The Mountains of Namibia

Namibia’s mighty dunes and rolling deserts often take centre stage, but there are other types of awesome landscapes in the Land of the Brave. This blog will be covering some of our country’s unique collection of mountains and mountain ranges where the adventurous can hike, explore, or simply take in the majesty of the world from a lookout point.


The Naukluft Mountain Range.
(Image via Agama River Camp)



This mountain looks like a volcanic crater but it was in fact formed by an upwelling of magma millions of years ago, this kind of formation is called a caldera and it is why the the mountain has its distinctive shape we see today.


Approaching Brukkaros by road.
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At 1,590m above sea level this mountain stands out on the plains of Namibia’s Karas Region, yet is often forgotten about in guidebooks and travel planners. This makes it a great spot to visit if you want to get off the beaten path. There are basic campsites at the foot, and on the upper slopes, of the mountain where travellers can spend a few nights.


A stream running into some pools in the crater.
(Image via Wilkinson’s World)


Please note, however, that you will have to come fully prepared. There is no running water, fuel, or places to stock up on food once you get to the mountain. If you are low on supplies then your only option is to stock up at the town of Berseba 12km away. 


An abandoned solar observatory on the slopes of Brukkaros.
(Image via Wilkinson’s World)


When you get to the campsite’s parking lot and have unloaded all your gear look for the signs showing you were the hiking trails begin and end. There are some incredible walks through and around the crater with the views from the top of the mountain being particularly stunning. 


The spetacular view from the rim.
(Image via Wilkinson’s World)


Book at the campsite here


The Naukluft Mountain Range

The Naukluft are a well-known and well-travelled range of mountains south west of Windhoek. The mountain range is situated in the Namib-Naukluft National Park and thanks to this it has more well-developed campsites and walking trails than Brukkaros.


The Naukluft are found in a parcticularly beautiful part of Namibia.
(Image via Audley Travel)


Hiking is one of the main reasons people visit the Naukluft and there are several trails that criss-cross through the range. Some of the most famous trails are the 4km Olive Trail, the 17km Waterkloof Trail and the mammoth 8-day Naukluft Hiking Trail. You will need to secure permits from NWR for all hiking (and camping) in the Naukluft, so be sure to do that well in advance.

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The trails are all cleary marked.
(Image via Info Namibia)



The ever-changing landscapes of the Naukluft are always awe inspiring.
(Image via Wikimedia)


The range is famous for its abundance of wildlife including Hartmanns mountain zebras, African wild cats, klipspringers and leopards. There are also several small streams and waterfalls that can be found throughout the range. These streams attract a lot of birds to the region and with over 190 species having been spotted you'd best bring your binoculars!


Hartmann's Mountain Zebra.
(Image via Blaine Harrington III)


There is a fantastic 4x4 route for those of you who want to explore this rugged landscape from behind the wheel of a tough and capable vehicle. Take note though, that this route has been closed since October 2013, however, keep checking on it as it will be opened once it safe again. For updates on this over-night 4x4 trail click here.

The Naukluft Campsite, managed by Namibia Wildlife Resorts is a great place to stay if you intend on exploring the Naukluft and its surrounds. The campsite has six rooms available as well 21 camping spots. So if you want to sleep under a roof you should book far in advance.


The sun setting over the range.
(Image via Audley Travel)


Book at NWR’s campsite here


The Spitzkoppe

The Spitzkoppe are probably the most well-known site on this list. For years mountain climbers, cyclists, hikers, geologists and star gazers have been coming to these unique granite formations to satisfy their thirsts for adventure. If you are at all interested in mountains, or the outdoors in general, then you must make a stop at these peaks.


The Spitzkoppe from afar.

Camping is a breeze at the Spitzkoppe and accommodation at the community run Spitzkoppe Campsites, ranges from tented campsites to thatch huts, all in close proximity to the formation. The great thing about staying at this campsite is that the locals will be able to help you plan out some activities while you stay in the region. They offer stargazing, birding and mountain climbing.


Even a fairly easy walk will get you to astonishing places in the Spitzkoppe.

For those of you who are more seriously into climbing, check out his page for a detailed description of what routes there are on this famous mountain.

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Conquering Namibia’s Matterhorn.
(Image via Travel News Namibia)


If, however, you’d rather take it a bit easier then do not fear, there are three walking trails through the Spitzkoppe on which you can take in the beautiful scenery and even catch a glimpse of some ancient San rock art. 


Enjoy the isolation and the long deep quiet of nature.

There is the Pontok Route (4 – 5 hours), the Matterhorn Route (6 – 8 hours) and the Bushman Circle Route (6 – 7 hours). All these routes must be done with guides in order to ensure there is a minimal impact on the fragile ecosystems around the Spitzkoppe.


The area is a national heritage site- so be mindful of where your feet fall.

Book as a day visitor or an overnight guest here



The Spitzkoppe by night.



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