Khorixas & Environs
K horixas, the unofficial capital of the former Damaraland, is a useful stopover for refuelling your vehicle and stocking up on basic supplies.
Although the town itself has little to offer, the surroundings feature rare and unusual stone formations, ancient rock engravings and strange geological wonders, tempting geologists and many other travellers to the region.
Near the hot-water spring at Warmquelle is Sesfontein Fort. A desolate and rapidly disintegrating ruin for many years, it has been reconstructed and equipped to accommodate tourists. Sesfontein derives its name from the six fountains that have their source in the vicinity. The palm trees at the fort were planted by German police officers who manned it to combat weapon smuggling and elephant-and-rhino poaching. Close by is Signal Hill, a lookout point, where a heliograph station was constructed by German troops.
Dominating the landscape when travelling westwards en route to Khorixas, 95 km west of Outjo, is the Ugab Vingerklip (Finger Rock) situated amongst the rugged Ugab Terraces. About 35 metres high, this distinctive monolith was moulded into its curious shape by erosion spanning many millennia.
Ugab Vingerklip. Photo ©Paul van Schalkwyk
Aerial shot over part of Damaraland. Photo ©Paul van Schalkwyk