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Naukluft Campsite

Naukluft Campsite

Naukluft Campsite is situated southeast of Solitaire in the Naukluft mountains, an area renowned for large, spectacular sand dunes, vast gravel plains, towering mountain ranges, and deep sculptured canyons.

The Naukluft section of Namib-Naukluft Park was created to serve as a sanctuary for Hartmann's mountain zebra, which are endemic to Namibia. Other wildlife in the area include kudu, gemsbok, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, leopard, baboon, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, African wild cat, caracal, and aardwolf. Naukluft's steep cliffs are nesting grounds for various cliff-breeding bird species, including black eagles. The park also boasts a v wealth of tree and shrub species as well as a variety of aloes.

Geologists and photographers alike will be enchanted by the massive and varied rock formations in Naukluft. Visitors wonder at the symmetrical patterns of horizontally folded igneous rock, quartzite, dolomite, and shale.

The campsite has ten camping stands, which include a barbeque area and running water. Some sites have concrete picnic tables, and there are plans to increase the stands to fifteen. The main building houses the reception, administrative offices, and a small food/drink kiosk. Washing facilities are located in a communal washing block, with showers and flushing toilets. Visitors must bring the bulk of their own supplies for the duration of their stay.

Activities in the area focus on nature walks and game viewing. Follow the dry river bed as it runs through the campsite toward stunning mountain scenery. Swim and relax in crystal clear rock pools while surrounded by the Namib Desert. There are numerous hiking trails in the area as well, the most popular being the ten-kilometer Olive Trail and the seventeen-kilometers Waterkloof Trail. For the hardcore hiker, there is the 120-kilometer Naukluft Hiking Trail. All the trails are open from March 1 through the third Friday in October. Camping facilities and water are available at overnight stops along the route.

The varied topography is home to a variety of bird species that make their homes on the plains and against the cliffs. The canyons, desert, and wildlife make for amazing photographic opportunities. The ever-changing scenery and unique lighting offer something to keen amateur and professional photographers.

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