Day 208-Road Trip to Spitzkoppe

Windhoek-Spitzkoppe

First things first, Spitzkoppe is one of the most magical, picturesque, and peaceful places I’ve been to! If you appreciate nature and enjoy camping in the wilderness, this is a must!

We arrived in Windhoek from Cape Town on the Intercape at 8:30am with only a 2 hour delay. Not bad for overland travel in Africa! After travelling on a bus for 22 hours, we were happy to see that a representative from Chameleon Backpackers was there to pick us up.

Without much planning, we arrived at the backpackers and decided to take a spontaneous road trip to Spitzkoppe, a natural site in the middle of nowhere. I’m not sure how we had energy, but we made our way over to Hertz to rent a car, grabbed a map, and off we went!


All we had were the GPS coordinates S21.83977 E15.20162 to Spitzkoppe Rest Camp, where we would be spending the night. The main roads were paved, which made it our drive quite easy. 

Directions: From Windhoek, you take the B1 towards Okahandja. Then you take the B2 for 216km. The signs are clearly marked, just keep heading in the direction of Swakopmund. Eventually, you will see these massive rock formations in the distance. That is how you know you’re heading in the right direction. The next two roads, D1918 and D3716 are gravel roads. It gets quite bumpy, but totally doable with any car. We made it without any problems in a VW Polo. We were told not to head to the information center because they overcharge, so we skipped it and went straight to reception at Spitzkoppe Rest Camp. It costs N120 per person to camp and they allow up to 8 people per campsite.

The campsites are pretty spread out so you end up driving through the park looking for a good spot. Everywhere we looked, we were mesmerized by the massive rock formations. We finally settled on camp 11B, which was a great spot for sunset and stargazing. The colours during sunset were so vivid and the sky was so clear that we could see Venus and Jupiter without telescopes, as well as the Milky Way, many constellations, space shuttles, and shooing stars!

This is the perfect place for those who enjoy hiking, climbing, camping, stargazing, bird watching, or just being in nature. 

There are a few spots in the park that are only accessible with a guide, so we will hire one tomorrow to learn more about this beautiful piece of nature!

“Let your mind start a journey trough a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.”-Erich Fromm

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