Community based tourism

Ozohere Camp Site

Accommodation Namibia - Western & Coastal Region
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Ozohere Camp Site is located 40 km north of town Uis, of main road to Twyfelfontein. Name Ozohere is the Herero word meaning rock dassie. Activities include desert elephant tours, traditional performances at local Herero and Himba villages, hiking.

The campsite is located on the banks of the Ugab River. Ozohere Camp is located in and around huge boulders under shady African trees. The name Ozohere is the Herero word meaning "rock dassie". Although very basic, it is a great spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It's a no frills, peaceful stopover.

GPS Co ordinates: S 18.76446 E 13.48058

The Ugab River is an ephemeral river that only flows above the surface of its sandy bed a few days each year, but even during much of the dry winter season, pools of water remain in certain places. The river provides water for the rare desert elephant as well as giraffe, mountain zebra and the largest population of free roaming black rhinoceroses in the world.

As the local name of the campsite suggests, rock dassies are found in abundance in this area and they are regular guests.

There are 5 carefully selected camp sites and every campsite has its own braai facilities as well as water point. There is a communal ablution block with basic warm water showers and flush toilets. Ozohere offers a restaurant where cool drinks, tea/coffee and meals are available, but otherwise campers must be completely self-sufficient. Day visitors are welcome for meals and refreshments.

Flora: Quite a few plants grow around the campsite, although much of the visible vegetation is confined to the exotic wild tobacco, (Nicotiana glauca). Indigenous plants found there include stunted acacia trees, !Nara bushes, (Acanthosicyos horridus), with their (almost leafless) spiky green stems, and improbable large, spiky melons.

Flora: Quite a few plants grow around the campsite, although much of the visible vegetation is confined to the exotic wild tobacco, (Nicotiana glauca). Indigenous plants found there include stunted acacia trees, !Nara bushes, (Acanthosicyos horridus), with their (almost leafless) spiky green stems, and improbable large, spiky melons.

ACTIVITIES:

1. Owner Venice Kambongarera has 4 of her own cows that graze around the area. If you fancy something utterly different, then she'll be only too happy to let you milk her cows!
2. Trips to see the world famous desert-adapted elephants can be arranged. They roam the dry Ugab River bed freely and occasionally stride pass the campsite! There is also a picturesque fountain not far from the site, well worth the effort.
3. Traditional performances: It is possible to visit a local Herero or Himba village and learn of their customs and way of life. Inquire about the traditional tribal dances that can be performed, although some advanced notice may be required.
5.Hiking: Trekking parts of the sandy river, passing local Herero farms dotted throughout the region, is a great way to pass an early morning or late afternoon.
6. Donkey Cart rides are offered in the Ugab River as well as nearby Herero Traditional Villages.
7. Self drive trips to the nearby Brandberg White Lady Site.

VOLUNTOURISM
Vinnice Kambongarere, owner of Ozohere Campsite is granted permission by the Daures Constituency, where the campsite is situated, to invite & host local & international volunteers with the expertise to assist with the construction of boundary walls for community gardens. These gardens will require boundaries, build with rocks collected locally, which cannot be damaged by the elephants roaming in this community. The first phase involves building the boundary walls and the second planting the vegetable garden. This is an elephant-friendly project as the community looks forward to its survival, together with that of the desert adapted elephant.

Experts in horticulture as well as constructions of boundary walls are invited to apply for this volunteer project. Volunteers who wish to make a meaningful contribution to rural communities, and learn some skills are also welcome.

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