Roy's Camp near Grootfontein
(5 rustic chalets and camping) PO Box 755, Grootfontein; tel/fax: 067 240302; email: email@example.com; web: www.swiftcentre.com or www.triponline.net
Situated on the main B8 to Rundu, only 55km north of Grootfontein, just past the C44 turn-off to Tsumkwe, Roy's is a super little lodge built in an artistic and very rustic style.
It was opened in '96 by Wimple and Marietjie Otto, whose ancestors were some of the first European settlers in Namibia. The camp is named after Wimple's father, Royal. The owners had originally planned to call it 'Royal Restcamp,' but the authorities didn't approve of that title, and so they cut it to Roy's Camp.
The accommodation comprises two 3-bedroom bungalows with en-suite shower and toilet and three 4-bedroom bungalows with the same facilities. All are wonderfully rustic to the point of being quite offbeat. All are serviced by elecricity although paraffin lamps light the way to your bungalow or campsite. Lunch and dinner (best arranged in advance) are served in the bar/dining area next to the swimming pool.
There are also eight green, well-watered lawns which function as campsites, complete with braai sites, little thatched roofs for shade, and ablutions with hot and cold water. All of this is set in 28km2 of natural bush, which has been stocked with blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, zebra, duiker, steenbok and warthog. One walking trail (about two hours' leisurely stroll) has been made through this, on which many of the trees have been labelled. Rates: single N$230; double N$185 per person; 3–4 beds N$270 person, including breakfast. Camping N$38 per person.