What we say
Madisa Camp is a rustic tented camp and campsites situated on the (usually dry) Goantagab River banks. It serves as a base from which to explore the attractions of Damaraland. The San rock art at Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain & Petrified forest is all within an hour’s drive.
Decorated with old car parts, the bar and pool area are quaint and slightly quirky. The management is friendly, warm and welcoming. We particularly liked Madisa as it feels somewhat like an old school backpackers hostel (before backpacking started to get pretentious). And reminded us of our wild & crazy youth running the Cardboard Box Backpackers.
Even though we stayed at Madisa there in mid-April (the end of Summer), it was HOT. The only way to survive the heat was grabbing a few cold beers and sitting in the pool until dinner.
Accommodation is in pre-erected tents, and it is fair to say these are basic and minimally equipped. The showers are built into the natural rock formations and heated by a traditional ‘donkey’ (wood-burning water heater). Madisa Camp offers an option to self-cater.
In our opinion, Madisa Camp is great for self-drivers in Namibia who are trying to get by on a bit of a budget.
What they say (the facts!)
Madisa Camp is hidden between amazing rock formations scattered with Bushman Paintings, and the majestic Desert Elephant periodically pass through the area.
The swimming pool welcomes you after a long hot day on the road and gives you the much-needed chance to rejuvenate and explore your surroundings. Rustic meals, prepared on open fires, are a must for the hungry traveller. Make new friends around the communal camp fire and delight in the clear Namibian night skies.
Why we like it
Madisa is perhaps slightly overpriced for what it offers but is by far the cheapest accommodation option in the area. If you approach your stay with the right positive attitude, you’re going to have a great time staying here.