When I looked through my photos the trees again stood out and re-reading my notes I see that the trees were the first thing I noticed in August as well. And now I cannot help but wonder – what is a campsite without a tree?
Van Zyl’s Campsite is a community campsite like the Ombalantu Boabab Tree Camp. As our visit to the latter was such a good memory, I did expect the same from Van Zyl’s. But I’m afraid the memo for client service did not reach this far into Kaokoland.
The campsite where we stayed was dwarfed by Ana trees located along the bed of an unknown river. Each campsite had a small braai (barbeque) area as well as a wash basin with only cold water. The shower was an open air shower under a smaller Mopane tree. I showered cold but some of my travel mates were more fortunate. Water is heated by donkey and the camp “manager” did not think that his guests would like hot water. So for those that managed to stay up late the reward was hot water.
There were no other facilities.
The stars out here were just incredible. And it just got better and better as we moved further away from civilization.
Van Zyl’s Pass Campsite is the perfect stop over before tackling the infamous Van Zyl’s Pass.
I could not find a direct website or email address, so better to make a call.
Van Zyl’s Pass Campsite
Okangwati Area, Namibia
I was fortunate to travel with Johan Loubser of Africa de Sud Safaris on his Kaokoland Tour.
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