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Nama Karoo


Mesosaurus Fossil Site and Quivertree Dolorite Park
Fascinating site where the fossils of the early saurian Mesosaurus tenuidens, a predecessor of the dinosaurs, have been...

Other features


Below is a list of accommodation establishments along this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Farm Duwisib
The farm is situated next to Duwisib Castle and includes its historical outbuildings. The castle was constructed of red...

Felix Unite Provenance Camp
Separating North-Western South Africa and Namibia, the mighty Orange River cuts through a landscape virtually untouched...

Canyon Lodge
These thatched chalets are built from natural stone and nestle against massive granite boulders, leaving you in no doubt...

Canyon Mountain Camp
Situated amongst the striking dolerite hills, the Canyon Mountain Camp is the self-catering alternative for the more adv...

Canyon Roadhouse
Exhausted from some serious gravel travel? Ready for a cold beer, a hearty meal and a good night's rest before or after...

Canyon Village
Canyon Village fits snugly into the mountainous surroundings of the splendid Gondwana Cañon Park and affords easy...

   Arts & Crafts

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Ôa Hera Craft and Tradition Centre
Ôa hera ('that which people seek') Art Shop is a pleasant art and craft centre with a wide variety of items and ma...


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The Nama Karoo covers most of southern central Namibia, driving a deep wedge northwards of the Orange River (and South Africa) to about 120km south of Windhoek, with a narrow strip along the edge of the Namib reaching up to Angola. The sedimentary geological formations take on dramatic proportions in the Fish River Canyon, the second-largest canyon on Earth, formed during the break-up of Gondwanaland some 130-million years ago.

The vegetation is characterised by dwarf shrubs and scattered grasslands, while the quiver tree is a fascinating and distinctive icon for the south. Various hikes and drives afford one an opportunity to view the increasing herds of springbok, and also of oryx, kudu, mountain zebra and ostrich. Much of the Nama Karoo consists of wide plains, broken only by the dark, enigmatic massif of Brukkaros Mountain, some 120km north of Keetmanshoop. Perhaps it was the tranquillity of this huge desert that inspired the construction of a fairytale castle in the midst of this landscape at Duwiseb, to the west, a century ago.

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Part of Four Deserts Route.



The Nama Karoo covers most of southern central Namibia. Much of it consists of wide plains, which are broken by Brukkaros Mountain and the Fish River Canyon. Hikes and drives provide the opportunity to see game like springbok, oryz and kudu.


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