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    Default Kaokoland Camping Sites (Puros/Sesfontien)

    What are the best camping sites in Kaokoland around Puros and Sesfontein at the moment? Women joining us on the trip, so flush toilets and hot shower will be appreciated.

    Personally I would like to go for Ngatutanga camp at Puros, but I find that quality of the camps may change from year to year.

    How are the others: Marble Community Campsite (Otmenje), Cameltop Community Camp at Sesfontein, Ongongo Community camp at Warmquelle, Camping area at Khowarib Lodge?

    Where do you book for Puros Ngatutanga camp?

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    Ongongo at Warmquelle - NO< NO. Dit is nie meer wat dit was nie.

    Marble campsite = goed

    Puros - ek het net goeie goed gelees van die community campsite. ]

    Khowarib Lodge - goeie verslag gelees onlangs.
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    Red face Where to camp? Kaokoland

    We are doing a similar trip. We are not going over Van Zyls Pass; cannot see that there are any campsites en route. We want to travel from Epupa to Marble Campsite. It is too long for a day. Anyone done this route and bypassing van Zyls? Then I would like to know if it is better to do the riverbed route through the Khumibriver to Puros or detour which is indicated as the shortest route on Tracks4Africa. From there to sesfontein, same thing, what is the best route?
    We are travelling with an off-road campig trailer.
    We were given the advice that we should not do the whole route through the Marienfluss Valley up to the Kunene.? Would it be worthwhile just doing an in ond out day trip from Marble campsite?
    Our time is limited; we have 4 days from when we leave Epupa to get back to Swakopmund. Too short?

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    Dakman, in my opinie, beslis te min tyd - 4 dae.

    Om vanaf Epupa te ry moet jy gaan tot op Opuwu dan via Kaoko Otavi na Orupembe. Hier kan jy een of twee plekke slaap by community kampeerplekke. Om te ry tot by Marble Campsite is ietwat styf vir een dag. Jy kan egter dag 2 daar slaap.

    Hoekom tot by die Kunene ry in Marienfuss - geniet die dag om Marble - kyk en ry oor Rooidrompas tot Marienfluss, ry so 20 kilos op, draai om en beweeg na Blou, Oranje en Groendrom en kyk na die omgewing. Jy kan ook in die middelste pad by Oranje drom inbeweeg Hartmansvallei - baie baie wild om te sien, en beweeg terug Marble toe, Goeie kampplek.

    Dan vat dit 'n dag om te ry tot Puros - en dan sal jy die volgende dag vroeg moet roer om te ry tot Swakopmund.

    Dan vra ek hoekom die gebied afjaag? As jou tyd beperk is, verken liewers die pad af = Palmwag en omgewing en dan ondertoe.
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    "Little house on the hill" approx. 25km from Orupembe

    Nice and quiet and good / clean abutions!

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    Co-ords for Little house on the Hill

    S17 59.174 E12 35.189

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0000ms View Post
    Co-ords for Little house on the Hill

    S17 59.174 E12 35.189
    Jip, dit is naby Marble campsite. Het laas gesien hul bou 'n nuwe kliniek naby die huis,
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    Matondo, we found Puros Ngatutanga community camp to be more than adequate, especially in the context of being a community site in such an isolated area. You have your own shower and flush toilet for each site. You might have to light the donkey yourself or prompt the camp staff to do it for you if it is at the time of the year when a hot shower is what you want. For much of the year you will be needing a cold shower. Plenty of shade and the sites are pretty spread out for privacy. Highly reccommended. Recent reports seem to indicate no changes for the worse. In fact no other choices in this area. If you are going out of high season ie not from July to Sept. no booking is required. Otherwise you can book through the community camp central bookings, www.nacobta.com.na
    if I remember correctly. A bit of Googling should set you on your way, otherwise I am sure a further query here will give you the answer.

    Marble campsite also of a very high standard with excellent communal ablutions.

    The community camps and the Fort itself at Sesfontein are clearly not of the same standard to my mind. The best place to stay in the area seems to be the camp at Khowarib Lodge although the community camp is OK. At the lodge camp you can use their pub and also the restuarant if you book earlier in the day. Ogongo looked very exposed and drab with very little shade and has apparently deteriorated further.
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    Camel Top Camp at Sesfontein has improved of late and with the demise of the fort campsite, I always use it. Very good

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    I love the Purros Community Campsite. Very Spacious. Private showers under a tree for every campsite (photo here at the bottom of the page)

    If you consider to stay in the "House on the hill" at the Marble campsite, please check also the new Etambura camp (10 minutes from there, 575 ZAR pppn, self catering). Very beautiful (photos here). Nice staff. But they have no sign on the main road. So it's very hard to find the Camp. But I've submitted already the GPS data for the access road to T4A. Starting with T4A 12.05.04 you can find the way with a Garmin.

    A really beautiful campsite near Sesfontein is the Kanamub campsite. But when we stayed there, the water tank was empty and 100 ZAR per person for a campsite without water was a little bit expensive. You could check the situation and if there is no water or the campsite is full (just one nice place), than you could drive back to another campsite near Sesfontein e.g. camel top campsite.

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    Thanks, for all your replies. Looks like Puros Ngatutanga community camp is the preferred choice.

    Nacobta booking site not active anymore, so looks like we will have to arrive early to get a good spot?

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    Thanks for all the info. No one has said anything about which is the best route to take from Orupembe to Puros and Puros to Sesfontein. Are the Khumib and Hoarusib River trails the best?

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    Dakman, you don't mention the time of year you are planning. If it is in the dry season I have no doubt you would be most rewarded by taking the river bed routes. It is very easy to get badly stuck if there is water around. The D3707 is reputed to be a real bone rattler and apparently pretty boring.

    In the Khumib and Hoarisib river beds you will see some wildlife and will be unlucky not to have close encounters with the famed dessert elephants. Just be careful of the elephants, they have a well deserved reputation for being aggressive. Good advice we were given was to drive past them before stopping to look. It is far easier to escape a sudden charge if you are not reversing! The landscape is varied and interesting.

    I have previously posted a trip report with some GPS waypoints for this route.
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    Hi there everyone…
    Just returned from a 4 week trip in Namibia, today (23.06.2012).

    Towed my Jurgens Explorer from Sesfontein up to Marble Mine via all the recognised 4x4 tracks in the riverbeds…
    But take heed… if you do not have ample experience in towing your trailer or caravan through your local 4x4 trail every weekend… BE CAREFULL!

    Camp site #5 at Puros – donkey not working.
    No pre booking either – just arrive.
    I believe the locals call the road (?) between Puros and Orupembe along the riverbed or alongside it, the “devils road” – very appropriate…

    Khowarib community camp – just as good as 3 years ago. If you do not require a swimming pool or electricity, the community camp is cheaper than the camp at the lodge and in my opinion a lot nicer.

    The D3707 North of Sesfontein – where is it? The river trails were highways compared to it…

    Marble Mine community camp – solar powered lighting no longer operational. Only solar water heaters… shower before dark! And getting there from Orupembe also requires hair on your teeth…

    The road (?) between Orupembe and Opuwo via Sanitatas and Kaoko Otavi is VERY bad. In some places it resembles a 4x4 track.

    Still compiling my trip report… so watch this space ;-)

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    Dankie. Jammer. Dat die pad tussen Opuwa en Orupembe so sleg geraak het. Twee jaar. Gelede was dit mooi, net hier en daar rivierlope wat bietjie verspoel het.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witklipbank View Post
    Dankie. Jammer. Dat die pad tussen Opuwa en Orupembe so sleg geraak het. Twee jaar. Gelede was dit mooi, net hier en daar rivierlope wat bietjie verspoel het.
    Te veel kampers en locals.

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    This report , sound like its going to be good.
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    I am following all your reports with great interst as we are planing to visit most of the places you have done during September. It wil be our first trip to this area. And of cause we have lots of questions but below are the main ones. We wil be two vehicles(Wrangler Unlimited Rubicons) we wil tow our Xplorer caravans to Palmwag, leave them there and from there continue with ground tents and just the camping basics. Our planed route wil then take us to:Opuwo(C43),Epupa, then back to Opuwo, then to Kaoko Otavi,Orupembe,Marble camp(to be used as our base for sightseeing in the area). From here to Puros cum. camp(2 nights) via the Khumib river route. Then via Amspoort gorge to Fort Sesfontein and back to Palmwag.
    Questions:
    1. Availability of unleaded petrol-where ?
    2. Water "grey"availability (drinking ok we wil take 40l tank along)
    3. Best camp sights and do we have to /can we book?
    4. Anything we dont know that we dont know
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    Quote Originally Posted by EXPLORER View Post
    I am following all your reports with great interst as we are planing to visit most of the places you have done during September. It wil be our first trip to this area. And of cause we have lots of questions but below are the main ones. We wil be two vehicles(Wrangler Unlimited Rubicons) we wil tow our Xplorer caravans to Palmwag, leave them there and from there continue with ground tents and just the camping basics. Our planed route wil then take us to:Opuwo(C43),Epupa, then back to Opuwo, then to Kaoko Otavi,Orupembe,Marble camp(to be used as our base for sightseeing in the area). From here to Puros cum. camp(2 nights) via the Khumib river route. Then via Amspoort gorge to Fort Sesfontein and back to Palmwag.
    Questions:
    1. Availability of unleaded petrol-where ? Petrol by Opuwu, ek lees ook deesdae by Palmwag, maar ek kan nie se nie.
    2. Water "grey"availability (drinking ok we wil take 40l tank along). Daar is water by Epupa, opuwu en Marble campsite. Ook as jy Kunene toe gaan,
    3. Best camp sights and do we have to /can we book? Daar is meestal community campsite, maar Marble campsite is goed. Epupa is drie, wees vroeg daar en kyk vir die beste een. By Opuwu is daar die Hotel bo op die berg. Dit is baie goed. E jy kan nie sommer die ander bespreek nie, buiten as jy in Epuwu by die een lodge wil kamp,
    4. Anything we dont know that we dont know
    Looking forward to your expert advice
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    1. Palmwag, Sesfontein (usually), Opowo all have petrol.

    2. We drink the water everywhere and have never had any ill effects - sometimes there are "bits" floating in it, but they don't seem to cause any problem.

    3. Palmwag, Khowarib community camp, also lodge, Sesfontein we try to avoid camping there, although people say that Camel Top is OK, Puros, Marble Mine, Opowo Country Hotel, all OK by most standards.

    Don't take the track up the Hoanib to Sesfontein from the Poort - it is a horrible road - from the Poort, bear left and go up the Ganamub to the Puros/Sesdontein road.

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