The Naukluft mountains with one's cliffy massifs and deeply cut canyons rises approx.1,000 meters about
the surroundings and joins estern to the Namib. The highest hills reach almost 2,000 m. The mountains are
a hiking paradise. There are very demanding but also easy hiking trails.
The entrance to the Naukluft mountains take place about the D850 approx. 1 hour after the junction to the Tsauchab River camp.
The entrance about the gate is open anytime, fee is not required. Like everywhere, here is also pointed out
not to enter the park before sunrise and after sundown. After the gate, one drives on a small winding street
up to the mountains. The Naukluft mountains are well-known for excellent hiking possibilities and it's a
welcomed change after the long sitting in the car.
In the park there are 3 well described round-trips for 1 and 3 days, as well as some smaller trails in the
national park camps. One-day hiking trails are with a duration of 4 ½ hours the Olive trail or with 5 ½ hours
the Waterkloof trail. To discover the Olive trail one turns on the right from the route and parks the car
few meters farther on a small parking lot. On the other side of the street the way already begins. The first
hour one climb up the mountain relative steeply till to a crest. From there the path leads in a dry
increasingly deeper cut canyon, with few waters rests at the end of the canyon. This area is the habitat
of the Klipspringer, who can see every now and then in the upper cliff edge in a safe distance.
In spite of few water there is something in vegetation. The green of Euphorbias, Sheephard Trees and various
tendrillar plants gives an beautiful contrast with the red-brown sandstone in the namibian winter sun.
At the end of the tour there was still to manage a little climbing passage along fixed ropes. Therefore,
with little children the tour is not to be recommended.
Additional to the day trips, there are a 3-day trail, which must be registered before. Because there is also no
water on the tour, all drinks and catering must be taken along, what makes the realization relatively
difficult. Anyway steady footwear is important, because there are many snakes supposedly on the ground -
unfortunately, we have met none.
A possibility to stay overnight regarding the Naukluft park exist in Büllsport Guestfarm (Here we were not on
site and can't make a statement about the quality of the lodge.), the Tsauchab River camp, in some distance
the Betesda rest camp as well as the official camps in the park. From the Betesda rest camp one can visit
both, Naukluft park and Sossusvlei. The official camps (there are several in the park) are situated very
nicely, but there are no equipment (no water, food only firewood).
In the river bed of the Tsauchab River the camp of the same name is located and suitable as an overnight
accommodation for campers. There are 2 places, once the main place in the farm house as well as the place
on the spring. (Note! Do not arrive about the spring, the way is suitable only for 4x4 vehicles or for
vehicles with an high unterbody). The area near the spring is principally intended for booked tourist
groups. The spring, which still leads water in the dryness, is a good place to the bird's observation.
Here a hiking trail about the farm area starts. Because we had some time in the afternoons when we arrived,
we hiked along the "Moikloof-Trail". This trip leads in a little canyon with marked points and ends with
an overlook about the valley of the Tsauchab river. Also other hiking trails and 4x4 tours are possible.
A "hiking map" (in Namibia mostly a hand-painted, copied page of paper) is available in the farm house.