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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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Okonjima | A Spot of Wildlife

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Camp Syncro | Kaokoland

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Of all the places that we visited on this tour, this was probably the one I looked forward to the most… and this is also the one place I have the least photos of.

When one travels so far into the wild – a stomach bug can be somewhat, well, devastating.

What I do remember is the following:

The showers and bathrooms were really clean and neat. And they had just built-in their solar geysers – so hot water after a very long day.  There were no more than 5 campsites and they all had a shaded area. Each campsite was equipped with a barbecue area as well as a tap with running water.

I will just have to return to this little paradise to catch up!

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Van Zyl’s Campsite | Kaokoland

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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.

Contact Details

I could not find a direct website or email address, so better to make a call.

Van Zyl’s Pass Campsite
Okangwati Area, Namibia
P: 65273257
C: 813454906

I was fortunate to travel with Johan Loubser of Africa de Sud Safaris on his Kaokoland Tour.

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Epupa Falls Lodge & Campsite

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To be objective about Epupa is like asking me to be objective about ©Canon. In lack of the ability to write about Epupa without sharing my heart, I will simply stick to the facts.

Located on the most northern point of Namibia, Epupa Falls is the hidden gem of Namibia. No matter from which direction you come, you will have travelled through barren mountains and hills – to arrive at a small oasis. Hidden under rows and rows of palm trees, the falls follow wherever you are on the Epupa Falls Campsite. When the river is full, the falls vibrate under your feet as you walk. The constant drone of the falls become music and the silence is deafening when you leave.

With seven campsites along the river (5 with river views), the Epupa Falls Campsite is the closest to the Epupa Falls (a bare 200 meters!) Each campsite is equipped with a small fireplace for braai (barbecue) and a washing basin for the ever-present dishes. Ablution facilities are shared – hot and cold water!

Epupa is not located on the electricity grid and every lodge has to create his own power. Epupa Falls Lodge & Campsite has chosen to go the green route and makes use of solar power.

And then there is the deck on which many a deep conversation has been started in day light and finished well after the moon has risen. Equipped with a well stocked bar and a suburb restaurant it is difficult not to get addicted to this corner of Namibia.

Want to join the select few that have visited Epupa Falls Lodge & Campsite:

Reservations@epupafallslodge.com or www.epupafallslodge.com

This time around I visited with Johan Loubser – Afrika de Sud Safaris on his Kaokoland Tour

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