Norotshama River Resort, Karas, Southern Namibia

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    Country, Province, Region: ,
    Getaway Type:
    Nearest Town: Vioolsdrift in South Africa (42km)
    For Kids:
    Setting: Set on the bank of the Orange or Gariep River
    Phone: +264 63 297 215/6"
    GPS Coordinates: -28.393692, 17.411613

    While this is certainly a spot you could stay at for longer than a night, the location of Norotshama (southern Namibia, 42km from the SA border and en-route to Sussosvlei) means that it most likely functions as an overnight stop for travellers and overlanders venturing further up into Namibia.

    It offers a variety of accommodation with the smaller and larger chalets situated along the river and the campsite laid out behind them. As much as we’d have preferred a view of the greater surroundings from our camping chairs, we realistically couldn’t complain – it is a 30 metre stroll to the river and considering we were here in mid summer, we spent most of the day lazing at the pool overlooking the river anyway.

    From a camping perspective, the sites are adequate (although not all even in size) and most have grass with some shade. The only real bummer is the fact that the sites are designated, so if the campsite were full, you’d be awkwardly close to your neighbours. ablution-wise, fear not, there appear to be more than enough very pleasant ablutions with hot water, showers and baths.

    It’s a good spot. You don’t need two nights, but if you have time, spend two nights and indulge in the luxury of a day doing nothing at a cheesy oasis-style pool, overlooking ancient desert landscapes.