Purros Canyon Camp
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Puros Canyon Camp is what the adventurous traveller dreams of. Set in one of Namibias most breathtaking and untouched landscapes where wildlife roams free. There are 6 campsites available, all with flushing toilets and warm water. This is how camping should be, basic but beautiful. Sunsets here will change your life!
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LisaK wrote a review Jun 2022
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We were the only people camping at the site during our stay and the peace and solitude were very special. Even if someone else had been there, the other pitches were so far off, I doubt we would have noticed!
Canyon camp strikes the perfect balance - your own open air flush toilet and shower hidden behind a tree a little way off, but otherwise just you and the landscape. Water for washing up (not drinking) and firewood provided, even though these are both precious commodities.
Robbin is an unobtrusive host, but he made experiencing this beautiful part of Namibian wilderness really memorable. First we asked him to introduce us to the small group of Himba people living near Purros as he could translate for us and make the encounter a lot more meaningful. Then we asked him to guide us along the river some way, where we then saw views and landscapes we'd have never found alone.
The desert lion and elephant that can sometimes appear near the camp are tracked by the conservancy, so, while it would have been great to see them, we knew they were further north and were able to sleep peacefully!
Getting to Purros is a long and challenging drive, but don't be put off - camping here and having Robbin to give you insights into this remote corner of Namibia is well worth it.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Ana Gomes wrote a review Apr 2020
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If you love camping and are looking for true wilderness, then Purros Canyon Campsite is for you. Located in one of the most remote places in Namibia, the campsite has all the basic facilities you will need - private ablutions (flush toilet / shower with running water and a little kitchen sink - no running water here). But most of all, the campsite has the biggest luxury of this day and age - plenty of space, peace and quiet (we were the only ones at the campsite for two nights) and no barriers to separate you from the wilderness. During our time there we had the privilege of seeing a few giraffes around the campsite and plenty of other animals on our drives around the Hoarusib river bed (ostriches, Desert elephants, springboks, oryxes etc).

Robbin Uatokuja, a local and also the campsite manager and guide is always at hand and provides tours around the Purros Canyon / Skeleton Coast / Hoanib. We did a full day Driving Tour and a Full day tour to the Hoanib Riverbed in search of Desert Lions and can’t recommend Robbin enough. He is the calmest and most enthusiastic guide and he took us to some of the most incredible places we have ever been to. We would have not been able to drive through the Hoarusib and Hoanib Riverbeds without his guidance and extraordinary knowledge.
And yes, we did see the desert lions, despite it being incredibly difficult! All credit to Robbin!

Suffice to say that we hope to return to Purros and meet Robbin again some day!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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HighlandTinker wrote a review Jun 2023
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We spent three delightful days at Purros Canyon camp. The amenities are simple, but blend into the environment as if camouflaged. Robbin is a very gracious and knowledgeable host. His guided trips revealed far more of the natural beauty of the region that we could have discovered on our own. We learned about the tracks and scat of different species on morning walks of the dry riverbed, and the latin and common names of trees and bushes, From the tiny ant lion, to majestic elephants Robbin knew where to find them, and give deeper understanding of their behavior and place in the ecosystem. If you are looking for a wilderness experience immersed in the natural world, then look no further.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Room Tip: If you are doing a self drive, a landcruiser will serve you better here than the Hilux. Bring...
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David S wrote a review May 2022
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If you’re looking for a wild, remote camping experience you can’t do better than Purros Canyon. Only four pitches at the moment, we were lucky to have the campsite to ourselves for two nights. It’s a long and bumpy 4x4 drive from Sesfontein, which in itself is a wonderful adventure crossing river beds and the most amazing, vast plains of grassland, sand and gravel. But all worth it!

Robbin was a charming host and guide, and took us north of Purros where the landscape becomes even more dramatic and takes on an Arabian feel with the Huarasib river lined with palms and huge mountain ranges and plains. He also introduced us to the small local Himba community - a great privilege - since they are threatened by ongoing development and their children seeking out new lives. Given their nomadic lives, it will depend on the day as to how many Himba will be there. So you can be unlucky. Their children are at school during the week, so perhaps aim for a weekend visit.

The campsite facilities are relatively basic but there are individual showers and WCs with running water and kitchen sink for each pitch. You have a lot of privacy with pitches being some 75m apart and largely out of site. And depending on the time of year it can be very hot (39-40 degrees) during the day, although there is shade from the large and beautiful gnarled trees. But the solitude and setting makes up for everything…breakfast in the dappled sunlight is magical.

Ask Robbin to talk you through the Conservancy administration of the area and wildlife…and you will get a far better understanding of the challenges facing this remote area… and the commitment to protecting the local desert elephant and lion populations alongside the farming communities. Bear in mind that the elephant population only start moving back downriver to Purros in June as the river dries out upstream after the rains. Likewise you will be lucky if the local pride of lions is accessible when you visit since they spend a lot of their time in remote valleys.

Ask Robbin also about his plans for a garden nursery for the village, but also the difficulties he faces in even gaining access to simple materials like cement to build the site infrastructure and elephant proof walling to protect the nursery. He deserves a medal and your generosity in supporting him.

This is a part of a Namibian trip that is really off the beaten track and will appeal to people wanting the additional adventure and authenticity of seeing life in the remoter corners of the north-west of the country.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jack S wrote a review Nov 2021
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The camp owner and local guide, Robbin Uatokuja, is amazing! My wife and I spent four nights with Robbin during a 3+ week stay in Namibia, and he was able to take us to locations we've only dreamed of. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!

We arrived late in the afternoon after an easy and scenic drive from Palmwag. Robbin was waiting for us at camp reception, and he quickly took us to our spotlessly clean campsite, showed us the amenities (flush toilet, shower with running water, sink and food prep area, two fire pits), and discussed our plans for the coming days. Literally anything was possible - he's happy to go anywhere in the region. We were the only visitors that night, but the campsites are spaced far apart and separated by dunes, and so I think solitude is almost guaranteed. Our only visitors were a herd of ~20 springbok.

We departed early the next morning, first driving through the other-worldly landscape of Moon Valley. Robbin showed us all the unique rock formations, interesting flora (including Welwitschias), several oryx, some zebra, and a few ostrich. From there we entered Hartmann, an unbelievably gorgeous location filled with deep red sand and surrounded by colorful mountains. We made it all the way down to the Kunene River, where we spotted some large crocodiles and camped near a local village.

I'm definitely not an expert driver on sand, but Robbin calmly guided us back up the dune field the next morning. With easy gestures of "go left", "stay straight" he made sure we stayed on the perfect line through the trackless sand. We retraced our steps through Hartmann and Moon, and then Robbin took us to a high overlook between Moon Valley and the Skeleton Coast. The view was amazing, with fog, dunes, and colorful mountains in every direction. We then returned to Purros via the Hoarusib River. Robbin was again able to calmly direct our path through the river, and we spotted numerous oryx, elephant, springbok, and baboon before returning to the Canyon Campsite where we found our springbok friends from the previous night waiting to great us.

We woke up the next morning to a giraffe wandering through camp before departing with Robbin to search for wildlife in the rivers. After venturing down the Hoarusib we drove south to the Hoanib, which is a much wider river that had even more animals. Among the other highlights, we found numerous giraffe and a large breading herd of elephants. We were also in search of lions, which were present in both rivers during our stay. We weren't lucky enough to see the lions in the Hoarusib, but Robbin made sure we found the ones in the Hoanib. It started with him spotting the tracks, and then directing us up a side channel from the main river. After a couple of miles, Robbin quietly said "stop, the lions should be here". After scanning the nearby rock cliffs, he then pointed to a pair of lions hiding in the shade nearby. He then said, "let's have lunch and wait a bit, the lions will need to move by 13:30 because of the sun. I think they'll come towards us". We ate while keeping an eye on the lions (it turned out there was a total of four hiding in the rocks), and sure enough the first one started moving directly towards us at 13:28. One by one we were able to watch the lions emerge and walk right past us on the way to their new location to nap in the shade. The entire experience, from when Robbin started tracking the prints, was truly amazing! We then continued our tour of the river, emerging in Sesfontein to stop for some cold drinks before returning on the main road to our campsite.

We hated to say goodbye to Robbin the next morning. We absolutely loved spending three full days with him. He far exceeded our expectations in terms of the tours - we saw far more scenery and wildlife than we ever expected. Adding to the experience was the almost complete solitude we had while exploring with Robbin, we only passed a handful of cars the entire time. However, it was also a treat to learn about the local and national politics, Robbin's family, and his long-term vision for the campsite. We can't wait to return and spend more time with Robbin!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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HighlandTinker wrote a tip Jun 2023
Pagosa Springs, Colorado24 contributions51 helpful votes
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"If you are doing a self drive, a landcruiser will serve you better here than the Hilux. Bring all the fuel you can."
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Jack S wrote a tip Nov 2021
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"Be sure to have Robbin take you on a tour during your stay!"
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PURROS CANYON CAMP - Campground Reviews (Kaokoland, Namibia)

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