Gobabeb Campsite & Accommodation

Gobabeb Campsite & Accommodation

This is what it looks like across the river. Take a night walk and you'll see how alive it is.
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7 Brandberg Street, Gobabeb Namibia
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Janey wrote a review Mar 2023
United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We camped at Gobabeb, it's primarily a research station but has campsites that are available to passing travellers. It's in a great situation by the Kuiseb river bed, near some wonderful dunes. The ablution block was clean with hot water. Very helpful reception staff. The shade screen at the campsite was not very big, so the afternoon was very hot, but otherwise we enjoyed our night at Gobabeb.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Martin S wrote a review Dec 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Getting there isn't as hard as it looks, and if you drive carefully you can even do it comfortably in a small front-wheel-drive hire car. Gobabeb is a research station that happens to include accommodation, and has been hosting academic and school groups for many years. The accommodation is surprisingly good - we stayed in one of the 'clay huts', which are actually groups of four brick buildings, designed and spaced to give a sense of privacy and seclusion. There are also larger units as well as campsites near the river.
We were in room 17, which gave a great view of the research station, the Kuiseb river bed and the dunes. The beds are comfortable, but like much of Namibia, there are two singles that you may have to push together. The kitchen has a small fridge with no freezer, and two gas burners, The bathroom has a shower, toilet and basin with lots of signs that emphasise water conservation, and also be warned that because the place runs on solar power, you are limited to 400 watts or you'll trip the fuse, so no hairdryers or toasters ... or air-conditioning, but the walls are thick enough to keep the temperature comfortable until that cool wind arrives every day at sunset. The most amazing thing about the room is looking out the window at the dunes that change colour during the day. Then there's the wildlife and insects and birds and the stars at night. There is so much to see and do, day or night, but unfortunately we only spent three nights here.
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Date of stay: November 2015
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ReneK1971 wrote a review Nov 2017
Düsseldorf, Germany
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Wir sind hier durch Zufall gelandet. Eigentlich wollten wir woanders campen und haben hier nur nach dem Weg gefragt. Dabei wurden wir von den Forschern eingeladen doch bei Ihnen zu campen. Da Sie seit kurzem sich selbst finanzieren müssen haben Sie mehrere Campgrounds gebaut die jetzt allen Besuchern offen stehen.So sind wir kurzentschlossen geblieben und haben es nicht bereut.
Die Campgrounds liegen etwas abseits direkt am Flussbett und verfügen über einen Wind- und Sonnenschutz. Die Sanitäreneinrichtungen sind sauber und zweckmäßig. Es gibt eine große Küche und Strom.
Den Sonnenuntergang haben wir direkt in den roten Dünen auf der anderen Seite des Flusses verbracht. Im Gegensatz zum Sossusvlei waren wir hier absolut allein und konnten bleiben so langen wir wollten und alles in absoluter Stille und Ruhe genießen.
Die Forscher haben einen kleinen Natur(lehr)pfad eingerichtet das Büchlein gibt es an der Rezeption. Am nächsten Morgen sind wir im Namibmorgennebel mit viel Vogelgezwitscher aufgewacht.
Wir waren hier mit Sicherheit nicht das letzte Mal!

PS: Da auf unserer Sonnenuntergansdüne auch der NASA Marsrover "Curiosity" vor seinen Start zum roten Planeten trainiert hat, ist auf dem Mars sogar eine Düne nach diesem Ort benannt.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carmen Wagner wrote a review Jun 2022
Kronach, Germany
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Verschiedene Lebensräume der Namib von einem Ort aus besichtigen ist hier optimal möglich. Die Zimmer sind klein aber sauber und zweckmäßig. In der Miniküche könnte man sich auch sein Essen selbst zubereiten, aber es gibt auch die Möglichkeit mit Frühstück und Abendessen zu buchen, die Verpflegung ist in Ordnung aber nicht mit einer Guestfarm oder Lodge zu vergleichen. Dafür kann man verschiedene Walks buchen oder auch auf eigene Faust im Nationalpark wandern.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Travelgeeza wrote a review Oct 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gobabeb is a must-visit destination when traversing Namibia. This is firstly a research station, but with accomodation available for travellers .Do not expect all the facilities of a lodge or holiday destination .The management of the facility ( Elna ) and staff are really helpful and friendly. The 2 bed unit was clean , cool and well laid out, with fridge and gas cooker. This is very much self- catering , but you can book a meal at the kitchen for the research staff . There is no shop , bring all you need. Camping site is neat & clean with good ablution facilities , a few metres from the river bed. Each campsite has it's own wind shelter. The location is what makes Gobabeb special: It is in the reserve, has the Kuiseb river forest with the dunes right behind. You are free to walk the dunes and areas , which is as spectacular as any of the the overpopulated tourist attactions elsewhere in the Namib. You can walk up a red dune and have peace and quiet, or a sundowner ( self supplied) on the granite outcrops.The roads can be in very bad shape, but it is well worth the effort to visit. Overall it was the highlight of a recent overland trip
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Michael D wrote a review Nov 2018
Old basing
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a basic self-catering unit although we were not self-catering. The unit was clean & well provided (fridge, 2-ring gas stove, good shower etc) certain better than the "basic" we had been expecting. Food was OK - although some effort was made to cater for dietary requirement, it somewhat missed the mark with a bit too much overcooked chicken.
The location of the research centre is on the banks of the Kuiseb river with the sand-sea to the south and the gravel plains to the north. The sand-sea dunes are accesible on foot - we dorove out into the dunes in the early morning to "read-the-news" - following the myriad of tracks of snakes, spiders, gerbils, lizards etc that hed been around during the night & largely hidden from the sun an hour, or so, after sunrise.
The centre carrieas out several research projects - some have been ongoing for years as there is data going back to the early days of the centre - over 50 years.
Students / trainees can take interested people to see the various habitats - flora & fauna - in the area including a night-time hunt for scorpions.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Viviane C wrote a review Sept 2017
La Roquette-sur-Siagne, France
4.0 of 5 bubbles
C'est un centre de recherches météorologiques et biologiques qui accueillent des hôtes dans des bungalows simples. en plein désert. On côtoie les chercheurs et on peu visiter le centre.
On a apporté notre nourriture et le cuistot du centre nous a préparé un festin!
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Date of stay: November 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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pinshow wrote a review Feb 2017
Sde Boker, Israel
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Gobabeb Research and Training Centre offers cabins (when available) and a very nice campsite, with toilet facilities and kitchen. While doing research, I have stayed there many times and enjoyed the accommodation and restaurant services.
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Date of stay: January 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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ericmartinval wrote a review Jul 2016
Lille, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Plus au calme tu meurt!
Nous étions les seuls au camp site. Du coût nous avions les dunes du Namib rien que pour nous.
Nous avions fait les dunes de Sossusvlei dans un précédent voyage. La forêt pétrifiée, la big lama sont des incontournables certes, mais beaucoup de monde. Alors qu'ici c'est tout aussi beau et le calme en plus. La piste pour y venir et celle qui va vers Walvis vous font traverser des paysages à couper le souffle.
Je recommande chaudement (lol)
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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matthias g wrote a review Sept 2015
Lantsch/Lenz, Switzerland
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Billige Unterkunft im Jugendherberge Stil. Kein Frühstück/Abendessen zubuchbar. Ideal für Selbstversorger die sich verirrt haben. Der lange Weg hat sich für uns nicht rentiert. Zur Verwirrung führte, dass der Name bei der Buchung nicht dem Namen am Eingang entspricht.
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Is Gobabeb Campsite & Accommodation located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Gobabeb.