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Spitzkoppe Campsite: Magical Sunsets and a Billion Stars within the Namib Desert

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The primary time you see Sptizkoppe rising from the Namib plain you’ll be mesmerized. Additionally named the Matterhorn of Namibia, Spitzkoppe towers 700m above the Namibian plains. This unimaginable formation was created after tens of millions of years of abrasion leading to a singular panorama of granite boulders and bridges. 

Person on a road

Driving to Spitzkoppe

We’ve camped at Spitzkoppe just a few instances and it has rapidly turn out to be one in every of our favourite locations in Namibia. The solitude, full peace, the evening sky, the sunsets, and the loopy distinctive outsized boulders make this an actual deal with for these fortunate sufficient to have the ability to go to.

In case you are not tenting, you’ll be able to at all times go to for the day as day guests are welcome, however you’ll miss the sundown and the evening sky. 

We at all times keep on the group campsite. With over 30 campsites there’s no want for a reservation, and you may simply flip up. Within the uncommon occasion that the campsite is full, there are a few different choices close by (see beneath).

truck and a tent by big boulders

Tenting at Spitzkoppe

You don’t want a 4×4 to go to Spitzkoppe. After we offered our truck, we visited utilizing a tiny rental automobile.

tent on a desert campsite

Spitzkoppe campsite

Group campsite at Sptizkoppe

The 31 campsites at Spitzkoppe are all dispersed round Gross Spitzkoppe and the Pontok Mountains. We have a tendency to decide on those round Gross Spitzkoppe for a greater view of the sundown. You’ll really feel as if there’s nobody else. Some have minimal shade, and we’d advocate you select one with an enormous boulder so you’ll be able to sit by it while you want a shady spot or discover one of many secret caves. 

camping tent behind a boulder

Discovering shade is usually troublesome.

Some campsites have dry bogs (lengthy drop bogs), and no showers or flush bogs. Sizzling showers are situated by the reception space. The campsites are fairly removed from reception so we waited till we had been on our method out to make use of them. There isn’t a working water so it is advisable to carry water with you. 

Issues to do in Spitzkoppe

There are many issues to do in Spitzkoppe that may maintain you busy throughout your keep. 

  • go to The Bridge
  • go to one of many historical rock portray websites
  • watch the fantastic sundown
  • stargazing and evening pictures
  • mountaineering
  • mountain climbing 
  • wildlife watching

Go to The Bridge 

natural bridge with person standing under it

The Bridge at Spitzkoppe

Go to one of many rock portray websites

To go to these rock work it’s essential to rent one of many native guides that may be booked at reception upon arrival. 

Watch the Superb Sundown

The sundown right here is not any joke! Watch the solar go down whereas the Spitzkoppe boulders flip a deep crimson coloration. The photograph beneath reveals the sundown from our campsite, because the solar units behind Klein Spitzkoppe (Little Spitzkoppe).

sunset over a mountain

Sundown at Spitzkoppe overlooking Klein Spitzkoppe

woman taking a photo at sunset

Sundown pictures

granite mountains at sunset

Sundown from the campsite

Stargazing and evening pictures

In case you are visiting for the darkish sky, plan your go to throughout the dry months and also you’ll most likely get a transparent sky. With no gentle air pollution, the evening sky is among the greatest.

Rock Climbing and Climbing

By no means underestimate this space. All the time carry sufficient water with you and ideally solely hike/climb throughout winter. Summer season temperature can rise above 100F.

Wildlife watching

There’s loads of wildlife at Spitzkoppe. 

We’ve by no means seen baboons, however we’ve heard them lots. The rocky habitat can be supreme for the rock hyrax. We’ve additionally seen klipspringers close to Bushman’s Paradise, fairly excessive up on a really steep rock cliff. 

Klipspringers on a boulder face

Klipspringers close to Bushman’s Paradise

dassie rat portrait

Dassie Rat

We’ve seen leopards at Spitzkoppe. We truly had one at our campsite whereas we had been having dinner. You may learn our leopard sighting right here. On our method out, we informed the individuals at reception however nobody believed us. So be vigilant and don’t wander away by your self at evening. 

One among our favourite reminiscences was watching lovebirds occurring about their enterprise. 

lovebird on a boulder

Rosy-faced Lovebird

Different birds discovered at Spitzkoppe are: Herero chat, Monteiro’s hornbill, Namaqua sandgrouse, White-teiled shrike, Stark’s lark, Better kestrel, Lanner falcon, Peregrine falcon, Rüpells bustard, Martial eagle, and African hawk-eagle.

Charges (2019)

Tenting Charges
Per grownup per day N$ 190.00
Per little one (2-12) per day N$ 130.00

DAY VISITORS Charges
Per particular person N$ 80.00
Per little one (6-12 yrs) N$ 40.00
Per car (lower than 9 pax) N$ 80.00
Per car (greater than 9 pax) N$ 100.00
Per bike N$ 45.00

Attending to Spitzkoppe

Take the B1, then the B2 from Windhoek in the direction of Usakos. 40km (24.8miles) after Usakos flip proper onto the D1918 in the direction of Hentjies Bay. After 18km flip proper onto the D3716 for about 11km (6.8 miles)

Different Spitzkoppe lodging

In the event you really feel like splurging, keep on the luxurious Spitzkoppen Lodge. With solely 15 double-occupancy cabins, a restaurant, and a pool that is the place if you wish to go to Spitzkoppe however don’t really feel like tenting. 

Another choice is the Spitzkoppe Tented Camp and Campsites, situated 500 meters outdoors Spitzkoppe Mountain Reserve.

Be part of a tour that may take you to Spitzkoppe 

Not on a Namibia self-drive vacation? No drawback! You may nonetheless get there.

This 12-day tour  stops at Spitzkoppe for an evening. 

sunset on a plain

Sundown at Spitzkoppe

a red truck and a tent by big red boulders

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