In 2006 gates were erected on the northern side of
the attraction and several species of game animal introduced. You can only enter
this area accompanied by a guide.
The area offers some unusual rock features that are very popular with
photographers. Sunrise and sunsets are good times for photographing the red
glowing rocks. You will have to time your program carefully in order to gain the
best lighting / shadow effects on the various attractions. The paintings at the
Bushman's Paradise are in the sheltered area, but have been subjected to a
considerable amount of 'water wash' owing to their location. They are not very
clear. Those at the small bushman's paradise are easily accessible and of a
better quality. However, the paintings are not a interesting as those at the
nearby Philipp's Cave or the Brandberg. The effects of weathering on the rocks
can be seen at the rock bridge (A) which has recently experienced a mid-section,
minor collapse. The granite becomes quite hot in the summer and when a sudden
downpour of rain cools the rock, contraction causes splits and eventually
exfoliation of the outer layers of rock.
Camping here is a pleasant experience. The various sites are nestled
against the rocks, and you feel quite remote on this part of the 3rd rock from
the sun. There are 'long drop' field toilets nearby to the camp sites, but no
water. However it is not too far to the main Office/ Bar / Accommodation Area
where you can shower etc.
Climbing: There are some challenging climbs at the Spitzkoppe. The
granite faces are quite smooth, and uncomfortably hot during the summer months.
When wet they are slippery offering little grip. The climbs demand
experience and the correct equipment.
It was good to note that this attraction is gaining popularity with the
guided tour companies. The Spitzkoppe is spectacular and well worth a camping