Solitaire is a small settlement in the Khomas Region of central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. We came upon it while driving from the red dune area of Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay at the coast. The main settlement is very small – it has a petrol station, post office, a bakery and a general dealer and the Solitaire Country Lodge – but important in the area. It is the only place to refuel – both your vehicle and yourself – for long distances in any direction. We had a long day of travelling still ahead and finding somewhere which served coffee was amazing. There was another reason we had for stopping there. We had read in a guidebook that there was a bakery at Solitaire which served the best apple pie in Namibia! I was determined to put it to the test. First though we took a walk around to get some photos.
Solitaire is part of the 45,000 acre Solitaire Land Trust, which protects native habitat and restores former farmland degraded by drought and overgrazing. The on-going removal of legacy cattle fences will allow the area’s abundant wildlife to move freely from the base of the Great African Escarpment, through the grassland plain, camel thorn shaded river beds and the Namib, widely considered to be the oldest desert in the world. – Solitaire Namibia site
The Solitaire Namibia site has more information about the area, where to stay and what to do.
And then we came to the best bit – Moose McGregor’s Desert Bakery!