Camp Aussicht

Camp Aussicht is a unique restcamp in the Kaokoveld situated south of Opuwo. The camp offers four guest rooms and five campsites. Owner Marius Steiner keeps very personal contact to the guests and offers walks into the old Dioptase mine. To reach the camp, which is a bit off the beaten track, a 4x4 car is recommended.

Situated in the middle of lovely nowhere in the northwest of Namibia, Camp Aussicht ("Camp with a View") offers exactly what it’s name promises: spectacular views of Damara and Kaokoland.

Marius Steiner will gladly make your stay unforgettable. Whether you are camping and self catering or staying in the small lodge (with 4 double rooms). Camp Aussicht is also a wonderful stop over on your way to Epupa and/or Etosha.

Camp Aussicht sits on top of a hill overlooking Damaraland to the west. Originally practically single handedly built as a dioptase mine (a rare mineral found only here and in Russia) Marius Steiner started a small lodge and campsite. There are 4 double rooms and 2 ‘bucket showers’ which is both environmentally friendly and a lot of fun. Tap your bucket of hot water directly from the wood fired boiler and pour it into the bucket shower. You will find one bucket is enough! There are 2 toilets outside, simple but clean. Breakfast and dinner are served either on the terrace or in the dining room. Current (220V) is available for charging batteries etc.

Just above the lodge area you’ll find the perfect camp spot. There are 5 places with enough room for your car, tent and braai.

Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when guests first arrive. 

It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. The setting is one of intimacy and space. An inviting lounge area, where birds fly in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks, a refreshing swimming pool nestled in the rocks and a scattering of bungalows complete this eco friendly camp. The surrounding space and endless views of Damaraland cannot be contained. They beckon you to explore – enjoy an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

Organic and understated, the rooms at Camp Kipwe are like extensions of the rocks themselves. Inside the dome shaped space, you feel like entering a secluded cave and becoming one with the landscape. Natural touches – rocks embedded in the floor, animals carved into the wood, mimicking the area’s famous engravings – add to the unique sense of place found at Camp Kipwe. Nestled against the boulders, the partially open, outdoor bathrooms provide a bit of whimsy in the bush, while a small deck extends the living space, connecting guests to the riverbed and the views beyond. There are nine rooms at Camp Kipwe and one sprawling, thatched roof suite full of unexpected luxuries, surprising pops of color and spectacular views.

Climb into an open-air vehicle and experience the rush of Africa. Kipwe’s local guides share with their guests an intimate knowledge and respect for the land that they have built up over a lifetime. With new insight into local traditions, you will come to fully appreciate the geology, botany and wildlife of the area. Local villagers are welcoming and keen to share their experiences.

Nestled on the banks of the Kwando river (Zambezi Region – Caprivi, Namibia), Camp Kwando invites you to come and explore the hidden treasures of an untamed land. Capture the spirit of the African bush while sipping sundowners from the beautiful overhead deck and experience the thrill of the hauntingly beautiful call of the African fish eagle

A range of accommodation options are available. The island accommodates thirteen thatched tents on the bank of the river. Each one has two beds. Every bed is equipped with a mosquito net. Built on poles with a deck overlooking the river. 

Six larger luxury chalets on stilts are also available on higher ground, built on high poles, made of wood and canvas, along with thatched roofs. Conveniently placed in the middle of the trees, they allow for an incredible view of the Botswana plains. Each chalet on stilts has a large bedroom, stylishly furnished; a large en-suite bathroom as well as an expanding deck.

The camping is situated between the main building and the island. The surface is covered by grass and magnificent trees providing shade during the hotter hours of the day. Four private campsites provide a lot of space and have private ablutions as well as a braai place, hot/cold water and electricity during generator hours. Campers are more than welcome at our bar and of course to use our pool.

Several activities are available. Try our boat cruise: this is a very relaxing trip while enjoying the nature. It is a great way to see birds and if you are lucky you may encounter some hippos, elephants, buffaloes and more on the way. The boat cruise takes approximately 2 hours and departs twice a day: early morning and in the afternoon. 

Experience comfortable drives In neighbouring parks: our specially equipped cars will allow comfortable drives in the neighbouring parks, under the protection of its canvas roof. Game drives leave in the morning and in the afternoon, usually to Mudumu Game Park, and include a relaxing break where drinks shall be served. On request, we can organize a day trip to Bwabwata National Park. Bush lunch and drinks are provided. Our priority is for you to encounter wildlife!

Experience the local traditions: Just next door to Camp Kwando is the village where most of our staff comes from. The villagers have created a traditional village where they will present you various fishing and hunting techniques, as well as their traditions on their everyday life. Most of it has been protected for the last centuries. During this visit, the medicine Man of the village will show you how different dances were used against various illnesses or to cure other problems!

Enjoy being in a bird paradise: On demand, we offer aspecialised cruise focused on bird observation to make the best of the 450 species that can be seen on the bank of the Kwando river.

Challenge yourself to a trophy catch: Our fishing tackle allows for a group of four on request to go fishing on the Kwando River. For the more adventurous angler, Tiger Fish, with trophies weighing up to eight pounds, have been caught in our waters, no doubt a challenging catch.

Chobe Savanna Lodge overlooks the vast floodplains of the Chobe National Park’s Puku Flats.

Situated in the Eastern Caprivi, Zambezi Province of Namibia, a narrow strip of country on the northern bank of the Chobe River, Chobe Savanna Lodge overlooks the vast floodplains of the Chobe National Park’s Puku Flats.

The Chobe River is home to large herds of Elephant, Buffalo and Hippo, as well as dense concentrations of other wildlife – including the rare Puku antelope – which come down to the river’s edge to drink and graze.

Chobe Savanna Lodge is set in a classic African Savanna environment of sweeping vistas. The focal point of the lodge is a thatched, open-sided main building that features a 270 degree view over the Chobe River and beyond to the Chobe National Park.

Attractive gardens featuring a secluded swimming pool further enhance the lodge’s enviable location. In addition to the scheduled game-viewing activities, Chobe Savanna Lodge is also a perfect venue for guests to simply take time out to watch the natural world go by in one of the most spectacular settings imaginable.

Doro Nawas rests on the edge of the dry Aba-Huab River overlooking ancient plains with glorious views of the rugged Damaraland area.

The vast Doro !Nawas Conservancy comprises over 400 000 hectares and is home to some 450 community members. In addition to acting as landlords in the conservancy, these community members hold a 40% share in Wilderness Safaris Doro Nawas Camp. All camp staff come from the community and receive skills training from Wilderness Safaris. Benefits flow directly to the conservancy and its members.

Doro Nawas rests on the edge of the dry Aba-Huab River overlooking ancient plains with glorious views of the rugged Damaraland area. The camp provides an excellent base for exploring in game drive vehicles and on foot, as well as excursions to view fascinating geological phenomena, petroglyphs (prehistoric rock engravings) and San rock art at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

Epupa Camp offers you a relaxing yet exhilarating few days of personalised service and excellent meals in the seclusion of a lush riverine wilderness of ana trees, wild figs, makalani palms and baobabs.

We are situated on the southern bank of the Kunene River, from which the Kunene Region in the northwest of Namibia, takes its name. Epupa Falls, acclaimed by many international travel writers as a must-see tourism destination, is about as far north as you can drive in Namibia.

Epupa Camp offers three kinds of accommodation, namely tented rooms, self-catering tented-campsites and traditional campsites, where you do the do-it-yourself-roughing-it, or the city-sleeker caravan or rooftop camping.

The ten comfortable safari-style tents consist of eight twin tented rooms, one honeymoon tented room with a queen-sized bed and a four-bed family tented room, all with en suite bathrooms. The tents have electrical lights and mosquito netting at the windows and doors. Shaded patios in front of the tents overlook the Kunene River on its flow to the Atlantic Ocean.

Apart from our private island and swimming pool with a river view, our facilities include an outdoor bar with free wifi, lounge with small library and dining room. Activities include guided cultural tours, sundowner drives, rafting on the Kunene River and several nature walks.

To experience Epupa Falls and the area in its full splendour, a minimum stay of two nights, ideally three, is recommended.

Guests booked on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis will be informed about meal times upon arrival. Lunches have to be booked in advance. Self catering camping guests and day visitors are welcome to book meals. Kindly note that this should be done about 24 hours in advance.

Conservancy Safaris co-owns, markets and manages the stunningly located self-catering Etaambura Camp – the name means the place from where you can see the rain.

Etaambura, Namibia’s first Himba co-owned camp is situated in Orupembe Conservancy on top of one of the highest hills above the holy plains of Onjuva where livestock and springbok peacefully graze together. It is small and exclusive, offering ten beds only.

The holy plains are steeped in mystery, with several different stories of why the area was consecrated by the semi-nomadic Himba herders who live here. But one thing is sure, hunting is strictly forbidden. Tradition has it that animals on the plains are protected by the ancestral spirits.

Etaambura is the ideal place to relax. You might see a klipspringer or at dusk, a Jameson’s rock rabbit. Tiny footprints are evidence of genets and African wildcats. The calls of a diversity of birds, the whispery rustle of paper-bark and other commiphora trees, bottle trees in bloom, the rich hues of purple-pod terminalia with 360 degree views make this camp unforgettable. After a game drive where you might be fortunate enough to see black rhino, enjoy a stroll and explore the hill, a botanical treasure trove with its many endemic species of plants and shrubs. Or just chill on one of the decks and enjoy the view with a sundowner.

What started out as a micro-project 30 years ago, has evolved into a viable way of generating income for the, largely female, population of craft makers in Nyae Nyae Conservancy.

The truly artisanal craft makers of the Nyae Nyae Conservancy produce traditional jewellery using ostrich egg shells. This jewellery is of such an exceptional quality that it is being exported and sold in Europe.

The project now supports over 200 craft makers and their dependents.

Hidden among large grey granite boulders and mopane trees, Hoada Campsite has the trimmings of a serene home in the wilderness.

A well-maintained gravel road leads to the camp, located approximately 75 km west of Kamanjab. Pitch your tent in one of the spacious campsites or book one of our permanent tents. Each site has ample space for roof tents and is equipped with a kitchen area and braai facilities, a flush toilet and an open-air shower with warm water. On hot afternoons, take a dip in the pool nestled between the rocks and enjoy a drink on the wooden decks around it. 

House on the Hill includes three self-catering stone cottages situated on the hill adjacent to the Marble Campsite of Orupembe Conservancy.

House on the Hill offers affordable bespoke self-catering accommodation for the weary traveller. It is situated in Onjuva village next to Marble Campsite and is about 25km north of Orupembe village on the road to Red Drum and the Marienfluss Valley. From the veranda and braai area you can enjoy the panoramic view of the valley. House on the Hill is also an ideal place for visitors to base themselves and then explore this remote part of Kaokoland and its stone men.

House on the Hill is well signposted when approaching from Opuwo, Puros or Marienfluss. Reservations need to be made at least two weeks in advance. Travellers passing by can also stop in without a reservation providing a cottage is available.

House on the Hill comprises three cottages with a total of 8 beds. These cottages have fully equipped kitchens with a gas cooker, cutlery, crockery, glassware and cooking utensils as well as 12V fridge but also with option for making a fire to braai outside. Bedding and towels are supplied. Lighting and water heating is done with solar.

House on the Hill is a joint venture with Orupembe Conservancy so part of your payment for staying goes towards this community’s conservation activities. You will be welcomed to House on the Hill by Sebalon and Menesia. The following services can be organised with them: laundry, firewood, car wash and fresh bread.

Vast landscapes, wildlife and historic culture abound in this wild, remote part of Africa where the Kunene River forms a natural boundary between Namibia and Angola.

Discover Kunene River Lodge - one of the country's most famous adventure centres, where adrenalin goes hand-in-hand with peace and tranquility, in the most beautiful setting you could imagine.

Sited 50km west of Ruacana Falls and 100km east of the spectacular Epupa Falls, Kunene River Lodge nestles beneath a beautiful canopy of indigenous trees stretching down to the river.

The Lodge offers accommodation ranging from spacious deluxe air-conditioned rooms to rustic chalets and attractive campsites, all laid out in the tranquil shade of the Jackalberry and Leadwood trees.

In addition to its idyllic setting, facilities and in-house activities, the Lodge also serves as an ideal gateway for those setting out to explore the rugged and beautiful Kaokoland region of Namibia to the north-west. Indeed we can even offer you a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore it by river - where few have ventured before!

The Living Hunters Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San close to Tsumkwe offers visitors the exclusive possibility within Namibia to experience an original hunt, apart from getting to know a very old hunter-gatherer culture.

Apart from getting to know the fascinating ancient culture of the Ju/’Hoansi, native to the Kalahari desert for thousands of years, experiencing a real hunt with hunters from the Living Museum is the focal point. Here the traditional bow hunt with poisoned arrows, the digging out of spring hares and porcupines, the snare catching of guinea fowls, khoraans and other birds for the daily hunt for food has never been terminated. The San living in this area, the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, are actually the only ones of their cultural group that are officially allowed to still hunt traditionally.  Thus they still master the art of reading tracks and are delighted if visitors show special interest in that. The opportunity for visitors to be able to take part in such a hunt is unique. An English speaking Ju/'Hoansi accompanies the guests and translates everything the hunters are showing and explaining.

The Living Hunters Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San was initiated by the San hunter !Amache and was built in cooperation with the LCFN and the family of his wife Beh. The museum was opened in March 2010 and is run and managed independently by the San. The San present their culture dressed in traditional clothes within the setting of a beautiful, reconstructed hunting village of old days. Great importance is attached to representing the old hunter-gather culture as authentically as possible. Nearly the whole village of //Xa/oba is part of the Museum, from infants to great grandmothers and thus they are able to paint an extraordinarily authentic picture of such an old hunter-gather community.

Elephant Song Campsite

Two camp sites are available, each with a dry toilet, bucket shower and braai facilities. Water and fire wood are available. 

The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San is the first Living Museum of Namibia. It is a cultural highlight in Namibia as well as a good example for a sustainable development. Right next to the Living Museum there is a beautiful camp site.

Living Museum

The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San gives visitors an interesting insight into the life of the friendly San. The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn a lot about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the San. The Ju/'Hoansi bushmen demonstrate and describe everything with great dedication and the guide translates into English. Almost every offered programme is interactive, because it is also great fun for the Ju/'Hoansi when the visitors try to shoot an arrow, experience the special Ju/'Hoansi rope skipping or try to sing a an original song.

The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San was initiated by the Namibian tour guide Werner Pfeifer and the teacher Ghau N!aici from Grashoek. Since July 2004 the ju/'Hoansi have run their museum completely on their own. The Living Museum - the Ju/'Hoansi call it /Xao-o Ju/'Hoansi-Ga (the life of the Ju/'Hoansi) - consists of several huts, but actually this is only the surrounding of the open-air Museum: the San focus on showing their original lifestyle. They present the old, almost forgotten culture in traditional dress in the midst of their reconstructed "nomad-village" from the ancient days. The San of the Living Museum set a high value on presenting the hunter-gatherer culture as authentic as possible.

You won't forget a visit to the Living Museum.

Campsite

Under the shades of majestic Mangetti trees right next to the Living Museum you will find a beautiful camp site. Three sites are available, each with a dry toilet, bucket shower and braai facilities. Water and fire wood are available. 

Lizauli Traditional Village is a community tourism product that gives visitors a glimpse of life in a traditional village.

Amongst the things they show visitors are how to stamp a millet, how grain used to be stored, the chicken house (stantwe), and transportation that were used. You can also see how blacksmiths forge metal tools and knives while an assistant operates the handmade bellows. Visitors also have the opportunity to interact with a traditional healer (sangoma) and to experience traditional dancing. 

Apart from the activities, they also have various curios on sale in the village that are sourced from the surrounding villages.

Madisa Camp is situated in Damaraland. Ideal for the traveler who wishes to camp comfortably without compromising the experience of exclusivity in a vast and magnificent wilderness. Desert elephants, wildlife, culture, rock paintings and much more…

Madisa Camp is situated on the D2612 road to Twyfelfontein, a very popular route. The camp is hidden between amazing rock formations which are scattered with Bushman Paintings and is privy to an ancient desert elephant route that often gets visited by these beautiful giants.

Ideal for the traveler who wishes to camp comfortably without compromising the experience of exclusivity in this vast and magnificent area of Damaraland Namibia. Madisa is a good base camp to explore from as there are very interesting sites in the area such as Twyfelfontein, Brandberg, the Petrified Forest and much more. These are all an easy drive and after a day of exploring what better than to finish with a swim and enjoy your campsite under a blanket of stars.

Each spacious campsite has an exquisite view of the Gauntegab River bed and rock formations. The campsites have individual ablution facilities situated on stilts hidden in the tree tops. The braai facilities also double up as a heater (donkey system) for hot running water at each open air shower. The camp sites are shaded by large Mopane trees and have a low rock wall around each site.

The swimming pool and bar area are very welcoming after a long day and give you a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy your surroundings. It’s also nice to meet fellow travelers and share tales around a communal camp fire at night while the sky puts on a breath taking show of stars.

A few things to know:

1. Madisa does have wild animals around and is not fenced off so it is good to stay alert and responsible at all times.

Some advice when the desert elephants pass through…

Do not shine torches at elephants this makes them aggressive.

Do not run, stop and slowly walk away.

Do not scream or make loud noises.

Do not let your dog bark.

Stop and listen for branches breaking and ‘rumbling’ noises if moving around at night.

Do not take flash photographs, if they are close by just enjoy watching them. Keep your distance. The elephants know we are here, if the situation is calm they will remain calm. So please help us to give the elephants the respect they deserve.

2. We run on a generator at night from sun down to about 9pm this is mainly for lights in the campsites. It is advised to travel with all your necessary back up batteries etc. for keeping your fridge/deep freezers going for your stay.

3.  We do allow dogs to visit too but they need to be kept under control at all times as we do have baboons in camp most of the time and this can be hazardous for your pup. Our dogs are also normally in camp and are well behaved towards other dogs most of the time.

4. Our water is drinkable but does not taste nice as it has large amounts of Kalk in it. We do sell water at the bar but its always a good idea to travel this area with a decent drinkable water supply.

5. Ice is not always available.

6. 2×4 cars can reach Madisa but the road can get corrugated and quite bumpy at times.

7. We do sell wood at the camp for N$20 per bundle.

8. We do have cold drinks etc.

9. Please love and respect our area as much as we do.

10. Enjoy your stay at Madisa:)

The Living Museum of the Mafwe was opened in February 2008 and is cultural highlight in the region.

The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn a lot about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the Mafwe. It is located at Simgalamwe, about 17 km north of Kongola. The Living Museum consists of a traditional village and its surrounding fields on a beautiful hill with a view on the Kwando River. Huge Baobab trees spend shadow for the guests that are interested in the original Mafwe Culture. The Mafwe present their old, almost forgotten culture in traditional dress.

The actors of the Mafwe Living Museum demonstrate and describe everything with great dedication and the guide translates into English. Almost every offered program is interactive, because it is also great fun for them when the visitors try to weave a traditional net or taste some of the offered meals.

At the Living Museum there is a craft shop where you can buy crafts, jewellery and common tools of the Mafwe. You will support the whole community of Singalamwe, the village where most of the actors of the Living Museum live. Everyone from Singalamwe - not only the actors of the Living Museum - is encouraged to produce crafts for the craftshop to generate an extra income for the whole community.

A visit to the Living Museum is an unforgettable experience!

Campsite

For the adventurous there is a basic bushcamp which consists of a cleared area, where tents can be pitched – there is no water and electricity but a dry toilet. Fire wood is available to buy.

Marble Camp's overnight and stopover facilities are perfectly situated in the middle of nowhere in Namibia.

Orupembe Conservancy took over the old marble mine buildings at Onjuva and converted it to a camping for travellers heading to and from the Marienfluss and Hartman Valley.

Quiet, clean, potable water, flush toilets and hot showers. Situated on a dry riverbed. There are also chalets to rent. the campsites are private and secluded with food preparation areas, sinks, and braai areas; a stone-built reception area, and a large ablution block with separate male and female showers and flush toilets. Solar hot water is provided. Deep freeze facilities are available.

This is a community operated camp and it is not always possible to contact them to make bookings in advance.

Mashi Crafts Trading Post is an outlet for crafts and other natural resource products from the communities on the west and east of the Kwando river.

Mashi is the local name for the Kwando river. The thirteen conservancies in the Zambezi region and four additional groups that supply one central market at Kongola consist of Mafwe, Mayei, Mbukush, Masubia and Khoe people. In addition Mashi supports crafters from the neighbouring countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Mashi Crafts which started from a small beginning in 1995 is now run as an independent trading post having expanded beyond crafts. It serves tourists and visitors to the area, and exports products out of the region to outlets in Swakopmund and Windhoek. 

At the Trading Post you will find baskets, carvings, jewellery, chitenge cloth and the mokolo chitenge collection, Ecoso natural devil's claw remedies, honey in season, firewood and cool drinks.

An enriching adventure into Nature

Namushasha River Lodge celebrates the wonders of the Zambezi region. With elephants, hippos, a myriad bird species, waterlilies and the African bush, Namushasha welcomes you to wonderland.

The lodge offers guests a variety of exciting activities: Stroll past the campsite to the traditional heritage center; hop aboard the boats for early morning or late afternoon river cruises to explore the channels and discover the diverse bird life; or take a trip to the Bwabwata National Park, first by boat along the waterways and later transferring to a game vehicle for an excursion into the African bush.

In December 2013 Namushasha River Lodge was voted Community Conservancy Lodge of the Year by NACSO in recognition of Gondwana’s close cooperation with the Mashi community in terms of employment, nature conservation and support for the Namushasha Cultural Village.

In 2012 Gondwana Collection Namibia entered into a Joint Venture agreement with the Mashi Conservancy. This agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from the tourism operations within the conservancy are channelled through to the conservancy and the community. Apart from the bed levies obtained, the community also benefits through employment and sale of goods and services to the local lodge and visiting tourists. In 2017, Gondwana Collection Namibia and the Mashi Conservancy signed an Employment and Skills Development Plan to coordinate the empowerment and development of the local people.

Ngoma Craft Centre Voluntary Association promotes the marketing and development of products in communities primarily east of Katima Mulilo. It has over 100 members including potters, carvers and basket makers.

Ngoma Craft Centre is located 1km before the border with Botswana on the far eastern side of the Zambezi region on the B8. The Craft Shop and Café make an appealing place to stop to do the last minute souvenir shopping and buy a cool drink, iced tea or coffee before embarking on the rest of the journey. It’s unusual and unexpected displays make it striking and are certain to attract your attention. A series of posters on the people behind the products makes interesting reading and if you have time to book in advance you too can learn how to make a basket, reed mat, a clay pot or join the carvers fashioning something to take home with you.

The River Camp is an eco-friendly Lodge tucked in a pure wilderness on the Kunene river.

Long grass blows in the wind, lone green trees adorn the vast landscape and springboks roam through the spectacular vistas. These are our surroundings.

The Camp is 100% based on solar power and with traditional lightings we keep the place unspoiled and magical. 

Marienfluss is a remote region far into the north-western reaches of Namibia, bordered by the famous Skeleton Coast and the Kunene River, known to be rife with crocodiles, creating a natural boundary with Angola. Two sets of mountains embrace the lodge and protect its beauty. Cleverly built into the rocky terrain all the accommodation is constructed with wood and canvas and each has a magnificent view of their own. The interiors have been furnished with a minimalist African chic. Fall asleep to the sound of the rushing river below: the perfect african lullaby

Nestled under the waving Makalani Palms and situated 200 meters upstream from the spectacular Epupa Falls, along the Kunene River, lies the cosy Omarunga Lodge.

Omarunga Lodge and Campsite is scheduled to be added to the product range of the Gondwana Collection Namibia on 1 May 2019.

Our Lodge Nestled under the waving Makalani Palms and situated 200 meters upstream from the spectacular Epupa Falls, along the Kunene River, lies the cosy Omarunga Lodge. The Epupa area has much to offer such as stunning sunsets, perennially flowing waters, the thundering Epupa Falls, a vast variety of bird species with some being endemic to the Kunene River area, as well as the Himba tribes who still enjoy a traditional way of life.

Our Services include the following: sundowner drive, swimming pool, Himba excursion, guided crocodile walks. Well laid out hiking trails along the Kunene River can be enjoyed with spectacular views as well as bird watching.

Daily meals can be enjoyed at our river facing restaurant as well as drinks at the restaurant bar or at the pool bar overlooking the Kunene River.

Omarunga Lodge is the ideal get away destination from which the diverse Epupa area can be explored.

Where else on the planet can you drive across one of the most stunning deserts by day and be sung to sleep in one of the world's most ancient and unique languages by night under a star crammed sky without emails, phones or even a postal service? Omatako Valley Rest Camp is such a place.

On arrival it appears unassuming but don't pass by - take the time to stop here for a night or two and experience this unique community run campsite in the heart of the Kalahari wilderness where you can witness one of the oldest cultures on earth and see how the community are facing the challenges of the 21st Century. Their community has altered rapidly and now they are positioned in a liminal place between many conflicting issues and lifestyles. The community though the Rest Camp offer a very honest and poignant insight into their life and your stay benefits them directly. You will be warmly greeted by all and guided by a guide whose sensitive approach will enrich your trip.

You won't forget your visit no matter how short. It may transform you.

Facilities include a variety of spacious campsites on sand under shady trees, each with braai areas, table, taps and sinks. Wood is available for purchase. Ablution blocks with flush toilets, sinks and showers. Craft shop. Information and English speaking guides.

Activities offered include a village tour, bush walk and an evening of traditional songs and dances.

Otjipahuriro Community Campsite, also known as Hippo Pools Campsite, is situated next to the Ruacana Falls.

The campsite is surrounded by water and mountains and is located below Ruacana Waterfalls. Ten campsites under Mopane trees and Acacias are situated on the bank of the river.

Each site has a braai area and a communal ablution block offers hot showers and eco-toilets.

Puros Bush Lodge is 100% conservancy-owned, only the second lodge in Namibia to be community owned (Grootberg being the first).

Puros Bush Lodge offers accommodation in chalets with hot water. Bedding and towels are provided. The chalets are not self-catering units but there is a braai area available at every chalet (bring your own cutlery). There are no communal kitchen or fridges available for clients, however from February 2020 the lodge will be able to provide breakfast and dinners (bookings essential).

Activities offered by local guides include Himba cultural tours or village walks.

Puros Community Campsite has six campsites - each with its own flushing toilet and warm shower. Braai facilities are available.

Puros Community Campsite has six campsites - each with its own flushing toilet and warm shower. Braai facilities are available.

The Puros Traditional Village, located approximately 10 kilometers from the village of Puros, is a very popular way for visitors to experience Himba culture.

The village is a conservancy-managed Himba demonstration settlement. Various Himba rituals and activities are demonstrated, including the grinding of red ochre and traditional craft making. A translator/guide is present to take visitors from hut to hut and give information on the different activities.

Photo: Carmen Begley

The newly renovated Rest Camp has 4 double and 2 single sites facing the Harubandi channel. There is a fire place and water tap at each site. The sites share 2 new ablution blocks with hot water provided by a wood-burning donkey. Fresh water and 12v lights are provided.

The self-catering units consist of 3 fully equipped double chalets, and 1 family chalet (sleeps 2+3) with private ablutions, fresh water and 12v lights.

The newly renovated Rest Camp has 4 double and 2 single sites facing the Harubandi channel. There is a fire place and water tap at each site. The sites share 2 new ablution blocks with hot water provided by a wood-burning donkey. Fresh water and 12v lights are provided.

The self-catering units consist of 3 fully equipped double chalets, and 1 family chalet (sleeps 2+3) with private ablutions, fresh water and 12v lights.

The campsite is located on the banks of one of the many channels of the Kwando-Linyanti river system on the southern boundary of the Wuparo Conservancy. It is 3km north of the Nkasa Rupara National Park entrance, 10km south of the village of Sangwali in the Zambezi region of Namibia.

Since June 2017 the rest camp has been managed on behalf of the community by a sister company of Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge that is located 3km away.

The tranquility of the African bush in the woodlands of Eastern Zambezi.

Salambala campsite is a quiet campsite in the middle of the Salambala Conservancy with four individual private campsites which can take 3 or 4 tents each. One site can accommodate 5 or 6 tents. Each site has a tap, braai area, lapa kitchen with sink, shade from large trees and ablutions with a flush toilet and shower. The services of local guides can be requested.

Activities include walking trails and watching birds and other wildlife such as small game and the possibility of elephants and lions.

It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature before continuing your journey.

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Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa.

Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. Guests can truly disconnect, unwind and relax to the sound of rushing water, and explore one of the driest deserts in the world.

Respectful interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, fascinating nature walks, boating (water levels permitting), and low-impact guided quad-bike excursions complete the experience.

The land on which Serra Cafema is constructed is leased from the 300,000 hectare Marienfluss Conservancy which is owned primarily by the Himba people, who are amongst the last semi-nomadic peoples on the planet.

In a remote area of the Kaokoveld, with gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast is a joint venture with the neighbouring conservancies of Anabeb, Torra and Sesfontein, and hosts researchers committed to conserving desert-adapted lion, brown hyaena and more.

In this remote area of the Kaokoveld, with gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, game drives explore the river bed’s narrow ribbon of vegetation, where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted animals is found; in camp the research centre provides even more insights. The unforgiving Skeleton Coast, with its shipwreck remains and noisy colonies of Cape fur seals, is accessed either by a fascinating drive or scenic flight, depending on the weather.

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 tranquility.

With the majestic Namibian "Matterhorn" as backdrop, and with the next camping site kilometers away, each visitor "owns" the mountain during his time with us.

  • Maximum 8 persons per site
  • Dry toilets at campsites
  • Hot showers are available near reception
  • Rubbish removal from campsites daily
  • 31 campsites available
  • Campsite numbers 2,3,4,5 are overlander only

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

It 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 Damara Living Museum close to Twyfelfontein is the first traditional Damara project in Namibia and the only one of its kind.

The possibility to experience the traditional Damara culture in this form exists nowhere else in Namibia or in the world.

Together with the Bushmen the Damara belong to the oldest nations in Namibia. Their original culture was a mixture of an archaic hunter-gatherer culture and herders of cattle, goats and sheep. Due to their loose social structures the Damara were not able to defend themselves against aggressors during the colonisation of Namibia. This is one of the reasons why their culture has to a great extent fallen into oblivion.

Within the framework of the Damara Living Museum an attempt was made to reconstruct the "lost culture" of the Damara. Here, visitors have the unique opportunity to get to know the fascinating traditional culture of the Damara, thus contributing to the preservation of the culture as well as to a regular income for the Damara community that built the museum.
 
Don't miss this chance of a lifetime!

The Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is located in the Huab valley in Namibia’s Kunene region (formerly known as Damaraland). The area, known as the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, boasts various rock engravings and paintings.

These are a silent testimony to the first hunter-gatherer and subsequent Khoi-San inhabitants of 6 000 years ago, who used the area as a place of worship and shaman rituals. There are 17 different sites of rock paintings, totalling 212 stone slabs.

The developers of the lodge used natural stone and thatch and chose paint hues to match that of the surrounding rocks and plains. Recently a visitor centre was erected and was also built and designed to blend into the red sandstone of the environment. Twyfelfontein welcomes as many as 40 000 visitors per year. For those puzzled by the name: a farmer that settled on the land in 1946 named it Twyfelfontein (Afrikaans for uncertain or doubtful spring) as he was unsure whether the spring called /Ui-//aes on the farm would provide enough water.

Twyfelfontein was proclaimed a national monument in 1952. It first came to the attention of the wider world when Reinhard Maack included the site in a report in 1921. He is thought to have been informed of the engravings in the area by a land surveyor. The imagery suggests it was part of the Khoi-San belief system, who lived in the area up to about 1 000 years ago when they were displaced by the Damara. No Khoi-San currently inhabit the area, but the beliefs of San 800 km away give insight to the meaning of the paintings and engravings. To preserve this unique history, Twyfelfontein became Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is approximately 100 km west of Khorixas and 430 km northwest of the Namibian capital, Windhoek. It can be reached by air or by road (travel along the C39, turn off at D2612, join D3254).

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is famous for its excellent meals.  Where most hotels are busy during dinner time only, Twyfelfontein is a just as busy during lunch.  Visitors from other lodges and those on route through Koakoland love there famous food and visit Twyfelfontein Lodge in large numbers.  If you plan to stop over for dinner, please book well in advance. Dinner can be à la carte, but it is our buffet and carvery that has made Twyfelfontein Lodge famous. There is always a wide selection of local and international meals, deserts and salads. Breakfast is as good as it gets.  Visitors are often surprised to experience the wide selection of fresh produce and excellent cheeses on offer.

The public spaces at Twyfelfontein Lodge are just magnificent.  The lounge and bar is the best place from which to enjoy the beautiful sunsets of Namibia.  Just down the steps from the lounge and bar and you can enjoy one of Twyfelfontein’s famous cocktails at the poolside.   Twyfelfontein is much more than just a hotel.  It is a destination where you can get back in touch with your roots and reload your batteries for the future.

Guest accommodation at Twyfelfontein Country lodge comprises 56 en-suite rooms.  These rooms are all spacious and with all the amenities that you might require.  All rooms have magnificent views of the surrounding planes or mountains.  It is not unusual to be treated to the sight of the famous desert elephants from your veranda. There is a choice of twin rooms, triple rooms and double rooms. For honeymooners, or perhaps for royalty, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge offers a luxury suite placed a discrete distance from the other buildings.  The suite has its own private bar and private splash pool.  This pool is nestled between the natural rocks and not visible to the paparazzi.  A very romantic and private experience.

The lodge caters for a host of activities, ranging from swimming facilities, and safaris. The many Namibian plant species, among which the unique Welwitschia, will delight plant lovers. Elephants and giraffe are some of the wildlife that adapted to the desert climate of the Namib that can be seen roaming the area. Those interested in geology will also be in for a treat: volcanic activity of eons ago led to spectacular rock formations that can be viewed at the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountains, Doros Crater and Petrified Forest. They are all in the vicinity of the lodge.

The Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead is situated in Tsandi Village where the local King Josia Shikongo Taapopi lives. The King now lives in a modern house, but the old residence complex has been kept and it is possible to visit the homestead and learn more about the people's culture, traditions and history. 

Making up one of the seven Owambo-speaking groups in Namibia, Uukwaluudi is one of four that still has royal representation. King tatekulu (father), Josia Shikongo Taapopi, is the twelfth king of the Uukwaluudhi and the only one who didn’t have to fight for his throne. He was appointed by his uncle King Mwaala, who reigned for 50 years, the royal lineage extending through the matrilineal line. When a homestead with modern brick-buildings was constructed next to the traditional homestead in 1978, the king and his family moved over, allowing visitors to access the former royal home.

Guided tours take approximately 1.5 hours and begin with the large front yard of the homestead, used as a reception area for people visiting the kingdom. The mopane-pole palisade surrounding the homestead is an impressive wooden barrier and each of the 36 sections of the homestead is encircled by the same wooden fence. Each section has a specific function and passages connect the various parts in a labyrinth of pathways, their original purpose meant to deter enemies and wild animals.

The main entrance is an unassuming ‘Y’ fork in the palisade, with a branch acting as a step. The various areas include a section for the boys of the kingdom with a storage hut, a place for warriors to gather before battle or cattle-raids, various ooshoto (reception areas) with tree trunks to sit on surrounding a central fire, areas for junior and senior headmen and for the king and queen. A section called king’s shade has bird-plum trees with the small sweet eembe fruit and mustard or salvadora bushes providing a retreat from the hot sun. The royal sleeping quarters has an alternate sleeping hut with gaps in the wood for air circulation on warmer nights. The homestead also includes a traditional clinic, a granary with large grain baskets called eshisha, a milk section consisting of a large calabash held in a stand to churn the milk, a kitchen with old clay pots used to balance a cooking pot over the fire and a pounding area where mortars are embedded in a clay floor, the grain pounded using heavy wooden pestles.

The main reception area where the king and queen would receive guests was also used for important occasions such as hosting the official beginning of the marula season. The guests to this area were shown how to greet the king by moving forward on their knees, and shaking hands, holding the right elbow with the left hand and greeting the king with the respectful name ‘tate kulu’. If not possible to kneel, a head nod with the handshake and greeting would suffice, and for the woman, a knee-bend curtsy.

Walking back through the maze of fences and huts, you are quite relieved to be accompanied by a guide. Eventually you find yourself back at the ‘Y’ fork in the palisade for the short walk back to the entrance and reception area where the cattle enclosure (or kraal) is visible at the edge of the homestead, with bright sunflowers growing against the coarse wood.

The royal homestead offers a unique cultural experience, incorporating the customs, beliefs and accommodation style of the Owambo-speaking people into the royal residence.

Text and Photos by Ron Swilling.

The Uis Information Centre is aimed at tourists visiting the environs of Uis. Travellers will find all the information they need about the area. Arts and crafts are for sale through Daureb Crafts.

This campsite is a convenient stopover for people driving between Opuwo and Twyfelfontein. It is situated on the banks of the Hoanib River and offers a spectacular view of the desert mountains of the Khowarib Schlucht (gorge).

The Hoanib river that runs through the camp is one of Namibia's few flowing rivers and attracts many bird species. The campsite is ideally situated to explore the spectacular Kunene Region and is a perfect place to relax, take short walks, photograph landscapes, enjoy the varied flora and fauna and soak up the atmosphere of rural Namibia. Birdwatching here is great as many birds are attracted by the perennial spring in the Hoanib River.

Facilities include four well maintained campsites overlooking the river with braai areas and some shade, basic ablution facilities (new facilities under development). Two very private campsites next to the stream, shaded by palm trees. There are some basic traditional Damara and Himba huts as well as a bar with cold drinks & snacks. There is no electricity. Local guides are available.

This is a community operated camp and it is not always possible to contact them in advance to make bookings. Arrange your campsite on arrival.

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Located on the northern boundary of Etosha National Park, Sheya Shuushona Lodge grants visitors exclusive access to a 600 square km private concession inside the park.

Fronting the lodge, a satellite pan stretches to the horizon, presenting a remarkably photogenic vista.  A lounge, dining area, swimming pool and outside deck with a fire pit make up the main building. By night, savour fine cuisine al fresco under the southern constellations.  By day track charismatic savannah species, or the opportunity to take part in an Owambo cultural experience.

Accommodation comprises 9 individual units consisting of:

  • 4 with double beds
  • 5 with twin beds 
  • 2 separate twin bedded units for Guides/Pilots/Tour Leaders are also available. 

A setting of total tranquillity awaits the visitor, the main building and each of the 12 rooms that is strategically positioned on the hillside offer uninterrupted panoramic views over the large savannah plains, periodically dotted by antelope, zebra and giraffe that graze along the fringes of the surrounding Mopani and Terminalia woodland.

The lodge offers 12 luxury en-suite twin rooms. The thatched main building, with a modern African-chic interior offers a lounge, bar, restaurant and boast a large wooden deck and swimming pool with breath-taking views.

Named, after the Uukwaluudhi ethnic group meaning "small group of one clan" the lodge is situated on a small 6,000ha reserve in the Omusati region that forms part of the core wildlife area of the conservancy and is fenced in to protect its valuable endemic wildlife

Instead of walls around the main area the large thatch roof rests on sturdy timber pillars that allow for the open veranda-like atmosphere that accentuates the impressive panoramic vista from the hill it is built on. The view from the top of this outpost stretches across dense combretum or “Leadwood” and terminalia trees to the foot of the hill where the view continues across flats of semi-savannah and dry flood plains, occasionally dotted by grazing antelope and plains-zebra. The tranquility of the surrounding bush blends in perfectly with the ambience at dinner or while lingering around the bar in the company of other safari enthusiasts sharing their stories and travel experiences through Africa.

Kazile Island Lodge is situated on a private island on the banks of the Kwando River, within the heart of KAZA.

Kazile together with its sister lodge Nambwa are the only lodges to be uniquely situated within the Bwabwata National Park. The Lodge offers ten Meru tents nestled within a Mangostene forest. The tents overlook the Kwando River as well as the expansive floodplains between the Island and the famous Horseshoe Bend.

Kazile Island is a special paradise that can only be reached by boat. Here, herds of buffalo and elephant traverse the wet Zambezi landscape. Sitatunga, an elusive aquatic antelope, are often spotted along the floodplains and marshes. Fall in love with this enigmatic corner of Namibia as the sun rises over the tree canopies. Enjoy the sounds of birds chirping from your tent, explore the waterways and absorb the ambiance of this beautiful wilderness.

In the Zambezi Region, near the Nkasa Lupala National Park, a small museum commemorates David Livingstone - the great explorer and advocate for the abolishment of slavery.

The small building museum tells the stories and travels of David Livingstone, from Kuruman in South Africa to Sangwali where he stayed before travelling into central Africa. It houses large wall maps showing the missionary’s travels as well as artefacts like pictures and maps painted on canvas and photos of significant characters from his life. There are also posters on local customs and crafts, such as basketry.

The museum was built in 2000 as a thatched clay hut and was renovated in 2017.

Photo: Mannfred Goldbeck

Scents of Namibia brings to the world unique fragrances from the arid north-western region of Namibia. It is a wholly community owned enterprise specialising in sourcing plant products and producing essential oils. Designed in a traditional Himba homestead style building, our Visitors Centre offers daily tours which describe and demonstrate the production of essential oils at the Opuwo Processing Facility.

The Visitors Centre is open daily Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00, however, the best time to visit the processing is from 09h00 – 16h00 when the distillation process is underway. At the centre you can learn about the community development initiatives associated with indigenous natural plant products in the Kunene region of Namibia with the highlight being "Namibian Myrrh", the Ovahimba traditional perfume. Various finished cosmetic products are also available to purchase.

Savour an intimate river experience

Gondwana’s luxurious floating River Villa is the ultimate destination for celebration, rest and appreciation of the magnificence of the river. And above all, you have it all to yourselves.

Anchored in a channel on the Kwando River, opposite the Bwabwata National Park, the River Villa is the ultimate on-the-water accommodation. Double-storied and glassed for spectacular scenery, the 5-star villa has an upstairs bedroom - and en-suite bathroom - with views over the floodplains, and a lounge and fully-equipped kitchen and bar below. Decks look out onto the river surrounds.

This is where waterlilies bob on the water, wildlife ambles along the bank and birdsong fills the air. Wake up to the sounds of fish eagles and go to sleep with the chortling of hippo and the singing of frogs. And, in between enjoy a game drive, or kick off shoes, fill glasses from the well-stocked bar, choose a book from the shelf and lounge back on your private deck.

In 2012 Gondwana Collection Namibia entered into a Joint Venture agreement with the Mashi Conservancy. This agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from the tourism operations within the conservancy are channelled through to the conservancy and community. Apart from the bed levies obtained, the community also benefits through employment and sale of goods and services to the local lodge and visiting tourists. In 2017, Gondwana Collection Namibia and the Mashi Conservancy signed an Employment and Skills Development Plan to coordinate the empowerment and development of the local people.

Breathe in the spirit of the Kwando River

Set up your tent on the grassy bank under old trees and feel at home close to nature.

Join a guided tour into the Bwabwata National Park, starting from the nearby Namushasha River Lodge. Gather your bundle of firewood and return to your campsite home. Enjoy a cosy evening with friends at the campfire next to the reed-lined river.

Campers are welcome to enjoy the swimming pool or dine at the Namushasha River Lodge Restaurant. Or take a walk to the Namushasha Heritage Centre, a private sector-conservancy collaboration between the Gondwana Collection and the Mashi Conservancy, celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the eastern Zambezi Region.

In 2012 Gondwana Collection Namibia entered into a Joint Venture agreement with the Mashi Conservancy. This agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from the tourism operations within the conservancy are channelled through to the conservancy and community. Apart from the bed levies obtained, the community also benefits through employment and sale of goods and services to the local lodge and visiting tourists. In 2017, Gondwana Collection Namibia and the Mashi Conservancy signed an Employment and Skills Development Plan to coordinate the empowerment and development of the local people.

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