Namibia, as vast and sprawling as the country is, has limited accommodation options. Namibia is so popular that accommodation demand exceeds supply during peak season, from June to October. It is best to book your Namibian safari and accommodation far in advance to ensure first choice availability.
Namibia's capital and gateway is Windhoek. It's an arid country, home to two world-renowned deserts: The Namib and The Kalahari, with an almost out-of-this-world beauty.
There are numerous lodges, reserves and concessions offering a variety of accommodation, from boutique hotels to tented safari camps. Some of the major attractions in Namibia include the Caprivi Strip, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Etosha Game Reserve and the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund.
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Anderssons at Ongava is family-friendly and ideally located to enjoy the extensive and private 30,000-hectare Ongava Game Reserve, with game drive excursions into neighbouring Etosha National Park – Namibia's most famous wildlife safari destination. Ongava is one of the best places in southern Africa to see black and white rhinos.
Quirky personality and a sense of bygone times give Canyon Roadhouse its special charm. The roadhouse-style lodge is located 25km from the impressive Fish River Canyon, arguably the second-largest canyon in the world. This unique spot is praised for its friendly staff and creative flair and it offers a fun, laid-back stay in remote southern Namibia. The 24 spacious, en-suite rooms are set around courtyards featuring the unusual flora of this arid region, and the main restaurant brims with vintage decor that adds to its old-world appeal.
Chobe Savanna Lodge is a luxury establishment overlooking the Chobe River in Namibia's Eastern Caprivi. The lodge offers spectacular views of the Chobe River and the vast floodplains of the Chobe National Park's Puku Flats, with its abundance of wildlife.
Damara Mopane Lodge is an ideal base for exploring the unique gems of dramatic Damaraland – from prehistoric Twyfelfontein's rock engravings and towering sandstone formations, to desert-adapted elephants and the petrified forest. Each quaint chalet features its own little garden complete with flowers, herbs and vegetables that are used to prepare fresh, tasty meals at the restaurant. The charming setting and friendly staff really make a difference to the lodge.
Owned and largely managed by the local community, Damaraland Camp is a model of a successful community partnership. Eco-friendly, yet luxurious, this intimate safari camp offers first-hand encounters with some of the most highly-adapted local wildlife, particularly desert elephants and black rhinos – in starkly beautiful surroundings.
Aptly named, Desert Rhino Camp has the largest number of free-ranging black rhino in Africa. Set in the sprawling, rocky Palmwag Concession, Desert Rhino Camp enjoys spectacular scenery and a surprising abundance of desert-adapted wildlife.
Although not in a game-rich area per se, Doro Nawas Camp is an excellent base from which to explore the dramatic and stark Damaraland landscape. Arid and inhospitable, it's home to a surprisingly diverse range of desert-adapted wildlife, including desert-elephant, gemsbok, springbok, bat-eared fox – and even the odd black rhino and cheetah.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp sits in scenic, wide valley where two tributaries of the Hoanib River meet. It straddles two wilderness areas: the private Palmwag Concession and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of Namibia’s most remote areas. Dramatic scenery, sightings of remarkable desert-adapted wildlife and huge seal colonies are just some of its attractions.
Kulala Desert Lodge and the exclusive Little Kulala are set in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, close to Namibia's famous Sossusvlei dunes, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon. Local wildlife is remarkably adapted and endemic, from the stately gemsbok to the tiny 'barking' gecko.
Perched high on a rocky outcrop, with incredible views over the surrounding African savanna, Little Ongava has only three luxury villas, offering one of the most exclusive safari stays in Namibia close to Etosha. Each secluded villa has its own private deck and plunge pool, a sala or sitting area and a luxury en-suite bathroom with indoor and open-air outdoor showers – all offering spectacular views from every angle.
Namushasha is one of those special places that leaves you wishing you could stay longer and once you have, wanting to return. The viewing decks and all of the chalets look out over the remote Kwando River, where hippo, elephant, buffalo and a multitude of birds gather. This riverside lodge emerges as the highlight of many a safari in the Caprivi region.
Situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve along Etosha National Park's southern border, Ongava Lodge offers beautiful views of a well-frequented waterhole and the plains beyond from its vantage point in the foothills of the Ondundozonanandana range. There are 14 thatched ensuite chalets built from natural rock.