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Plan a holiday to these 10 luxury lodges in Namibia in remote places that are beyond the tourist hotspots. Namibia has such amazing properties that we struggled to pick just 10.
Here are our favourite lodges, and we’ve included a bonus option too.
Kulala Desert Lodge
Kulala Desert Lodge is one of Namibia’s favourite lodges for international travellers who want to visit the famous Sossusvlei dunes. One of Namibia’s top tourist attractions, Sossusvlei has the tallest sand dunes in the world! Set amidst these giant red dunes, this lodge has a total of 23 chalets named ‘kalulas’ which means ‘to sleep’ in the Oshiwambo (a native dialect). Each chalet has sleep-out decks on top of their roofs.
Why we love it: The lodge is the closest point of access to the iconic Sossusvlei dunes.
Little Ongava – even with its proximity to Etosha National Park – is designed for privacy and luxury. Set on a high hill, inside the Ongava Game Reserve, you get to experience wide views over Namibia’s plains. Meander on wooden boardwalks, that lead over rocks and trees, to the main lounge and dining area from one of three secluded thatch bungalows. Each bungalow feels homely with a fireplace, sitting room, private deck, infinity pool and ‘sala’. It’s pure indulgence indoors, surrounded by untamed nature outdoors.
Why we love it: Easy access to Etosha National Park.
andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Surrounded by the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge offers a complete escape. Sheer silence, total tranquillity and romantic luxury. From stargazing to intimate picnics in the desert, this is an extraordinary wilderness to experience. Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia’s ancient Namib Desert, the serene oasis overlooks dunes and stony outcrops. A world of vast spaces, endless horizons and rugged mountain heights, the extraordinary clarity of light make this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes.
Why we love it: Hot air ballooning over Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon.
Situated in the private 67 000-acre reserve in Sossusvlei, this luxury desert has 11 air-conditioned thatched “kulalas” which merge impeccably into the desert landscape. The “kulalas” each have a rooftop star bed, private plunge pool, and glass walls to let in those incredible desert views. Little Kulala’s interiors make use of neutral colours and textures and natural light.
Why we love it: Stargaze directly from your bed.
Hoanib Skeleton Camp (western Namibia)
Remote and rugged. These two words best describe Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, which sits in a valley where two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River meet. If viewed on a map, its location straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park in the Kaokoveld area.
The camp consists of seven large tents and one family unit, each with a stylish en-suite bedroom and shaded outdoor deck. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery. It offers all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay.
Why we love it: The only access to the lodge is by light aircraft, which means you start and end your stay with amazing views.
Serra Cafema Camp
Imagine listening to gurgling river rapids but you’re in a desert. A surreal experience! The luxury lodge, Serra Cafema, is found in the extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River. Set under shady albida trees, this intimate camp is inspired by the area’s Himba people and has a mix of rustic and luxurious elements. Eight riverside wood, canvas and thatched villas look over elevated decks for exceptional views. The indoor and outdoor dining areas, sunken lounge, library, curio shop and swimming pool, all share views of the Kunene River.
Why we love it: The camp has a both desert and water experiences.
Wolwedans Private Camp
Imagine that the Wild West was transported to Namibia. Wake up in your private camp surrounded by nothing but purple-tinged mountains and rolling, soft yellow grass plains. There’s no house or town or civilisation in sight. Spend your days in the ‘sala’ having lazy siestas, sunbathe on one of the decks, or relax in the study, living room, dining area or kitchen. From every open-plan room, you can see the wide expanse around you.
Why we love it: Complete privacy.
Onguma The Fort
The Fort is unlike any other luxury accommodation in Namibia. You can pretend to be a sultan in the Namibian desert. Built in the right spot, the property overlooks the salty Etosha Pan and is made of massive raw walls, stone cladding and with its own tall tower (with views toward Etosha and Fisher’s Pan). There are surprises at every corner: a bespoke African feel combined with a touch of Moroccan and Indian flavours with antique windows and doors.
Why we love it: Dramatic Moroccan-Afro design
Desert Rhino Camp
Desert Rhino Camp lies in the rolling, rocky hills of the 450 000-hectare Palmwag Concession. This region is marked by tranquil, minimalist beauty, and the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa. Set in a wide valley, the eight raised Meru-style canvas tents with front verandas take in views of ancient welwitschia plants, and the dramatic Etendeka Mountains. The luxury camp has a comfortable dining and lounge area is also elevated with partially open sides for panoramic views, while a swimming pool provides a refreshing respite.
Why we love it: Evening meals are often served around the fire pit under star-studded skies.
Skeleton Coast Safaris
The Skeleton Coast is a remote area filled with stark beauty waiting to be discovered. Shipwrecks litter the beaches between Swakopmund and Angola’s border, which gives this piece of desert land it’s striking name. As there’s little accommodation available here, we recommend doing a flying safari with the family-run Skeleton Coast Safaris.
Ranging from 3 to 5 days, the route takes you from Windhoek along the coastline up to the Kunene River (the northern border of Namibia) where you’ll stop over at camps and remote lodges. Expect to see over 250 bird species, hyena, Cape fur seals, jackals, gemsbok, kudu and springbok as well as desert-adapted elephants.
Why we love it: The light aircraft takes up to 8 passengers and can hop between remote beaches, camps and private airstrips.
!Xaus means ‘heart’ in the indigenous Nama language. Run by the bushmen of both the ‡Khomani San and Mier communities, !Xaus Lodge is about real sustainable tourism. Overlooking a large salt pan in a heart shape, this remote lodge will let you experience life in the Kalahari, guided dune walks, game drives and buy crafts from the Bushmen village.
A unique living space, the lodge’s lounge has a fireplace, a large observation deck perfect for stargazing, a refreshing swimming pool, and fire pit in the boma.
Why we love it: Eco-tourism at its finest, and the beauty of silence.