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Khorixas is without a shadow of a doubt the place name that visitors to Namibia struggle the most to pronounce! As a start try saying the 'Kh' as a 'c' while the 'x' is pronounced as a hard guttural 'g' (those familiar with Afrikaans should be able to manage this fairly well). Once you have got your tongue around the towns name there is probably not a whole not more to say about the place.

Before independence it was the capital of the Damaraland region - but with the reworking of the regions it became part of the Kunene region and all the towns administrative functions were moved to the town of Opuwo. The major tribal group here are the Damara people.

Khorixas is a useful stop for re-fueling your vehicle and the local shops have some basic supplies (although don't count on finding very much - apart from cold beer, everywhere in Namibia has cold beer!).

Although the town itself has little to offer the traveller, the area has a number of tourist attractions in the vicinity. This makes it an ideal base to explore the region and the town and surroundings offer a variety of accommodation options, ranging from campsites to luxury lodges.

Rare and unusual stone formations, ancient rock engravings and strange geological wonders, have for decades tempted geologists, travellers and the curious to the region.

Twyfelfontein, Brandberg, the Petrified Forest, the Organ Pipes and the Burnt Mountain can all be visited on a morning excursion, best started in the early morning to escape the hot afternoon sun.

Khorixas is named after the Khori bush. (Salvadora persica)

  • Khorixas: Engravings
  • Khorixas: Homestead
  • Khorixas: Organ Pipes
  • Khorixas: Twyfelfontein
  • Khorixas: Vingerklip
  • Khorixas: Woman
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Bambatsi Lodge

This small lodge is located between Outjo and Khorixas - it was one of the first guest farms opened in Namibia

Brandberg Rest Camp

Situated in the tiny town of Uis, this lodge acts as a gateway to the Brandberg Mountain and other parts of the Erongo Region. The owner, Basil, is a bastion of the local community and a font of knowledge on the area

Brandberg White Lady Lodge

We are absolutely convinced that this is where Nelly the Elephant decided to live, after deciding to run away from the circus! A bit run down - but in an excellent location

Camp Kipwe

Small private lodge consisting of thatched domed bungalows scattered amongst large granite boulders. It is well situated near Twyfelfontein and several other major Damaraland attractions

Damaraland Camp

This camp was started by Wilderness Safaris and is now managed by the local community. Expect luxury, desert elephants and rhino

Damara Mopane Lodge

Named after the abundant Mopane Trees found in the area, Damara Mopane Lodge is part of a well established lodge group, known for quality lodges at reasonable prices. Only 20km from Khorixas and within driving distance of the highlights of the area

Doro Nawas

A good quality lodge located close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Excursions to the engravings and in search of desert adapted elephant are available

iGowati Lodge

Situated in the town of Khorixas, this lodge may not have the most scenic setting but offers reasonable accommodation at good prices

Khorixas Rest Camp

A fairly basic establishment just outside the town of Khorixas

Madisa Camp

Private campsites in a beautiful setting

Mowani Mountain Camp

One of the most luxurious lodges in the area - accommodation is in luxury tents or more 'solid' suites.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

As the name implies this is situated close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. A good quality lodge with reasonable rates.

Ugab Terrace Lodge

Close to the Vingerklip rock formation and offering exciting views of the Ugab Plains

Vingerklip Lodge

The Vingerklip is a 35m high finger like rock structure - this popular and well equipped lodge has two swimming pools and apart from being close to Vingerklip is in close proximity to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest and other wonders of Damaraland

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