The Namib Desert Campsite is a wonderful way to revel in the sparse environment of the magnificent Namib landscapes far from the throngs of visitors who venture to these tourist hotspots.
The resort offers shaded sites on the bank of a dry riverbed with glorious views of the fossilized dunes.
Located 60 kilometres from the busy Sesriem and Sossusvlei accommodation options, Namib Desert Campsite is 280km from Windhoek and an hour’s drive from the entrance to Namib Naukluft National Park. It’s only 29 km from the enigmatic hamlet of Solitaire, famous worldwide for its apple pies.
The campsites have electrical power points, Wi-Fi, BBQ facilities and communal ablution blocks with hot and cold water. Namib Desert Campsite is part of the Namib Desert Lodge, which is 6km away and offers guests access to 2 swimming pools, a bar and restaurant.
Another option for the upmarket camper is the Namib Camping-To-Go facility. Set at the foot of the dunes around the lodge, the Go-To site offers 8 permanent tents for those who prefer glamping. Each has four beds, a full kitchen, BBQ area, a fire-pit and en-suite bathrooms with a shower.
The lodge itself is backed by towering ochre dunes and offers 65 comfortable en-suite rooms with air-conditioning, mosquito nets and twin beds.
Namib Desert Lodge boasts a range of activities which are available to lodge as well as guests at the campsite. These include:
Morning or Sunset Game Drives
The morning drives are a great start to the day involving a one-and-a-half-hour orientation tour of the surrounding desert landscapes under the auspices of an informed guide.
Sunset drives explore the same landscapes in the fading light of day as the nocturnal animals start to emerge, and can last as long as three hours.
You can get to grips with your environment on self-guided walks from the lodge along a number of clearly marked trails.
Electric bicycles offer a novel way to get around along sandy trails into the wilderness.
Scorpion Night Walk
This unique guided excursion involves tracking scorpions with a UV light (they glow in its reflection) after a scrumptious dinner in the lodge restaurant.
Naturally, all the sights of the Sossusvlei are the main event during a stay at Namib Desert Campsite.
You can hike up Big Daddy, marvel at the snowy expanses of Deadvlei and go in search of oryx and other desert inhabitants in the reaches of the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
Sesriem Canyon is a treat with its winding gulleys and hidden pools and is located close to the entrance of the Park.
The truly energetic can take the 10km Olive Trail among the Naukluft Mountains which is the realm of rock dassies, Hartman’s zebras, klipspringers, kudus and baboons.
The Namib Rand Nature reserve is ablaze with desert-adapted vegetation and local denizens. It is also the site of Namibia’s famous ‘fairy circles’ which remain a mystery to modern scientists.
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