Gamkarab Cave & Adventure Trails Outjo

Accommodation Namibia - Northern Region

HOW TO REACH GAMKARAB: From Windhoek, drive to Otjiwarongo and from there to Outjo. Driver through Outjo on the Okaukuejo road and at the crossing ± 500m north of Outjo, turn right on the Otavi C39 road. As soon as you hit the dirt road, check your odometer -  drive straight for ± 32 km and you will find us on the left-hand side of the road.
Farm Gamkarab – Bushman for “Water Hole” is situated in the thorn-bush savanna just south of the Neins mountain-range. This historic farm hosted a group of Dorslandtrekkers who, found here, at Gamkarab, a place to settle before being placed out to other destinations. The main reason for setting aside this piece of land for the Dorslandtrekker settlement, was because of Gamkarab cave providing the only drinking water in this vast area.
Today only ruins and a small cemetery, hosting 14 graves, still stand witness to the former Dorslandtrekkers presence on Gamkarab. Gamkarab is rich in History. The Bushmen shared this water hole with leopards, snakes and hundreds of bats. After settlement of the Dorslandtrekkers on the farm, the bats were – in a natural way disposed off. A tunnel was built and sealed to conserved only drinking water.

The Bushman and other tribes had a ritual entering the cave to fetch water in their ostrich eggshells and calabashes. Being a steep climb down a damp and dark tunnel amidst flying, squeaking bats for 41 meters to the water surface, they always entered the cave one after another, the second climber holding a burning wooden torch. Along the way, parts of burning coal rained down on the poor fellow below. They never dared wipe any of this burning coal off their bodies, as this would have caused the “gods” to get angry. On reaching the water surface they had to greet the “gods” by saying with arms folded across their breasts – “Gamkarab, I came”. Rustic self-catering rooms, reminiscent of the surroundings, or camping under the starry skies within our unique camp sites will be home to you during your stay at Gamkarab. Wake up to the sounds of an African farm and another exiting day will begin! Our establishment is self-catering, certain meals can be catered for if by prior arrangement. Fire wood is available!

10 day horse riding and 4x4 camping tour: We offer 10 day 4x4 or horse riding trips to the north western Damaraland desert of Namibia. You will see a variety of plains game as well as desert Elephant and or Rhino. We give a 50% discount you dont see any Elephants! A group should be a minimun of six people over a ten day period.
Gamkarab Cave & Adventure Trails: Looking for a real adventure with unforgettable impressions? Then it is time to discover the most unexplored Gamkarab cave- a wealth of fascinating rock formations and unspoilt underground water – fantasy. Enjoy a thrilling day of cave exploring, horseback riding and nature walks in an intimate and memorable way. You will find this a rewarding experience that will leave you with lifelong memories. For all who appreciate the unique, exploring the Gamkarab cave is a singular experience. Explore the rich diversity of this unique underground world of water-fantasy and rock formations.
For the diving enthusiast – this is where you can experience the wonder of this underground fantasy in your own time. Please bring your own diving equipment along! Our experienced guide will assist you with all your equipment down the tunnel safely for exploring this magnificent water hole.
And for those who are not daring enough to enter the Gamkarab cave:

For exploring the cave, visitors are advised to dress in old clothes, shoes with a tight grip, a towel, toiletries and clean clothes for a shower afterwards. Remember your camera – where else will you be able to photograph a millipede fossil surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites? Suntan lotion, walking shoes, headgear and light clothing are recommended for the horseback-riders and hiking enthusiasts.

Gamkarab Cave & Adventure Trails Namibia Gamkarab Cave & Adventure Trails Namibia Gamkarab Cave & Adventure Trails Namibia room Gamkarab Cave & Adventure Trails Namibia

Rates per night: on request

Entrance fee (excluding overnight visitors) -
Donkey cart trail -
Cave/Lake exploring -
Cave diving (own equipment) -
Horse back riding training -
House back riding (approx 2hours) -
Farm drive (approx 2hours) -
Target shooting -
3 days horse riding (2 nights including meals) -
Various options on accommodation: per person per night, self-catering
Original historical stone rooms from the Dorsland Trek consisting of 1 x 4-bed room and 2 x 2-bed rooms (each equipped with small kitchenette – no electricity) -
Fully furnished flat with three bedrooms and six beds. Electricity from sunset to 22h00 (bathroom/kitchen/dining-/sitting room) -
Camping -

Contact & reservations:

Reservations are only accepted in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Final availability confirmation: in writing: by fax or via e-mail.

Terms & conditions, Payment options and Cancellation policy

Related Maps Accommodation in the area Activities in the area
Hotels Pensions B&Bs Lodges Camping & others
Outjo General map Mondjila Safari Camp Oppiklippe Tandala Ridge Etotongwe Lodge Camp Setenghi Game drives
Grootfontein Etosha - - - Andersson's Camp Buschberg Guest Farm Desert Express
Photo galleries Regions - - - Bambatsi Holiday Ranch Buschfeld Park Resort Night & game drives
Etosha National Park Oppiklippe - - - Epacha Game Lodge and Spa Vreugde Guest Farm -
Otjiwarongo Mondjila - - - Epacha Eagle Tented Lodge Vingerklip Lodge -
Desert Express - - - - Royal Impala Lodge Gabus Game Ranch -
Resorts in National parks - - - - Taleni Etosha Village Holstein Guest Farm -
Tsumeb - - - - Toshari Lodge Namatubis Guest Farm -
Himba - - - - Ongava Lodge & Tented Camp Harnas Etosha -
- - - - - Etosha Safari Camp Ombinda Country Lodge -

Bookmark and Share

Page created and serviced by

Copyright © 1998-2023 - The online guide to Namibia
All rights reserved |
Telegram | YouTube | Blog
Page is sponsored by ETS & Exploring Namibia TV

Disclaimer: no matter how often this page is updated and its accuracy is checked, and ETS
will not be held responsible for any change in opinion, information, facilities, services, conditions, etc. offered by
establishment/operator/service/information provider or any third party

Description & pictures: Copyright © Gamkarab Cave & Adventure Trails