Spitzkoppe – the “Matterhorn of Namibia” – 1,728 metres

The Spitzkoppe is just such an incredible fascinating mountain, standing on a flat plain, beautifully formed by erosion, that it is included in every Namibia trip. Luckily the area is so big, that you can find a secluded campsite, even when it is full with tourists.

Our camp for 2 days
Preparing a climb at Pondok
Richard going up first
Monty, Esther and Richard
Climbing a giant granite boulder
View from the top

After doing some climbs around the Spitzkoppe, they decided to “hike” up to the summit the next day. There is no way to do that on your own, you for sure need a guide, which you can arrange at reception. Richard took them on this very challenging route early in the morning and it took them 3 hours to get to the top. You have to make your way through giant rocks, using narrow gaps and climbing a lot. There is no path and it is not marked.

Summit book

The summit book was started in 1998 and not very thick. The last entry was from April this year and the one before from last year. It seams not many takle this incredible challenging climb onto Spitzkoppe.

Sugarloaf @ sunset
Spitzkoppe to the left, Sugarloaf to the right
Ground squirrel
Naughty Red-billed Hornbill

We had a pair of hornbills, arriving in the morning and attacking our cars relentlessly. For some bizarre reason they hacked onto the windscreen and pecked the wipers. It was nearly impossible to chase them away.

Flower of the Day
Cape Starling

One of the famous rock formations around the Spitzkoppe is the arch. It was formed by erosion caused by the sand which was constantly blown against the rocks.

We had a great time at Spitzkoppe, exploring the rock formations and big boulders. Our kids did the more challenging hiking and climbing, which was a great experience for them, thanks to Richard, who took them on this great routes. If you want the contact, just send us an e-mail.

From here we will drive to Swakopmund and go on some tours from there, which we had left out the first time we came there, to do them together with the kids.

More about sand dunes, the sea and many incredible animals on our next post!

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