About Our Camping Tours

We first offered short camping tours for guests who had been out with Turnstone for day trips and wanted to spend a little longer in the bush or the desert. Our commitment to top quality interactive guiding remains at the centre of our work. We take a personal approach to each tour, and continue to place a high premium on good company, good planning and good fun. We feel that your camping tour should be more than a "few nights under the stars", and we hope that you will gain real insight into the wildlife we see, the environments we explore and the ecosystems which support them.

Our camping tours (which last for one, two or three nights) lead you to a huge variety of landscapes, animals, birds, insects, reptiles, plants, rock art, fossils, artifacts and minerals. The focus of each tour is different, but all destinations are spectacularly beautiful and well off the beaten track. Some tours concentrate on wildlife or birding; others on landscapes, art and culture. Some involve walking and climbing; others are more leisurely.

panoramic views - DamaralandWe take a maximum of four people (unless by special arrangement) and we discuss every trip on an individual basis. Each tour is built around your specific interests and is geared to your particular pace. We provide comfortable equipment, reliable vehicles, excellent meals, and above all, a first class guide. Take a few days off from the well-traveled route of hotels and lodges and come camping with Turnstone ...

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Damaraland: Elephant and rhino tracking (three nights)

First we head north to the Brandberg - Namibia's highest mountain and home to an impressive collection of rock art including the famous 'White Lady'. The first night's camp is on the foothills of the Brandberg.

elephant in DamaralandThese men have enormous experience of the surrounding area, sharply-honed tracking skills and good knowledge of individual animals. Obviously, we cannot guarantee that you will see elephant or rhino, but we have an excellent success record to date.

The second night's camp is near the enchanting Ugab River, a linear oasis which draws countless animals to its water source. This is ideal country for desert-adapted elephant, a fascinating group of animals which survive against all odds in Damarland's harsh conditions.

 On the third day we head for the Doros Crater - a favourite stamping ground for rhino - via the historic settlement site of Gai-As. For our third night's camp we return to the Ugab River banks. We leave for Swakopmund the next day via the Messum Crater, Welwitschia sites, the Cape Cross Seal Colony, Henties Bay and the coastal lichen fields.

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The Erongo Mountains (two or three nights)

observing the desert chameleonThis trip take you along the Swakop and Khan River valleys towards the magnificent Spitzkoppe. This scenery forms an unusual backdrop for the area's fauna and flora, with the chance to see Kudu, Oryx, Klipspringer, Baboon, Ostrich and Springbok in a unique desert setting.

For the first night we camp on the 1 728 meter Spitzkoppe inselberg, dubbed Namibia's Mattehorn. The Spitzkoppe holds a wealth of geological, natural and cultural interest, while the surrounding area is famous for gemstones, particularly tourmaline and topaz. Here, and in the breathtaking landscapes of the Erongo mountains, you can see fine examples of rock art, spanning several centuries and posing unsolved riddles of origin, meaning and heritage. Famous pieces, such as Ameib's White Elephant, the Sheen Torch parade and the Snake Charmer are just a few of Erongo's treasures. With each new discovery, you are drawn to the next.

Our campsites for the second and third nights nestle in the Erongo mountains - a perfect setting for exploratory walks and climbs. Our journey back to Swakopmund is via a small scale rose quartz mine and Rossing Mountain.

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Nights in the Desert (one or two nights)

This tour takes in the Kuiseb Delta, Sandwich Harbour and the Namib Naukluft park. It includes exciting 4x4 dune driving beside the Atlantic; historic delta trails, ancient Topnaar sites, part-fossilized elephant tracks; constantly changing desertscapes and specially-adapted fauna and flora.

salt pans en route to Sandwich HarbourAt Sandwich Harbour, the strange mix of fresh and saltwater lagoons surrounded by lush greenery draws thousands of migrant and resident birds. The site has been declared a 'Wetland of International Importance' and is a legally protected bird reserve and marine sanctuary. What was once a 19th century whaling station is now a deserted natural paradise, where the northern point of the Sossusvlei dune chain plunges into the ocean. The first night's camp on the edge of the Kuiseb Delta provides spectacular views from some of the world's highest dunes and the second day takes you further into the massive Namib Naukluft Park - quintessential Namibian scenery.

The two night version of this trip allows a more leisurely exploration of Sandwich, the Kuiseb and the Naukluft, as you head towards the Tinkas Plains. These grassy plains are set against red granite mountains - the site of our second night's camp. We return to Swakopmund  via in the famous Welwitschia plains, the Goanikontes Oasis and the surreal Moon Landscape of the Swakop River Valley.

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Sossusvlei Safari (three nights)

We head out of Swakopmund for the Kuiseb Delta via Walvis Bay and its famous Lagoon. There is good birding all along this stretch of the journey as well as marvelous sandy desert scenery, uniquely-adapted flora and fauna and the fascinating !Nara fields of the dwindling Topnaar community. We travel along past fossilized elephant track at Rooibank and on towards the Desert Research Station at Gobabeb before finding out first night’s camp site at Homeb in the Namib Naukluft Park. This is the point at which Kuiseb river divides a landscape of massive sand dunes and flat gravel plains. For sundowners we climb to one of the most impressive viewpoints in the area, before setting up camp under huge acacia trees.

SossusvleiOn the second day we travel through an ever-changing rock desert landscape: The Kuiseb Canyon; the Gaub Canyon; Solitaire and finally to Sesriem. Here we pitch camp in the afternoon in time to take an early evening drive out to Elim Dune, a nearby beauty spot with sweeping views over the Sossusvlei area. Early to bed and VERY early to rise to see the spectacular sunrise at Sossusvlei. We take brunch along to make the most of our time in this unforgettable dune chain. After lunch we drive down to Sesreim Canyon, a picturesque formation of eroded conglomerate rock and the only waterhole for miles and miles. A leisurely evening braai rounds of the third day back at the campsite.

After an early morning dune walk on the fourth day, we break camp and head homeward through the Welwitschia Plains of the Namib Naukluft Park, the desert oasis of Goanikontes, and the Moon Landscape of the Swakop River Valley.

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secret valley - Mundulea Nature ReserveWalking trails on Mundulea Nature Reserve (three nights)

Mundulea Nature Reserve in the Otavi Mountains is roughly 120 square kilometers of prime Montane Bushveldt set in the unspoilt Karstveldt region south east of Otavi. The Nature Reserve was established at the turn of this century to protect and conserve the biodiversity of this very special area.

Mundulea SericeaIt is named after a beautiful purple flowering bush (Mundulea sericea), favourite food of the Eland, and said to have medicinal and magical properties.

Mundulea is situated two hours south of the Namutoni Gate of Etosha National Park and  provides a refreshing change from long hours of driving punctuated by lodges and hotels. Please have a look at our dedicated Mundulea website for detailed information about accommodation at the bush camp, its special features and its place in Bruno’s vision for Mundulea.

We suggest that you plan your visit either at the beginning of your holiday as you head away from Windhoek towards Etosha, or keep it for one of your last stops before returning to home. Which option works best has turned into something of a ‘hot debate’ among our guests! Some argue that spending time at Mundulea at the start of their Namibian journey equipped them with information and insights they found indispensible in the following weeks; others felt  that they had left “the best till last” and recommend the same strategy to others.

We feel that both options work well - and that your first consideration should be to secure a booking in line with the rest of your Namibian itinerary. But please ask your travel agent - or remember, if you are booking your holiday yourself – to check our availability as early in the process as possible. Being a relatively small and personal venue, we may have less flexibility with dates than some of the larger lodges and rest camps on your travel wish list, which means that if you leave only one possible date slot for your Mundulea visit, you may be disappointed. In other words, if you really want to come and stay at Mundulea – and we sincerely hope you do - please reserve dates with us before booking up the rest of your Namibian holiday.

stalactite and stalacmite - cave on MunduleaMundulea's dolomite and limestone mountains are millions of years old. They contain fathomless caves and potholes, deep gorges and underground lakes.  Ancient Leadwood trees,  Marulas, Wild Figs and White Syringa, which provide vast shade canopies, are just part of the wide variety of plants, trees and bushes found on the reserve. The game you are likely to see includes: black rhino, eland, tsessebe, roan, giraffe, black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, oryx, hartebeest, springbok, dik dik, steenbok (check spelling), duiker, ostrich and warthog.

Among the predators, Leopard, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Serval and Lynx are all present and have been sighted on several occasions during walks The peace and pace of the trail also affords superb opportunities for birding - some 260 species are found on the reserve.

kitchen at tented camp - MunduleaPoints of interest are built into all walks, which are geared to the individual requirements and abilities of our guests. In practice though, the highlights are always the unexpected finds, the things that happen along the way and the sheer unpredictability of the Namibian bush. We spend each night back at the bush camp, with nothing but fireside conversation, a delicious meal and great South African wines to distract you from the sounds of the bush and the glories of the bushveld  night skies..

We meet you at Mundulea  by prior arrangement, and we will supply directions from the main B1  to the farm house (about half an hour’s drive) when you make your booking. In order to cater properly to your interests and needs, we would like to discuss the tour with you in detail, so please contact us directly via email to find out more and make plans.

London Independent newspaper about Mundulea Nature Reserve:
http://travel.independent.co.uk/africa/article2172985.ece

Gill Charlton from the Telegraph: "A stay at Mundulea is all about gaining a greater understanding of the environment..."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/6345164/Ask-Gill-The-terrifying-cost-of-losing-holiday-car-hire-keys.html

The National: Girls gone wild in Namibia - Gill Charlton
http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/ article?AID=/20091128/TRAVEL

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