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LoonyLoo
Saxmundham, United Kingdom

So pleased we came here

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 Nov 2018
We spent a night at the fabulous campsite in the Kalahari desert - strange but beautiful landscape, huge boulders and quiver trees standing proud on hill tops. 3km from the farm house this is really a wonderful wilderness place. A massive sociable weavers nest gave us privacy and lots of avian company at our site, one of six, well spread in the bush surrounds. Each site has a tap and fire pit, and although the ablutions are rustic they were clean and perfectly adequate, lovely hot water heated by the donkey. Sheep wandered through the campsite, and we met more on the great 4x4 route - good fun for hubby to drive, more strange landscape, quiver trees and improbable rock arrangements. We felt no need to visit the nearby Quiver Forest or Giant's Playground. Apologies to the owners for not investigating the Mesosaurus fossils, and thanks for providing us with a fabulous bush camp.
Date of stay: October 2018
Room Tip: The chalets look lovely but the campsite is amazing!
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

The owner took us on a tour through the camp and told us the story about the Mesosaurus. He is very friendly and has a good knowledge about the Mesosaurus and how it got there. He can also speak a little bit of German, which helped, because some travelers were Germans.

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank Marna K
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Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

This is a nice campsite within a beautiful landscape of Quiver Trees. Infrastructure is fine and the camping spaces are big an mostly with trees to have some shadow.
In addition the owner makes a tour to fossils and to Quiver trees. He is a very nice and funny guy.
Also there is a 4x4 track to go with the car from the camping site. Fascinating landscape also there. So really great experience. Thanks.

Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank DK791002
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Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

Spent one great night at Mesosaurus Fossil Camp. The camp is situated within the quiver trees which gives a special atmosphere to he camp. A highlight is Giel's (the owner) tour to see the fossiles of Mesosaurus and to learn about the history of the area of the farm. If you travel with a 4x4, don't miss to go on the trail through the Quiver Tree forest! We're looking forward to coming back!

Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

We were part of a party of 12 people who shared the bush camp with 6 other tourists and a child. By night time when we wanted to use the facilities, no water was left for either the showers or toilets. The situation was the same the next morning. We left without having to report the situation as no-one was at home to report to!

Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hendrik S, Owner at Mesosaurus Fossil Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thank you for your response. We are working on the water problem. It seems that we have a little hedgehog eating our water pipelines, as a snack, causing the water to leak out. We appologise for any inconvience causes.

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Reviewed 10 September 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
Thank Stephan D
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