PLACES TO STAY
HELMERINGHAUSEN & TIRASBERG
1 Namtib Biosphere Reserve
This reserve is next to the D707 – billed as the most scenic road in Namibia. The Little Hunter’s Rest campsite is 3 km from the main lodge. You have a view of the Tirasberg and the red dunes of the Namib Desert to the west. Camping R190 p.p. (braai, hot showers, no power). Lodge rooms from R2 000 p.p. sharing B&B. Other meals also available. Guests must book in advance.
GPS: S26.03714 E16.26170
00 264 63 683 055 namtib.net
2 Ranch Koiimasis Only accessible from the D707. Activities range from hiking to guided horse rides. Camping R250 p.p. (five private stands, each with a braai and clean drinking water; shared ablutions).
Chalet Virosa has two single beds and shares the campsite ablution block. It has its own outside braai area but no kitchen: R700 per night, minimum stay two nights. Schwalbennest is a private selfcatering chalet that sleeps two: R1 500 p.n, minimum two nights. Luxury rooms at Fest Inn Fels Farm Lodge R1 950 p.p. B&B.
00 264 63 683 052 namibia-farm-lodge.com
3 Kanaan N/a’an ku sê
Desert Retreat This is a destination tailor-made for landscape photographers. Camping (eight stands with private bathrooms) from R164 p.p. Luxury en suite safari tent from R2 940 p.p. sharing DB&B (SADC special). 00 264 84 000 9190 naankusecollection.com
4 Aubures Camp About 55 km from Helmeringhausen, next to the C27. They have guided rock art excursions, hiking trails and MTB routes that start at the campsite. There are six stands under camel thorn trees (no electricity, but hot water for showers). Camping R300 p.n. for two guests.
GPS: S25.72331 E16.44187
00 264 84 000 6014
00 264 81 424 9888 (WhatsApp only) email@example.com
5 Landsberg Campsites Four large campsites (each accommodates 10 people) with private ablutions, shading, patio and braai, from R220 p.p. Each campsite has a view over the plains in the foothills of the Tirasberg; three also look out over a waterhole. The sites are far apart from each other, so you won’t accidentally catch your neighbour in his gown and stokies.
00 264 83 783 7037
00 264 81 235 1815 (WhatsApp) farmlandsberg.com
6 Lovedale Farm
Holidays A working Swakara sheep farm 19 km from Helmering, next to the C27. Camping R150 for the stand, plus R100 p.p. (one stand is wheelchair-friendly). Three selfcatering units (sleep two, four and five) from R750 p.n. for two. Bikers – whether your bike has an engine or pedals – get a camping discount. Braai packs for sale.
00 264 81 281 9074 (Louisa) lovedale-namibia.com
7 Mount D’Urban Campsite
Campsite on the farm Kosos with 10 stands, each with a private bathroom and power point, with views of the Swartrandberg and a peak called Mount D’Urban. Rates from R160 for SADC residents (max four adults per stand). Relax by the pool, explore the veld around the campsite or hike 4 km up to Mount D’Urban. Bring your mountain bike – there are 50 km of trails on the farm (R50 p.p.) – or put your bakkie to the test on a 50 km 4x4 trail (R100 per vehicle). You can buy cooldrink, water, wood, ice and braai packs at the farmhouse. Order fresh bread beforehand.
00 264 81 547 3532 mountdurban.com.na
The hotel is in Helmeringhausen’s only street. Camping R220 p.p. (hot showers, no power). Double room R1 300 p.p. sharing DB&B.
00 264 63 283 307 helmeringhausennamibia.com Helmeringhausen Hotel
KOËS & KALAHARI
9 Koës Hotel Camping on grass R100 p.p. Room in the hotel from R350 p.p. B&B. Meals are available and there’s a cash bar. It’s in Fontein Street, but don’t get excited: There’s no fountain.
00 264 63 252 716 firstname.lastname@example.org
Breathers One of the best places to stay in the area. Bush camp (minimum two nights) R165 p.p. if you use your own tent. You can also stay in a twin-sleeper safari tent – R275 p.p. You book the whole camp for your group. The chalets overlook the first red dune of the Kalahari. They are stylishly furnished and well equipped if you want to cook for yourself. From R660 p.p.
GPS: S25.69084 E19.17559
00 264 81 122 0175
00 264 81 777 6333 dunesong.net
11 Terra-Rouge Guest Farm
Go for a drive in the veld with owner Pieter Möller. Watch the cattle. Take a deep breath. You’ll soon realise this is the best place on earth. Camping R120 p.p. There are three chalets near the farmhouse with a communal swimming pool: R600 p.p. Firewood and meat for sale.
00 264 63 252 031 terrarougefarm.com
12 Kalahari Sunset
Game Farm This farm is 48 km from Mata-Mata. There are four camping stands with power points and ablution facilities: R130 p.p. Three self-catering units behind the farmhouse, with air conditioning: R350 p.p. Guided game drive R200 p.p. (includes a sundowner). The farm shop sells home-made goodies, meat and firewood.
GPS: S25.52869 E19.66714
00 264 63 252 005 kalaharisunsetgamefarm.com
13 Kalahari Game Lodge
Next to the dry Auob River on the C15, 18 km from the Mata-Mata border post. The lodge has six camping stands spread out in the Auob riverbed. Each stand has its own ablution facilities, with solar power for hot water (donkey boiler in winter), no power points: R240
p.p. (max four people). There are also eight twin chalets; rates from R1 550 p.p. sharing B&B or R1 920 p.p. DB&B. Guided game drive from about R550 p.p. (min two people). Enquire directly for SADC specials. The lodge has a swimming pool.
00 264 63 252 052 kalaharigamelodge.com.na
14 Kalahari Farmstall
& Accommodation Come for a meal or stay over. Camping R100 p.p. The stands have electricity and shade trees. There are also 10 self-catering units (sleep two or four) with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. Units from R850 p.n. for two people; dinner R200 p.p. (book in advance); breakfast R85 p.p. The farm also has a coffee shop and a farm stall. Meat and firewood are available.
00 264 81 235 1859 kalaharifarmstall.com
15 Torgos Lodge The lodge is only 7 km from Mata-Mata and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, along the C15. There are 10 en suite Standard Chalets (some equipped for self-catering) and two more luxurious Stone Chalets. Standard Chalets from R680 p.p. sharing (self-catering); Stone Chalets from R980 p.p. sharing (B&B). All meals are available, but must be pre-booked. The lodge has a swimming pool, a boma and a waterhole that is illuminated at night. Sundowner game drive R300 per person.
00 264 63 252 019 email@example.com torgoslodgenam.com
16 Sitzas Campsite Situated about 150 m from the Mata-Mata border post. Two campsites with lights and power points, shared ablution facilities and hot water provided by a donkey boiler. Camping R150 per person. firstname.lastname@example.org torgoslodgenam.com
17 Kairos Cottage In Kreplin Street on Shark Island (just a peninsula now) with an excellent view of the sea. En suite double room R950 p.n. B&B.
00 264 81 818 6727
00 264 63 203 080 kairoscottage.com
18 Island Cottage Also in Kreplin Street on Shark Island. Self-catering unit R970 p.n. (sleeps two); plus R180 per extra person on a sleeper couch. There are five units available. There’s also a spa (booking is essential).
00 264 63 203 626
00 264 81 292 2984 (Retha) email@example.com
19 Haus Sandrose Look for the bright yellow building at 15 Bismarck Street. The guesthouse has a courtyard surrounded by four self-catering units. Three of the units have twin beds and a kitchenette: R530 p.p. sharing. One of the units (Grosse Bucht) has a fully equipped kitchen and an interleading door to one of the other units, for a family. Grosse Bucht: R570 p.p. sharing for two people; R450 p.p. sharing for three to four people.
00 264 63 202 630 haussandrose.com
20 Kratzplatz Centrally located at 5 Nachtigal Street. Barrels Restaurant is part of this enterprise. Double room R870 p.n. B&B. Triple room R1 025 p.n. B&B; five-sleeper family room (self-catering) R1 580 p.n. Breakfast R100 p.p.
00 264 63 202 458 kratzplatz.info
21 Obelix Guesthouse
In Old Bayview Road, near the entrance to Lüderitz. Basic threesleeper room R400 p.p. Double room from R1 070 p.n. Family rooms (sleep four and five) from R1 450 p.n. Rates include breakfast. There’s a restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, laundry services. 00 264 63 203 456 obelixguesthouse.com
22 Lüderitz Nest Hotel
At the top of Diaz Street, by the sea. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a restaurant. You can also book boat trips from here. The rooms have air conditioning. Double room from R2 820 p.n. Family unit (two adults, two children) R4 570 p.n. All rates include breakfast.
00 264 63 204 000 nesthotel.com
23 Klein-Aus Vista
About 3 km north-west of Aus, on the B4. It’s part of the Gondwana Collection Namibia. The Desert Horse Inn Campsite is about 2 km from the lodge. Each of the 10 campsites has a tap, a table and braai facilities. You can buy firewood, ice and braai packs, and also book meals at the Desert Horse Inn restaurant. Campers may use the swimming pool and bar at the inn. Camping R160 p.p. (no electricity). Geisterschlucht self-catering cabin R420 p.p; minimum rate R1 140
(max eight people). Double room at the inn from R1 415 p.p. sharing B&B. Eagle’s Nest luxury self-catering chalets (each sleeps two) from R1 900 p.p. sharing B&B.
00 264 61 427 200 klein-aus-vista.com
24 Bahnhof Hotel This is a fixture in the tiny town of Aus. Drop in! Family and double rooms from R990 p.p. B&B. Self-catering units: Aloe Rock Cottage (sleeps three), Orange House (sleeps four), Aloe Rock House (sleeps six): from R510 p.p.
00 264 63 258 091 (reception) 00 264 67 240 901/3/4 (reservations)
25 Aus Guest Rooms
Opposite the filling station. Camping with shared ablutions R120 p.p. Campsite with private bathroom R180 p.p. Self-catering double room R600 p.n. Organise in advance if you want a packed lunch for the road (from R85 p.p.).
GPS: S26.66674 E16.26068
00 264 63 258 029 (Karin) firstname.lastname@example.org
26 Bethanie Hotel
& Guesthouse At 137 Chief C Frederick Avenue. Camping R180 p.p. (power available). Single room R950 p.p; double room R1 300 p.n; family room (two adults and two kids under 16) from R1 650 p.n. Rooms have aircon and breakfast is included. Dinner R85 – R250. Restaurant, beer garden, coffee shop, swimming pool, info centre, farm stall, free Wi-Fi, MTB trails and stargazing.
00 264 63 283 013
00 264 81 398 8813 (after hours) bethaniehotel.com
27 Alte Kalköfen Lodge
Camping R230 p.p. Self-catering units R985 p.p. sharing. Bungalows (not self-catering) R1 130 p.p. sharing B&B. All the units have fans. Hike, laze around the swimming pool or look at their collection of lithops.
00 264 81 170 0004 altekalkofen.com
28 Seeheim Hotel The hotel is Seeheim! Double room from R1 300 p.n. B&B. Family room for four from R1 800 p.n. B&B. Swimming pool and restaurant.
00 264 81 128 0349
00 264 81 129 1073 seeheimhotel.com