Distance about 120km.
The trip from Palmwag Conservancy Control Gate to Aba Huab Campsite was most interesting. The landscape changed dramatically from the rich 'green and gold' in the Palmwag area to an arid area almost devoid of any plants - just rocky hills and outcrops and sand.
From Palmwag Conservancy to Aba-Huab Campsite
The Aba-Huab Campsite is situated on shaded bank of the seasonal Aba-Huab River near Twyfelfontein, just the place for anybody who loves camping. The camp sites are scaterred along the Aba-Huab river bed (nearly always dry as with nearly all rivers in Namibia). All the sites are different but equipment may include fireplaces, tables, benches and taps.
Ablution blocks include flushing toilets and some hot showers. There are four ablution blocks with hot showers and flush-toilets. Two of the blocks are built in a style which blends into nature.
Other facilities and services include a restaurant, camp bar, services of local guides and a laundry service. Thatched 'A-frame' shelters are also available for accommodation, as well as rooms and tents which need to be booked in advance.
The restaurant and bar are fully licensed. Traditional dishes of the Dama people will be prepared for you on request. The Aba-Huab management will also be happy to arrange performances of traditional singing and dancing for the culturally-minded.
The campsite is well shaded by old trees. The facilities are generally good and to make everything a little more special, during the dry season the desert elephants often come past Aba-Huab with their presence. The site provides ideal accommodation for visitors to Damaraland who wish to visit Twyfelfontein, the Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and Petrified Forest.
The campsite also offers a number of activities other than viewing rockart. Enjoy walks in the Aba-Huab riverbed and on the fringe of the Namib for some game watching - you might even see desert Elephant stroll past.
How to get there
Aba-Huab is on the D3214 gravel road, 6km from Twyfelfontein. The D3214 is suited for ordinary vehicles. Caution may be required during the rainy season, as the river comes down in flood on rare occasions.