10 amazing places to stay in Namibia

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We asked some of our experts to recommend their favourite spots

Erongo Wilderness Lodge (below)
“This special hideaway is situated in a secluded valley, encircled by the Erongo Mountains, where the desert, mountain and bushveld ecosystems meet. I have always loved this location; it is a place of beauty and quietness. Bear in mind it isn’t for everyone, as I wouldn’t recommend it for an action-packed crowd. However, it’s a good place to enjoy nature and its sounds — and to relax!”
Recommended by Rachael Harlech-Jones, The Cardboard Box, www.namibian.org



Nambwa Tented Lodge (below)
“Honouring the elephants’ right of way — for this place is located on their migratory route — timber walkways connect 10 comfortable tented suites. The entire property is built on stilts, nestled among the jackalberry, sausage and knobthorn trees found on the floodplains of the Kwando River. Located within the Bwabwata National Park (formerly Caprivi Game Park), the region is a playground for large herds of elephant, buffalo and plains game, which often seek refuge and security for the night beneath your room.”
Recommended by Margo Bishop, ATI Holidays, www.ati-holidays.com

Klein-Aus Vista (below)
“If you really want to enjoy solitude, this quirky escape is the place for you. The rustic Eagle’s Nest Chalets are creatively built into huge granite boulders that straddle the sweeping desert plains and Aus Mountains. Hike up to the summit, sit on a rock and contemplate life. If you can’t find peace in these blissful surroundings, you never will. A great place to see the wild horses of the Namib; they come to drink from a trough at Garub, where you watch them from a secret hide. Riding in the desert is also available (on a Namibian-bred horse, not a feral one) and is an experience not to be missed.”
Recommended by Julie Ives, Chameleon Holidays, www.chameleonholidays.com

Wolwedans (below)
“The NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the most spectacular places in Namibia. The scenery with its magnificent landscapes and ever-changing colours is simply magical! At Wolwedans, you can choose between Dunes Lodge, Mountain View Suite, Wolwedans Dune Camp, the secluded Private Camp and Boulders Safari Camp. All are unique and blend seamlessly with the landscape. This place is all about embracing nature. It’s also possible to go hot-air ballooning, which provides unforgettable and breathtaking 360° vistas.”
Recommended by Marc Pampe, The Mushara Collection, www.mushara-lodge.com

Canyon Roadhouse (below)
“Fashioned after the old-school motel, this lodge is an undoubted bucket list stop in the south of Namibia. An ideal escape for all, it’s located just 14km away from Fish River Canyon. Its interior is somewhat of an Aladdin’s cave, with an assortment of classic vehicles and transport paraphernalia assembled with an innovative and creative flair. This place also serves the world’s best Amarula cheesecake.”
Recommended by Howard Sivertsen, Namibia Car Rental, www.namibiacarrental.net

Fish River Lodge (below)
“This stunning place is located in the far south of Namibia, amid an arid landscape dotted with resilient trees, shrubs and succulents. It’s the only lodge nestled directly above the 500-million-year-old geological phenomenon that ‘shaped the world’: the Fish River Canyon. Situated in a private 45,000-hectare nature park, guests are offered unfettered access to the western part of the world’s second-largest gorge — and views that carry on for eternity.”
Recommended by Margo Bishop, ATI Holidays, www.ati-holidays.com

Okonjima Nature Reserve (below)
“The activities here are endless: you can hike, bike or go for a swim. Okonjima is home to the non-profit AfriCat Foundation, which researches, protects, rescues and rehabilitates large carnivores back into the wild. Make time to visit the centre and you can learn about Namibia’s carnivores here too, as well as tracking cheetah, leopard, hyena and wild dogs. Accommodation includes villas, bush suites, the Luxury Bush Camp, the Plains Camp and the Omboroko Campsite, so there’s something for all.”
Recommended by Howard Sivertsen, Namibia Car Rental, www.namibiacarrental.net

Etendeka Mountain Camp (below)
“This is an eco-friendly lodge in a beautiful, pristine location — the showers are heated with solar power and your food cooked in a solar oven! The Luxury Meru tents open up completely to enjoy 360° views; make sure you ask about the telescope. The owner, Dennis Liebenberg, is a great host and, along with his guides, shares his vast knowledge of the region. The best way to experience this special wilderness is on foot. Etendeka also offers the brilliant opportunity to camp underneath the open sky.”
Recommended by Stephanie Mohrmann, Ongava Game Reserve, www.ongava.com

 

Grootberg Lodge (below)
“Perched on the rim of a plateau and standing sentinel over the Klip River Valley, Grootberg has some jaw-dropping views. The drive up to the lodge is very steep and quite scary, making a 4WD a must; alternatively, you can leave your car at the bottom and be collected. It stands out for its extremely good food, well-trained guides and exceptional local management in superb surroundings. An impressive 12,000 hectares have been set aside by the ≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy for conservation and tourism, and it is through this unspoilt, remote biosphere that you meander, either on foot or by car.”
Recommended by Howard Sivertsen, Namibia Car Rental, www.namibiacarrental.net



 

 


Mushara Bush Camp, Etosha National Park (below)
“This is a must if you like to be close to nature or are travelling with children. Here, kids are catered for, and there’s no better way for them to fall asleep than listening to the sound of hyena. Trained chefs freshly prepare all meals, using vegetables and herbs from local farms and their own gardens. Alternatively, Mushara Lodge, with its gorgeous rooms and excellent service, is a great base from which to explore the eastern side of the park without being surrounded by crowds.”
Recommended by Nick Buys, Nature Travel Namibia, www.naturetravelnamibia.com

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