Rising out of a seemingly flat landscape with a peak of 1.728 metres, the Spitzkoppe is a cluster of granite mountains in the Erongo Region, just a couple of minutes drive from the main road going to Swakopmund. The “Matterhorn of Africa” is fun to climb for novices and experienced rock-climbers alike. There are several birds, including the endemic Herero Chat to look out for.

Northeast of Swakopmund in Namibia, lies a group of mountains with striking granite peaks and smooth boulders in unusual shapes and sizes. More than 700 million years old, the Spitzkoppe are among Namibia's most distinctive landmarks. For hikers and mountaineers, the Spitzkoppe is a paradise. Beginners can practice nicely here and for professionals, the ascent of the peak makes for a real challenge.

Highlights

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Organise a tour of the local cave paintings.
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Do some official rock climbing up the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’.
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Consider birdwatching, animal spotting, stargazing, hiking, and general exploration.
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Do nothing at all. Spend some time sitting in a chair and stare at the amazing views around you.

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December is popular for travel in this region. However, it will be seriously hot at this time as well – you are in the desert after all. Temperatures are moderate and foliage is more sparse between May and September, which makes for rewarding game viewing. However, it will be very cold coming out of the dry, winter months, and is not advised for novice campers. If you have the freedom to choose your holiday for any period, we would recommend October, when the heat is not at its height, and the cold has moved on.

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