The Brandberg Restcamp situated in Uis provides a welcome overnight stop
Brandberg Restcamp: Our full report
Brandberg Restcamp is set in the small town of Uis, located midway between Etosha National Park and Swakopmund. With a number of natural attractions nearby, this no-frills but affordable camp makes a decent two or three nights' stop-over. None of the Expert Africa team have stayed here, but we popped in for a brief visit in June 2014.
Brandberg’s main area is accessed through a front garden, and behind it is the reception. The main area has a slightly dated feel, but is large, open and cool, with plenty of places to sit and relax. There is a large bar area with a pool table, and this leads out to the swimming pool. This 25m pool is a welcome escape from the desert heat – but please note that pool towels are not provided, so you'll have to bring your own. The large restaurant, where breakfasts, light lunches and set dinners are served, spills out onto a shaded poolside terrace with bench tables. Beside this, there's a guest lounge with satellite TV; communal braai facilities and the on-site 'Old Prospectors Pub' are also open to non-residents.
Wireless internet connections, badminton, table tennis and water polo are available at the restcamp. In town, there's an Internet cafe, a store selling basic groceries (ideal for self-caterers), a curio shop and a petrol station.
Brandberg Restcamp offers a variety of accommodation options: four standard twin rooms, five two-bedroom flats, as well as camping and caravan facilities. The poolside double rooms come on a bed and breakfast basis, with en-suite bathrooms, ceiling fans, and tea/coffee making facilities. The flats are self-catering and feature two bedrooms (both en-suite), a lounge area, a well-equipped kitchenette with microwave and stove, and under cover parking. On the camping site, there are communal ablutions and power points available.
Whilst staying at Brandberg camp, plenty of activities can be arranged for you. Sundowner tours are included in the rooms' rates; drives to Namibia's highest mountain – the Brandberg, which is famous for various Bushman paintings, especially for the White Lady – are also possible; and the camp's manager, Basil Calitz, is a fascinating guide, with great enthusiasm for the region and its geology. The mountain is also very popular amongst hikers; three to five day hikes with professional guides can be arranged upon request.
Other activities include guided game drives around the area, during which desert elephant and herds of zebra may be spotted, or self-drive trips to Petrified Forest, Twyfelfontein, Spitzkoppe and the Valley of the Organ Pipes.
Our viewBrandberg Restcamp seems like a good stop-over for self-drivers on their way from Etosha to Swakopmund (or vica versa). It offers simple and affordable rooms and flats in beautiful natural surroundings, with plenty to do and a lot to explore.
Ideal length of stay: 2 - 3 nights
Directions: Brandberg Restcamps is located in Uis, just off the C36, and lies en-route between Swakopmund and Etosha National Park.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Staff: Brandberg Restcamp is managed by Basil Calitz.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Equipment: High chairs and cots are available on request.
Communications: Brandberg Restcamps has a WiFi internet connection.
TV & radio: There's a communal TV room with satellite TV.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: There's a secure parking area on site.
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge