Someone's life Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
Windstone Backpackers

A bit of an odd location for a backpackers (i guess the people staying here are mostly laborers) but a decent place for a stopover. It's not a proper campsite but there is a courtyard and some lawns where you can pitch a tent, and use the shared ablutions and kitchen of the backpackers. I imagine you could also park a camper if necessary. I paid 70R.

Malkoppan Guest Farm

This place is in wrong location - it is located at -32.13435, 18.30779

Steenbokfontein Art Studio

Sadly, Gerrit passed away unexpectedly on February 20th. The campsite is still useable but understandably in a bit of disarray. His sister told me she has plans to fix the place up, but she has a lot on her plate, and they might end up having to sell the property.

Norotshama River Resort

Nestled between the vineyards, on the riverbank with a sunset view of the Richtersveld. Camping is on grass, with lights/electric/braais and the wifi reaches the campsite! Two ablution blocks and a washing up area. They are undergoing renovations so the place was a bit torn up and there was some noise during the day, but they gave a 20% discount because of it. Normal price for camping N$170 pp.

Hobas Rest Camp

National Park campsite, 11km from the main viewpoint. Choose your site wisely as you may end up surrounded by noisy overland tour groups. Ablutions are surprisingly modern and clean. N$170 pp.

Canyon Roadhouse Campground

This place is definitely going for the American route 66 style roadhouse/diner theme. They definitely nailed it on the rude staff, terrible music, over-the-top capitalism and kitchy/tacky souvenir crap everywhere. Sorry, but it's not my taste.

Fortunately, once you go out back to the campsite it's quiet and peaceful (there were oryx wandering around at night and in the morning). Pitches are well spaced, light/electricity/tap/braai at each, ablutions are lovely, and there are some walking trails you can explore. N$175 pp.

Helmeringhausen Hotel

This place is overpriced and overrated. N$200 pp and they won't even give you the wifi password because it's "only for guests in a room" (only one of which was occupied). I had to basically beg for it. Bad customer service too, they didn't even show me the campsite or point out where anything is, just took my money. The campsite has no electricity or lights (at least I couldn't find any) but is otherwise fine. Maybe they should focus less on bragging about their apple cake and more on customer service.

Betta Rest Camp Campsite

Very well equipped sites, each has a little stone wall which helps to block the wind, plus everything else you could expect, and a viewing platform (though you mostly just see the surrounding farm). Ablutions are spotless. Shop has plenty of treats and supplies. N$110 pp.

Sesriem Campsite - NWR

Nice location on the edge of the desert. Each pitch has at least one tree for shade, light and electricity (not in overflow). The ablution block was not well maintained (ran out of toilet paper, showers dripping and missing tiles) and they should really have more, considering how big the campsite is and the price. Wifi was not working. Staff were apathetic at best.

Solitaire Desert Camp

They begrudgingly let me camp because it was getting dark, but the campsite and lodge are officially closed. Not sure why or for how long. They still had staff on duty, the place was clean and the ablutions and electricity were working, but they didn't charge me anything. They would prefer you go to their guest farm 7km out of town.

Namib-Naukluft N.P. - Aruvlei

Not much of interest here, just a group of trees with some concrete picnic tables, fire pit, and a couple of long drops. I heard some group of hoofed animals around in the evening but didn't see them.

NN Park - Vogelfedderberg Camp Site

There is an overhanging ledge on the road-facing side which gives some shade and has a few concrete picnic tables under it. There's also an overhang on the opposite side which you could camp under but no tables. Other than that and the long drops, it's just you and the desert! beautiful.

Zelda guest farm

Good place to stopover if you're crossing the border. Each campsite has its own shady grass area with electricity, lights, water, braai, tables, chairs, everything. Ablution block is spotless. N$120 pp. Also has rooms. Didn't check out the animals or Bushman activities on offer as it was too late.

Maun - The Old Bridge Backpackers Lodge

Very nice setting on the riverbank. The (new?) showers do indeed have hot water and great pressure too. The area for tent camping is small and gets crowded, otherwise a great place. 80 pula.

Parts of the road are gravel

Road still very wet and muddy, didn't see the helper truck. There is a very poorly signed detour via the parallel gravel road to/from zoroga, which is bumpy but dry.

Gweta Lodge

I agree, the owners are extremely friendly, welcoming, and helpful! The bar area is super cozy with lots of comfy seating and rustic African decor. The pool is actually a decent size, not a glorified bathtub like a lot of other places. It is mainly a lodge and the camping area does seem more like an afterthought. 80p pp.

While I was there I heard some of the local guides taking about how they dislike nearby planet baobab because it is a corporate affair run from a head office in South Africa, and the staff have no leeway, everything is done by the book. I was glad I stayed here instead.

Elephant Sands Lodge & Camp

I guess if you didn't know that this place used to be better, it's really not that bad? There is a large, sandy/grassy camping area with braais and lights spaced throughout. They had no problem with my tent on the ground beside my bike. Ablutions are good, water is a bit salty. It was fairly busy with tour groups but still quite peaceful. I didn't see any elephants, but others said there had been some earlier that day and the night before. The boisterous Afrikaaner owner also had plenty of entertaining stories of lion encounters to tell around the firepit. They also have a wildlife conservation trust.

Foot and mouth Sanitary control

The officer here said I also couldn't bring fruit and vegetables south, even though the sign clearly mentions only animal products. I lied and said I didn't have any (because otherwise I would have no dinner). He asked if he could search my bags. I said sure. he said nevermind.

Touch Of Africa

Super hospitable family runs this place. Campsite is basic but ablutions are good and there's an area where you can cook/braai. 50 pula.

Big 5 Lodge (former Toro Lodge)

Nice riverside location, restaurant is now functional but didn't try it. The private ablutions are a nice luxury but were full of wasps. There also seemed to be a nightclub right nextdoor as there was music blaring until late, which really spoiled the otherwise peaceful atmosphere. 130p pp.

Jollyboys Backpackers

Massive backpacker complex, bar is lively with travelers and expats. They organize all kinds of activities, and run a fee shuttle to the falls in the morning (but not back). Tent camping is on a small grass area right by the bar and parking lot, so not really ideal.

Mabuya Camp

Busy backpackers spot. Small grassy area for tents, not much privacy. Noisy until the bar closes around 10. Otherwise decent place.

Mufasa Rustic Backpackers

Nice secluded place on its own beach (with a photogenic half-sunken boat and a not as photogenic half-built peer). Shady trees and hammocks, certainly more relaxing than the busy beach at cape Maclear. Conveniently located if you are taking the Ilala ferry. The mosaic covered ablutions are quite nice. Funky little bar, nice people. However, the set menu dinners are not worth the price for the small portions of basic dishes (like fried rice or spaghetti, I can make that myself thanks).

Nkhotakhota Pottery

Nice place, as others have said, but I was not impressed with the restaurant. Limited menu and fairly pricy, so I cooked my own dinner but ordered breakfast. They served me a half-cooked omlette with some cold toast, which cost extra.

Ngala Beach

Upscale resort. Well kept beach and campsite with braais, nice sunset views. Restaurant is very expensive ($12 for breakfast). Great shower pressure.

Butterfly Space

didn't stay here, but popped by. The deck and hammocks are nice, and they have a pool table. However some people told me that they had quite a few things stolen out of the dorms so be careful.

Mayoka Village

Really lovely place run by a nice family, great views, social atmosphere, especially on weekends (there was live local music on Saturday night). Food is great, though a bit pricy. There are different themed buffet dinners available each night. The free water activities are a nice touch. I asked about camping and they upgraded me to a dorm for the same price. They also run a school and take volunteers. There is no longer free wifi.

Adios Lodge and Camping

A nice place to stop over in Rumphi. Construction is ongoing so the grounds are a little messy but they're working on it. Ablutions are a work in progress but there are two toilets and two showers with electric geyser. Funky little restaurant/bar with well priced pizza and other options. Good breakfast with homemade bread. Very friendly and accommodating Dutch owner and staff. 2500mk for camping, there are also a few rooms.

The Mushroom Farm

Wow. This place would be worth the slog for the view alone, the food alone, or the atmosphere alone. The combination makes this definitely one of the top places I've stayed in Africa.

From the moment you arrive you are treated like an old friend, not just a customer. The restaurant/deck has a comfy area to chill and great selection of tunes playing all day.

The food is a real treat for vegetarians and anyone who loves fresh tasty organic food! (I've been veg for 10 years, and their veggie burger is one of the best I've ever had anywhere!) There's a selection of internationally inspired breakfasts and lunches, and a set menu for dinner ($7) served family style at a long table. Generous portions too. They bake their own bread and roast their own coffee.

The tent camping spots are amazing, literally right on the edge of the cliff with an unobstructed view! For $5! (Although the one on the right side of the path is prone to flood in heavy rain.) There are also dorms from $8 and a variety of differently constructed rooms.

The open air showers and composting toilets are beautifully constructed and kept very clean. The whole place is solar powered, there is also a permaculture garden, yoga deck, local craft 'shop', walking tours (for $3) and the owners sponsor a variety of community projects.

The only downside for me was that the wifi was unusably slow. Otherwise, this place is amazing!

I did check out Lukwe as well, which has a lot of similar things going for it, and is the original permaculture farm in the area, with a very friendly and knowledgeable owner. It has a better view from the bar, but is smaller and quieter, and lacks the colourful charm and traveller vibe of mushroom farm.

Manchewe Waterfalls And Cave

While I was here a guy flew his drone out over the falls and it went nuts (caught in some swirling wind?) and crashed. According to the owner of Lukwe, this is the third drone lost here in the last few months. Fly at your own risk!


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