (one-hour to three-day ex­cur­sions) and rock climb­ing, or do a noc­tur­nal game drive. Camp­ing R150 per adult; R75 per child un­der 12. Lodge rooms R995 p.p. (B&B). Self-cater­ing units R1 400 per night (for two peo­ple; pri­vate bath­room); R600 per night (for two peo­ple; shar­ing the ablu­tion block in the camp­site). GPS: S25.91252 E16.26763 Con­tact: 00 264 63 683 052 (Anke); info.koi­ima­sis@gmail.com

Kanaan N/a’an ku sê Desert Retreat

Kanaan is an old hol­i­day farm re­cently over­hauled by the N/a’an ku sê group. It’s a des­ti­na­tion tai­lor-made for land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers. Ex­clu­sive camp­ing costs R300 per stand, plus R150 p.p. Other ac­com­mo­da­tion from R900 p.p. shar­ing (DB&B, tented camp) or R1 100 p.p. shar­ing (DB&B, en suite room). Kids get a dis­count. GPS: S25.84504 E16.15773 Con­tact: 00 264 63 683 119;

kanaan­namibia.com

KOËS AND KALA­HARI

Aubu­res

They have guided trails to rock art, and a 4x4 trail. Aubu­res is about 55 km from Helmer­ing­hausen next to the C27. There are six stands un­der camel thorn trees (no elec­tric­ity, but hot wa­ter for showers). Camp­ing R90 per adult; R60 for learn­ers; free for chil­dren un­der 6. GPS: S25.72331 E16.44187 Con­tact: 00 264 63 683 314 (Jörn/Adri­enne); amiller@iway.na

Barby Guest Farm

It’s 32 km from Helmer­ing along the C27. Three stands (no power). Camp­ing R85 p.p. Four chalets (one is wheel­chair-friendly) R350 p.p. B&B. GPS: S25.85880 E16.55933 Con­tact: 00 264 81 686 8200;

bar­byguest­farm@gmail.com

Lovedale

A work­ing swakara sheep farm 19 km from Helmer­ing next to the C27. Camp­ing R250 per stand for two peo­ple; R35 per ex­tra per­son. Self-cater­ing unit from R450 per night (sleeps two); R660 per night for four peo­ple shar­ing. Book be­fore­hand. Cy­clists and bik­ers get a dis­count if they camp here. GPS: S25.91234 E16.66339 Con­tact: 00 264 81 281 9074 (Louisa); lovedale-namibia.com

Helmer­ing­hausen Ho­tel

Camp­ing R200 per night (max four peo­ple); R50 per ex­tra per­son. Five stands on grass, no power. Fam­ily rooms (three peo­ple) R3 000 per night. Dou­ble rooms R2 100 per night. Chil­dren un­der 9 get dis­count. Rates in­clude break­fast, din­ner, cof­fee and cake, and a tour of the farm. GPS: S25.89105 E16.82358 Con­tact: 00 264 63 283 307 (Jörg/Michelle);

gau­gler@far­md­abis.com

Ti­ras Guest Farm

This farm is about 42 km south of Helmer­ing­hausen, next to the C13. Camp­ing (two stands) R135 p.p. Self­ca­ter­ing hut (sleeps two) R204 p.p. (no bed­ding or tow­els); R253 p.p. (with bed­ding and tow­els). Self-cater­ing farm­stead (sleeps 2 – 6 peo­ple) R380 p.p. GPS: S26.18810 E16.60796 Con­tact: 00 264 61 243 827;

of­fice@ki­dogo-sa­faris.de

Tirool

On a farm about 60 km south of Helmer­ing­hausen, next to the C13. You have a great view over the seem­ingly end­less Neisip Flats. Camp­ing (three shel­tered stands) R90 per adult; R45 per child un­der 12. Two chalets R310 per adult; R155 per child un­der 12. GPS: S26.34581 E16.53832 Con­tact: 00 264 81 217 6932 (Her­mien); mail@tirool.com

Koës Ho­tel

Tired of your job? This ho­tel is for sale… Camp­ing (now on grass) R80 per adult. Rooms R300 per adult (B&B). All rates half-price for chil­dren un­der 12. It’s in Fon­tein Street, but don’t get ex­cited, there’s no foun­tain. Con­tact: 00 264 63 252 716 (El­marie); koeshotel@gmail.com

DuneSong Breathers

One of the best places to stay in the area; your chalet over­looks the first red dune of the Kala­hari. The chalets are fur­nished with style and fully equipped. From R300 p.p. for four peo­ple shar­ing. GPS: S25.69084 E19.17559 Con­tact: 00 264 81 122 0175;

00 264 87 776 333 (Mar­i­anne/ Pi­eter); dunesong.net

Terra-Rouge

One of our favourite Kala­hari getaways. Fol­low the C15 for 45 km from Mata-Mata. Go for a walk in the red Kala­hari dunes. Camp­ing R100 p.p. Chalets from R650 for two peo­ple. Free for chil­dren un­der 12. GPS: S25.52553 E19.68561 Con­tact: 00 264 63 252 031 (Pi­eter/Han­lie);

ter­rarouge­farm.com

Kala­hari Sun­set Game Farm

This farm is next to Terra-Rouge (see no. 13; the re­spec­tive own­ers are broth­ers). There are four camp­sites with power (R130 p.p.) and three self-cater­ing units (R350 p.p.) with air­con and Wi-Fi. Guided sun­set game drives R200 p.p. (in­clud­ing drinks). Home-made pro­duce for sale at their farm stall. GPS: S25.52869 E19.66714 Con­tact: 00 264 63 252 005 (Net­tie/Hennie);

oer­woud@africaon­line.com.na

Kala­hari Game Lodge

Next to the dry riverbed of the Auob River – 18 km from the Mata-Mata Bor­der Post on the C15 gravel road. Camp­ing R90 p.p. (with elec­tric­ity – there are only four stands, max four peo­ple per stand). Other ac­com­mo­da­tion from R710 p.p. shar­ing, in­clud­ing break­fast, or R860 p.p. shar­ing, in­clud­ing break­fast and din­ner. GPS: S25.65205 E19.88369 Con­tact: 021 880 9870;

kala­harigamelodge.com

Kala­hari Farm Stall

About 14 km from the Mata-Mata bor­der along the C15. Camp­ing (with power points) R200 for two peo­ple; R75 per ex­tra per­son. Self­ca­ter­ing unit (with air con­di­tion­ing) from R325 p.p. shar­ing. Self-cater­ing fam­ily room (sleeps four) R750 per night. They have a cof­fee shop, farm stall, gift shop and a swim­ming pool. Book din­ner be­fore­hand. GPS: S25.67352 E19.89574 Con­tact: 00 264 63 693 115 (Mar­ica); kala­har­i­farm­stall.com

LÜDERITZ

Kairos Cottage

Sit­u­ated on Shark Is­land (ac­tu­ally just a penin­sula now) with an ex­cel­lent view over the sea. Sin­gle: R420 p.p. Dou­ble: R540 per night. Rate in­cludes break­fast.

GPS: S26.637294 E15.152061 Con­tact: 00 264 81 650 5598;

kairoscot­tage.wheretostay.na

Diaz Point

Episode 7 of Ul­ti­mate Braai Mas­ter was filmed here. R95 per camp­ing stand, plus R65 p.p.; self-cater­ing house (sleeps 10) R225 p.p. shar­ing. GPS: S26.63557 E15.09162 Con­tact: 00 264 63 202 288 (Ch­eryl); diaz-point.com

Obe­lix Vil­lage

It’s in Old Bayview Road, near the en­trance to Lüderitz. B&B: sin­gle room R440 p.p., dou­ble room R665 p.p. GPS: S26.65118 E15.15572 Con­tact: 00 264 63 203 456 (Shirley); obelixvil­lage@iway.na

Nest Ho­tel

At 820 Dias Street, by the sea. You can book boat trips from here. B&B: sin­gle room R1 090 p.p., dou­ble room R1 740 per night. GPS: S26.65285 E15.14973 Con­tact: 00 264 63 204 000;

nestho­tel.com

Is­land Cottage

Th­ese three self-cater­ing units over­look Lüderitz Bay. Ac­com­mo­da­tion from R295 p.p. GPS: S26.63746 E15.15208 Con­tact: 00 264 63 203 626;

00 264 81 292 2984

AUS

Klein-Aus Vista

A good base if you want to see the wild horses at the Garub wa­ter­hole. They host a moun­tain-bike race from 2 – 3 May 2015. Camp­ing from R100 p.p. Ea­gle’s Nest chalets (B&B) R1 155 p.p. shar­ing (un­til June); R1 225 p.p. shar­ing (July – Nov). Desert Horse Inn (B&B) from R865 p.p. shar­ing (un­til June); R910 p.p. (July – Nov). You get a dis­count if you have a Gond­wana card ( gond­wana-card.com). GPS: S26.65191 E16.24384 Con­tact: 00 264 63 258 116 (Piet);

klein-aus-vista.com

Bahn­hof Ho­tel Aus

A fix­ture in the tiny town of Aus, drop in! Rooms cost R655 p.p. shar­ing (B&B). GPS: S26.66581 E16.26075 Con­tact: 00 264 63 258 091;

bahn­hof-ho­tel-aus.com

Aus Guest Rooms

Op­po­site the petrol sta­tion. Or­gan­ise in ad­vance with own­ers Steve and Karin Prinsloo if you want a packed lunch for the road. Camp­ing R65 p.p. Guest rooms from R280 p.p. shar­ing. The rooms are cool and well equipped. Break­fast: R55 p.p. GPS: S26.66674 E16.26068 Con­tact: 00 264 63 258 029;

aus­namibia.com/aus_ ac­com­mo­da­tion

BETHANIE

Bethanie Guest­house

They’re at 137 Chief C Fried­er­ick Av­enue. Camp­ing (four stands) R120 per adult. Free for chil­dren un­der 12. They have elec­tric­ity and a swim­ming pool. Dou­ble rooms R650 per night (B&B), sin­gle rooms R350. Con­tact: 00 264 63 283 013 ( Wes­sel); bestbed@iway.na

GOAGEB

Alte Kalköfen

Near Goageb (noth­ing much there) next to the B4, mak­ing it an ideal overnight stop be­tween Keet­mans and the coast. Have a look at the lithop gar­den and the old limekiln. There is a swim­ming pool and a restau­rant. Camp­ing R150 p.p. B&B R420 p.p. Half-price for chil­dren aged 3 – 13. GPS: S26.82492 E17.35198 Con­tact: 00 264 81 129 0621 (Frikkie); al­tekalkofen.com

SEE­HEIM

See­heim Ho­tel

If you’ve seen the ho­tel, you’ve seen See­heim. They of­fer a his­tor­i­cal walk around town. Dou­ble rooms R900 p.p. (B&B). Fam­ily rooms from R1 500 per night (four peo­ple). There’s a swim­ming pool and restau­rant. GPS: S26.81533 E17.80081 Con­tact: 00 264 81 446 6728 (Marinda); see­heimho­tel.com

KEET­MAN­SHOOP

Garas Rest Camp

It’s 20 km north of Keet­mans near the B1 – a good spot to overnight and take pho­tos of quiver trees at sun­set. En­trance costs R30 per ve­hi­cle. Camp­ing (nine stands) R95 per adult; R45 per child un­der 13. A stand with power costs R30 ex­tra. GPS: S26.41850 E18.19028 Con­tact: 00 264 63 223 217 (Mar­ian); mar­ian.hulme.z@ gmail.com

Quiver Tree For­est

Camp next to quiver trees! It’s 13 km north-east of Keet­mans on the M29. Camp­ing R110 p.p. Self-cater­ing rooms from R640 per night (two peo­ple). En­trance fee R55 p.p. Watch the chee­tahs be­ing fed at 4 pm in win­ter; 5 pm in sum­mer. Chee­tah feed­ing free for overnight guests. GPS: S26.48200 E18.23907 Con­tact: 00 264 63 683 421 (Coe­nie/In­grid);

quiv­ertreefor­est.com

Me­sosaurus Camp

Come see the fos­sils on the farm, plus plenty of quiver trees. It’s 42 km east of Keet­mans next to the C17. Bush camp R120 p.p. Chalets R300 p.p. shar­ing (self-cater­ing); R360 sin­gle sup­ple­ment. Half-price for chil­dren aged 3 – 11; free for chil­dren un­der 2. Fos­sil tour R100 p.p. GPS: S26.40616 E18.47649 Con­tact: 00 264 63 683 641 (Hen­drik/No­lene);

me­sosaurus.com

ORAN­JE­MUND

Op My Stoep Lodge

Sit­u­ated near the Oran­je­mu­ndAlexan­der Bay bor­der post. Dou­ble rooms R715 per night (B&B). Self-cater­ing units R650 per night (3 – 4 peo­ple shar­ing). Two camp­sites (no power) R95 per adult; R80 per child aged 10 – 14; R60 per child un­der 10. GPS: S28.56008 E16.48940 Con­tact: 00 264 81 127 5837 (Fanie); op­mys­toep.com

ROSH PI­NAH

Am­ica Guest­house

A good overnight stop on the route be­tween No­or­doewer and Lüderitz. Dou­ble rooms R990 per night (B&B); R250 per child un­der 12. Swim­ming pool, restau­rant, Wi-Fi. GPS: S27.97001 E16.76118 Con­tact: 00 264 63 274 043;

aguesthouse@sko­r­pi­onz­inc. com.na

Na­muskluft

Just out­side town – en­quire about 4x4 trails. Camp­ing (10 stands) R60 p.p. Three self-cater­ing units (sleep four) R250 p.p. En­trance fee R20 per ve­hi­cle for the first night. GPS: S27.86603 E16.86627 Con­tact: 00 264 81 122 3543;

kluft@iway.na

OR­ANGE RIVER

Norot­shama River Re­sort

Ex­plore the ad­ja­cent Aussenkehr Park (there is a 4x4 trail), or fish and kayak on the Or­ange River. Camp­ing R136 per adult; R72 per child un­der 12. Rooms R494 per adult shar­ing (B&B); R216 per child un­der 12. GPS: S28.39453 E17.41090 Con­tact: 00 264 63 297 215 (Al­wina); norot­shamare­sort.com

Amanzi River Camp

A ca­noe­ing camp next to the river. Camp­ing R90 per adult; R60 per child un­der 18; R50 per ve­hi­cle. Chalets R400 for the first per­son; R90 per ex­tra per­son (bed­ding R20 p.p.). Amanzi also of­fers pad­dling trails, but book be­fore­hand, R2 960 p.p. for four days (meals in­cluded). Morn­ing or af­ter­noon pad­dle (four hours) R195 p.p.

GPS: S28.69965 E17.53312 Con­tact: 021 559 1573;

amanz­i­trails.co.za

Felix Unite

Also a ca­noe­ing camp, but ev­ery­one’s wel­come. Camp­ing R120 p.p. You can only book be­fore­hand if you’re a group of 15 or more (or pay for 15 peo­ple). Ca­banas R895 per night for two adults; R330 ex­tra per child un­der 18 shar­ing. Fam­ily ca­banas R1 550 per night for two adults with two chil­dren un­der 18. GPS: S28.68638 E17.55778 Con­tact: 087 354 0578;

fe­lix­u­nite.com

NO­OR­DOEWER

No­or­doewer Guest­house

Per­fect for when you need to overnight at the bor­der post. They have 14 rooms, safe park­ing and braai fa­cil­i­ties. Dou­ble room R850 per night; fam­ily room (sleeps three) R1 056 per night. GPS: S28.73376 E17.61539 Con­tact: 00 264 63 297 108;

no­or­doew­er­guest­house.com

FISH RIVER CANYON

Ai-Ais

The canyon’s clas­sic hot spring re­sort. Camp­ing R143 per adult (max eight peo­ple per stand); half­price for chil­dren aged 6 – 12; free for chil­dren un­der 6. Ho­tel rooms at the spa from R435 p.p. (break­fast in­cluded). Self-cater­ing fam­ily units R525 p.p. Prices usu­ally go up in July. GPS: S27.92068 E17.48897 Con­tact: 021 422 3761;

ct.bookings@nwr.com.na

Canyon Road­house, Vil­lage and Lodge

The Gond­wana Col­lec­tion has sev­eral ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions in the area. Ap­ply for a Gond­wana card ( gond­wana-card.com) to re­ceive a dis­count. Canyon Road­house Camp­site R150 p.p. (max 20 peo­ple per stand). Road­house from R1 006 p.p. shar­ing (in­clud­ing break­fast). Vil­lage R1 006 p.p. shar­ing (in­clud­ing break­fast). Lodge R1 372 p.p. shar­ing (in­clud­ing break­fast). GPS: S27.52431 E17.81461 Con­tact: 00 264 61 230 066;

gond­wana-col­lec­tion.com

GRÜ­NAU

Die Withuis

This guest farm is a land­mark in the dis­trict; their din­ners are the stuff of leg­end. Camp­ing R80 p.p. Tents, mat­tresses and bed­ding in win­ter R125 p.p. Guest rooms R300 p.p. shar­ing; fam­ily rooms R660 per night (three peo­ple) or R720 per night (four peo­ple). Din­ner R100 p.p.; braai packs R100 p.p.; break­fast R50 p.p. GPS: S27.62857 E18.38216 Con­tact: 00 264 63 262 061 (Dolf/Kinna); withuis.iway.na

Vas­trap Guest Farm

Just 5 km from Grü­nau, next to the B3. Take a walk to see their quiver trees, or cool off in the pool. Dou­ble rooms R600 per night. Fam­ily room (sleeps four) R850 – R1 050. Half-price for chil­dren un­der 12. Break­fast R80 p.p. Din­ner/braai packs R130 p.p. GPS: S27.73449 E18.42992 Con­tact: 00 264 81 127 7142 (Het­tie); vas­trapguest­farm.com

Sa­vanna Guest Farm

It’s about 40 km north of Grü­nau next to the B1. There’s a swim­ming pool. Book horse rid­ing in ad­vance. Self-cater­ing unit R550 per night (max four peo­ple). GPS: S27.38216 E18.51960 Con­tact: 00 264 63 683 127 (Erich); sa­vanna-guest­farm.com

Goibib Moun­tain Lodge

It’s 48 km north of Grü­nau next to the B1. Camp­ing (with power points) R115 p.p. Rooms cost R500 p.p. shar­ing (B&B), or R660 p.p. shar­ing (DB&B). Free for chil­dren un­der 12 if they share a room with their par­ents. Campers may also use the swim­ming pool. GPS: S27.33062 E18.56917 Con­tact: 00 264 63 683 131 (An­dré); 00 264 61 250 725 (reser­va­tions);

goibib­moun­tain­lodge.com KARAS­BURG AND AROAB

Lieben­rust Self-cater­ing

About 50 km from Karas­burg at the foot of the Karas­berg. You turn off the B3 onto the D203. The farm­house has three rooms and sleeps six: R500 for a fam­ily of four (two adults, two kids un­der 18); R100 per ex­tra per­son. Rate in­cludes fire­wood. Their 4x4 trail takes you to an epic braai spot in the moun­tains. The trail costs R350 per ve­hi­cle, which in­cludes wood as well as a drum of wa­ter to ex­tin­guish your fire af­ter­wards. Bookings only. GPS: S27.64114 E18.67220 Con­tact: 00 264 63 262 087 (Hans/So­nia); hans@iway.na

Hoon’s Self-cater­ing

It’s in Karas­burg at num­ber 8, 19th Av­enue. Four self-cater­ing units (with air con­di­tion­ing) from R300 per night (sin­gle sup­ple­ment) to R500 for four peo­ple shar­ing. Rates for chil­dren ne­go­tiable. Break­fast costs R50 ex­tra. Con­tact: 00 264 63 270 200 (Gert); ghoon@iway.na

Oas Guest Farm

Next to the C11 dirt road be­tween Karas­burg (80 km away) and Aroab (100 km). Tucked away in the moun­tains. Camp­ing R100 p.p. One self-cater­ing chalet (six beds) R200 p.p. GPS: S27.49480 E19.21417 Con­tact: 00 264 63 683 171 (Pin­nie/Mantie); oas@iway.na

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