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Spitzkoppe is in Namibia.
The Spitzkoppe rises majestically out of the surrounding plains and is visible from great distances away. The Groot Spitzkoppe is considered to be a 'inselberg' (island mountain, alike the Monument Valley mountains).
The Groot Spitzkoppe is 1728 meters above sea level. The Klein Spitzkoppe is 1584 meters. There is also Pondok Mountain. The Groot Spitzkoppe is often referred to as the "Matterhorn of Namibia" because of the similarity in shape.
Flora and fauna
The nearest town is Usakos. From the B2, take D1918 to D3716. This is approximately 50 km from Usakos. The Spitzkoppe area is run by a women's cooperative who maintain campsites throughout the brilliantly colored rocks. A nominal fee is paid at the entrance and camping can be arranged. The volume of visitors is relatively low, despite the dramatic rock formations.
Entree fees in 2007 were N$35 per person.
There are often local guides to take the visitor around at minimal cost.
The mountains are brilliantly colored and rise abruptly out of the plains surrounding them. Unfortunately, the large depository of San art has largely been vandalized.
Do climb around the magnificent rock formations. Enjoy the dassies playing on the rocky surfaces.
There is a small gift shop which supports the women's cooperative. Please help the locals!
Be sure to bring plenty of water as there are minimal facilities within the park itself.
There are some traditional Damara huts for rent. The closest town is Usakos, 50km.
The Spitzkoppe area is a camper's dream. Campsites are located in all types of interesting rock formations with trails leading out. It is possible to get to most campsites by a regular car. There is no water on the campsites and only some have outhouses. But the landscape is absolutely spectacular! N$ 125 for 2 adults and a car (2007).