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CAMPING SPOTS-Namibia Part 1

Great escapes

NOLENE KOTZE explores some of Namibia’s most captivating campsites, where you can find solace under starlit skies, encounter fascinating wildlife, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Namibia is a land of natural wonders where rugged landscapes, stunning wildlife, and warm hospitality come together to create an unforgettable experience. From the iconic Etosha National Park to the ancient rock formations of Brandberg, this vast country offers a range of incredible campsites to stay at. They are gateways to a world that ignites the senses, stirs the soul, and leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of those who venture there. Whether you seek adventure, solitude, or a deeper understanding of the natural world, Namibia’s campsites will awaken your spirit.

DAMARALAND REGION

Brandberg White Lady Lodge

At the foot of the legendary Brandberg Mountain, the Brandberg White Lady Lodge offers a serene escape into the heart of Damaraland. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this lodge is a gateway to ancient rock art sites, guided hikes, and thrilling wildlife. With comfortable accommodation options, camping and warm hospitality, guests can unwind in nature’s embrace while exploring the rich cultural heritage of the area.

Facilities

• Pool: 2

• Restaurant: Yes

• Bar: Yes

• Wood & ice: Yes

• Excursions: Desert elephant drive, hiking and sunset/ scenic drives.

• Camping

• Electricity: Not at the basic stands, but available at the deluxe campsite.

• Stand: Sand

• Kitchen area & water: Yes

• Ablutions: Basic stands have shared ablutions, while the deluxe campsite boasts private showers and a toilet.

• Shop: No

CONTACT: +264 64 684 004 / +264 81 791 3117 | ugab@iway.na |

www.brandbergwllodge.com

Madisa Camp

Situated in the enchanting Damaraland region, Madisa Camp welcomes travellers with its rustic charm and pristine surroundings. The campsite offers a true African bush experience, with spacious camping areas and well-appointed safari-style tents. Take a guided nature walk to discover the wonders of the area, or chill in a hammock with a cold one in the hand.

Facilities

• Pool: Yes

• Restaurant: Yes

• Bar: Yes

• Wood & ice: Yes

• Excursions: Elephant tracking, nature walks and bush dinners.

Camping

• Electricity: Yes, from 15:00 to 22:00

• Stand: Sand

• Kitchen area & water: Yes

• Ablutions: Private, except at the overlanding stands.

• Shop: No

CONTACT: +264 81 302 1405 / +264 81 689 2908 | booking@madisacamp.com | www.madisacamp.com

KALKVELD AREA

Mount Etjo Safari Lodge

Located about 3km from the lodge, each campsite is privately situated under shady trees, with a lawn and a view over a waterhole. A premier destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, campers are welcome to participate in all activities and enjoy meals at the lodge, which was established by renowned Namibian conservationist, Jan Oelofse.

Facilities

• Pool: Yes

• Restaurant: Yes

• Bar: Yes

• Wood & ice: Yes

• Excursions: Lion and cheetah feeding, game drives, rhino tracking and birding.

Camping

• Electricity: Yes

• Stands: Sand

• Kitchen area & water: Yes

• Ablutions: Private

• Shop: Yes (for souvenirs)

CONTACT: +264 67 290 173/4/5 | reservations@etjo.na | www.mount-etjo.com

SOSSUSVLEI AREA

Tsauchab River Camp

Located on the banks of the Tsauchab River, this campsite offers a tranquil setting and shaded campsites. Guests can recharge and embark on thrilling excursions to the nearby Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, home to some of Namibia’s most iconic landscapes. The campsite itself is like walking back in history, with artifacts scattered everywhere. If camping is not your thing, there are amazing chalets as well.

Facilities

• Pool: Yes

• Restaurant: Yes

• Bar: Yes

• Wood & ice: Yes

• Excursions: Hiking, 4×4 trail, a visit to the Namib Naukluft Quivertree Forest and wine tasting at Neuras.

Camping

• Electricity: No

• Stand: Sand

• Kitchen area & water: Yes

• Ablutions: Private

• Shop: Yes

CONTACT: +264 63 293 416 | tsauchab@africaonline.com.na | www.tsauchab.com

KAVANGO RIVER

White Sands Lodge & Campsites

Located along the Kunene river this remote campsite allows guests to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature. Each campsite is situated on the banks of the Popa Falls and you will fall asleep to the sound of the rapids. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a cultural immersion, White Sands provides an idyllic setting and a range of activities that cater to every traveler’s desires.

Facilities

• Pool: Yes

• Restaurant: Yes

• Bar: Yes

• Wood & ice: Yes

• Excursion: Day trips, cultural excursions, bird watching, fishing and sunset cruises.

Camping

• Electricity: Yes

• Stand: Grass

• Kitchen area & water: Yes

• Ablutions: Private

• Shop: No

CONTACT: +264 81 794 5320 / +264 81 127 6851 | info@wsnam.com | www.whitesands.com.na

Okacuito River Camp

Nestled along the scenic banks of the Kavango River, Okacuito offers a serene and idyllic retreat for travellers seeking tranquillity and a connection with nature. With the river as its backdrop, the camp offers stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere that allows guests to unwind and immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the wild.

Facilities

• Pool: Yes

• Restaurant: Yes

• Bar: Yes

• Wood & ice: Yes

• Excursions: Tiger fishing

Camping

• Electricity: Yes

• Stands: Sand/grass

• Kitchen area & water: Yes

• Ablutions: Shared

• Shop: No

CONTACT: +264 81 697 4077 / +624 81 226 2255 /gdbotes@mweb.com.na

KUNENE AREA

Onguma Nature Reserve

Located on the eastern border of Etosha National Park at the north gate, Onguma offers a unique and unforgettable safari experience. For those seeking a truly immersive and exclusive encounter with nature, each campsite is hidden underneath trees and very private.

Facilities

• Pool: Yes

• Restaurant: Yes

• Bar: Yes

• Wood & ice: Yes

• Excursions: Game drives into Etosha, bush breakfast, bush dining, bush walks, message therapy, sundowner drives and a romantic adventure sleep-out.

Camping

• Electricity: Yes

• Stand: Sand

• Kitchen area & water: Yes

• Ablutions: Private, with electric geysers.

• Shop: Yes

CONTACT: +264 61 237 055 | reservations@onguma.com | www.onguma.com

Puros Bush Lodge & Camp

Located in the heart of Kaokoland, the Puros Community Camp offers an authentic and immersive experience. Nestled amidst rugged mountains and vast plains, it welcomes travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure. The camp provides accommodation under the trees and the local desert elephant visits the site  regularly. This area is truly untouched area and perfect for adventurous overlanders.

Facilities

• Pool: No

• Restaurant: No

• Bar: No

• Wood & ice: Yes

• Excursions: Nature walks, game drives and river tours.

Camping

• Electricity: No

• Stands: Sand

• Kitchen area & water: Yes

• Ablutions: Private

• Shop: Yes

CONTACT: +264 61 251 661 / +264 81 127 5241 |

bookings@wild-exp.com | www.puros.wild-exp.com

With intimate knowledge of some off-the-beaten-track destinations in Namibia, Chasing Gravel helps you to travel like a local. They are proudly associated with About Africa Co.

Find them on social media: @chasinggravel or check out their website for more info: www.chasinggravel.com

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