Arnhem Caves Rest Camp is situated only 85km south east of Hosea Kutako International Airport (130 kilometers from Windhoek City)
Farm 222 Arnhem Cave & Leisure – Road M51 South-East to Nina

Arnhem Cave & Rest Camp is an ideal retreat for couples and families who prefer self-catering. On top of the outdoor adventure, the cave can also be explored, either in the morning or afternoon. The Camp is on the edge of the Kalahari Desert characterized by rocky low hills and while the famous red sand of the Kalahari is prevalent, dunes are not a prominent feature. Arnhem is not only famous for its cave and bats, it’s a bushveld retreat for people who want to escape the city. It’s a nature lovers haven, ideal for tourists who start or end their journey through Namibia.
The cave itself was discovered in 1930 by the then owner of the farm, Daniel Bekker and today it is still in the same natural state as when it was found. Arnhem cave is the longest cave in Namibia with a stable and moderate temperature of around 25°C. It has a few cave formations and is the home to six species of bat, including the giant leaf-nosed bat, (the largest insect-eating bat in the world) long-fingered bat, Egyptian slit-faced bat and the horseshoe bat.
Arnhem Camp does not have a restaurant, it’s a self-catering establishment with four picturesque rustic chalets. Each chalet sleeps four persons, two downstairs and two persons upstairs in a small loft. Shower & toilet, table and chairs, fridge, kettle, cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, hot plate and pots and a braai area are standard features at each unit.
Two camp chalets with shower & toilet, each with two single beds are situated at the campsite and convenient for guests who prefer not to sleep in tents. Both chalets are not equipped with cooking equipment and utensils.
Guests must bring their own equipment.
The seven campsites each has a braai and grid with an electricity and water point. The sites are large enough for six persons and two vehicles with ample space and shade.
Separate Gents & Ladies ablution facilities are situated close to the camp terrain.
The main Lapa and Bar area is where guests can socialize and enjoy watching some sport channels while the kids play and swim in the pool. The Lapa and Bar is ideal for private functions such as weddings, birthday parties, special anniversaries or any other celebration that require space in a tranquil environment. When the venue is booked for exclusive use, it includes the Lapa & Bar, fully equipped kitchen with utensils, crockery, glasses and the use of a walk-in cooler room – Quotations can be supplied on request.
A guided tour through the cave can last up to 3hrs depending on the guests. No crawling is necessary. It can be dusty, wear a set of old clothes and if you are sensitive to dust, bring a cotton or material dust mask with. The guide carries a powerful touch lamp to show the way and highlight interesting cave features. Bring your own head or hand touch along for own use.
The entrance is divided by a thick column of rock with both sides leading down to a huge cavern +/- 120 meters long and 45 meters wide. Smaller passages and crevices continue further down the cave. After the rains insect population increases, attracting thousands of bats cling to the cave walls. The bat experience can be furthered by sitting at the cave entrance after sunset.
Each of the six different bat species found in the Arnhem cave are unique with different habits. They are also found in different sections of the cave system. The cave is divided in two phases - Phase 1 is the entry level or for guests who have limited time. Phase 2 covers more distance further into the cave and is for the more adventures explorer.
If you are not scared of the dark, Arnhem Cave is one of those adventures you must add to your bucket list!
If the cave and bats are not for you, there are several unguided trails around Arnhem reserve, ideal for birding and game viewing.
Bird-watching opportunities include sightings of some near-endemic Namibian birds on the reserve and at the water waterholes.
Scenic drives in the afternoon can be arranged with the inclusion of a few beverage to be enjoyed at a lookout point while the sunsets.
Guests are more than welcome to bring their own Mountain bikes to explore the reserve at their own leisure. We do unfortunately not allow Quade bikes on the property.
Educational tours for school children with in-depth information about bat species and the history of the caves can be arranged. There is much to learn about bat behavior, their breeding and feeding habits.
Distance & Road direction:
Windhoek to Arnhem – Drive on the B6 highway, a short distance past the turn off to the Hosea Kutako International Airport. Turn right on to the M51 gravel road towards Nina for 85 kilometers. At the entrance gate there is another signboard indicating the entrance.
Please close gate behind you.
Alternative routing is from Rehoboth on the D1228 for 30 km, turn left on the D1249 to Dordabis 62 km. Drive a further 6 km and turn left on the D1482 for 32 km and turn left on the M51 until you see the Arnhem Cave & Leisure signboard on your left.
From Gobabis to Witvlei is 48 km, turn left on the D1793 for 21 km. Continue further on the D1785 for 12 km and over on the D1792 for 15 km. Turn into the D1444 for a further 18 km.
Turn right on the M51 for 10 km to Arnhem Cave & Leisure.
Please close gate behind you.

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