The Kunene Region in the north-west of Namibia has, over the years, been regarded as one of the least accessible and seldom visited areas in Namibia.
Besides the dusty roads in the area, this is one of the most popular areas for people who want to explore the geomorphology and geological history of Namibia, self-explained through the dramatic landforms that capture the imagination of all who travel through this beautiful country.
During my tiresome journey to the region, I settled at Aba Huab Camp Site and Safaris in Twyfelfontein; a world heritage site. Twyfelfontein loosely translated means “doubtful fountain” in Afrikaans, relating to a fountain where many of the hunter-gatherers depended on, especially during the dry season when much of the area was entirely dry.
Aba Huab Camp Site is a cheap and natural camping site with a capacity to accommodate about 60 visitors. The Burnt Mountain, organ pipes and Petrified Forest, amongst many other geographic and historic places, such as the Heritage of the Damara, are surrounding the areas.
As we entered the premises of the campsite, we were welcomed by the miraculous site of green tall trees strategically planted on both sides of the path leading to the reception; a small room attached to the big thatched building where there is a bar, kitchen and an upstairs dining room for guests.
Aba Huab retains the natural African atmosphere through various buildings that are built amongst trees. No wonder most tourists from Europe frequent the place because it gives them that African feel they expect on arrival just as shown in Hollywood movies shot in Africa.
Putting up our tents was not a big problem as we had travelled with a tour operator who helped us and explained to us in every little detail about the area and what to do and not to do during our stay.
Having travelled the whole day, I took a warm shower in one of the many shower rooms at the camping site before joining my colleagues around an open fire next to the bar where people gather as a family and talk to each other with the stars smiling at them from the heavens.
At Aba Huab Camping Site, guests can bring their own tents and cook their food or they can either hire single tents from the camping site for N$200 for local adult and N$160 for kids. For a double tent, locals pay N$170 whilst foreigners pay an additional N$20. Having gone as a team, we decided to cook our own food for we wanted to choose what to eat. So we had a simple dinner eaten while listening to the staff singing their welcome songs for the guests.
After dinner, we played a game of pool, free to all guests whilst some colleagues helped themselves to the beverages from the bar.
Only at a reasonable price of N$60 per night for adults and N$50 for kids between the ages of six to 12, Aba Huab Camping Site also offers fireplaces, tables, benches, dinning and kitchen facilities as additional services.
Aba Huab is owned by Iaro Xoagub and opened its doors in 2001. Since then, it has become a popular camping site for most tourists who flock into the area to visit the resorts around the Twyfelfontein.
Thanks to the Namibia Tourism Board for the trip, Aba Huab gave me a red carpet experience.