Visiting the Spitzkoppe in Namibia
The Spitzkoppe is one of Namibia’s more popular attractions. It is easy to access and a night or two is enough before moving on to the coastal town of Swakopmund. There is a variety of accommodation options available and the scenery is a handsome reward for your visit.
The nearly 700m high granite peaks tower over its surrounds and can be seen from the main road well before you reach your camp. Its attraction lies in the multitude of shapes and colours these peaks take on which are amplified during the golden hours of sunset and sunrise. It’s a tranquil place and easy to forget that others exist. A hiker, photographer and content creators dream.
The Spitzkoppe is one of the most accessible attractions in Namibia. A 4×4 is not required as it is an easy 270km drive on tar from Windhoek. Take the A1 north and then the B2 from Okahandja towards Swakopmund. The turn off to the Spitzkoppe is about 25km after the town of Usakos, marked as Hentiesbaai (D1918). From there it is an easy 30km drive on well maintained gravel. The only other turn off will be the one for the Spitzkoppe (D3716) whereafter you’ll reach the small village. In the village take the turn off depending on which accommodation you chose. The first will be for the Tented camp, followed by the Campsites a few kilometres down the road and finally the Spitzkoppen lodge further down the road.
Three very different types of accommodation is available at the Spitzkoppe. Starting with the original Spitzkoppe campsites which is situated amongst the Koppe. This is the most basic of all the options, and be prepared for basic including no swimming pool, but also the most budget option. It does have a lovely bar and restaurant area that serves basic meals. The biggest advantage is off course that you are camping amongst the peaks, beautiful!!!
The second is the tented/mountain camp, outside the Spitzkoppe. They consist of prepitched tents with double beds and ensuite bathrooms. The tents have electricity, lots of charging points and hot water. The camp includes a beautiful swimming pool with a large bar and restaurant area. Each tent has its own braai (BBQ) facilities should you opt for self-catering. Free Wifi is available within the reception area. The biggest negative is that you will need to drive to the Spitzkoppe and pay a daily rate to walk amongst and climb the peaks. But the views from the camp itself is spectacular.
The final option (there are many more, these are the closest and within the vicinity of the Koppe) is the Spitzkoppen lodge which is the luxury and more expensive option. I have not stayed here myself, but will provide as much information as possible. The place is luxurious and beautiful, not quite 5 star, but still…. “Stylish, private accommodation consists of 15 generously spaced, tastefully furnished chalets, each with a private bathroom and covered outside viewing deck”. Chalets are occupied on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. The lodge has a beautiful swimming pool area. Note there are no air-conditioning in the chalets. As the lodge has a maximum capacity of 30 guests you can always expect a VIP experience when staying here.
Spitzkoppes main attraction is it scenery and the best way to appreciate this is by exploring it yourself. There are various marked hikes and climbs that can easily be done. Look out for the multitude of Bushmen rock paintings and make sure you are in the prefect spot to capitalise on flawless sunsets. Take your camera and drone, bird lovers don’t forget your binoculars. Then after sunset prepare yourself for some of the best stargazing Namibia has to offer. It truly is an amazing place to spend a day or two.
Should you visit the Spitzkoppe?
Yes. If you are visiting Swakopmund then it is an easy 1 night stop over on your way there or on your return to Windhoek. It is only 140km away from Swakopmund so you can wake up in the morning, watch sunrise, enjoy breakfast and be in Swakopmund by 10:00 to enjoy some more activities.