SPITZKOPPE

Pitch your tent and watch the sun­rise at this sa­cred spot.

go! Namibia - - CONTENTS - – Sophia van Taak

Spitzkoppe wasn’t on my orig­i­nal itin­er­ary, but I added the 555 km de­tour be­tween south­ern Namibia and Tsumeb be­cause I had to wake up here at least once.

Spitzkoppe is ir­re­sistible, maybe even mag­i­cal. No won­der there are so many rock art sites hid­den around the moun­tain. It’s im­pos­si­ble to come here and not be touched by some pri­mal force.

There are beau­ti­ful views in all di­rec­tions, but Arch Rock is my favourite. Sit here early in the morn­ing with the dassies and watch the sun rise. In the late af­ter­noon, the rock spire in the back­ground will turn ochre and the heat of the day will seep from the rock into the soles of your feet.

If you’ve been here once, you’ll al­ways want to come back.

How to get there? Turn off the B2 about 23 km west of Usakos and drive north­west along the D1918 (the road to Hen­ties Bay). Af­ter 18 km, turn right onto the D3716. The turn-off to Spitzkoppe is 12 km fur­ther, on the left. GPS: S21.83977 E15.20162

Fa­cil­i­ties: The camp­site has 31 stands among the boul­ders set far apart from each other with good pri­vacy. Each stand has its own long drop toi­let. There are com­mu­nal show­ers with hot wa­ter and flush toi­lets at the re­cep­tion of­fice. There’s also a lapa, bar and a restau­rant that serves break­fast, lunch and din­ner (book be­fore­hand). Braai packs are avail­able.

Rates: Camp­ing R150 per adult; R100 per child aged 2 – 12. Day vis­i­tors R50 per per­son; R60 per ve­hi­cle. A guided out­ing to rock art sites in Bush­man’s Par­adise costs R50 per per­son and takes about two hours. Con­tact: 00 264 64 464 144 (Anja); spitzkoppe.com

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