Spitzkoppe

The Spitzkoppe often referred to as the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’, is a huge granite inselberg within the Namib Desert and rises to approximately 1728 meters above sea level. The area lends itself to excellent photographic opportunities and the inselberg massif harbors many interesting fauna and flora.

To date we have recorded 139 species of birds, 30 species of mammals and 16 species of reptiles, many of these are unique or endemic to the Namib Desert.

The vegetation on the Spitzkoppe is different to the surrounding plains and interesting plants such as the Kobas Cyphostemma currori and Namib Hoodia Hoodia currori can be found. The more low-lying areas consist of stunted Blackthorn (Swarthaak) Acacia melifera, Red Umbrella Thorn Acacia reficiens and Umbrella Thorn Acacia tortilis, Sheppard’s trees Boscia albitrunca, Ringwood Maerua schinzii and many other desert-adapted forbes and shrubs which grow primarily along the drainage lines, these, in turn, provide habitat and food for many species of birds, reptiles, insects and small mammals.