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go! Namibia 2016

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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1 min
ed’s letter

Camping is an easy way to get back in touch with Mother Earth – quite literally, because you’ll probably be sleeping on the ground! Leave your tent flaps open at night and nature seeps in: a cool breeze, the call of a nightjar and… a mozzie! Nature can also bite, but then again, you’ll be ready with a can of Peaceful Sleep. It feels good to get your hands dirty hammering in tent pegs, chopping wood and quickly flipping a chop when the tongs have gone AWOL. And then the best bit: wiping your hands on your trousers afterwards. Camping makes travelling to countries like Namibia affordable – there are good campsites near all the best attractions and game parks. But to camp blindly can be disastrous. You want to know in…

22 min
the 20 best campsites in namibia

Just like you, we love to camp in Namibia. In fact, our journalists camp 80 % of the time in Namibia – not only to save money, but because they enjoy it so much. This list of 20 campsites is based on years of experience. They are tried and trusted spots, except for one brand-new camp which could become your new favourite place. These are destination campsites: places where you can spend more than one day and explore the surrounding area. They all provide access to some of Namibia’s top attractions. As you can see on the map at left, they’re evenly distributed throughout the country. You can easily string them together for a perfect travel itinerary. Unless stated otherwise, all these campsites are accessible in a 4x2 with good ground clearance although…

15 min
head into the great karas

I’m near Bitterfontein in the Northern Cape when I receive an SMS from southern Namibia: “What would you like for dinner? Lamb neck or shoulder, or crumbed lamb chops? Have a good day and travel safely. Kinna, White House.” The prospect of Namibian hospitality and some of the best mutton on the planet makes me smile as I accelerate along the N7 towards the border post at Noordoewer. My plan is to explore the Great Karas Mountains east of the otherwise boring 160 km section of B1 between Grünau and Keetmanshoop. For the first two nights I’ll be staying with Dolf and Kinna de Wet at the White House Guest Farm just north of Grünau. Grünau, where the B1 and B3 meet, is where many Namibian holidays begin, whether you’re coming from Cape Town,…

6 min
’n eeu van vryheid

Ek kan skaars my geluk glo. Dis ’n Sondagoggend net ná sewe in Oktober en ek sien net perde hier by die Garubuitkykpunt. Agter op die horison rys die berg Dikke Willem soos ’n skilpaddop uit die landskap. ’n Mens kan maar net kamera lig en knoppie druk (sien foto links). Op ’n vorige besoek in 2010 het ek vier keer voor ’n verlate dammetjie kom stilhou. Ek kon darem by een geleentheid ’n handjie vol perde op ’n afstand gewaar. Maar nou wei byna die helfte van die trop wilde perde van die Namib – wat jaarliks duisende toeriste van regoor die wêreld heen lok – doodluiters hier digby Weg se Duster op ’n dorre vlakte op die oostelike randjie van die Namibwoestyn. Ek hou op tel by 80. Sowat 170 wilde…

8 min
beyond the silence

Years ago, before I’d even visited Namibia or heard of Kolmanskop, my friend JP du Toit told me about Pomona. It used to be a diamond-mining town in the Sperrgebiet, a strip of desert that stretches for 280 km north of Oranjemund, with a surface area of 26 000 km² – bigger than Israel. The desert might seem hostile, but there are riches below the surface. The Germans realised this and declared it off-limits in 1908. Since then, about 10 % of the Sperrgebiet has been mined for diamonds and access has been strictly controlled. Unlike Kolmanskop, which you can see from the B4 tar road 10 km inland from Lüderitz, Pomona is about 60 km further south, in the middle of the desert. “Pomona is spooky but not creepy,” JP told me.…

9 min
to etosha on a budget

Early last year I started planning a winter holiday with my husband Paul and some of our closest friends. I had visited Namibia often as a child and I really wanted to return. I remembered the old-world glass Coke bottles in the bar at the Grünau Hotel and my mom reading to us from a mammal guide as we drove around Etosha. Work responsibilities would limit our holiday to 14 days, including travel time from Cape Town, so we decided on a highway trip to Etosha, returning via Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei and the Fish River Canyon. Our planning took longer than expected. I’m not such a fan of camping and many of the lodge options were outside our price range. I also battled to find reliable information on the Internet. Finally I discovered…