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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 unbelievable formation was created after thousands and thousands of years of abrasion leading to a novel panorama of granite boulders and bridges. 

Person on a road

Driving to Spitzkoppe

We’ve camped at Spitzkoppe a number of occasions and it has shortly turn out to be one among our favourite locations in Namibia. The solitude, full peace, the night time 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.

If you’re not tenting, you possibly can at all times go to for the day as day guests are welcome, however you’ll miss the sundown and the night time 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 under).

truck and a tent by big boulders

Tenting at Spitzkoppe

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

tent on a desert campsite

Spitzkoppe campsite

Neighborhood 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 suggest you select one with a giant boulder so you possibly can sit by it once you want a shady spot or discover one of many secret caves. 

camping tent behind a boulder

Discovering shade is typically troublesome.

Some campsites have dry bathrooms (lengthy drop bathrooms), and no showers or flush bathrooms. Scorching showers are positioned by the reception space. The campsites are fairly removed from reception so we waited till we have been on our method out to make use of them. There is no such thing as a operating water so you might want to carry water with you. 

Issues to do in Spitzkoppe

There are many issues to do in Spitzkoppe that can hold you busy throughout your keep. 

  • go to The Bridge
  • go to one of many historic rock portray websites
  • watch the fantastic sundown
  • stargazing and night time images
  • mountain climbing
  • 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 you should rent one of many native guides that may be booked at reception upon arrival. 

Watch the Superb Sundown

The sundown right here isn’t any joke! Watch the solar go down whereas the Spitzkoppe boulders flip a deep pink coloration. The photograph under 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 images

granite mountains at sunset

Sundown from the campsite

Stargazing and night time images

If you’re visiting for the darkish sky, plan your go to through the dry months and also you’ll in all probability get a transparent sky. With no gentle air pollution, the night time sky is without doubt one of the finest.

Rock Climbing and Mountain climbing

By no means underestimate this space. At all times 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 loads. The rocky habitat can also be splendid 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 have been having dinner. You possibly can learn our leopard sighting right here. On our method out, we advised the folks at reception however nobody believed us. So be vigilant and don’t get lost by your self at night time. 

Considered one of our favourite recollections was watching lovebirds happening 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, Larger 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 youngster (2-12) per day N$ 130.00

Per particular person N$ 80.00
Per youngster (6-12 yrs) N$ 40.00
Per automobile (lower than 9 pax) N$ 80.00
Per automobile (greater than 9 pax) N$ 100.00
Per motorbike N$ 45.00

Attending to Spitzkoppe

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

Different Spitzkoppe lodging

In case 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, positioned 500 meters outdoors Spitzkoppe Mountain Reserve.

Be part of a tour that can take you to Spitzkoppe 

Not on a Namibia self-drive vacation? No drawback! You possibly can 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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