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Spitzkoppe Campsites

“Forget lush forests with bird song, if you are a climber, a geologist, a rock hound, or a star gazer, Spitzkoppe is Eden!”

Budget level: Budget
Country
Namibia
When to Go
All year
Property Type
Camping
Location
Damaraland, Northern Namibia

Camping at Spitzkoppe is world famous! A mountain oasis in the Namib desert, with unique oversized boulders and secret caves, allows the visitor to camp in complete peace and tranquillity. With the majestic Namibian “Matterhorn” as backdrop, and with the next camping site kilometres away, each visitor “owns” the mountain during his time here.

Spitzkoppe is a group of bald granite peaks or ‘bornhardts’ located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert of Namibia. The highest outcrop rises about 1784 meters (5857 feet) above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700m above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak – the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby at an elevation of 1584 metres above sea level. Other prominences stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains.

The diverse and breath-taking landscapes will force your mind to think in vast stretches of time. The Sociable weaver birds build tenement style nests that are occupied for up to a century. The Welwitschia mirabilis plants of the Namib Desert can survive for two thousand years. The Spitzkoppe (“Matterhorn of Namibia”) is nearly 700 million years old!

The campsites offer the following:

Maximum 8 persons per site.
Dry toilets at campsites.
Hot showers are available near reception.
Rubbish removal from campsites daily.
31 campsites available.
Restaurant and bar.

Sunsets are spectacular, but only when night falls you are reminded what that over used word ‘awesome’ truly means. Living in a city and have forgotten the unearthly potential that stars embody. At Spitzkoppe, they stretch from horizon to horizon, shimmering in the dry air, unfettered by light pollution or air pollution.

The Gross Spitzkoppe is known as the Matterhorn of Namibia. The Western face was first climbed in 1946 and has since then drawn raves from climbers. Bouldering opportunities are also abundant in the area.

The Spitzkoppe is known to contain at least 37 rock art sites and test excavations at one of these revealed a well-preserved archaeological sequence spanning the last 4000 years. Evidence from the excavation include a wide range of stone artifacts used in hunting weaponry and in the preparation of animal hides, as well as the remains of hunted game and plant foods. From this evidence it appears that the Spitzkoppe served as a dry season base with reliable food and water resources. The rock painting sites at Spitzkoppe contain a number of motives that are closely associated with rain making rituals. In Namibia, the archaeological evidence of rain making relates to entire landscapes, such as the Spitzkoppe, rather than to individual painted rock shelters. These sites can only be visited with a guide due to their vulnerability and can be booked at the reception upon arrival.

The camp has revamped the restaurant area and added a new ‘lapa’ area all with a ‘shebeen’ themed décor. They are serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. It is also the best spot for the perfect SUNDOWNER with comfortable seats and hammocks!

Why we like it

  • Spectacular granite peaks rising up 700m above the desert floor!
  • Photographers and star gazers heaven.
  • Famous for rock climbing and rock hounds.
  • Spectacular campsites far away from each other.

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