go! Namibia



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


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;


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


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 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


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);


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;



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;



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


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;


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;


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;


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;



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;


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;


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;


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;



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;


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;


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


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;


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;


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.)



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;


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;



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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;



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;



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


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;


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;


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;



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;



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;


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;


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;


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;



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;



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);



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


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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 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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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;


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


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;


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;



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;



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);


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


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);


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;



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;


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


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;


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);



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 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
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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Namibia