After weeks of scouring Lonely Planet guides, travel blogs from previous Put Footers, the Getaway Website, Catherine Lanz’s ‘Travels with a Roadkill Rabbit’, Google Earth and a million other sources, we’ve finally booked our accommodation along the route! A couple of grey hairs and some PC rage later, all we can say is that it’s great when a plan comes together!! As a team, we had a bit of trouble deciding whether “to book or not to book” but we figured that this will save us some moola in the long run, with us not having to rely on whatever accommodation we can find at the last minute, and hopefully get us into some pretty interesting places. To keep things simple (and more importantly, cheap), we’ve opted for camping and backpacker’s accommodation, with all the spots kind of fitting in with the suggested resting points (thanks to Daryn and the Put Foot Team for this!). We’re firm supporters of ‘the more, the merrier’. It’ll be great to have loads of teams making their way through Africa together and so we thought we’d share what we’ve found with you guys!
(Ok, just so you know in advance – we take no responsibility if the places aren’t totally amazing, but full responsibility if they are hehehe….)
Here’s to a great rally guys!! Good luck with the planning!
Ai-/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park (Fish River Canyon)
(R125 per person per night for camping – book well in advance. NWR are not the most efficient bunch and all bookings HAVE to go through them for any of Namibia’s national parks)
The Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in the world after the famous grand canyon. The /Ai-/Ais Park now forms part of the /Ai-/Ais / Richtersveld transfrontier park, and visitors will soon be able to cross from South Africa to Namibia using the Sendelingsdrift border post within the park. They’ve got hot springs here.
Lake Oanob Resort (Rehoboth)
(R90 per person per night for standard shaded camping. The rate for luxury sites is R135)
Stop_3 (Checkpoint Namibia)
Etosha National Park – Namutoni Camp
(R110 per person and 200 per site for camping…ripping the ring out? Yes! But we really wanted to stay IN the actual park. Again book with NWR)
Namutoni is located in the eastern side of Etosha National Park. It centers on an old German Fort, overlooking the King Nehale waterhole. Accommodation is provided in comfortable double rooms or bush chalets. Camping is also available. Apparently it’s the most scenic of the camps…
Ndhovu Safari Lodge (Divundu Town, next to the Okavango River, Caprivi)
(R125 Per Person Per Day Camping. Run by ze Germans who seem to be very efficient…)
About 20km southeast of Divundu, just behind Popa Falls. A peaceful riverine retreat situated on the western banks of the Okavango River. Overlooks the Caprivi Game Park.
Ngepi Camp (upper reaches of the Okavango delta panhandle in the western Caprivi strip, Kavango region, Namibia)
(R95 Per person per day camping BUT if you have the cash they have awesome tree houses as well!)
Voted Getaway Camp of the Year a couple of years in a row, these guys have these amazing outdoor bathrooms right on the river! With clean Kalahari desert air, the camp is set on an island under amazing trees with permanent river frontage and surrounded by seasonally flooded swamps. It is a paradise of flooded plains and secret swampy backwaters, teaming with wildlife, as we are nestled between Mahango National park, a few km’s to the south, and Bwabwata National Park directly opposite across the river.
Stop_7 and 8 (restday and checkpoint Zambezi Waterfront)
(Kariba Dam Wall – this one we still need to confirm)
Stop_10 (Zim checkpoint)
Mama Rula’s (Chipata)
Situated just six kilometers down the Mfuwe road from Chipata, in Zambia’s Eastern Province, you will find Mama Rula’s. A comfortable B&B set in beautiful Gardens as well as shady camping facilities in the lush grounds.There are 7 rooms at the Guesthouse and 5 rooms at the Campsite. A well stocked bar and a dining room.
Fat Monkey’s Backpackers (Cape McClear, Malawi)
(R75 Per person per day Dorm Rooms, to be honest we’re most excited about Malawi! Snorkeling, lazy days…epic stuff!)
Located on the banks of the gorgeous Lake Malawi is where you will find Fat Monkeys, situated on the beachfront and in the centre of Chembe. Camping, dorms, chalets, bar, beach, Lake Malawi…what more could one really need?
Stop_13 (Malawi Checkpoint)
Pink Papaya Backpackers (Chimoio, Mozambique)
(400 – MT Dorm per bed)
Ok, so neither Tete (the rally’s suggested stopping point), or Chimoio are epic apparently, and whether you stay at the first or second, it involves a long day’s driving down to Vilankulos. What swayed us in the end was the porno name and the fact that accommodation is frikken expensive in Tete!! We finally decided on the Pink Papaya Backpackers, which they describe on the site as ‘Safe, central and clean accommodation under german management 10 minutes by foot to the bus station and city center. Enough Said.
Stop_15 and 16
Zombie Cucumber Backpackers (Vilankulos, Mozambique)
According to Lonely Planet, Zombie Cucumber is ‘a cosy place is near Costa do Sol. The spotless rooms all have fans, and if the house isn’t too crowded, cooking is permitted. Chapas to/from town stop nearby’.
Stop_17 (Mozambique Checkpoint)
Maputo Backpackers (sure you can guess where this is…)
Again, Lonely Planet: ‘An excellent backpackers, and prime for relaxing, with lots of green space, hammocks, a bar and a circular 10-bed dorm, plus small, spotless chalets, most with double bed, net and fan, and hot water when the weather’s cool. It’s just back from the beach road, south of Palmeiras Lodge. The owner cooks up great meals each evening (order by 17:00) and breakfast is available.’