Campsites - Namibia
Ozohere Campsite is located 42km north of Uis, on the main road between Khorixas and Twyfelfontein. The campsite is only 500m from the Ugab River, which can be viewed from the Ozohere Hill adjacent to the site. Although very basic, it is a great spot to get away form the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If it's a no frills, peaceful stopover you're after, then Ozohere is the place to be!
The Ugab River is an ephemeral river that only flows above the surface of its sandy bed a few days each year, but even during much of the dry winter season, pools of water remain in certain places. The river provides water for the rare desert elephant as well as giraffe, mountain zebra and the largest population of free roaming black rhinoceroses in the world.
Ozohere is the Herero name for the rock dassie, a medium-sized (±4kg) terrestrial mammal, superficially resembling a guinea pig with short ears and a tail. As the local name of the campsite suggests, rock dassies are found in abundance in this area and they are regular guests.
In spite of the size difference, it is the African elephants closest living relative, because of the close evolutionary relationship deduced from similarities in the structure of the feet and teeth. Dassies typically live in groups of 10–80 animals, and forage as a group. Their most striking behaviour is the use of sentries; one or more animals take up a vantage point and issue alarm calls on the approach of predators.
There are 7 carefully selected campsites, all nestled in and around huge boulders and set in under trees for extra shade. There is a central braai facility and a communal ablution block with basic showers and flush toilets. A small selection of cool drinks, tea/coffee are available, but otherwise campers must be completely self-sufficient. Day visitors are welcome to stop off for a refreshment/comfort stop.
Activities: Owner Vinice Kambongarera has 4 of her own cows that graze around the area. If you fancy something udderly different, then she'll be only too happy to let you milk her cows!
Trips to see the world famous desert-adapted elephants can be arranged. They roam the dry Ugab River bed freely and occasionally stride pass the campsite! There is also a picturesque fountain not far from the site, well worth the effort.
Traditional performances: It is possible to visit a local Herero or Himba village and learn of their customs and way of life. Inquire about the traditional tribal dances that can be performed, although some advanced notice may be required.
Hiking: Treking parts of the sandy river, passing local Herero farms dotted throughout the region, is a great way to pass an early morning or late afternoon.
Flora: Quite a few plants grow around the campsite, although much of the visible vegetation is confined to the exotic wild tobacco, (Nicotiana glauca). Indigenous plants found there include stunted acacia trees, !Nara bushes, (Acanthosicyos horridus), with their (almost leafless) spiky green stems, and improbable large, spiky melons.
The only way to get a site is to arrange it on arrival at the campsite.
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