Our African Adventure: Day Three: Spitzkoppe to Damaraland

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Spitzkoppe to Damaraland



 Morning Retreat

We went to bed not knowing what our surroundings looked like and we woke to jaw dropping beauty.  Spitzkoppe is breathtaking. Devon and I walked through some of the rocky hills and packed up our tent. Our campsite only came with a long drop toilet (basically a small fenced off enclosure with a toilet seat and deep hole in the ground) so we went down to the entrance where they had the shower stalls. The showers were really neat, there was no roof and the walls were built up with big stones. An open air shower in the brisk morning made me appreciate little luxuries like warm water.

Sunrise in Spitzkoppe, Namibia
Sunrise in Spitzkoppe, Namibia
Our campsite in Spitzkoppe, Namibia
Our campsite in Spitzkoppe
The rocky mountains of Spitzkoppe, Namibia
The view around our campsite

After showers, we walked to the restaurant and ordered breakfast. Homemade rolls and an omelette for me, unknown animal sausage and eggs for Devon. Haha! It was nice to have a leisurely morning.

Back On The Road

Shop stalls outside of Spitzkoppe, Namibia
The road leading out of our campsite at Spitzkoppe was lined with little huts with parents and children selling similar items like animal cut out wind ornaments



Anticipating a quick drive to our next campsite in Damaraland we decided our mission today was to find the elusive desert elephants.

Elephant warning sign in Namibia
Elephant warning sign in Namibia, we knew we were close!

We quickly realized the drive was taking longer than anticipated and acknowledged that what our GPS and google maps said, and what we actually experienced were quite different. Many of the roads in Namibia are gravel. This means you can’t go too fast because it’s dangerous. The speed limit may be 100 km/h, locals may go 130 km/h and we were only comfortable going 80-90 km/h in some parts. It’s very easy to pick up speed on these roads because they are flat and you can see for miles however it is unsafe to zone out like that. We found that google maps would tell us it’s a 2 hour drive and in actuality it would take us 4 hours. This became discouraging but we did our best to keep up.  Safety is most important!

Villages near Uis, Namibia
We passed a lot of little villages like this one
Kindergarten in village near Uis, Namibia
Kindergarten we passed in a village

Speaking of Safety

At about midday we had a hard time keeping the truck from swerving.  Our back passenger side (left) tire had blown out and needed replacing.  We hurried to change our tire and get back on the road. We mounted our flat to the back which led to many conversations with locals for the rest of the trip.



The scenery changed from sparsely populated countryside to rural villages with people hanging out together outside. The only “elephants” we saw throughout the day were actually a group of cows, ostriches, hills and a pile of rocks.

Views in Damaraland, Namibia
The views in Namibia are stunning and diverse.
Village in Namibia
We passed many scenes like this, dry dusty roads
People walking to the nearest town in rural Namibia
People walking to the nearest town of Uis, Namibia
Himba girl selling jewelry outside of Uis, Namibia
This Himba girl sold me a bracelet just outside of Uis. Her, along with 10-12 others had stalls set up along the road. They were pretty aggressive with their sales.

Damaraland and Hoada Campsite

Flooded with relief, we arrived at the campsite. We bought some Braai (BBQ) packs from reception and set up camp. The bugs were insane but luckily they died down after an hour or so. Our campsite was huge and was one of the best we stayed at. The shower and toilet area were built up with huge boulders to create privacy.

We finished off the night by having a great meal around the fire.