NAMIBRAND

Dis­cover the real Namib in this re­serve south of Sos­susvlei.

go! Namibia - - CONTENTS - – Willem van der Berg

This re­serve is only 60 km south of Sos­susvlei, but most peo­ple drive past to more well-known desert des­ti­na­tions. In the west, for 100 km, the re­serve borders the Namib-Nauk­luft Na­tional Park. In the east, the Nu­bib Moun­tains guard over plains filled with gems­bok, spring­bok, ze­bra, os­triches, jack­als, geckos and tok­tokkies. Stay here and it’s easy to think you’re the only hu­man in the vast land­scape.

At night the stars hang in the branches of camel thorn trees and the only sounds are the crackle of your camp­fire and the call of a jackal. Early morn­ings might be chilly, but you must climb a red dune and watch the dark­ness retreat as the sun peeks over the hori­zon. Take a mo­ment to ap­pre­ci­ate the cool air and the si­lence and all that glo­ri­ous space. This is Namibia at its best.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion? There are some won­der­ful but pricey op­tions in the re­serve, rang­ing from R2 400 to a whop­ping R10 000 per per­son per night. If you’re af­ter some­thing more af­ford­able, NamibRand Fam­ily Hide­out of­fers a self-cater­ing farm­house and camp­sites.

The farm­house sleeps 10 peo­ple. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, but bring your own bed­ding and tow­els. The two camp­sites are about 2 km from the farm­house, hid­den in the dunes and far apart from each other. Each has its own flush toi­let and hot shower, plus braai fa­cil­i­ties, a sink and an awning.

Rates: Farm­house from R1 200 per night for four peo­ple. Camp­ing R130 per stand plus R130 per per­son (max eight peo­ple and two ve­hi­cles per stand). Re­serve fee R180 per group. How to get there: The Fam­ily Hide­out is about 98 km south of Ses­riem via the C27.

GPS: S25.28730 E16.06820 (farm­house) Con­tact: 00 264 81 127 2957; nrfhide­out.com (Fam­ily Hide­out); namibrand.org for more in­for­ma­tion about the re­serve and the lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions.

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