Madisa camp

Madisa Camp is situated in Damaraland and comes highly recommended for those who wish for rustic peacefulness. Many travellers use the well-travelled route between the small towns of Uis and Khorixas and the camp provides the perfect stopover to visit the world famous rock art at Twyfelfontein.

An additional drawcard is that the camp lies within the habitats of desert-adapted elephants. Other nearby attractions include The Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, the Petrified Forest and Brandberg Mountain. Madisa is easily accessible by both sedan cars and 4x4 vehicles.

Some of Namibia's most stunning desert landscapes can be found in Damaraland, one of the country's most sought after holiday destinations. There is much to see and do which lures tourists here and back again and again. Elephant and rhino tracking, birding, hiking, mountain biking and climbing plus cultural trips to local tribal settlements.

Excellent camping facilities and the close vicinity to some of Namibia's most visited tourist attractions make Madisa an ideal base for the outdoor enthusiast looking for a budget option. This includes individuals, families, self-drive travellers and large overland trucks. The ephemeral Gauntegab River setting adds to the beauty of the location.

Relax and unwind at the bar and communal braai area set at the foot of a granite koppie (mountain). Cool off after a day's activities or a long, dusty drive in the swimming pool. Bear in mind that the elephants have taken to enjoy a dip in the pool at times as well! Electricity is available from sunset till 21h00 hours and you are required to set your own fire to boil shower water.

Guests can stay in Madisa's eco-friendly self-catering tents built around ancient boulder formations. Each tent affords outstanding Namib Desert views. Open-air en-suite rock bathrooms with a shower, wash basin, toilet, double/twin beds and linen are standard. Cook your dinner on the outside braai (bring your own equipment). Solar heated hot water is available at night and you can find your way around in the dark courtesy of paraffin/solar lighting in the tent and bathroom areas.

There are 9 private shaded campsites suitable for individual travellers, families and small groups. Each campsite has a great view of the river bed and nearby rock formations and are surrounded by a low rock wall. Individual ablution facilities uniquely sited on stilts hidden in tree tops. The braai facilities double up as your hot water heating system (donkey geyser) at every open-air shower. The 5 overland truck sites are equipped with a large circle braai area with seating, water taps and a wash-up basin and communal ablution block. Site lighting throughout is presently powered by a generator.

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Elephant Tracking: Spend a full day in search of desert-adapted elephant accompanied by a trained guide. (Minimum 2 pax).

Game viewing: A drinking trough which elephants frequent can be viewed from the top of the koppie. Leopard have recently been sighted close to Madisa. Village Walk Hike around the local area in the company of a guide to meet local villagers. Duration 2-3 hours.

Rock Art: There are some recently discovered examples of rock art, mainly of giraffe around the campsite.

Cultural Trips: To the Damara Living Museum can be organized.

Sundowner Walk: Enjoy a guided walk around the nearby koppie before climbing to the top to watch the magnificent sunset: Duration 1.5 hours.

Game Drive & Sundowner: Cruise the region by vehicle observing local flora and fauna en-route. Duration: 3 hours. (Minimum 4 pax).

Local attractions: Use Madisa as a base and self-drive to Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain and the Petrified Forest.

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Bambatsi Lodge

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Brandberg Rest Camp

Brandberg Rest Camp

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Brandberg White Lady Lodge

Brandberg White Lady Lodge

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Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe

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Damara Mopane Lodge

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Doro Nawas

Doro Nawas

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iGowati Lodge

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Khorixas Rest Camp

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Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp

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Ugab Terrace Lodge

Ugab Terrace Lodge

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Vingerklip Lodge

Vingerklip Lodge

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Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Mattsson, Leif

21 Oct 2017

Very cozy and friendly personel at the camp site. The camp site we liked the most during the whole trip

Ronai, Manoela

19 Feb 2017

GREAT camping site. The best one we stayed at. Very kind staff, private bathroom and shower. Wonderful.

D'andrea, Paolo

15 Jun 2018

Fixed tent camp, really good place to stay, the morning walk with a local guy has been a great experience.

De Witt, Tom

15 Nov 2017

Top destination for Damara, friendly host and no electricity at the tent. Really nice stay, I would recommend it!

Hoyning, Ellen

20 Mar 2017

Such a special place. How they had integrated the bathroom into the rocks were amazing. Staff also super friendly

Wouters, Arno

28 Jun 2017

Nice campsites and beautiful surroundings next to the river bed, you might even spot some desert elephants at times...

Boutelant Olivier

21 Sep 2016

Madisa camp was a great surprise. We didn't expect such a warm welcome and such a site. This is one of our best night!

Whitney, Chris

7 Oct 2017

The chef was very friendly and the location was convenient to the Twyfelfontein area, despite the terrible roads to Twyfelfontein.

Nilsson, Lars Erik

7 Mar 2017

Camping only. Nice sites with private ablutions and showers in the tree tops. Well managed, no restaurant but beer is available :-).

Impala Adventures

26 Apr 2017

A very well sorted campsite. My clients very much enjoyed the bar!!. Next year we will want to book the campsutes 8 and 9 near the river


21 Aug 2017

Very pretty, quite camp. Awesome nice stars. Each campsite has its own toilet. The campsites are well spaced apart from each other for privacy!

Pirotta, Enrico

11 Aug 2015

The services are a bit basic, and the campsite is far from the amenities of the region. It is well located as a stopping point to the south, though.

Wessels, Mercia

3 Jun 2017

This was a beautiful camp! So much more than we were expecting, and very close to the damara living museum.we could have spent more time at this camp site.

Noble, Eva

9 Aug 2016

Excellent place with friendly staff, nice campsites, and lots of little rock hills to be climbed. We sat atop one at night to enjoy the stars and Milky Way.

Roald, Knut Halvard

4 Mar 2017

Pleasant to have good distance between campers. Well kept (even though they had a temporary problem with electricity). Nice system of heating water (by fire).

Harter, Gregor

28 Aug 2016

Absolutely in the middle of nothing and nothing to do (once you have seen the sights); maximum good for one night but overpriced. Dinner was a good brai but nothing more


24 Aug 2017

Good location between Brandberg and Twyfelfontain. Nice reception area with a small, cool pool and a bar. Well spaced campsites have private bathrooms and showers, sinks and power. Bit dusty.

Tatham, Charles

13 Jan 2018

It felt like driving into a film set as we approached this camp. It was quirky and really friendly place. The food was great and the bar was fun and original. There is a bit of a hippy touch to the place, so it may not appeal to people who like something more up market.


Madisa is situated between Uis and Khorixas of the C35 on the D2612, 18km towards Twyfelfontein on the Goantagab River. The camp is accessible by 2x4.

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