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Stephan D
Roodepoort, South Africa

Mesosaurus, dolomite and amazing quiver trees

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 Sept 2018
I’ve spent two nights camping at this wonderful farm and experience only the best and warm hospitality of the owner Giel and his son Hendrik and his wife. It was one of my dreams to set eyes on a Mesosaurus fossil since 2000 when I’ve first read about it! May 2018 I had the privilege to see this remarkable fossil introduced to me by the excellent and informative guide. Hendrik’s passionate enthusiasm, knowledge of fossils and early history, together with his sense of humour just added to the fascinating detail of the discovery of the prehistoric Mesosaurus fossil.

The campsite is high up in the hills, surrounded by dolomite rock and hundreds of Quiver trees. You can drive through the trees and rocks or hike and take thousands of photos. The campsite is rustic with a few Camelthorn trees and there is no grass, only soft Kalahari sand. No running tap water at the campsites, only at the ablution building and it’s from a nearby borehole. One ablution building with flush toilets, hot water showers, hand basins and a separate basin for dish washing. You have to light a small fire underneath a metal drum called a “donkey” if you need hot water. No electricity.

Keep in mind that the campsite, chalets and the fossils are on a working farm and there might not be someone at the reception to receive you. When I arrived there were a note stating that if no one is in the office, wait a few minutes or walk across the road to the farmhouse to announce your arrival. The farms location is really off-the-beaten track and Internet and cellphone reception varies from just to nothing, at least at the campsite! Sometimes, according to Hendrik they have braai packs (lamb or beef) available and the price is more than reasonable. Fire wood available to purchase at the reception.

The campsite is also far away from the main road which promises a peaceful sleep at night. The campsite can accommodate the very popular and various types of South African 4x4 bush campers and rooftop tent vehicles. It’s not that commercialized as the nearby campsite down the road towards Keetmanshoop and I enjoyed the beautiful night skies. I can highly recommend this camp.
Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 August 2018

We enjoyed this campsite a lot. It was very quiet and in the middle of nowhere.

Don't expect full amenities and electricity; hot water is quite limited and provided through a fire stove you need to light yourself. But the setting and scenery make up for the absence of luxury. Recommended for anyone visiting Keetmanshoop or on their way from Windhoek to Fish River.

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2018

We stopped off at the fossil site during a recent road trip. Hendrik gives a very interesting talk about how and why the fossils came to be there and how he and his father found them. He also took us to the Kokerboom forest and the 'ringing stones" area. Very interesting.

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

We stayed 2 nights at this campsite and it was great. The trip with Hendrik is also to recommand, he knows a lot about the region and the fossiles. Best thing is his braai pack, the meat is excellent on the grill.

Date of stay: May 2018
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Nolene S, Owner at Mesosaurus Fossil Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

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Reviewed 30 June 2018

We booked a campsite here months in advance - confirmed via email with the owner. Should have been a warning sign when they were not very communicative to begin with but decided to trust it since this place has good reviews. Had a long drive from Lüderitz and showed up just before sunset to find the entire place completely empty. Reception locked up, no signs or messages for us, and definitely no one staying in the campsites or rooms. Panicking that it was getting dark and we had nowhere to stay we headed back up the road to another rest camp we had noticed - so glad we stayed here instead! Talked to other travelers who said the mesosaurus camp was poorly run and very disorganized, and other rest camp owners said this happens often. Very upset they left us in such a bind - it was lucky there was another camping area with room nearby.

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nolene S, Owner at Mesosaurus Fossil Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

Could you please give us your booking name? We will look into the matter. Please take note that in all communications we state that our office close at 5.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

About 40km outside Keetmanshoop lies and absolut gem. Do yourself a favour and pass the Kokerboom forest as well as Giants playground. Just go on till you see the Mesausorus side on your left, if you come from Keetmans. We, a group of 9, most passionate photographers, booked here the 4 chalets. Needless to say, we regretted nothing. The chalets are basic but very homely and unique. The cocking facilities are way above average, and if you booked the kitchen, you can cook up a banquet! Everything was clean, and neat, the hosts extremely friendly and helpful and the setting simply stunning. There is a Kokerboom forest 10-15min walk away from the chalets, and in my opinion way better than the much better known closer to town, and FREE!!
All I can say, this is how hospitality should be!

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nolene S, Owner at Mesosaurus Fossil Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

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