Brandberg White Lady Lodge
At the end of a long, dusty, bumpy road is an oasis called the Brandberg White Lady Lodge: a pool, a cool drink and a secluded shady campsite with the Brandberg Mountain - Namibia's highest point - in full view.
Accommodation options vary at the Brandberg White Lady Lodge but we mostly use the campsite for its secluded spots, sheltered by evergreen dollar bushes and shaded by beautiful acacia and mopane trees. Permanent tents with private ablutions are a great semi-camping option and the lodge does also have basic en suite chalets. But Damaraland is all about the scenery, the sky, the tranquility and what better way to experience this wonderful setting than under the stars around a campfire.
The lodge offers guided tours to the Brandberg's famous ancient rock art and engravings - of which the 'White Lady' is one - as well as guided desert elephant tracking expeditions. These ellies cover great distances every day in search of water and food so it's real luck-of-the-draw stuff if you get to see them. But the scenery alone more than makes up for it with a palette saturated with every conceivable iteration of brown from the light tan grasslands to burnt red rocky hills (Brandberg translates to Fire Mountain as it changes to a dusky red at sunset).
The campsites share rustic open-air ablutions with flushing toilets and wood-fired boilers ensuring a piping hot shower. A short walk from the campsite, the main lodge offers its amenities to all guests including a swimming pool and garden complete with resident meerkats, a restaurant, lounge, bar and battery-charging facilities. A rocky hill rises up behind the lodge providing a wonderful scenic view of the area - especially at sunset with a gin and tonic or other such celebratory drink.
Camping, permanent tents and chalet accommodation; shared ablutions with hot water and flushing toilets; swimming pool; restaurant; bar; battery-charging facility
Guided desert elephant drives; tag-along 4x4 buggy drives; guided walks to the Brandberg Mountain rock art; self-guided hiking; birding; cultural activities include traditional singing and dancing at dinner
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The campsite is part of Palmwag Lodge. Beside the Uniab River in North Western Namibia. A place of myth and legend. Animals who have changed themselves. To survive. These guys really, really want to live, wow, how they say no to extinction. They demand life. Oh the dramatic resilience of nature. A sweeter place to rock up and roll out the ground sheet would be harder to find.
Climb, stop, stare. Emptiness everywhere. And picture this. When these rocks were formed, T Rex’s were prancing all over North America. Yup. The Tyrannosaurus Rex. The big guy. Living in America. Welcome to the Cretaceous Period. Jurassic World has ended and life, as it now exists, came together. Flowering plants made their international debut, Spitzkoppe creaked into form.
No instagram, no uploading, no down loading. Just stop. Look. Listen. There’s nothing. Just an innate stillness. A liberating, dry emptiness. And there, in the hills near the Soris Soris turn off, deep in Damaraland is a potjie pot on a fire. An incongruous lamppost and a camp. Buruxa.
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