Even when winter rolls, it shouldn’t spoil the camping fun. Spitzkoppe is the ideal place to camp this winter. If you are a climber, a geologist, a rock hound, or a star gazer, Spitzkoppe is Eden. It offers diverse and breathtaking landscapes which will force your mind to think in vast stretches of time. North-east of Swakopmund is the stark grandeur of The Spitzkoppe (sharp head), one of Namibia’s most recognizable landmarks. It is located in the Namib Desert, between Swakopmund and Usakos, which is also the nearest town, approximately 50km away. The summit of this imposing granite rock formation (1,728m) was first scaled only in 1946, and its shape has inspired its nickname, ‘The Matterhorn of Africa’. The Spitzkoppe is nearly 700 million years old. It is a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts with the highest outcrop that rises about 1784 meters (5857 feet) above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700m above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak – the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby at an elevation of 1584 metres above sea level.
Other prominences stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains. Camping at Spitzkoppe is world famous. A mountain oasis in the Namib Desert, with unique oversized boulders and secret caves, allows the visitor to camp in complete peace and tranquility. With the majestic Namibian “Matterhorn” as backdrop, and with the next camping site kilometers away, each visitor “owns” the mountain during their time at Spitzkoppe. The camp takes a maximum of eight people per site with dry toilets at each campsite. The site also offers hot showers which are available near reception. The community removes rubbish from the campsites daily by means of donkey cart. Spitzkoppe has thirty one campsites available of which camps two to five are over lander only. That in strict compliance with the Namibian Heritage Act and Environmental Laws, a complete Environmental Impact Assessment of the whole Spitzkoppe Mountain, with a resulting Area Management Plan, has resulted in guidelines protecting the Mountain and Rock paintings.
Thatched roof rooms nestled between granite boulders giving a spectacular view of the Spitzkoppe landscape. Natural building materials were used in the construction, while rustic elements were used in the interior.
Three rooms are available:
• Room 01 & 02 – 3 x
• Room 03 – 2 x Single beds &
1 x Double bed
Each room includes:
• Fresh Linen & towels
• Braai Facility
The rooms are not en-suite. There are separate ablutions facilities for room guest only that are available with running hot and cold water.
Sunsets are spectacular, but only when night falls you are reminded what that over used word ‘awesome’ truly means. Living in a city and have forgotten the unearthly potential that stars embody. At Spitzkoppe, they stretch from horizon to horizon, shimmering in the dry air, unfettered by light pollution or air pollution.
The dry winter months are particularly good, this is primarily because there are no clouds and the crisp winter air makes for clear viewing. Some of the star constellations that can be seen in the Southern African night skies during the summer months:
• Great Square
Some of the star constellations that can be seen during the winter months:
• Southern Cross
Some of the planets that can be seen during the year:
There are a variety of very secluded campsites around the mountain, some with toilets and braai facilities.
• Per adult per day
• Per child (2-12) per day