Community-based tourism in Namibia

Information on community based tourism in Namibia and its association NACOBTA.

Association was established in 1995 to advantage of local communities wishing to benefit from development of tourism to previously disadvantaged areas in the country.
NACOBTA is a non-profit organisation with the main goal of improvement of living standards of communities of rural Namibia. The association is providing several important services to its members, from training in tourism, development, tour guiding to marketing, funding and business advise. At present the organization supports 42 community based projects.
The following projects have been established:

Erongo
Aabadi Bush Camp
Brandberg Mountain Guides
Spitzkoppe Camp
Bruckaros Camp Site
Hata/Angu Cultural Tours
Okambahe Rest Camp
Daureb Crafts

 

North
Mbamba Camp Site
Nakambale Museum and camping site
Hippo Pools Camp Site

 

Caprivi
Nambwa Camp
Rupara Camp
Lizauli Traditional Village
Kubunyana Camp
Caprivi Arts and Cultural Association
N//goabaca Camping Site
Mashi Crafts
Salambala Camping Site
Bumhill Camp Site
Sheshe Crafts

 

Otjozondjupa
Nyae Nyae Conservancy
Omatako Valley Rest Camp

 

Kunene
Ombalantu Baobab Tree
Kaoko Info Centre
Hoada Camp Site
Granietkop Camp Site
Purros Camping Site
Aba-Huab Camping Site
Ongongo Camping Site
Khowarib Rest Camp
Okarohombo Camping Site
Anmire Traditional Village
Marble Camp Site
Sesfontein Fig Tree Camp Site
Van Zyl's Pass Camp Site
Kanamub Mountain Camp

 

Omaheke
Kambahoka Rest Camp
Satako Rest Camp
Boiteko Tourism Centre
Kaumbangere Camp Site

 

Khomas
Katutura Face to Face Tours

 

Karas
Warmbad Museum and Lodge

GPS coordinates:

Bushmanland:
Boiteko Tourism Centre: S 21.70006 E 19.10269
Kambahoka: S 23.65391 E 19.36999
Kaumbangere: S 21.17284 E 18.77638
Omatako Valley Rest Camp: S 19.29023 E 19.32804
Satako Rest Camp: S 23.59433 E 19.88966

Caprivi & Kavango:
Bumhill Camp Site: S 17.78088 E 23.34026
Mashi & Sheshe Crafts: S 17.82257 E 23.39775
Mbamba Camp: S 17.90074 E 20.05581
N//goabaca Camp Site: S 18.11133 E 21.58163
Salambala Camp Site: S 17.83446 E 24.60225
Nambwa Camp Site: S 17.87499 E 23.31760

Erongo:
Aabadi Camp: S 21.90204 E 16.33652
Ozohere Camp Site: S 18.76446 E 13.48058
Spitzkoppe Camp: S 21.83629 E 15.18723

Etosha area:
Treesleeper Camp: S 18.78487 E 17.96943

Kunene:
Aba-Huab Camp: S 20.54906 E 14.39851
Granietkop Camp Site: S 20.63550 E 14.56815
Hoada Camp: S 19.73217 E 14.30669
Kanamub Camp: S 19.06253 E 13.53962
Khowarib Rest Camp: S 19.26622 E 13.88367
Marble Camp Site: S 17.98679 E 12.58600
Okarohombo: S 17.24551 E 12.43648
Purros Camp Site: S 18.73431 E 12.94260
Sesfontein Fig Tree Camp: S 19.12492 E 13.61871
Van Zyl's Pass Camp: S 17.64261 E 12.75182

Owamboland:
Hippo Pools Camp Site: S 17.40554 E 14.21720
Nakambale Rest Camp: S 17.98386 E 16.02279
Ombalantu Baobab Tree: S 17.51021 E 14.98826

Southern:
Bruckaros Rest Camp: S 25.88559 E 17.78266
Brukkaros Rest Camp: S 25.90147 E 17.77796
Garies Rest Camp: S 23.85621 E 16.50799
Warmbad: S 28.44841 E 18.73466

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Communal Conservancies of Namibia: full list

The following is a complete listing of the Communal Conservancies of Namibia currently represented on this website. For more information about each Conservancy, please us contacts below.

!Gawachab
Derived from the name of a farm that was part of the Odendaal Plan
Address: PO Box 422, Keetmanshoop
Enterprises:
Approximate population: 500
Main home languages: Khoekhoegowab, Afrikaans
Area: 132 sq km
Region: Karas
Geographical features: Arid area with average annual rainfall of 100-150 mm. Fairly flat with isolated, low sand dunes in central area. Riverine woodland fringes Löwen River.
Unusual or important features: Löwen River, nearby Naute Dam. Old railway station and road used mostly by tourists.
Major wildlife resources: Steenbok, gemsbok, springbok, African wild cat, black-backed jackal.
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!Han /Awab
Address: PO Box 135, Bethanie
Enterprises: Locally manufactured crafts out of leather, semi-precious stones and other materials
Approximate population: 780
Main home languages: Khoekhoegowab, Afrikaans
Area: 1,923 sq km
Region: Karas
Geographical features: Semi-desert area of dwarf shrub savannah. Receives about 100-150 mm average
Unusual or important features: Pans and rugged terrain.
Major wildlife resources: Springbok, kudu, gemsbok, steenbok, leopard, black-backed jackal, baboon, ostrich.
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!Khob !Naub
Named after the !Khob !Naub Plateau
Address: PO Box 2185, Keetmanshoop
Enterprises: Own-use hunting; shoot-and-sell hunting
Approximate population: 5,000
Main home languages: Khoekhoegowab, Otjiherero, Afrikaans
Area: 2,747 sq km
Region: Karas
Geographical features: Semi-desert receiving about 150 mm average annual rainfall. Sparse savannah and grasslands. Northern part dominated by plateau, eastern and western parts flat and rolling, with sand dunes towards the central area.
Unusual or important features: Giant quiver trees on top of the plateau.
Major wildlife resources: Steenbok, springbok.
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!Khoro !Goreb
Address:
Enterprises:
Area: 1,283 sq km
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//Audi
Named after the eight natural springs in the conservancy area
Address: PO Box 416, Khorixas
Enterprises:
Approximate population: 1,000
Main home languages: Khoekhoegowab
Area: 335 sq km
Region: Kunene
Geographical features: Average rainfall is about 300mm per year. Mountainous with lowland Mopane. Altitude ranges between 1500m-2000m above sea level
Unusual or important features: Rock paintings, engravings and an attractive two kilometre long cave at Tsumamas.
Major wildlife resources: Kudu, mountain zebra, gemsbok, black-backed jackal, cheetah, caracal, leopard, springbok, steenbok, warthog.
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//Gamaseb
Named after the mountain used to house medicine, food and water
Address: PO Box 372, Karasburg
Enterprises: Own-use hunting; shoot-and-sell hunting
Approximate population: 5,000
Main home languages: Khoekhoegowab, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo
Area: 1,748 sq km
Region: Karas
Geographical features: Semi-desert receiving about 150 mm average annual rainfall. Sparse savannah and grasslands. Landscape dominated by the flat Gamaseb Mountain in the north-west
Unusual or important features: Gamaseb Mountain
Major wildlife resources: Steenbok, gemsbok, springbok.
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//Huab
Named after the Huab River which passes through the conservancy
Address: PO Box 228, Khorixas
Enterprises: Trophy hunting; own-use hunting
Approximate population: 5,000
Main home languages: Khoekhoegowab
Area: 1,817 sq km
Region: Kunene
Geographical features:  Semi-arid with less than 300 mm average annual rainfall. Mostly sparse savannah, with wooded river valleys separating hills and plains
Unusual or important features: Huab River
Major wildlife resources: Elephant, leopard, mountain zebra, kudu, duiker, warthog, steenbok, klipspringer, ostrich, gemsbok, springbok.
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≠Gaingu
Meaning Spitzkoppe Mountain in Khoekhoegowab

Address: Gaingu Conservancy, P.O. Box 357. Usakos
Enterprises: Photo and wildlife safaris, rock climbing, cultural attractions, and accommodation that includes Spitzkoppe Rest Camp
Approximate population: 2,800
Main home languages: Khoekhoegowab
Area: 7,677 sq km
Region: Erongo
Geographical features: This arid region is relatively flat with the exception of Spitzkoppe Mountain which dominates the landscape
Unusual or important features: Spitzkoppe National Monument and Rössing Mountain, as well as the coastal towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, which are nearby
Major wildlife resources: Kudu, Oryx, Springbok, Leopard.
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≠Khoadi-//Hôas
Meaning "Elephant’s Corner" in Khoekhoegowab

Address: ≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy, P.O. Box 119, Kamanjab
Enterprises: Photo and wildlife safaris, bird watching, horseback riding, cultural attractions, and accommodation that includes Grootberg Lodge, Hoada Camp Site, and Hobatere Lodge
Approximate population: 3,200
Main home languages: Khoekhoegowab, Otjiherero
Area: 3366 sq km
Region: Kunene
Geographical features: The Grootberg Mountains and the surrounding hills and plains, which receive 100-250 mm rain a year.
Unusual or important features: The Grootberg Mountains and the Forum for Integrated Resource Management
Major wildlife resources: Elephant, Black Rhino, Leopard, Mountain Zebra, Kudu, Oryx, Ostrich, Springbok, Steenbok, Giraffe, Duiker, Klipspringer, Warthog, Hyena, Jackal, Cheetah.
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African Wild Dog
Named after African Wild Dogs that move through the area
Address: PO Box 49, Okakarara
Enterprises: Devil's Claw harvesting
Approximate population: 5,500
Main home languages: Otjiherero, Ju/'hoansi
Area: 3,824 sq km
Region: Otjozondjupa
Geographical features: Thornveld savanna, sandy rocky area with 350-400 mm annual rainfall
Unusual or important features: Holy monument places at Ozonguti and Okozonduzu, underground water resource close to ground surface in some areas of Okonodjatu pans, Ngunib omuramba. Borders commercial farms and conservancies
Major wildlife resources: Wild dog, kudu, warthog, ostrich, gemsbok, eland, cheetah, leopard, vultures.
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Anabeb
Named after the flowering Ana tree, one of the fastest growing indigenous trees in Namibia
Address: P.O. Box 33, Kamanjab
Enterprises: Photo and wildlife safaris, hiking, bird watching, cultural attractions, and accommodation that includes the Ongongo Camp Site and spring, Etendeka Mountain Camp, Palmwag Lodge, Khowarib Lodge and Khowarib Camp Site
Approximate population: 2000
Main home languages: Otjiherero, Khoekhoegowab
Area: 1570 sq km
Region: Kunene
Geographical features: The landscape is a mix of hills, plains and wooded ephemeral river valleys. The region is arid with less than 100 mm rain per year, and is largely made up of semi-desert and sparse savanna.
Unusual or important features: Khowarib Schlucht, Hoanib River, San paintings, Ongongo Spring
Major wildlife resources: Elephant, Leopard, Cheetah, Mountain Zebra, Oryx, Springbok, Ostrich, Steenbok, Kudu, Klipspringer.
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Balyerwa
A Yeyi name for a now dry swamp that provided residents with many natural resources
Address: Balyerwa Conservancy, PO Box 2028, Ngweze
Enterprises: Photo and wildlife safaris, bird watching, cultural attractions and Lianshulu Lodge
Approximate population: 2000
Main home languages: Siyeyi
Area: 223 sq km
Region: Caprivi
Geographical features: The landscape is a mosaic of woodlands and grasslands, and the region is semi-arid with an average annual rainfall of 600 mm.
Unusual or important features: Kwando River and Mudumu National Park
Major wildlife resources: Elephant, Hippo, Kudu, Buffalo, Leopard, Bush Pig, Duiker, Warthog, Black-backed jackal, Lion, Hyena, Crocodile, Zebra
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Bamunu Area: 556 sq km
Region: Caprivi
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Doro !Nawas
Named after the Doros Crater, which means ‘the place where rhinos roam’
Address: Doro !nawas Conservancy, P.O. Box 34, Khorixas, Namibia
Enterprises: Photo and wildlife safaris, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, cultural attractions, guided walks in the Petrified Forest, and accommodation that includes Doro Nawas Camp and Granietkop Campsite.
Approximate population: 1500
Main home languages: Khoekhoegowab
Area: 4073 sq km
Region: Kunene
Geographical features: The landscape ranges from boulder-strewn floodplains, canyons and dry riverbeds to curious rock formations surrounded by sand dunes. Although the region is arid, with less than 100 mm rain per year, it is transformed into a carpet of golden grass and beautiful desert flowers in times of good rainfall.
Unusual or important features: Petrified Forest, abundant Welwitschia plants
Major wildlife resources: Elephant, Leopard, Black Rhino, Cheetah, Steenbok, Kudu, Ostrich, Giraffe, Oryx, Mountain Zebra, Springbok, Klipspringer, Duiker
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Dzoti
Named after the Dzoti River Channel
Address: PO Box 1532, Ngweze
Enterprises: Trophy hunting
Approximate population: 1100
Main home languages: Siyeyi
Area: 245 sq km
Region: Caprivi
Geographical features: Linyanti River with associated flood plain areas. Broad-leafed tree and shrub savannah away from the river. 550-600mm average annual rainfall
Unusual or important features: The south-western corner of Dzoti borders with Mamili National Park. The Linyanti River forms the south-eastern boundary of the conservancy as well as the international border with Botswana
Major wildlife resources: Elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dog, spotted hyaena, black-backed jackal, hippo, crocodile, lechwe, sitatunga, bushbuck, reedbuck, kudu, common impala, roan, plains zebra, duiker, steenbok, warthog, bush pig, baboon, interesting bird life
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