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Spitzkoppe

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Spitzkoppe is in Namibia.

Understand[edit]

It is a group of bald granite peaks or isolated rock hills located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert. The Spitzkoppe rises majestically out of the surrounding plains and is visible from great distance away. The Groot Spitzkoppe is considered to be a 'inselberg' (island mountain, alike the Monument Valley mountains).

History[edit]

Landscape[edit]

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[edit]

Climate[edit]

Get in[edit]

  • Hosea Kutako International Airport, +26 461 295 5600, [1].  edit

Many rental companies offer free pick-up and drop-off to the airport, so it's worth enquiring about this, if you plan on renting one. The nearest town is Usakos. From the B2, take D1918 to D3716. This is approximately 50 km from Usakos.

Fees/Permits[edit]

Entree fees in 2007 were N$35 per person.

Get around[edit]

There are often local guides to take the visitor around at minimal cost.

See[edit][add listing]

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.

The Spitzkoppe
  • Golden Snake Fossil
  • Pontok mountains
  • Rock paintings
  • Sand Rock
  • The Bridge

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Birdwatching.  edit
  • Climbing. Climb around the magnificent rock formations. Enjoy the dassies playing on the rocky surfaces.  edit
  • Hiking.  edit
  • Sunset & night sky watching.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There is a small gift shop which supports the women's cooperative. Please help the locals!

Eat[edit][add listing]

Drink[edit][add listing]

Be sure to bring plenty of water as there are minimal facilities within the park itself.

  • Spitzkoppe Bar, Spitzkoppe, +26 481 211 6291, [2].  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Lodging[edit]

  • Spitzkoppen Lodge, Spitzkoppe Road D1918 Spitzkoppe, +26 464 464 144, [3].  edit

Camping[edit]

The Spitzkoppe area is run by a women's cooperative, who maintains 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. The Spitzkoppe area is a camper's dream. Campsites[5] be 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!

  • Spitzkoppe Tented Camp and Campsites, Spitzkoppe river valley, Spitzkoppe, +26 481 805 3178, [4].  edit

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Hentiesbaai town at the ocean shore.
  • Omaruru Game Park


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