Canyon Klipspringer Trails

Suggested Itinerary:

Hiking Groups (only from April to September):

We do not offer any transfers, but groups who have their own designated driver can arrange their own hiking excursions with transfers. The group’s guide/driver can drop the group off north of the camps, from where they can walk south from camp to camp. Their driver (not our driver) can meet them at the camps with their luggage and supplies. These hiking excursions can range from 1-5 days depending on the preferred option.

Please note that the Koelkrans camp is not easily accessible by car and requires sufficient 4x4 driving skills to drive there.

-Hiking Groups (all year):

The camps are also a great option for non-hiking groups that want to experience one or more nights in basic but cosy facilities in the beautiful setting of the Fish River Canyon.

Hiking or Non-hiking Individual/Self-drive traveller (hiking only from April – September):

We recommend that travellers that are not part of a group drive to one or more of the camps and hike from the chosen camp and return back to the same camp and then drive to the next camp and do the same.

Alternatively, the camps can be used without the hiking option.

Please take note that the Koelkrans Camp is not easily accessible by car and requires advanced 4x4 driving skills.Klipspringer Base Camp:

Services Available:

A braai/ barbeque can be provided but must be pre-booked for Groups only.

T-Shirts, braai packs, wood, soft drinks & beer are for sale.

Facilities:

Nine rooms (mostly not separated by doors) with a total of 27 beds with mattresses, with bedding/linen and towels.

Fully equipped communal kitchen with plug points.

Outdoor Braai / BBQ facilities

Communal Bathrooms with hot water. ( six showers and five toilets).

No Plug Points in the rooms.

Solar power until 18h00, Generator from 18h00 to 21h00.Koelkrans Camp:

Koelkrans is a shady hideaway surrounded by ebony and tamarisk trees. A small cabin, built on a ridge, serves as the dining area and kitchen, while the overnight cabins are set below. Pull chairs out to enjoy views of the river, lie back and read a book or frolic in the water. Walk past the kitchen cabin onto the koppie to enjoy sundowners from above.

Facilities:

Seven cabins with two beds each (total of 14 beds) with mattresses, no bedding/linen and no towels.

Communal bathrooms with flushing toilets and showers. Guests will need to make a fire in the donkey boiler (wood-fired water heater) before enjoying a hot shower. The water usually takes about half an hour to heat up, once the fire is made.

A central cabin serves as a dining area and kitchen with an outside veranda. A fire pit or braai-place outdoors is provided for braai/barbeques.

Cutlery and crockery, including a kettle, braai grids and a gas stove

Firewood for the donkey and braai is available and placed at the camp at no extra cost. Guests are required to bring their own firelighters and matches.

No electricity. Candles and lamps are provided for lighting.

No plug points.

No braai packs, wood, soft drinks & beer are for sale

Important Information:

There are no transfers available.

There are no staff members at the camps, except at the Klipspringer Base Camp.

Check-in for all the Camps is at the Base Camp.

Braai packs and drinks are available for sale at the Base Camp only.

Should a group request a barbeque/braai for the first evening (at the Base Camp) for their group this would have to be pre-booked and communicated.

The distance between the camps is 8 to 16 km.

The 4x4 road to Koelkrans is somewhat challenging and requires an experienced off-road driver. All other camps can easily be reached by 4x4 and average driving skills.

The camps are bookable all year, however, hiking is only permitted between April to September. For the rest of the year, hiking is strictly prohibited due to heat, which can result in serious health risks.

Radios are provided at each camp except Koelkrans.

Children are most welcome at Klipspringer Base Camp. Children up to 5 years old are free of charge; for children between the age of 6 and 13 years, we charge 50 per cent of the bed only rate.Horseshoe Camp:

The camp, built right on the edge of the rim, has exquisite views over the horseshoe-shaped river far below. Enjoy the delight of the small stone-and-wood cabins, take a shower in the bathroom built with one of the best views looking into the Canyon or take a stroll to explore the surroundings. A short path to the east leads to a dry riverbed and waterfall, and spring far below, often frequented by game. At the end of the day, cook supper over the outside fire and dine by lantern-light at the long wooden table indoors.

Facilities:

Ten cabins, each cabin has two single beds with mattresses, no bedding/linen and no towels.

Communal bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. Guests will need to make a fire in the donkey boiler (wood-fired water heater) before enjoying a hot shower. The water usually takes about half an hour to heat up, once the fire is made.

A central cabin serves as a dining area and kitchen, while a fire pit or braai-place outdoors is provided for braais/barbeques. Each camp has its own cutlery and crockery, including a kettle, braai grids and a gas stove.

Firewood for the donkey and braai is available and placed at the camp at no extra cost. Guests are required to bring their own firelighters and matches.

No electricity. Candles and lamps are provided for lighting. No plug points. 

No braai packs, wood, soft drinks & beer are for sale

There is a radio provided for radio contact with the Base Camp.Camp Battlesnake:

The name derives from the legendary giant snake that, according to Nama lore, created the Fish River Canyon. As the story goes, the Nama engaged in an epic battle against the gigantic leviathan that was preying on their livestock. Its death throes are said to have produced the meandering shape of the canyon as we know it today. The camp’s cosy central cabin with a shaded veranda overlooks the canyon and the smaller 2-bedded wooden cabins are dotted around it. Light the fire in the donkey boiler for a hot shower and relax outside as the golden afternoon light paints the canyon in gold.

Facilities:

Seven cabins, each cabin has two single beds with mattresses, no bedding/linen and no towels.

Communal bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. Guests will need to make a fire in the donkey boiler (wood-fired water heater) before enjoying a hot shower. The water usually takes about half an hour to heat up, once the fire is made.

A central cabin serves as a dining area and kitchen.

A fire pit or braai-place outdoors is provided for braais/barbeques.

Cutlery and crockery, including a kettle, braai grids and a gas stove.

Firewood for the donkey and braai is available and placed at the camp at no extra cost. Guests are required to bring their own firelighters and matches.

No electricity. Candles and lamps are provided for lighting.

No plug points.

No braai packs, wood, soft drinks & beer are for sale

There is a radio provided for radio contact with the Base Camp.

These hiking trails are available to guests, who booked with the Klipspringer Base Camp

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