COMMUNITY CAMPSITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
The interesting and diverse cultures of the people of Namibia – their customs, traditions, languages and beliefs – have fascinated visitors for centuries. Namibia’s richness in cultural tourism. Also referred to as community-based tourism, cultural tourism is particularly valuable because it gives local communities an alternative means of earning an income that benefits them directly.
*Many of the below mentioned campsites are often difficult to get in touch with and information regarding them may vary through the course of the year.
1..The Nakambale Museum and Restcamp in the village of Olukonda can be visited 14 km south-west of Ondangwa.
2. The Omauni Community Campsite is located at the Centre for Sustainable Forest Management, east of Okongo.
3. The Ombalantu Baobab Tree Campsite is situated on community land behind the brightly-painted open market in Outapi. It is a heritage site with a large baobab tree at the centre of the campsite.
4. Hippo Pools Campsite, 12 km west of Ruacana, has shady campsites situated under leadwood and mopane trees, with superb views over the Kunene River.
5. Uukwaluudhi Traditional Homestead in Tsandi, the former home of King Josia Shikongo Taapopi, is an opportunity for guests to visit a traditional Owambo palace.
6. Nestled between the huge boulders in the magnificent mountain world of the Spitzkoppe is the Spitzkoppe Rest Camp.
7. Ozohere Campsite is located between and around huge boulders under shady trees, on the banks of the Ugab River between Khorixas and Uis.
8. Kambahoka Restcamp can be found next to the Aminuis Saltpan, 180 km southeast of Gobabis.
9. For a good Bushman/San experience in the extreme east of Namibia, visit Sãa Ta Ko close to the Botswana border.
10. Boiteko Campsite, positioned at the top of the hill in the Epukiro Roman Catholic Mission, is part of the Tswana village, Metsweding.
11. For those travelling to Bushmanland and the Tsumkwe area via Gam, Kaumbangere Restcamp, located 5 km south of Otjinene, makes for a good stopover.
12. Accessible from the C44, 87 km on the way to Tsumkwe, Omatako Valley Restcamp is a !Kung Bushman/San community campsite.
13. South-east of Tsumkwe is the Djokhoe Camspite, with the Holboom baobab close by.
14. Further east is the Mukuri Camspite, situated in an area hosting several pans that attract birds and wildlife.
15. The Living Museum of the Ju/’Hoansi San provides an opportunity to view and learn about this subgroup of the San.
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16. Mbamba Campsite has reed-lined lapas situated on the banks of the Shamangwe tributary of the Okavango River.
17. N//goabaca Campsite is situated next to Popa Falls, a series of rapids in the Okavango River.
18. Chobe Community Campsite is owned and managed by the local conservancy and receives management support from the nearby lodge Chobe Camp.
19. Situated in the Bwabwata National Park is the Nambwa Campsite on the banks of the Kwando River.
20. Salambala Campsite can be found in mopane woodland next to a small pan and waterhole.
21. Mafwe Campsite, another community campsite managed by the Living Culture Foundation, overlooks the Kwando River.
22. Treesleeper Camp is surrounded by tamboti, leadwood and buffalo-thorn woodland, with wooden decks built in the trees for optimal viewing.
23. Near the Nkasa Rupara National Park is the Wuparo Campsite, each site with its own reed and thatch ablution facility.
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24. Brukkaros Campsite offers camping near Berseba in beautiful mountain surroundings.
25. In the very south of the country, Warmbad Hotsprings Lodge is an interesting historical and cultural stopover.
26. Garies Restcamp provides a glimpse of Baster hospitality in an otherwise undeveloped area.
27. Situated in a scenic rocky mountain area, the sites at Snyfontein Camp overlook an attractive section of the Fish River.
28. ≠Nudi Campsite is set amongst quiver trees and dolerite rock formations in the !Knob !Naub Conservancy.
29. Situated northeast of Tses is Ganigobes Campsite, a basic facility with views over a riverbed.
30. Goamus Campsite is surrounded by the striking mountain landscape of Gibeon, a historical area where the Nama fought against and hid from the Germans.
31. Located in Maltahöhe, //Hai-Sores Campsite comprises six sites and several demonstration Nama huts.
32. Hoachanas Campsite, 53 km from Kalkrand, is situated in the Hoachanas settlement, a historically important location for the Nama people.
33. The Aba-Huab Campsite is a busy, bustling campsite located 9 km from the Twyfelfontein rock engravings.
34. Doro !Nawas Granietkop Campsite, 20 km south-east of Twyfelfontein, offers exclusive, private sites in alcoves created by granite boulders.
35. Situated near the town of Kamanjab, Hoada Campsite is surrounded by golden-yellow grass and mopane trees, boulders and birdsong.
36. Perched on a hill in the midst of mountains overlooking a dry river course, is the Khowarib Campsite.
37. The Figtree Campsite, situated close to the Sesfontein Conservancy office, consists of four large sites in a grove of ancient sycamore fig trees surrounding one of the six Sesfontein springs.
38. Fonteine Community Restcamp can be found in the Twyfelfontein area of Damaraland. It offers campsites to travellers passing through.
39. Puros Campsite is positioned on the banks of the Hoarusib River, stamping ground of Namibia’s desert-adapted elephants, which often wander through the campsite.
40. Providing affordable self-catering accommodation in the area, is Puros Bush Lodge, with Himba settlements close by.
41. Situated on the Khumib riverbank, the Marble Campsite is an attractive and well-equipped facility that represents a veritable oasis in the rugged surroundings.
42. The Okarohombo Community Campsite is shaded by giant ana trees in the remote Marienfluss Valley along the Kunene River, with the mountains of Angola looming on the other side.
43. At the Epupa Falls Campsite, spread out among waving makalani palms, water rushes toward the falls and fine mist hovers in the air.
44. The Van Zyl’s Pass Campsite is only for those who are extremely well prepared for negotiating difficult and rough terrain to get there.
45. House on the Hill is a self-catering stone cottage situated on a slope adjacent to the Marble Campsite.
Apart from the usual gear – tents, sleeping bags, cooking utensils, food, emergency supplies and a first-aid kit – consider packing the following to make your adventure more enjoyable:
- Binoculars for catching sight of free-roaming game.
- Toilet paper – handy in all sorts of emergencies.
- Hand sanitiser, as it can be difficult to find clean water or facilities in some places.
- Items for campsite fun, such as balls, kites, frisbees etc, especially when travelling with children.
- Insect repellent for those buzzing and flying annoyances.
- Books and magazines for when relaxing under a tree.
- Water, water, water – rather too much than too little. Remember, Namibia is a desert country.
- Rope, which can be used to pull your car out of thick sand or even as an emergency washing line.
- Sunscreen – with Namibia’s bountiful sunshine, it’s always a good move to cover your sensitive areas with a protective layer of UVA + UVB cream (at least factor 30).
- Locks and protective covering for your valuables. Holiday stories are just not the same when the camera disappears halfway down the line.
Also keep in mind:
- Firewood should always be purchased in a pre-packed form, not collected from the veld.
- Take along a small hatchet, firelighters and matches, two powerful torches and plenty of spare batteries.
- Vehicle spares should include a spare wheel (preferably two), air compressor or pump, tyre gauge, battery leads, towrope, shovel and basic toolkit.