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101 places to stay, from the Skele­ton Coast to the Kala­hari, and Swakop­mund to Sos­susvlei

Hen­ties Bay & Skele­ton Coast – Spitzkoppe – Omaruru & Erongo – Oka­handja – Swakop­mund – Walvis Bay – Namib-Nauk­luft Na­tional Park – Wind­hoek – Dord­abis – Gob­a­bis – Khomas Hochland – Re­hoboth – Uh­len­horst – Soli­taire – Ses­riem, Sos­susvlei & Nauk­luft Moun­tain – Mal­tahöhe – Mari­en­tal – Stam­priet – Gochas – Ara­nos & Kala­hari – Betta & Duwisib

HEN­TIES BAY AND THE SKELE­TON COAST

St Nowhere

This spot is 110 km north of Hen­ties and it’s a popular fish­ing des­ti­na­tion. Camp­ing costs R350 per stand per night (up to five peo­ple; there­after R60 per ex­tra per­son). Five self­ca­ter­ing houses (with gas stove and fridge) R600 per night (up to four peo­ple) or R1 200 per night (up to eight peo­ple); R150 per ex­tra per­son. Th­ese are the low-sea­son rates. Dur­ing peak sea­son – De­cem­ber and Jan­uary – the camp­ing rates also go up. There’s a small shop where you can buy wood, meat and ice. GPS: S21.38123 E13.77015 Con­tact: 00 264 81 124 0879; 00 264 81 252 9422; stnowhere@mtc­mo­bile.com.na

Cape Cross Seal Re­serve

About 1 km north of the seal colony – there are five plat­forms with shel­ter against the wind. Bring your own drink­ing and wash­ing wa­ter. No power. Camp­ing R100 per adult; free for chil­dren un­der 16. En­trance fee to re­serve: R60 p.p.; R10 per ve­hi­cle. GPS: S21.76256 E13.96351 Con­tact: 00 264 64 694 037;

00 264 81 311 9438

Cape Cross Lodge

It’s just out­side the Cape Cross Seal Re­serve. The camp­site has 21 stands with walls to shel­ter your tent from the wind. This is the best place to camp in the area. There are power points, a sink and a TV room. The lodge has a lit­tle mu­seum, a gift shop and a good restau­rant. Camp­ing R500 per stand per night for up to four peo­ple. Dou­ble room in the lodge R2 230 per night; R558 per child aged 3 – 11 (din­ner, bed and break­fast). GPS: S21.75565 E13.97126 Con­tact: 00 264 64 461 677;

capecross.org

Mile 72 Camp­site

It’s 36 km north of Hen­ties Bay – crowded dur­ing De­cem­ber and Jan­uary but oth­er­wise prac­ti­cally de­serted. They have prob­lems with their wa­ter sup­ply. You can buy drink­ing wa­ter for R1 per litre. A shower costs R5. Camp­ing R100 per adult; R50 per child aged 8 – 15; free for chil­dren un­der 8. Chalets R700 per unit for four peo­ple shar­ing. GPS: S21.87877 E14.07120 Con­tact: 00 264 61 400 205

Iet­siemeer Beach House

This luxury self-cater­ing house is at the end of Eros Street in Hen­ties

Bay, and over­looks the sea. It’s ideal for big­ger groups who want to stay to­gether. Rent three of the en suite dou­ble rooms (six peo­ple in to­tal) for R3 500 per night, or max out and rent the whole house for R8 500 per night (10 dou­ble rooms, 20 peo­ple). GPS: S22.13272 E14.28999 Con­tact: 00 264 81 124 4847 (Mar­i­anne); iet­siemeer.com

Buck’s Camp­ing Lodge

In Hen­ties Bay, a 10-minute walk from the sea. This camp­site with 45 stands is the best place to pitch a tent, es­pe­cially dur­ing the off-peak sea­son. There’s a wall to pro­tect you from the wind. Camp­ing R300 per stand from De­cem­ber to Jan­uary; R250 per stand at other times. Rates for up to four peo­ple, there­after R45 per ex­tra per­son. GPS: S22.11192 E14.28180 Con­tact: 00 264 64 501 039 (Estelle); buck­camp@mweb. com.na

Namib Shore

In Hen­ties Bay – they lease eight houses dot­ted around town. Re­cep­tion is at 303 Dol­fyn Street. Self-cater­ing three-bed­room house from R180 – R230 p.p. shar­ing. Big­ger houses are also avail­able. Con­tact: 00 264 64 500 182 (Marie); namshore@iway.na

Jakkalsputz

It’s 9 km south of Hen­ties Bay – busy in high sea­son, but quiet out­side sea­son. Camp­ing R100 per adult; R50 per child aged 8 – 15; free for chil­dren un­der 8. No shel­ter against the wind – bring your own. GPS: S22.19029 E14.31039 Con­tact: 00 264 61 400 205

SPITZKOPPE

Spitzkoppe Camp

This is one of the most scenic places in the coun­try – land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers, es­pe­cially, will love it. There are about 20 stands set far apart. Each stand has a place to braai and a long drop be­hind a reed shel­ter. Camp­ing R120 p.p. There are ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties (with hot showers) at the en­trance gate, as well as a bar. Book meals in ad­vance (break­fast R85). Chalets R370 p.p. Day vis­i­tors pay R40 p.p., plus R50 per ve­hi­cle. GPS: S21.83977 E15.20162 Con­tact: 00 264 64 464 144 (Bona); www.spitzkoppe.com

OMARURU & ERONGO

Erongo Plateau Camp

About 36 km south-west of Omaruru. You have a great view from the camp­site. Camp­ing R110 p.p. Ac­com­mo­da­tion on the guest farm (Farm Eileen) next door R770 p.p. for a dou­ble room (DB&B). Kids un­der 12 get a dis­count. They don’t ac­cept credit cards. En­quire about walk­ing trails and rock art. GPS: S21.53281 E15.76121 Con­tact: Camp­ing 00 264 61 221 567 (Con­nie); guest farm 00 264 64 570 837 (Rita);

www.erongo.iway.na

River Guest­house

In the pretty town of Omaruru. The six camp­sites are next to the Omaruru riverbed. Camp­ing R110 p.p.; R40 ex­tra for a stand with power. Fire­wood for sale (R35). Guest rooms from R750 per night for two peo­ple shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded). Swim­ming pool, bar and Wi-Fi. GPS: S21.42018 E15.95956 Con­tact: 00 264 64 570 274;

river-guest­house.com

Erindi

Erindi is a pri­vate re­serve about 60 km south-east of Omaruru. The camp­site at Camp Ele­phant is next to a wa­ter­hole and there’s a well­stocked shop. There are 30 stands, each with shade netting, ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties, a two-plate stove and a fridge. Camp­ing R700 per stand per night (up to six peo­ple); R100 per ex­tra per­son. Self-cater­ing chalets at Camp Ele­phant R1 500 p.p. for the first two adults; R590 per ex­tra per­son; R295 per child un­der 12. For luxury op­tions at the main lodge, see their web­site. GPS: S21.54539 E16.38775 Con­tact: 00 264 81 145 0000;

erindi.com

OKA­HANDJA

Oma­tozu Lodge

It’s about 25 km north of Oka­handja, near the B1. The camp­site has four stands with power points and hot wa­ter. Each stand has its own ablu­tion fa­cil­ity. There is a swim­ming pool, a lapa and a bar. Camp­ing R130 per adult; R65 per child aged 6 – 11; free for chil­dren un­der 6. Sa­fari tents from R650 p.p. shar­ing, break­fast and din­ner in­cluded. GPS: S21.76311 E16.85009 Con­tact: 00 264 81 6437 100 (Chris); oma­tozu.com

SWAKOP­MUND

Alte Brücke

Next to the sea at the Swakop River mouth. Camp­ing (with power) R320 per night for the first two peo­ple; R90 per ex­tra adult; R70 per child aged 5 – 12 (max six peo­ple per stand). Chalets from R510 p.p. shar­ing; R310 per child aged 5 – 12. GPS: S22.68638 E14.52531 Con­tact: 00 264 64 404 918;

al­te­brucke.com

Tiger Reef

Next to Alte Brücke and even closer to the sea! The camp­site has 23 stands with power. R140 per adult; R40 per child un­der 12 (off-peak rate); R90 per ex­tra ve­hi­cle. GPS: S22.68716 E14.52413 Con­tact: 00 264 81 791 0133;

camp­site@light­house­group. com.na

Beach Lodge

Sit­u­ated at Vo­gel­strand (1 Stint Street) in the north­ern part of town. Fam­ily room (four peo­ple) R2 640 per night (break­fast in­cluded). GPS: S22.63377 E14.52547 Con­tact: 00 264 64 414 500;

beachlodge.com.na

Ho­tel Zum Kaiser

At the end of Sam Nu­joma Av­enue, clos­est to the beach. This ho­tel has 21 rooms, in­clud­ing three fam­ily units. Eat at the Bistro Zum Kaiser on the premises. Rooms from R503 p.p. shar­ing (B&B) for SADC cit­i­zens. They’re part of the Taleni Africa group – visit taleni-africa.com for spe­cial pack­age tour of­fers in­clud­ing Ho­tel Zum Kaiser and some of their other lodges in Namibia. GPS: S22.67879 E14.52281 Con­tact: 021 930 4564;

hotelzumkaiser.com

Cen­tral Guest­house

As the name sug­gests, it’s centrally lo­cated in town (Lüderitz Street). There are seven neat rooms with DStv, safe park­ing and Wi-Fi. Rooms from R660 p.p. shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded). Kids un­der 12 get a dis­count. GPS: S22.67896 E14.53068 Con­tact: 00 264 64 407 189;

guest­hous­eswakop­mund.com

Stay@Swakop

This guest­house is on the edge of town – you see the desert from your bed­room win­dow. Dou­ble room R950 per night (break­fast in­cluded). Kids aged 6 – 14 pay half-price, free for kids un­der 5 if they’re shar­ing a room with their par­ents. Park­ing and 24-hour se­cu­rity. GPS: S22.67595 E14.54549 Con­tact: 00 264 64 403 138;

stay-at-swakop.com

Ho­tel Pen­sion Rap­mund

This small ho­tel of­fers safe park­ing. It’s within easy walk­ing dis­tance of the town cen­tre and the beach. Dou­ble room R960 per night. Fam­ily room (sleeps five): R1 368 per night. GPS: S22.67762 E14.52392 Con­tact: 00 264 64 402 035;

hotelpen­sion­rap­mund.com

Fis­chrei­her Guest­house

In Fis­chrei­her Street, within walk­ing dis­tance from the beach. R434 p.p. shar­ing; R119 per child aged 5 – 12 years; R242 per child

aged 13 – 18 if they share a room with their par­ents. (Rates in­clude break­fast.) GPS: S22.64480 E14.53064 Con­tact: 00 264 64 462 930;

fis­chrei­her.net

Swakop­mund Luxury Suites

A stylish place near the light­house (be­tween To­bias Hainyeko and Bis­marck streets). Rooms from R650 p.p. shar­ing (self-cater­ing), or R750 p.p. shar­ing (with break­fast). GPS: S22.67708 E14.52435 Con­tact: 00 264 64 463 298;

swakop­mund­lux­u­ry­suites.com

Foot­prints

Some of the rooms have their own bal­conies and there’s a deck with a braai area and sea views on the rooftop. It’s at 100 Tur­ma­lin Street in the north­ern part of town. Rooms from R950 per night for two peo­ple shar­ing. GPS: S22.63716 E14.53051 Con­tact: 00 264 64 403 042;

foot­prints2swakop.com

Skele­ton Beach Back­pack­ers

Sit­u­ated at 14 Moses Garoeb Street – 200 m from the sea. An af­ford­able place to stay, per­fect for younger trav­ellers. Pri­vate room for two peo­ple costs R420 per night (with own bath­room and TV); dorm room R140 per per­son (shared bath­room). There’s a shared kitchen. GPS: S22.66564 E014.52798 Con­tact: 00 264 81 287 0420 (Erika); mag­icbus@iafrica.com.na

Sophia Dale Base­camp

It’s about 12 km from Swakop along the B2. It’s on a farm – you can buy home-made Ger­man sausage and salami here. Camp­ing R120 p.p. per night (with power). Room (sleeps two) R700 per night, in­clud­ing break­fast. Self-cater­ing ron­davel R600 – R880 per night (sleeps 2 – 4 peo­ple). GPS: S22.64033 E14.63610 (turn-off) Con­tact: 00 262 64 403 264;

sophi­adale.org

Goanikontes Oa­sis

Goanikontes is 40 km east of Swakop, in the Swakop River. Stay here if you want to visit the Moon Land­scape or the wel­witschias early in the morn­ing. The cof­fee shop is a good spot for cake and cof­fee. Camp­ing R80 per stand, plus R90 per per­son. Other ac­com­mo­da­tion from R600 per bun­ga­low (two peo­ple B&B). Kids get a dis­count. Day vis­i­tors R40 per adult; R20 per child. GPS: S22.66858 E14.81748 Con­tact: 00 264 64 405 976 (Katja); goanikontes-oa­sis.com

WALVIS BAY

1932 House

In a quiet neigh­bour­hood near the Wa­ter­front – Num­ber 26, 8th Street, West. Stylishly fur­nished rooms with Wi-Fi and DStv. There’s a pool and a braai. R415 p.p. shar­ing or R650 sin­gle. Flat­let (sleeps 2 – 4) R900 – R1 320 per night. Rates in­clude break­fast. GPS: S22.96510 E14.49130 Con­tact: 00 264 64 274 850;

www.1932house.com.na

La­goon Chalets and Car­a­van Park

Just 500 m from the Walvis Bay la­goon on 8th Street, West. They have a play area for the kids, a restau­rant and the camp­sites are shielded from the wind. Camp­ing R200 per stand (up to four peo­ple). Self-cater­ing chalets R530 – R800 per night (up to six peo­ple shar­ing). The back­packer-style rooms are a real bar­gain R300 – R400 per night (for up to four peo­ple shar­ing). GPS: S22.98056 E14.48656 Con­tact: 00 264 64 217 900 (Carol/Nico); la­goon­chalets car­a­van­park.wheretostay.na

La­goon Loge

This guest­house is run by a friendly French cou­ple. It’s right next to the Walvis Bay la­goon at 88 Ko­vambo Nu­joma Drive. Dou­ble room R1 580 per night. Fam­ily room (two adults, two kids un­der 12 years old) R2 200 per night. Rates in­clude break­fast. GPS: S22.97180 E14.48776 Con­tact: 00 264 64 200 850;

la­goon­loge.com.na NAMIB-NAUK­LUFT NA­TIONAL PARK

Sev­eral camp­sites

Th­ese sites are all in­side the north­ern part of the park – in other words, the desert flats you drive through via the C14, C28 or D1982 as you ap­proach Walvis or Swakop from the in­te­rior. Many peo­ple rush through this ap­par­ently bor­ing land­scape to get to the sea, but this is a mis­take. Turn off and slow down: Soon you’ll see an­i­mals, and the wild camp­sites (Bloed­kop­pie and Mirabib are our favourites) can eas­ily be­come a high­light of your Namib­ian trip. Though you can reach some of the sites in a 4x2, it’s best to drive a 4x4 in the park. Fa­cil­i­ties at the camp­sites – ex­cept for long drops – are non-ex­is­tent. Bring your own wa­ter, and take your refuse with you when you leave. Buy a per­mit at the MET of­fice in Swakop­mund. Camp­ing R80 per group of up to four peo­ple, R90 per night for more than four. Park fee R30 p.p. per day; R10 per ve­hi­cle per day.

Husab Moun­tain

GPS: S22.64515 E14.99598 Bloed­kop­pie GPS: S22.84721 E15.37940 Groot Tinkas GPS: S22.85407 E15.47502 Vo­gelfeder­berg GPS: S23.05381 E14.98920 Ganab GPS: S23.09685 E15.51271 Homeb GPS: S23.63744 E15.18209 Mirabib GPS: S23.45265 E15.36020 Kriess se Rus GPS: S23.30433 E15.49396 Aru­vlei GPS: S23.33918 E15.67557 Kuiseb Canyon GPS: S23.34193 E15.74477 Con­tact: 00 264 64 404 576 (Swakop MET of­fice, ask to be put through to per­mits); rdausas@ met.na (Speak to Re­nathe – she knows ev­ery­thing that hap­pens in this of­fice.)

WIND­HOEK

Düstern­brook

About 50 km north of Wind­hoek, off the B1. It’s one of the old­est guest farms in the coun­try. You’ll see game on the drive in and out. Fire­wood for sale R40. Camp­ing from R135 – R165 p.p. (in­cludes a con­ser­va­tion fee). Other ac­com­mo­da­tion from R459 p.p. (break­fast in­cluded). GPS: S22.26960 E16.90061 Con­tact: 00 264 61 232 572;

duestern­brook.net

Sun Karros Daan Viljoen

In the Daan Viljoen Game Re­serve, about 20 km west of Wind­hoek, via the C28. There’s a good restau­rant on site, plus a pool and Wi-Fi. The camp­site has 12 stands on grass (with power points) with great ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties. Camp­ing R120 p.p. Chalets from R795 per adult; R300 per child aged 6 – 12 (break­fast in­cluded). Park fee R40 p.p.; R10 per ve­hi­cle. GPS: S22.53811 E16.94359 Con­tact: 00 264 61 232 393;

sunkar­ros.com

Mon­teiro

About 11 km south of Wind­hoek next to the B1. There’s a restau­rant and a swim­ming pool. Camp­ing R100 per adult; R70 per child un­der 10. Self-cater­ing chalets from R550 p.p. shar­ing. There are also sa­fari tents and a self-cater­ing house with three bed­rooms. GPS: S22.70053 E17.08153 Con­tact: 00 264 81 140 0981;

mon­teiron­amibia.com

Ho­tel Thule

On a hill­top over­look­ing the Wind­hoek CBD. All 25 en suite rooms have air con­di­tion­ing and satel­lite TV. Wi-Fi is avail­able. Dou­ble room R1 620; fam­ily room R2 203

(two adults and one child aged 3 – 12; R583 per ad­di­tional child). Rates in­clude break­fast. GPS: S22.55234 E17.09797 Con­tact: 00 264 61 371 950;

hotelthule.com

Klein Wind­hoek Guest­house

Stan­dard dou­ble room R910 per night (in­cludes break­fast); stan­dard fam­ily room from R1 190 (four peo­ple). Self-cater­ing and more luxury op­tions are avail­able. There is a swim­ming pool and Wi-Fi. GPS: S22.56325 E17.09921 Con­tact: 00 264 61 239 401;

klein­wind­hoekguest­house.com

Ho­tel Pen­sion Christoph

Sit­u­ated at 33 Heinitzburg Street – 10 min­utes’ walk­ing dis­tance from Wind­hoek’s CBD. There’s a swim­ming pool and a shaded park­ing area. All rooms open onto the gar­den and in­clude satel­lite TV. Dou­ble room R936 per night (break­fast in­cluded). GPS: S22.57554 E17.09065 Con­tact: 00 264 61 240 777 (Amanda); christoph@afol.com.na

Xwama Cul­tural Vil­lage

Tra­di­tional restau­rant, craft shop and B&B in Wind­hoek’s Katu­tura dis­trict. Dou­ble room R620 per night (B&B). GPS: S22.52326 E17.03212 Con­tact: 00 264 61 210 270;

xwama.com

Areb­busch Travel Lodge

A safe op­tion if you’re just look­ing for a place to overnight in the cap­i­tal. It’s next to the Eros Air­port – at the end of Golf Street. Camp­ing R115 p.p. Self-cater­ing rooms from R940 per night for two peo­ple. GPS: S22.61175 E17.08641 Con­tact: 00 264 61 252 255;

areb­busch.com

Olive Grove Guest­house

At 20 Prom­e­naden Street. There’s a splash pool and a restau­rant. Dou­ble room from R680 per adult (B&B); half-price for chil­dren aged 6 – 12. GPS: S22.55384 E17.09064 Con­tact: 00 264 61 239 199;

olive­grove-namibia.com

River Cross­ing Lodge

The turn-off to this lodge is on the air­port road (B6), about 6 km out­side Wind­hoek. Horse rides and game drives avail­able. Twin chalet from R1 785 per night (break­fast in­cluded). Chil­dren un­der 4 stay free. GPS: S22.60210 E17.14301 Con­tact: 00 264 61 305 173;

www. river­cross­ing.com.na

Vine­yard Coun­try B&B

About 3 km out­side town, just off the B6. Eight camp­sites, each with their own bath­room. R125 p.p., plus R50 per site per night. Self-cater­ing units R350 p.p. when shared by more than two peo­ple. B&B from R325 p.p. shar­ing (fam­ily room, for three or more peo­ple). GPS: S22.58869 E17.14214 Con­tact: 00 264 81 124 3620;

vine­yard­coun­trys­tay.com

Heja Game Lodge

A fam­ily-friendly game lodge just east of Wind­hoek with a swim­ming pool, game drives and camel rides. Their 50 en suite rooms have air con­di­tion­ing and satel­lite TV. From R896 per dou­ble room (B&B). GPS: S22.53672 E17.19359 Con­tact: 00 264 61 257 151;

www.he­jalodge.com

Trans Kala­hari Inn

About 22 km east of Wind­hoek, next to the B6 to the air­port, in the Kapps Moun­tains. Free Wi-Fi, plus there’s a restau­rant and a swim­ming pool. It’s an ideal overnight spot if you want to avoid stay­ing in Wind­hoek. Camp­site R250 (max four peo­ple). Dou­ble room with air­con from R840; dou­ble room (no air­con) R650 p.n. GPS: S22.55024 E17.27803 Con­tact: 00 264 61 222 877;

tran­skala­hari-inn.com

Klein Arend­hoff Camp Sites

This new spot is about 20 km east of the cap­i­tal next to the B6 air­port road – take the Kapps Farm turnoff. Camp­ing (with elec­tric­ity and braai spots) R100 per adult; R50 for school-go­ing kids; free for kids un­der 7. Sa­fari tent (sleeps two) R500 p.n. Guest rooms (B&B) open in May. GPS: S22.54273 E17.26115 Con­tact: 00 264 61 259 804 (Gustafine); ku­tako@iway.na

N/a’an ku sê

Fol­low the B6 out of Wind­hoek for 24 km, then turn north on the MR53 for an­other 27 km. Spe­cial rates for SADC mem­bers: R950 p.p. shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded). Non-SADC mem­bers from R1 760 p.p. shar­ing (DB&B). Half-price for chil­dren un­der 12 and free for chil­dren un­der 3. You can en­joy de­li­cious meals in the restau­rant as a day vis­i­tor. N/a’an ku sê is an an­i­mal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre and they of­fer sev­eral guided tours. You can, for ex­am­ple, see how the cara­cals, li­ons, leop­ards, wild dogs and chee­tahs are fed – book your tour at least a day in ad­vance. GPS: S22.36479 E17.37933 Con­tact: 00 264 81 859 4608;

naankuse.com

On­dekaremba

On­dekaremba Guest Farm is af­fil­i­ated with N/a’an ku sê (see above) and is a good base for your visit if you want to camp or if you’re look­ing for more af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion. On­dekaremba is 6 km west of the Hosea Ku­tako air­port next to the B6. Camp­ing R130 per adult (en­quire about their new bush camps); free for chil­dren un­der 12. Guest rooms from R855 p.p. when four peo­ple share (DB&B). There are spe­cial day tar­iffs if you have time to kill be­fore you have to catch your flight. GPS: S22.48319 E17.41099 Con­tact: 00 264 62 540 424;

on­dekaremba.com

DORD­ABIS

Arn­hem Cave

About 115 km south-east of Wind­hoek as the crow flies. Make sure you go on a cave tour! Two cave tours per day. Short tour R100 p.p.; longer tour R150 p.p. Camp­ing (three stands) R130 per adult; R100 per child aged 5 – 11. Self-cater­ing chalet R700 per night (2 – 4 peo­ple). GPS: S22.70983 E18.10337 Con­tact: 00 264 62 581 885

GOB­A­BIS

West Nest Lodge

It is 35 km west of Gob­a­bis and 168 km east of Wind­hoek off the B1. Camp­ing R145 p.p. or R240 p.p. (with break­fast). Rooms from R425 p.p. shar­ing (self-cater­ing) or R520 p.p. (with break­fast). GPS: S22.44298 E18.71318 Con­tact: 00 264 62 570 343;

west­nest­lodge.com

Xain Quaz Rest Camp

Thatched chalets, bun­ga­lows and a camp­site lo­cated 10 km west of Gob­a­bis next to the B6. Camp­ing R80 p.p. Self-cater­ing from R140 p.p. GPS: S22.42466 E18.89403 Con­tact: 00 264 62 562 688 (Danie)

Die Dam Trans Kala­hari End Re­sort

Sit­u­ated at the edge of Gob­a­bis on the Tilda Viljoen Dam. Camp­ing and car­a­van sites on lawn, with power points. There’s a restau­rant in an old pri­son build­ing and mini golf. Camp­ing R80 per adult; R40 per child aged 3 – 8. Self-cater­ing R700 p.p. shar­ing (or R820 with break­fast). GPS: S22.44486 E18.96068 Con­tact: 00 264 62 565 656;

tran­skala­harien­dresort.com

Goba Lodge and Rest Camp

At the edge of Gob­a­bis. Camp­sites are on grass and cost R90 p.p. plus R30 per car per night (power avail­able). Rest camp rooms (shared ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties) R340 per night for two peo­ple (R420 with break­fast). Lodge rooms from R790 per night for two peo­ple (R880 with break­fast). GPS: S22.44887 E18.95596

Con­tact: 00 264 62 564 499;

goba.iway.na

KHOMAS HOCHLAND

Hochland Nest

At the Friede­nau Dam about 43 km west of Wind­hoek next to the C28. Hire a boat and go for a pad­dle on the dam – the dam is also great for fish­ing. Camp­ing R75 – R95 p.p. (pri­vate stands cost more). Chalets from R1 105 p.p. shar­ing (DB&B). GPS: S22.69296 E16.74515 Con­tact: 00 264 61 257 006;

hochlandnest­namibia.com

Har­monie

About 90 km west of Wind­hoek on the C28, sur­rounded by moun­tains. It’s rough ter­rain but you don’t need a 4x4 to reach the camp­site. Hike, look for rock art, birds or game. The camp­site has two stands with power – R70 p.p. The 4x4 trail costs R150 per ve­hi­cle. GPS: S22.77959 E16.32910 (turn-off) Con­tact: (Mike); Mel­rose is 45 km from Wind­hoek along the C26. You can rent rooms at the homestead or stay in the lux­u­ri­ous Mission Lodge. In the camp­site, the ablu­tion blocks are ba­sic but clean. Rooms from R750 p.p. (break­fast in­cluded). The 13 stands in the camp­site all have elec­tric­ity – R120 p.p. per night. GPS: S22.88284 E16.89821 Con­tact: 00 264 61 234 298;

mel­rosegame­farm.com It’s about 120 km from Wind­hoek, next to the C26. Camp­ing costs R150 p.p. and self-cater­ing R350 p.p. shar­ing. Bed and break­fast R570 p.p. shar­ing. You can also go on hikes and horse rides. GPS: S23.31731 E16.44958

00 264 61 681 065 har­monie@iway.na

Mel­rose Game Farm

Weis­senfels Guest Farm and Vor­tex Well­ness Cen­tre

Con­tact: 00 264 62 572 112;

www.weis­senfel­snamibia.com

Hakos Guest Farm

Stargaz­ers should check the web­site for tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion about avail­able tele­scopes and mounts. They’re 135 km from Wind­hoek along the C26. There are 14 rooms from R560 p.p. Meals are also avail­able. Camp­ing R120 p.p. (four stands only). GPS: S23.23535 E16.36297 Con­tact: 00 264 62 572 111;

www.hakos-as­tro­farm.com

Corona Guest Farm

It’s about 18 km off the C26; the turn-off is about 29 km from the C26/C14 junc­tion. Rooms from R998 p.p. (din­ner and break­fast in­cluded). GPS: S23.39008 E16.16000 Con­tact: 00 264 61 681 045;

corona@iway.na

Rooik­lip Guest Farm

You can stay in the guest­house (from R528 p.p.) or you can pitch your tent about 2 km from the homestead. The six stands are set un­der rock over­hangs. Camp­ing R160 p.p. Free for chil­dren un­der 4. GPS: S23.40658 E16.06061 Con­tact: 00 264 61 681 031; 00 264 81 128 7844; www.rooik­lip.iway.na

Namib’s Val­ley of a Thou­sand Hills

The turn-off from the C26 is hard to find – use th­ese GPS co­or­di­nates: S23.35272 E15.96282 Five huts (R340 p.p.) and a camp­site with three stands (R110 p.p.). Each stand has its own ablu­tion fa­cil­ity. GPS: S23.39438 E15.93465 Con­tact: 00 264 81 663 8839;

namib­sval­ley.com

RE­HOBOTH

Lake Oanob Re­sort

A popular re­sort 7 km west of Re­hoboth next to the Oanob Dam. You can go out on your boat, fish, pad­dle a kayak or drive a 4x4 trail. Camp­ing R70 – R140 p.p. Luxury chalets from R1 330 per night for two peo­ple (self-cater­ing). En suite rooms R1 300 per night for two peo­ple. GPS: S23.32249 E17.01621 Con­tact: 00 264 62 522 370;

oanob.com.na

UH­LEN­HORST

Uh­len­horst Sa­faris

On most maps, Uh­len­horst is marked as a small town but it’s ac­tu­ally a farm. It’s about 200 km south-east of Wind­hoek. Camp­ing in the gar­den R100 p.p. Dou­ble rooms R700 per night. Book be­fore­hand. Farm break­fast R90. GPS: S23.69280 E17.96802 Con­tact: 00 264 63 265 336 (Hoekus);

www.uh­len­horst.iway.na

Bit­ter­wasser

A popular des­ti­na­tion for glid­ing en­thu­si­asts, 20 km south of Uh­len­horst. There’s a restau­rant on site. Dou­ble rooms from R924 p.p. (break­fast in­cluded). Rates in­crease dur­ing fly­ing sea­son (Novem­ber to end of Jan­uary). GPS: S23.86506 E17.99687 Con­tact: 00 264 63 265 300 (Ger­son); bit­ter­wasser.com

SOLI­TAIRE

Ro­s­tock Ritz Lodge

The turn-off to the lodge is 43 km north of Soli­taire off the C14. Four camp­ing stands with a communal ablu­tion block. Camp­ing R128 p.p. for groups of up to eight peo­ple; R1 107 per night for groups of 9 – 15 peo­ple. Kids un­der 12 camp for free. There is a braai with a won­der­ful view. Lodge rooms (off­peak rate) from R1 104 p.p. shar­ing (B&B). The lodge and camp­site are some dis­tance apart. GPS: S23.55960 E15.84262 Con­tact: 00 264 81 258 5722;

ro­s­tock-ritz-desert-lodge.com

Tsondab Val­ley Scenic Re­serve

The turn-off to this beau­ti­ful place (land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers will love it) is 9 km north of Soli­taire off the C14. Chalets from R1 795 per night for a dou­ble room (meals in­cluded). You can only camp here if you book a (very ex­pen­sive) scenic flight. GPS: S23.87002 E15.83610 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 383;

tsondab.com

Soli­taire Coun­try Lodge

The “town” of Soli­taire is the size of two rugby fields, but there’s a petrol sta­tion (50 ppm diesel avail­able), restau­rant, bak­ery (home of the fa­mous ap­ple pie) and a place to sleep – ev­ery­thing you need af­ter a long, hot drive. Camp­ing R100 p.p.; R50 per child un­der 12. Rooms (with air con­di­tion­ing) R780 p.p. shar­ing; R390 per child un­der 12. GPS: S23.89394 E16.00571 Con­tact: 00 264 61 305 173;

www.soli­taire­coun­try­lodge.com

Soli­taire Guest Farm

Sit­u­ated just out­side Soli­taire. There’s a swim­ming pool and a restau­rant, plus there are hik­ing trails. Camp­ing (three stands with power) R120 per adult; R60 per child un­der 12. En suite rooms (break­fast in­cluded) from R850 per adult shar­ing; R425 per child un­der 12. Self-cater­ing houses (sleep six) R1 700 per night. Guided chee­tah tours from R250 p.p. GPS: S23.86488 E16.05858 Con­tact: 00 264 61 305 173;

soli­taireguest­farm.com

Ababis Game Farm

About 13 km south of Soli­taire next to the C14. Camp­ing R100 p.p. Self-cater­ing unit (max five peo­ple) R1 000 per night. Rooms from R900 p.p. (break­fast and din­ner in­cluded). Chil­dren who share a room with their par­ents get a dis­count. GPS: S23.98109 E16.09257 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 362;

info2@ababis-gaeste­farm.de SES­RIEM, SOS­SUSVLEI & NAUK­LUFT MOUN­TAINS

Namib Nauk­luft Lodge

Lo­cated about 63 km from Ses­riem. Camp­ing R250 per stand (max four peo­ple). Lodge rooms from R980 per adult (break­fast in­cluded); half­price for chil­dren un­der 12. Soft Adventure Camp R525 p.p. shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded). GPS: S24.01671 E15.94694 Con­tact: 00 264 61 372 100;

namib-nauk­luft-lodge.com

Namib Desert Lodge and Camp­site

They’re 55 km from Ses­riem. At the camp­site ev­ery stand has its own tree and power point, and the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties are spa­cious and neat. Drive to the lodge for din­ner (about five min­utes) and to see the pet­ri­fied dunes il­lu­mi­nated at night. Camp­ing R150 p.p. Lodge rooms from R1 006 p.p. shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded; off-peak rate). Ex­clu­sive Dune Star Camp R1 169 p.p. shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded). GPS: S24.11627 E15.90510 Con­tact: 00 264 61 230 066;

gond­wana-col­lec­tion.com

Agama River Camp

A popular spot about 49 km from Ses­riem. Camp­ing R130 per adult shar­ing; R65 per child aged 7 – 12. Two ex­clu­sive moun­tain camp­sites R750 per night for up to 10 peo­ple. Chalets R995 p.p. shar­ing (break­fast and din­ner in­cluded). R498 per child aged 7 – 12. GPS: S24.14522 E15.96084 Con­tact: 00 264 61 224 712;

aga­mariver­camp.com

Wel­tevrede Guest Farm

This great guest farm is 47 km from Ses­riem. There are only four stands in this small camp­site. Camp­ing R120 per adult; half-price for chil­dren un­der 12. Rooms from R795 per adult shar­ing (break­fast and din­ner in­cluded); half-price for chil­dren aged 4 – 11. GPS: S24.17782 E15.98064 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 208; 00 264 81 685 3433; wel­tevre­deguest­farm.com

Ses­riem Camp­site

Be­cause this is in­side the NamibNauk­luft Na­tional Park you get first ac­cess to the Sos­susvlei dunes in the morn­ing. You can also stay a lit­tle longer in the af­ter­noon to make the most of the sun­set hours. Tourists who stay else­where have less “dune time”. Bear in mind that, from Ses­riem, it’s still an­other 60 km to the vlei it­self.

There’s a tar road to Dune 45, but the fi­nal cou­ple of kilo­me­tres to Dead Vlei and Sos­susvlei is deep sand (op­er­a­tors with 4x4s are avail­able to give you a ride, at a price). Park en­trance R60 p.p. (free for chil­dren un­der 16); R10 per ve­hi­cle. Swim­ming pool and meals are avail­able at the camp­site. Camp­ing R154 per adult; half-price for chil­dren aged 6 – 12; free for chil­dren un­der 5. GPS: S24.48647 E15.79927 Con­tact: 021 422 3761;

ct­book­ings@nwr.com.na

Sos­sus Oa­sis Camp­site

Only 500 m from Ses­riem, and next to a ser­vice sta­tion which also has a well-stocked shop. Twelve stands each with power, pri­vate ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties and an awning. There is also a swim­ming pool. Camp­ing costs R175 per adult, R88 per child aged 5 – 11, free for chil­dren un­der 5. GPS: S24.49104 E15.80320 Con­tact: 021 930 4564;

sos­sus-oa­sis.com

Sos­susvlei Lodge

About 500 m from Ses­riem – the best place to stay if you’re not a camper. Rooms R873 per adult shar­ing (full board, off-peak SADC rate). Chil­dren get a dis­count. GPS: S24.48378 E15.80250 Con­tact: 021 930 4564;

sos­susvleilodge.com

Desert Camp

This great spot is 5 km from Ses­riem. Stay in one of 20 units (two are wheel­chair-friendly). Self-cater­ing R474 p.p. shar­ing (off-peak rate). GPS: S24.48683 E15.84900 Con­tact: 021 930 4564;

de­sert­camp.com

Desert Homestead Lodge

Horse rid­ing is the big at­trac­tion here – the lodge is 32 km from Ses­riem. There are 20 thatched chalets. From R1 050 p.p. shar­ing (B&B). R650 p.p. for a sun­set horse ride. GPS: S24.63982 E15.96268 Con­tact: 00 264 61 240 020 (He­lena); www.de­serthome stead­lodge.com

Le Mi­rage Desert Lodge & Spa

This luxury lodge is 23 km from Ses­riem. Rooms from R1 575 p.p. shar­ing (break­fast and din­ner in­cluded; off-peak rate). GPS: S24.68302 E15.81554 Con­tact: 00 264 61 250 725 (bookings); mi­ragelodge.com

Lit­tle Sos­sus Lodge & Camp­site

Both are 35 km from Ses­riem. The camp­site and the lodge are sit­u­ated a few kilo­me­tres apart. The camp­site has a shop and a swim­ming pool. Ten stands with awnings, power points and pri­vate bath­rooms. Camp­ing R100 p.p. plus R100 for the site per night. Lodge rooms R1 025 p.p. shar­ing (B&B). GPS: S24.65881 E15.99060 Con­tact: 00 264 64 464 144;

lit­tle­sos­sus.com

Betesda Lodge

One of the well-es­tab­lished places to stay around Ses­riem (38 km away). Camp­ing R80 p.p. Meals avail­able for campers (break­fast R80; din­ner R160). Lodge rooms from R635 p.p. shar­ing (B&B); R795 p.p. shar­ing (DB&B). Drives in the veld R150 p.p. Quad bike R370 p.p. per hour. GPS: S24.61950 E15.99112 Con­tact: 00 264 63 693 253;

betes­dalodge.com

Ham­mer­stein Lodge

This lodge is 55 km from Ses­riem. There are only three camp­ing stands: R161 p.p. Lodge ac­com­mo­da­tion from R598 p.p. (for three peo­ple shar­ing, break­fast in­cluded); self-cater­ing units R334 p.p. Half-price for chil­dren aged 6 – 13; free for chil­dren un­der 6. GPS: S24.87310 E16.17821 Con­tact: 00 264 63 693 111;

ham­merst@ham­mer­stein. com.na

Tsauchab River Camp

Though it’s only 70 km from Ses­riem, Tsauchab is much more than a good base for a visit to Sos­susvlei. Book for three nights and ex­plore the farm it­self (don’t miss the wild fig “for­est”) and the ad­ja­cent moun­tain sec­tion of the Namib-Nauk­luft Na­tional Park. The 13 pri­vate camp­ing stands are spread over 15 km along the river. Camp­ing R140 per stand, plus R90 p.p. Rooms from R450 p.p. shar­ing (B&B). There is a swim­ming pool and a restau­rant. GPS: S24.44391 E16.17014 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 416 (Jo­han/Nicky); tsauchab.com

Neuras

This is one of only a hand­ful of wine farms in Namibia. Wine tast­ing R185 p.p. in­clud­ing a cheese plat­ter. Guided tours of the wine­mak­ing process R285 p.p. You don’t have to book be­fore­hand. There’s a restau­rant too, but day vis­i­tors must book in ad­vance. Stone chalets from R900 p.p. (in­cludes break­fast and din­ner). Sa­fari tents from R450 p.p. shar­ing (in­cludes break­fast and din­ner). Half-price for chil­dren un­der 12. Free for chil­dren un­der 3. GPS: S24.462113 E16.23687 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 417;

neuraswines.com

Nauk­luft Camp­site

This camp­site is tucked away in the Nauk­luft Moun­tains in­side the bor­ders of the Namib-Nauk­luft Na­tional Park. Do one of the chal­leng­ing hik­ing trails or stroll up the river to the first pool for a quick dip. There are 10 stands un­der trees near the river. Camp­ing R132 p.p. Chalets R800 p.p. shar­ing. Park fee R60 p.p.; R10 per ve­hi­cle. GPS: S24.26511 E16.23903 Con­tact: 021 422 3761;

www.nwr.com.na

Büll­sPort

One of the old­est guest farms in the area, and great for horse rid­ing and day hikes – make sure you hike their Koker­boomk­loof route. Bull’s Head camp­site R185 p.p. Your group can also book the whole Old Po­lice Sta­tion camp­site for R924 per night. Rooms from R2 065 p.p. shar­ing (meals in­cluded). GPS: S24.14889 E16.36306 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 371;

buell­sport.com

MAL­TAHÖHE

Mal­tahöhe Ho­tel

This his­tor­i­cal ho­tel is full of sto­ries – don’t get stuck at the bar for too long! They have 24 dou­ble rooms and three fam­ily rooms (sleep six). Bed and break­fast only: R910 for a dou­ble room; R580 for a sin­gle. GPS: S24.84558 E16.97965 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 013 (Arno); www.mal­ta­hoe­he­ho­tel.com

Ôa Hera back­pack­ers and camp­ing

At the west­ern edge of town. They of­fer af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion for the bud­get trav­eller. Camp­ing R70 p.p.; back­packer-style rooms R140 to R160 p.p. There’s In­ter­net avail­able and a su­perb cu­rio/ lo­cal art shop on site. GPS: S24.84425 E16.97351 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 028 (Brian); oa­heraa@iway.na

Die Pap­pot

In the main road at the west­ern end of town. The friendly peo­ple here can give you all sorts of travel ad­vice. Their shop is well stocked and they also bake fresh bread. Camp­ing costs R80 p.p. Rooms R250 p.p. (in­cludes break­fast – good deal!). Kids get a dis­count. GPS: S24.84416 E16.97508 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 397 (Hen­dri­ette); 00 264 81 319 6821 (Man­netjie);

pap­pot@iway.na

Elim Oa­sis

A new place about 4 km east of town next to the C36. Ac­com­mo­da­tion R230 p.p. with break­fast, or R180 for self­ca­ter­ing. A camp­site will open later in 2015. You can also just pop in for a light meal, or buy bil­tong for your road trip. GPS: S24.82931 E17.01752 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 030 (Ri­ette/ Kassie); elim@iway.na

MARI­EN­TAL

Bas­tion Farm­yard

About 15 km north of Mari­en­tal, on a wheat and mielie farm. Each of the four stands has its own pri­vate ablu­tion fa­cil­ity and a large awning and stoep. Camp­ing R120 p.p.; R80 for chil­dren aged 6 – 18. Self-cater­ing room from R350 per night (sin­gle) to R900 per night (for a fam­ily of three). Meat and fire­wood (R25 per bag). GPS: S24.51375 E17.92595 Con­tact: 00 264 63 240 827 (Salomé); bas­tion­farm­yard.com

Lapa-Lange Game Lodge

Fol­low the M29 south-east of Mari­en­tal for about 34 km. There’s a wa­ter­hole where you can watch game. Camp­ing with power, R175 p.p. Other ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions from R995 p.p. shar­ing (B&B). GPS: S24.80571 E18.18860 Con­tact: 00 264 63 241 801 (Eileen);

gamelod­ge­namibia.com

Kala­hari Anib Lodge

The lodge is 30 km east of Mari­en­tal along the C20 in the di­rec­tion of Stam­priet. It’s an ex­cel­lent place to camp. Camp­ing R150 p.p. (max four peo­ple per stand). B&B R1 006 p.p. shar­ing. GPS: S24.43030 E18.10051 Con­tact: 00 264 61 230 066;

gond­wana-col­lec­tion.com

STAM­PRIET

Kala­hari Farm­house

Camp­ing R150 p.p. (max four peo­ple per stand). B&B from R1 006 p.p. shar­ing (rates to in­crease in July 2015). GPS: S24.33757 E18.40091 Con­tact: 00 264 61 230 066;

gond­wana-col­lec­tion.com

Stam­priet His­tor­i­cal Guest­house

On a kop­pie, with a pretty view over the small town of Stam­priet. Dou­ble rooms are R1 560 per night (din­ner, bed and break­fast) or R1 260 (bed and break­fast). GPS: S24.34654 E18.40182 Con­tact: 00 264 63 260 013 (Petro); stam­pri­etguest­house.com

GOCHAS

Wild­moor Na­ture Camp

Wild­moor is about 20 km north of Gochas on the C15. You can camp on the lawn at the farm­stead (with ac­cess to power) or across the road next to the lime­stone cliffs. En­quire about camp­ing wild in the dunes (no fa­cil­i­ties). Camp­ing R100 p.p. (in­cludes fire­wood). Half-price for chil­dren un­der 12. GPS: S24.71773 E18.69789 Con­tact: 00 264 81 240 8811 (Anja); wild­moor@iway.na

Auob Coun­try Lodge

It’s 6 km north of Gochas next to the C15. Camp­ing R110 p.p. B&B R1 155 for two peo­ple. There’s a swim­ming pool, a restau­rant and a lapa, and you can walk in the ad­ja­cent dunes. GPS: S24.82040 E18.77362 Con­tact: 00 264 61 374 750;

auob@ncl.com.na

Stoney’s Coun­try Ho­tel

This ho­tel is the heart­beat of Gochas. If peo­ple stop drink­ing beer here the town will prob­a­bly close its doors. Camp­ing (with power points) R80 p.p. Rooms from R325 p.p. shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded). Try the ched­damelt schnitzel or the 500 g steak at the restau­rant. GPS: S24.85900 E18.81075 Con­tact: 00 264 63 250 237 (Jo­hann/Lee); gochashotel.com

Red Dune Camp

Sit­u­ated on a proper Kala­hari farm 35 km south of Gochas on the C15. You can camp on top of a red dune. This is one of our favourite places in the Kala­hari. Camp­ing from R80 p.p. Luxury tent from R160 p.p. Rooms from R250 p.p. Meals avail­able (break­fast R80; din­ner R180); book be­fore­hand. There’s Wi-Fi avail­able. GPS: S25.13002 E18.94918 Con­tact: 00 264 63 250 164 (Ma­ri­eta/Pi­eter);

red­dunecamp.com

ARA­NOS & KALA­HARI

Buitepos Sa­faris

On the bor­der with Botswana, more or less in the mid­dle of nowhere. Drive south-east on the M39 from Ara­nos for 130 km (next to the Nos­sob River). Buitepos is an ex­clu­sive hunt­ing and photo sa­fari des­ti­na­tion.

The Sa­fari Camp is self-cater­ing: R300 per night for a sa­fari tent (sleeps two); R800 per night for a bun­ga­low (sleeps two). The big Dune House (sleeps six) costs R2 500 per night. The luxury lodge costs R2 200 p.p. per day (all meals in­cluded). Sun­set drives: R150 p.p. GPS: S24.67284 E19.98535 Con­tact: 00 246 63 252 424 (Mar­nus/Trudie); 00 264 81 81 127 3530; mar­nus@iway.na

BETTA & DUWISIB

Betta Rest Camp

Betta is a tiny place, but they do have fuel (even 50 ppm diesel!). Camp­sites have an awning and a deck. The kiosk stocks all the ne­ces­si­ties like ice cream and wine. Camp­ing R80 per adult; half-price for chil­dren un­der 12. Self-cater­ing chalets R275 p.p. Chalets R450 p.p. (din­ner and break­fast in­cluded). GPS: S25.38267 E16.42327 Con­tact: 00 264 81 477 3992 (Rene); betta@iway.na

Duwisib Cas­tle

There’s a pri­vately owned guest farm here, as well as a Namibia Wildlife Re­sorts (NWR) camp­site. Camp­ing on the guest farm R100 per adult; R50 per child un­der 12. Rooms from R780 p.p. shar­ing (break­fast and din­ner in­cluded); from R300 p.p. self-cater­ing. Na­ture drives R150 p.p. NWR camp­ing costs R110 p.p. En­try to the his­toric cas­tle R55 p.p. GPS: S25.25726 E16.54172 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 344 (Chris­tian, guest farm); www.far­m­duwisib.com; 021 422 3761 (NWR); reser­va­tions@nwr.com.na

Spitzkoppe Cas­tle Guest Farm

Nope, there’s no real cas­tle on this farm! The “cas­tle” is sim­ply a kop­pie that looks a bit like a cas­tle when you squint. How­ever, there’s some his­tory here, as you can see the ru­ins of a Ger­man he­li­o­graph sta­tion.

The farm is about 63 km from Mal­tahöhe. It’s a work­ing farm and you can walk around to see what the farmer is up to. You might also see game like ze­bra, spring­bok, gems­bok and os­trich. Camp­ing costs R100 p.p. (with elec­tric­ity and hot wa­ter). Guest rooms cost R450 p.p., in­clud­ing break­fast. Self-cater­ing op­tions avail­able from R150 p.p. GPS: S25.16453 E16.87820 Con­tact: 00 264 63 293 207 (Abie); spit­skop@gmail.com

THE DRAGON ON THE HORI­ZON. When you drive from Usakos to Hen­ties Bay, or from Hen­ties to­wards Uis, you’ll see Spitzkoppe ris­ing above the veld. Plan your hol­i­day so that you spend at least a night or two camp­ing right next to this beau­ti­ful land­mark. (Don’t worry, the road pic­tured here is not the one you’d take to get there. That one is in good con­di­tion.) Pho­to­graph Arch Rock at sun­set, and Bush­man’s Par­adise at sun­rise. See ac­com­mo­da­tion in­for­ma­tion about Spitzkoppe on page 110. PIC­TURE: XE­NIA IVANOFF-ERB

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