Alte Kalkofen Lodge was the first stop on our trip to Namibia. We were planning on focusing more on the north of Namibia, so we didn’t spend a lot of time in the south. We will do a proper tour of the south next time. Which is why we only spent one night at most places in the south. I have read some nice articles and reviews about Alte Kalkofen Lodge, so I decided it would be the perfect place to cut the long trip from the Northern Cape to Sossusvlei almost in half. Unfortunately we departed fairly late from our friends place, so we only arrived at the lodge at 20:30 the evening. Nevertheless, Frikkie Mouton was still very welcoming.
They call the campsite ‘Shackity City’, which is very fitting. There are 3 campsites each with their own private ablution in the form of a corrugated iron ‘shack’. But don’t let that put you off. This is probably the neatest shack you will see in your life. The showers has warm water, you just first need to make a fire in the wood fire geyser (or ‘donkie’ as they’re known in Afrikaans). Not to worry the water heats up fairly quickly. And there are solar powered lights inside the shack as well as outside, which make more than sufficient light. We even switched it off at some point to enjoy the full moon in all it’s glory.
The name ‘Alte Kalköfen’ means ‘limestone ovens’. There are one of these situated near near the lodge, opposite the turnoff to ‘shackity city. In the old days they were used to produce lime for the building and agricultural trades. Apart from the ‘kalkofen’, there is also an old fuel pump and car wreck at the lodge.
Your first night always sets the tone for the rest of the trip, and I am glad we kicked things off here. The openness makes you breathe properly here while enjoying scenery. I would easily have stayed longer and relax in the pool.
You can find a full list of all my blog posts of our trip, here.
- We paid N$ 340 for 2 people for the night.
- There are bungalows and self-catering units available.
- Swimming pool.
- Restaurant on site.
- They also hosts weddings, conferences and other functions.
- There is a ‘hothouse’ where you can view a fascinating collection of lithops or flowering stones, the largest collection in Namibia. A Lithop is a succulent plant that consists of 2 opposing leaves that are fused together. The majority of the plant remains under ground. They resemble pebbles and stones found in their natural habitat.
Visited: April 2017