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Mesosaurus Fossil Camp
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Reviewed June 15, 2017

We stayed for two nights and loved it!

The bush camp is located 3km in to the grounds and is modest yet impressive. It has a well-designed simple ablution block with shower that you can heat with fire. The nights are filled with stars and so quiet. You can cook on your own fire by your tent and roam around amongst the dolerite boulders, sheep, goats and quiver trees. It was a truly wonderful experience.

The fossil tour itself was the best thing we did in Namibia! Giel was so funny and enthusiastic. What a privilege to meet the original discoverer who is clearly still so passionate.

We cannot recommend staying at the camp, doing the fossil tour and 4x4 trail enough!

Room Tip: It is possible to walk from the bush camp to the main reception - it took us about 45 minutes. The fossil tour started at 8.30am
  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

We had intended to visit Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground en route back to SA whilst having an overnight stop in the area. After reading the good advice of fellow Tripadvisor reviewers, we decided to stay at Mesosaurus Fossil camp instead. It proved to be excellent advice. We did stop in at Quiver Tree lodge and saw the quiver trees and Giants Playground (a few kms down the road) but to be honest we found the trees far more impressive at Mesosaurus with similar rock formations. Our host Ghiel was very warm and friendly and led us on a highly informative and interesting tour of the fossils located on the farm. It was truly a privilege to meet such a wonderful salt of the earth character as Oom Ghiel and to see the wonders of nature that this area has to offer.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Nolene S, Owner at Mesosaurus Fossil Camp, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2017

Thank you very much. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Mesosaurus camp.

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Reviewed March 11, 2017

We stayed 1 night at the bush camp which is a short 3km drive away from the main building in a really peaceful secluded spot among hundreds of quiver trees. We were the only ones staying out there and had the place to ourselves which was fabulous. You can spend hours there wandering around the trees and rocks. The owner was such a nice host and took us on an entertaining tour of the fossils - don't miss this!

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

We took a chance and drove 40 km off the paved highway in hopes of seeing the mesosaur fossils. When we arrived, the owner, Giel, immediately took us to the fossil bed where his 10 year old son discovered the first fossil 25 years ago.

Giel is incredibly knowledgeable about the fossils, the geological history of the region, the current flora and fauna, and more.

He is also quite a jokester and quite funny. We highly recommend taking the time to get off the beaten path and visit the mesosaur fossils and even stay at the bush camp.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Jim M
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

We made an detour on our trip trough Namibia to visit this Mesosaurus fossil site out of curiousity.What a suprise.I can not describe or find the words to write how exelent our brief stay was.Worth every cent.Not to be missed.Best way to learn history of that region.And as a bonus there are hundreds of quiver trees on the farm.I did make about 15 min of video,ones published on you tube i shall copy link here.

Giel most entertaining person in whole Namibia,most interesting storis to hear.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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