Naute Recreation Resort

Quick facts


The Naute Recreation Resort surrounds Namibia’s second largest dam, the Naute. The dam was constructed from 1970 to 1972 to capture the Löwen River with its tributaries, which later feeds into the Fish River. A small game reserve surrounds the dam. The Resort was recently expanded by the addition of farm Ghoggab on the eastern side.

Location: 42 km south-west of Keetmanshoop

Natural features: Dominated by grassy plains with small shrub species. Trees grow in river washes. The dam has several sandy shores, shallow bays and islands.

Vegetation: Nama Karoo Biome. Vegetation types: Dwarf Shrub Savannah, Karas Dwarf Shrubland. Camel-thorn (Acacia erioloba), sweet-thorn (Acacia karroo), water acacia (Acacia nebrownii), wild tamarisk (Tamarix usneoides), trumpet-thorn (Catophractes alexandri) and quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma).

Wildlife: Gemsbok, springbok, klipspringer, steenbok, duiker. The 164 bird species recorded include African spoonbill, South African shelduck, African fish eagle, African white pelican.

Tourism: Camping, angling and boating permits are obtained from the MET. Campsites with basic ablution facilities and a kiosk (under NamWater concession). With the exception of a small area along the southern bank of the dam, the game park is closed to the public.