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Hoada Campsite

We spent the second last night of our Kaokoland Tour at Hoada Campsite, the third campsite on our tour that I did not know at all.  (The others were Ombaluntu Tree Campsite and Marble Campsite).

Due to some unforeseen incidents we arrived in the dark at Hoada Campsite. When one arrives in the dark at one’s own home without electricity – it is not such a big deal because you know from experience where everything is. But when you have to put up camp in the dark in an unfamiliar place… well, that’s not so easy. However, after not too long, our camp was standing and the rush to get food on the fire was started.

I headed for the showers – no use in trying to find a spot here to take photos from… it was too dark and way too unfamiliar for my liking. Hoada Campsite is located on a granite hill and though there are a number of sites, one would not easily be bothered by other campers unless they were exceptionally rowdy.

Our shower would have been perfect if it had a door. When one camps in a group, a bathroom and toilet door is sort of, well, necessary. The shower was located within a boulder and though I think the location is ingenious, I would have preferred to use my towel for drying and not as a door. The toilet, I discovered the next morning, had the most incredible views – which again meant – no door. This ensured for a number of creative tactics to keep other bathroom users at bay.

Summary

I would highly recommend Hoada for a weekend breakaway – but do make sure you take enough shade with as boulders only tend to throw shade when the sun is behind them. I would have loved to take a swim here as they certainly made a point of developing the pool and bar area! Great job guys.  The campsites and bathrooms were spotless and perfect if not for the need of doors.

All-in-all a great stop for whoever needs to take a break; whether it is from a long trek or from city life.

To Book

A private campsite with a direct website: Hoada campsite. Hoada is part of Journeys Namibia.

Bookings can be made at: +264 61 228-104 or on email hoada@journeysnamibia.com

 

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Palmwag Lodge and Campsite

It was a day that at times just would not end.

The day started at Khowarib with a bang..  wheel nuts that rocked itself loose the previous day left us with a three-wheeler just as we left the campsite. Lesson learned – always check the nuts before leaving the campsite.

Khowarib Schluct proved as beautiful as the Hoanib. If it had water, it probably would have been more beautiful (my humble opinion). After the schluct, we entered a world of rocks or like Johan (Africa de Sud Safaris) fondly calls this area – the rock factory. I would love to know what God thought when He created this area… probably something like this… “So earth, I have a few rocks left, where would you like it? Oh yes, let’s arrange it here and call it Kaokoland.” I have never, like in never seen so many rocks. Neither did I ever think it possible to converse over such a rocky landscape. But we did. And by the end of it, we were all kind of over the whole rock-thing. We felt like tar when just two days ago, “tar” was still a curse word.

We arrived at Palmwag well in time to set up camp and head over to the bar and pool.  You remember that cold pool we encountered at Kunene River Lodge.  Well this one, the Palmwag pool is an ice bucket in comparison to any other pool I have jumped in. Not that I dared jumping into this one. No one climbed out of looking quite the same – I wasn’t prepared to take a risk and enjoyed my G&T from the safety of a bar stool.

Palmwag Lodge & Campsite is also a private entity and we loved it. The campsites are far apart, which ensures privacy. We had the furthest one away from the lodge, right on the edge of the lodge and it felt like we were back in the wild. The showers were clean, well-structured and had hot and cold water to spare.

To top it all, Palmwag has warnings everywhere about wandering elephants. Again we put our hopes up on our sleeves as we prayed for elephants to walk through our campsite. We either did not pray hard enough or the now full-grown lions in our party, scared the elephants away.

Palmwag is a big place and though I don’t know how many campsites there are (ours were quite secluded) I reckon that it is the biggest place where we camped besides Halali. But unlike Halali, we never really felt crowded due to an excellent layout. Thumbs up to the team at Palmwag.

Summary

Would I recommend it? Yes. And if you have the extra cash and this is your last night in Kaokoland before you head back to civilization, treat yourself to an upgrade and sleep in one of their tents.

Where to book

Palwamg Lodge & Campsite: Palmwag Lodge.Com

 

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Khowarib Lodge and Campsite

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We tried to leave Purros fairly early as Johan, our guide on the Kaokoland Tour of Africa de Sud Safaris warned us of a very long day ahead.

The Purros Gorge in the Hoanib river is one of the undiscovered natural wonders of Namibia. We came across big herds of desert elephants in the dry river beds with tourists wildly following and chasing them for photos. It is in cases like this that I too want to “privatise” this area – to avoid people like this entering the wild on their own. But this is a debate for a whole different post.

After a long day in what I think must be one of the most beautiful places in Namibia, we arrived at Khowarib just as the sun was setting. This was the first private camp in a while that we camped at and the difference was (unfortunately) quite obvious.

Too tired and too dark to really appreciate the area, I headed for the showers. Steaming hot water streamed from the tap. Water pressure was also good, so I figured it was save to get all soapy and clean. I showered without any hassles – in light. The first time in a while that I could actually see the shower that I showered in!

For August, the campsite was rather quiet and we did not complain as this meant an overall quiet night. After a good night’s rest I got up fairly early and headed for a small hill just east of the campsite. Upon arriving at the top, I discovered a small river running just behind the lodge. I guess that the small man made falls can make quite a noise when the river is full and would make for a lovely spot to cool down in.

Summary:

The campsites do not provide a lot of shade, so this is not the type of campsite I would recommend staying for more than one night. I think the sun might just turn one into biltong. But for one night only this is a very safe choice.

I have heard a lot about Warmquelle (Bradt Guides) and would love to have visited them on this route, but unfortunately this was not part of the itinerary although this also sounds like a good alternative.

To Book:

Khowarib Lodge

 

I had the privilege of travelling with Africa de Sud Safaris on their Kaokoland Tour. Drop them a line to join them on a once in a lifetime adventure.

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mariette@travellingnamibia.com

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Marble Camp

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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

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.

Marble Campsite

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.

Marble Camp is a community campsite like Van Zyl’s Pass Campsite. With beautifully built (and quite creative) bathrooms, I expected the same standard as at Baobab Camp. Sadly, this was not the case.

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.

Summary

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.

To Book

Marble Community Campsite
Orupembe Area, Namibia
Phone: 65273257
Campsite: +264 (0)813454906

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Etosha National Park

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And so today we are off to the wild of Etosha National Park for a weekend of camping, braai’s and wildlife.

Looking forward!

What is your favorite campsite/lodge in the Etosha area?

 

 

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