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go! Namibia

go! Namibia


Our popular Namibia guide consists of 132 pages of classic destinations, our Top 20 campsites, more than 240 places to stay with GPS points and maps, great things to do, plans for the perfect day, border post info, and more!

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3 min
get barrelled in the desert!

Skeleton Bay is not just any old surf spot. It is widely considered to be one of the most spectacular waves on earth. Surfers fly in from as far afield as Hawaii and Australia to pit themselves against the seemingly never-ending wall of water. On a good day, the wave is up to 2 km long! In fact, it’s so perfect and cylindrical that it allows surfers to ride deep inside the barrel from start to finish. An experienced surfer could ride a wave here for more than three minutes – almost unheard of. For a while, the location of the surf spot was known only to Namibians, until it was put on the map in 2008 by Surfing magazine, an American publication. The magazine held an annual Google Earth Challenge…

16 min
south places to stay

AFFORDABLE OPTION (See page 35.) HELMERINGHAUSEN & TIRASBERG 1 Namtib Biosphere Reserve This reserve is next to the D707 – billed as the most scenic road in Namibia. The Little Hunter’s Rest campsite is 3 km from the main lodge. You have a view of the Tirasberg and the red dunes of the Namib Desert to the west. Camping R190 p.p. (braai, hot showers, no power). Lodge rooms from R2 000 p.p. sharing B&B. Other meals also available. Guests must book in advance. GPS: S26.03714 E16.26170 00 264 63 683 055 namtib.net 2 Ranch Koiimasis Only accessible from the D707. Activities range from hiking to guided horse rides. Camping R250 p.p. (five private stands, each with a braai and clean drinking water; shared ablutions). Chalet Virosa has two single beds and shares the campsite ablution block. It has its…

13 min
such great heights

It’s dark. Three vehicles drive out of the parking area of Brandberg Rest Camp in Uis and follow the C35 towards Henties Bay. Uis is tiny but it’s the nearest “town” to base yourself in if you want to climb Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. The famous White Lady rock painting is on the eastern edge of the massif – you only have to walk one kilometre up a small ravine to see it, but it can be a challenge, especially if you’re unfit and the sun is burning a hole in your neck. I’ve seen this painting more than once, and I’ve always had a thing for Brandberg. Maybe it’s because I’m interested in rock art. I also love climbing a mountain, fostered during my childhood on a mountainous farm. So, when…

10 min
faith in the veld

My dad didn’t teach me everything he should have, but he did make sure to impart practical wisdom: I know how to make a fire without a firelighter, I know how to read a map and follow my nose, and I can travel without fancy camping gear. I was always sceptical when he tried to give me advice about relationships, but he taught me to love the veld. My dad was happiest next to a fire in the bush, where he was able to shrug off the dark despondency that often shrouded him in the parsonages where we lived. He told stories about Namibia, his favourite place on earth. After four years of studying theology, he had taken a break to ramble about – he visited Namibia on hunting trips during…

11 min
take a tour of the tirasberg

Iwalk through the back door of the farmhouse on Kosos near Helmeringhausen. Mariëtte de Klerk and her daughter Anrie are busy packing dates on the kitchen counter. Their Jack Russel Bella puts a wet tennis ball down at my feet. Mariëtte’s husband Boeta walks in with a pair of pliers – he gives me a firm handshake and looks at the clouds outside. “Ja nee, the wind has turned,” he says. “It looks like rain. Let’s take a drive and I’ll show you the cattle.” If this isn’t the perfect picture of farm life, I don’t know what is. I cling to the rails on the back of Boeta’s Land Cruiser bakkie as we bounce through the veld. I jump down to herd a few lost cows closer. We pull over at a…

42 min
places to stay central namibia

AFFORDABLE OPTION? See page 35.? HENTIES BAY & SKELETON COAST 1 St Nowhere Spa and Campsite This popular fishing spot is 110 km north of Henties Bay. Camping from R300 p.n. for two people. A stand close to the sea with a private bathroom from R400 for two people. Self-catering bungalow from R700 p.n. for up to four people; R175 per extra person. Groups of up to 13 people can book the big house – from R1 400 p.n. for eight people; R175 per extra person. Rates exclude 2 % tourism levy and bedding (R40 per person). The kiosk sells basics and there’s a small restaurant open during the summer holidays. 00 264 81 124 0879 00 264 81 252 9422 bookings@stnowhere.com 2 Mile 108 Campsite (NWR) About 90 km north of Henties Bay. Campsite with a long…