Madisa Safari Camp

This is for you wild beasts. Rustic, rugged, rocky, raw. Can’t think of any more ‘r’s but you get the picture. The animals which roam wildly are not fenced off and neither are you so it’s wise to be wise if you need a pee at night. Built on an ancient desert elephant route they do roam through but c’est la vie if it’s just cows whilst you’re there. That’s the sod’s law of wildlife. This ain’t no zoo baby, it’s the real deal.

Our rating: 2/5 Stars
Location: Damaraland, Namibia

Accommodation Description

Hidden in rock formations in deepest Damaraland. There are bushman paintings and bumpy roads. Definitely time for the 4x4. They say the elephants know you’re there. You’ll feel alone, in your own corner of the wilderness. With a bar. Nice.

There are 9 private sites on the river bed which are about a 5-10 minute walk back to reception and the rustic pool.

Each campsite has a view of the Gauntegab river bed and the rock formations. They are also shaded by mopane trees and have a low rock wall around them. Think one rock high.

Site 9 is very quiet and at the far end of the site, site 3 is closer to the road.

You’ll have your own ablutions which are high up on stilts. They look rather amusing but are apparently in the trees in case any elephants fancy your shower water. It’s private but open air, so no roof.

Your braai doubles up as a heater for hot running water, although it can be temperamental. You do need to bring your own equipment for the braai.

There are also 5 overland sites which are big and have communal washing facilities.

The eco friendly self catering tents are for a maximum of 2 people and are twin or double. They have their own ensuite rock bathroom too.


Bar; Communal camp fire; Meals can be arranged at the time of booking; A generator is used from sundown to 9pm for lights so bring your own batteries for your fridge etc;

The drinking water is not great so either bring your own or buy it on site; Wood is often available for sale but not always; There’s a main power source for charging phones and cameras; A rough and ready pool which the resident dogs are known to frequent.


When the sun goes down, look up. Star gazing here is phenomenal as there’s no light pollution; Elephant tracking; Game drives; Sundowners; Guided village walks; Twyfelfontein, Brandberg and the Petrified Forest are about 30km away; Or go on a 20 minute hike to a nearby rock and watch the sun set over Damaraland.

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