Hardap Dam Resort / Brukarros
Hardap Dam Resort
Center of the Hardap resort is the 25 qm large Hardap reservoir, the most important reservoir of Namibia. It
was finished with the establishment of a 865 m high wall between two cliff noses at the fish river in 1962.
The reservoir supplies the small town Mariental and about 40 farms of the Hardap project, which cultivate
different field fruits.
Our activitys at the first day in Namibia were buying food, hire the car and organize a fridge as well as
approx. 300 km drive. About 15 o'clock we arrived at the first station of our trip, the Hardap Dam Resort and
had accordingly only a little time to visit the area. The Hardap Resort comprehends principally the reservoir
surrounded of steppe land. There is relatively few game to see (Kudu, Ostrich, Springbok). The animals are
shy what allows to close on the fact that they are hunted or were recently still hunted. The Hardap Resort
is made accessible by a far path network which one can take off by hired car. At the end of the Gemsbock
Trails a footpath also is joined. Because the sun went down already about 18 o'clock in southern winter,
it was unfortunately, too late for it.
The Hardap reservoir is not to be recommended as an aquatic sport and fishing water, because the water is a
grey-murky brine and does not makes an inviting impression. In the camp along the lake exist economy- and
standard bungalow as well as a camping site. However, the economy bungalow are simply but very clean and
fitted out with the compulsory grill place. Visitors were to be found at this season rarely, for it some
Klipschliefer climbed around the resort. The Hardap Resort is well suitable for the first overnight stop
after Windhoek. For the visit are ½ days enough.
Farther in the south the volcano crater Brukkaros, actually a broken down volcano bubble, dominates the
scenery. He rises 650 m about the plain with a crater diameter of approx. 3 km. The crater ground lies about
350 m below the crater edge. He came into being approx. 80 Mil.years ago, when there were the last volcanic
eruptions in wide parts of Namibia.
Because the volcano is the only elevation in this area, he outstands far in the plain landscape. From the main
road he looks also relatively close, nevertheless, one needs approx. 1 hour to drive over dusty gravel roads.
The last section of the path to the parking lot is to be recommended only by 4x4 vehicles or vehicles with
high underbody, otherwise the underbody will be damaged.
Not far away of the parking lot, above the canyon, exist a nice campground, but without equipment only the
blank site, no water, no toilets. From the parking lot different very lonesome footpaths start up in the
crater or to the crater edge and take approx. 2 to 3 hours. A footpath leaded us approx. 600 m high to the
edge of the crater, from where one has a great view, titled as "View of the World", to the south in the
plain. In the crater one finds the first quiver trees - there should be later still more to see close to