There were three camps on our Kaokoland Tour with Johan from Africa de Sud Safaris that I did not know at all. Marble Camp was one of them.
The drive from Camp Syncro was a scenic one and took us to Rooi Drom where we had lunch. I must admit – having heard about Rooi Drom so much, I really did expect a tad more than just a Red Drum. Rooi Drom is a rather popular spot for travelers to have lunch and we had to share what little shade there was with a much bigger group from another company.
The rest of the drive was quite a change to what we drove in the morning. Leaving behind the incredible beauty of the Marienfluss we now entered the mountains.
As the name suggests, the area is rich in marble and there once was a marble mine here – the prospector must have been either blind or believed that modern-day trucks could do the same as a ox-wagon.
We had campsite No.1 – right next to the bathrooms and with a lovely ancient Mopane to provide shade. Unfortunately the drainage system did not work very well and every time the wind came up we were shrouded in a smell that can only be home to a sewage container. We also had no hot water and believe me – after a day out in the dust and heat, this is something that comes very high on the list of necessities. The housing of the “camp manager” was situated on the far side of our bathroom entrance and if I could understand Himba, I could probably tell you word-by-word what they were talking about. Luckily they left the premises around sunset.
All-in-all, this was probably my least favorite campsite of the whole tour. It has an incredible amount of potential as someone went to a lot of trouble to build the bathrooms and create something unique. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will last a very long time.
The area is absolutely stunning though and made up for the not so great campsite. It also helped that we had the absolute best Bryan ever made in Africa right here at Marble Campsite made by our two “chefs” on tour – Paula & Darrelle.
Marble Community Campsite
Orupembe Area, Namibia
Campsite: +264 (0)813454906
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