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.
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.
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.
Damaraland is home to a community of people who have survived and thrived through a remarkable adaptation and deep connection to the land and to one another. Here lies their history, inscribed in the crumbling rock and stone. This is the community spirit that we offer to our visitors: warm, unexpected, village-esque, and always memorable. Delve into the community setting in the unique cottages, each with its own small vegetable garden. Enjoy the view of unique landscapes from the sunset deck, where the glow of light reflects off the majestic mopane trees. Or select one of three walking trails, to experience the woodland in a more personal setting.
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.
A fairly basic establishment just outside the town of Khorixas.
One of the most luxurious lodges in the area - accommodation is in luxury tents or more 'solid' suites.
This is Africa, infused with unmistakeable Namibian flair, visible all around you in the staff’s gleaming smiles and the tastefully curated suites
Nestled in rolling boulders of a granite outcrop, Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp is conveniently situated a ten minutes drive from Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, within walking distance.
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.
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.Download Map
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