Brandberg Restcamp offers a good stopover for self-drive tourists who wish to explore the Brandberg Mountains and beyond to Damaraland. Visiting the San rock paintings rate highly on many a traveller's itinerary. Their affordable rooms and flats are set in beautiful natural surroundings in the village of Uis, an unspoilt rural area in Namibia.
There is plenty to do and see in the area in the company of one of Namibia's most charismatic guides. Conveniently situated en-route between Etosha National Park, Henties Bay, and Swakopmund, the gravel roads to Uis are usually in an excellent condition and the rest camp can be reached by any sedan vehicle.
The Brandberg is the highest mountain in Namibia, standing at 2573m above sea level, and as it's on the flat Namib gravel plains, it can be seen from a great distance on a clear day.
There is a grocery store with basic food stuff, bottle store, filling station, curio shop and Internet cafe in the village.
The restaurant and bar, overlook the large swimming pool. (Bring your own towels!) The guest lounge has a satellite TV system, and there is a communal braai facility, Internet Wi-Fi connection, laundry service and secure (undercover) parking. There is also a conference hall/facilities.
Breakfast, light lunches and snacks are served throughout the day, and a 3 course set dinner meal, including fish, game steaks and chicken, can be ordered in the evening.
Poolside double rooms: 4 double rooms set poolside each with en-suite bathrooms, fan, mosquito nets and tea/coffee station & air-condtioning
Standard double rooms: 5 standard rooms with 2 beds and similar facilities to the luxury double rooms.
Self-catering rooms: 5 self-catering rooms with 4 beds in each room. The facilities are similar to the luxury double rooms. There is a fully equipped kitchenette, including microwave, stove, cutlery and plates etc. The standard double rooms are connected to the self-catering rooms and can be opened to accommodate a maximum of 6 guests if required.
There are many things to see and do in the area, including quad bike routes, swimming in a nearby lake, sundowner (and geological) trips to the Uis Tin Mine, where guests can watch the sun set, sat on a white dune.
There is a variety of half, full day, or self-drive tours to the White Lady Bushman Paintings, Petrified Forest, Twyfelfontein, Valley of the Organ Pipes, Spitzkoppe, and Doros and Messum Craters.
Guided Desert Elephant tours can be organized, where giraffe and rhino can also be spotted. Another guided geological tour, is to the small miners, digging for Quartz and Amethyst. The world famous Brandberg Crystals, can be bought directly from these miners.
Hiking: The Brandberg Mountain is popular with hikers - hikes range from 3 to 5 days.
Burnt Mountain, Twyfelfontein and the Valley of the Organ Pipes: An 8-hour excursion (packed lunch included) to explore the highlights of Damaraland.
Brandberg: A 10-hour excursion (packed lunch included) around the Brandberg. Visit Elephant rock, desolated mining sites (Tourmaline & Pyrophyllite), numerous Welwitchia mirabilis plants and buy crystals of quartz and amethyst direct from the local diggers. There is a good chance to see the world-renowned desert elephants.
Spitzkoppe Excursion: An 8-hour excursion (packed lunch included) to the Spitzkoppe. Visits the water pumping station in the Omaruru River which provides drinking water for the village of Uis. Astonishing views of the Spitskoppe will be seen. On this route the elephant's foot Adenia pechuelii and Leadwood Combretum imberbe and various other succulent plant species can also be seen while descending down into the Omaruru River valley. We approach the Spitskoppe from a northerly direction; which is not the norm, thus giving an entirely different view of the mountains to that which most other tourists see.
This small lodge is located between Outjo and Khorixas - it was one of the first guest farms opened in Namibia.
We are absolutely convinced that this is where Nelly the Elephant decided to live, after deciding to run away from the circus! A bit run down - but in an excellent location.
Small private lodge consisting of thatched domed bungalows scattered amongst large granite boulders. It is well situated near Twyfelfontein and several other major Damaraland attractions.
Named after the abundant Mopane Trees found in the area, Damara Mopane Lodge is part of a well established lodge group, known for quality lodges at reasonable prices
This camp was started by Wilderness Safaris and is now managed by the local community. Expect luxury, desert elephants and rhino.
A good quality lodge located close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Excursions to the engravings and in search of desert adapted elephant are available.
Situated in the town of Khorixas, this lodge may not have the most scenic setting but offers reasonable accommodation at good prices.
A fairly basic establishment just outside the town of Khorixas.
Private campsites in a beautiful setting.
One of the most luxurious lodges in the area - accommodation is in luxury tents or more 'solid' suites.
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is much more than just accommodation; it is a destination in itself.
Close to the Vingerklip rock formation and offering exciting views of the Ugab Plains.
The Vingerklip is a 35m high finger like rock structure - this popular and well equipped lodge has two swimming pools and apart from being close to Vingerklip is in close proximity to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest and other wonders of Damaraland.
These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
Very basic and possibly over priced. I would camp there (rather than stay in the lodge) next time around.
Basic campsite but great pool, good food and friendly staff. Sun downer tour to the old mine highly recommended.
Very simple camp site, but deeply cozy! The restaurant and the bar are very nice and the whole ambience is very clean.
Would not use it again, even though everything was sort of OK. In this region we preferred the White Lady Lodge, camping.
Basic and very "local" with pink walls and plastic curtians - but clean, and food was ok and every body was friendly enough.
Good, clean rooms. Our `single` group member unfortunately got separated from the rest of us and stayed in another part of the camp.
Unusual, eccentric, saw a little slice of Namibian life with the various parties and dinners that were held there. Very helpful owner
Really enjoyed this place, Basil made us very welcome and give us good advice about where to find the Desert Elephants. This was such a good stop over.
Looked a little down-market compared with our other accommodation. However the small terraced room was clean with pristine bedding and there is a 25m pool.
A comfortable if basic stopover, with a pleasant pool and relaxation area. Pleasantly surprised by food, which was good value for money, and a well stocked bar!
A good first day stop. The pool is wonderful after driving for 5 hours. The sunset tour was a great way to absorb the space and take a break from my own driving.
Good basic accomadation. Felt a bit less safe there. We had a room with a door out to an unsecured area. There also seemed to be quite a few people wandering about.
middle of nowhere, quite a strange place, lots of people from vilage came by to try and sell us gems etc, but owners were lovely, african singing in the evening in the bar etc
I rather prefer another Camp the next time, which is closer to the Brandberg and not in the City. It was nicer, when we were at the Camps, which were in the middle of somewhere.
Nice place. Everything looks a bit old (70's) even if it was all repainted/refurbished. Clean flats and good beds. Prices for day trips (elephants ...) should be posted at the reception.
This was a nice place to stop over between Etosha and Swakopmund. Clean and adequate rooms with good bathroom. Nice bar & restaurant overlooking pool with a very relaxed feel. Good food and service.
Do not put anyone in this hole. The showers did not work. Ended up in the room without a shower cabinet. Luckily we could cut the visit short and drive to Swakopmund. No refund as "we need the money".
We were out and about most of the time. The accomodation is a bit old fashioned compared to the other places we stayed at but it didnt bother us. Also the cheapest dinner we had the whole trip (and it was good too)
The swimmingpool and other facilities are ok but the campsite is not very nice. For us the stop here wasn't very interesting, even if we understand that it is necessaey to stop somewhere before between Okaukuejo and Swakopmund.
Rooms not up to date,first room problems with electric only one lamp work a lot of insects inside. We have changed the room but same problems with insects. Outside area nice and well kept. Employess very friendly. Dinner and Breakfast very well. Pets are amazing.
The camp was very full. Unfortunately not much rest in this camp as there was a "fly-in" that ended the night I stayed there and the participants in the event played loud music and partied until very late that night. Facilities for the price was quite sufficient.
Camp site is ok. Accomodation is ok. It has a nice and big swimming pool. We did a sunset trip with the owner of the Brandberg Rest Camp. This was really nice: we did a nice trip, we saw some beautiful spots and learned a lot of the town where this Rest Camp is located.
Quite spartan and not too close to the `White Lady` site. It was in the town which was an advantage, but it had a Mad Max feel about it. vast, empty and slightly run down. I appreciate that it was cheaper, and that tourists should have a variety of different levels of experience.
What a pleasant surprise!! The owner was a very good host and we could ask him all the questions we had about the area and the country!! We appreciated his interest in his guests and the hospitality. Food was also very good. Recommend this as a stop over. rooms was neat and clean.
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