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Location:Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei

Camp Gecko

There, in central Namibia, a mountain pass links the Khomas Highlands and the Namib Desert with a precipitous descent. And there, at its foot, is Camp Gecko. Your home, your pitch, your patch of nothing. A lone gecko wanders across the endless savanna.

Don’t expect 5-star luxury. This ain't no ultra hotel. It's simply not the vibe. This is 5-star nature. 5-star tranquility. 5-star wilderness. And definitely 7-star stargazing. Rustic, chilled, still.

Silent too. Until the geckos get it on. Hear the odd chirp or bark? Chances are one's got its lidless little eye on a stunning new lizard lover. Perhaps the one you saw earlier pottering about? The one with the fat tail and the hairy skin.

So, if you're a full on nature junkie, you're going to be made up. Morning, noon and night. Sit and watch the waterhole. Bathe in an open air shower. Lie and watch the night sky.

Everything blends in. The bush tents are built into Namibia's Great Escarpment. The canvas tones with the surrounding bush.

There's a lapa on the hill above the bush tents where you can join the hosts and eat by candle light. A big, big view from the big, big terrace over the big, big savanna.

There are a variety of accommodation options. Bush tents, two and three storey bush hideaways, 2 self catering cottages and 5 campsites.

There are two bush tents with two single beds - and one with a double. Each has bed linen, towels and its own shower and toilet. Want a hot shower? Get pumping. Hot water is provided by a 'donkey boiler' equipped with wood and paper. There's a private terrace to enjoy the view and a braai area. Petrol lamps give you light and the water is drinkable. The tents don't have electricity so if you need anything re charged you can do it at the Farm House.

There are two two storey hideaways with two terraces on two floors. That's a lots of twos. The bedroom on the second floor is closed where your head is but open at the other end, so if you sit up you get this wild view over the savanna. And you can see the waterhole. The room's an en-suite with a shower and toilet. On the ground floor there's a small living- room with sofa. One hideaway has two single beds, one has a double.

The three storey hideaway is quite something. There are two terraces in this greedy beast. Double bed with an en-suite and OPEN shower & toilet. A braai area, washing up facilities and a rustic living room which has a double sofa bed and a platform so you can grab your bed linen and sleep al fresco. Watch the real stars shine.

There are also two self catering cottages with 2 single beds each. They're round and made of grass. The shower and toilet facilities are between the two cottages. There's a big terrace, camping stove, sink and two braai places - ask reception about using their camping cooler if you need it.

If you're camping there are five camps. Orange Camp has 4 sites with natural shade. It's sandy and close to the natural swimming pool and dam. 2 showers, 2 toilets and 4 braai places. There's room for cars with roof-tents and floor tents.

Hilltop Camp is private and funnily enough, on top of the hill. It's a small, covered and shady place with a private ablution block, braai area and sink. Splendid view and space for cars with roof-tents but not for floor tents.

Eagle Camp is another private site on the hill. It's covered and shady with a private open shower and toilet. Some say it is the most beautiful toilet on the planet. Hmm, looks pretty toilet like but whoa the view's the thing. Sit back, do your thing. You can also watch the sun set as you wash up. 2 braai places and space for cars with roof-tents and one small floor tent.

Moonlight Camp is the same as Eagle Camp but there's only one braai place.

Wild One's a bit different. It's a campsite close to a dry river, there's no water and a long drop toilet. Shower? Bucket. And water provided by the hosts. A sink and braai area. Secluded. Very rustic. You are likely to be visited by animals at night. Space for cars with roof-tents and floor tents.

Facilities

Sitting pool, natural dam; Campfire; Waterhole; Dinner in Lapa; Bar

Activities

Farm drives and sundowners on Spreetshoogte Pass. Archery and guided trips to Sossusvlei. You can also walk - there's an adventure trail and zebra hike you could try or go horse riding. Bird-watching is always a good option or just chill in the natural pool. Still, still life.

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