Spitzkoppe from the German for the pointed dome is a group of bald granite peaks or inselbergs located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert.
The granite is more than 120 million years old, and the highest outcrop rises about 1,728 metres above sea level.
The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 670 m above the floor of the desert below.
Other prominences stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains. The climbing area around the Großer Spitzkuppe is still the classic destination for climbers from all over the world. When the sun sets in behind the Kleine Spitzkoppe in the west and the African night sinks over the huge climbing mountain, you will experience the awakening of nature.
Many examples of Bushmen artwork can be seen painted on the rock in the Spitzkoppe area. The Spitzkoppe Mountains were also the filming location for 2001: A Space Odyssey in the "Dawn of Man" sequence.