(20 pitches and overflow field) PO Box 145, Maltahöhe; tel: 063 293245; fax: 063 293244; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.namibiawildliferesorts.com. Central reservations, tel: 061 236975–8; fax: 061 224900
In 1989, Sesriem campsite had just ten pitches, and was the only place in the area. Each was shaded by an old camelthorn tree, which boasted a tap sprouting beside its trunk, and was protected by a low, circular wall. It was stunning.
Times have changed. Now there are 20 pitches, an overflow field (on the left) which is often busy, and two ablution blocks. But it's still a marvellous place to camp, especially if you get one of the original pitches, on the edge of the campground. Fuel and wood are normally available at the NWR office, as are a few simple foodstuffs – though it's better to bring food with you. The neighbouring Sossusvlei Lodge welcomes campers to dinner, provided they book a table before midday, and don't become rowdy.
To guarantee camping space, especially in the high season, you should book at the NWR in Windhoek before arriving, although it's always worth checking on arrival to see if there's a space available. Gates into the park open only between sunrise and sunset, and entry to the road into the vlei is strictly controlled.