No joke, you’ll feel like you’re in a modern art installation. On another planet. A remote desert one. This place is cool. Stylish, contemporary, minimalist it’s literally embedded into the rocks of Spitzkoppe.
Set in open desert, this place mixes old and new. 15 private chalets sit between massive 150 million year old granite boulders. Everything’s been created to blend into the environment - including the pool which is landscaped into the rocks. The deck is split level and there’s a fire pit too. The sun sets in front of you, behind the Brandberg mountains, and there’s a 360 degree view to the boulders which are lit at night. It’s a long drive - 4 and a half hours from Windhoek and 3 from Swakopmund but it is closer than Mars. Which is a bonus.
The chalets are spaced out so you’ll see them but it’s up to you if you want to be sociable and wander back to the main lodge and pool.
Each chalet has a private bathroom and you’ll have your own deck. It’s all raised on stilts and connected by long, elevated walkways across the sand. You might want to hire a bike to get back to base.
There’s a bit of grandeur with the zebra skin floor rugs and the decor is all icy blue drapes and white bed linen. Uber stylish. Your roof’s a tent so it might get flappy at night but grab your earplugs and just watch the stars unspoilt by light pollution.
Chalets have air conditioning and showers; mosquito nets; deck and fire pit areas; natural rock pool; private areas to accommodate small groups; wheelchair friendly; breakfast and buffet dinner available.
There's a big eco emphasis here - it’s all about being responsible in a fragile environment.
There are: trips to archaeological sites including Bushman’s Paradise; horse riding with the option to overnight under the stars; photographic guided tours and self drive available; bike hire, biking tours and sunset biking tours.
Spitzkoppe has a diverse range of birds so if that’s your bag, you’ll be chuffed. 3 types of vultures, peregrine falcons, the list goes on.
Finally, this area is the big rock climbing destination in Namibia with over 100 sport and trad routes.
Similar Properties in Damaraland
As unassuming as a Damara lean-to and as luxurious as a big-city hotel, Camp Kipwe is another iconic Namibian safari lodge from the ingenious creators of Onguma Tented Camp and Mowani Mountain Camp.
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Damaraland is a region of ancient oddities and Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is slap bang in the middle. Its cool interior, camouflage exterior and all-important swimming pool turn this humble lodge into a veritable oasis.
Doro Nawas, in the Abu-Huab River valley, is a classic safari camp with the benefit of modern architectural and design inspiration. Everything opens from floor to ceiling to include the spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein - famous for its San rock engravings.
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