- Reviews: 1270
Desert Camp: A luxury camp in the desert
Just 5km away from the entrance to the Sossusvlei, the Desert Camp provides you with comfy beds in beautiful permanent tents, a barbecue place in front of every one of these and a refreshing swimming pool next to a small bar area - all of this in the middle of the Namib Desert. It's a great place to stay as hardly any other place will give you the feeling to be truly in the middle of a desert. Wherever you look, there's desert, desert and more desert. A hill just next to the camp is an attractive place for a walk, and from up there you can enjoy more unhindered views going as far as the red dunes of the Sossusvlei. It's also a good sunset viewing spot.
We stayed in tent no. 8 which was clean, surprisingly spacious and well-equipped. If, unlike us, you need to cater for yourself, there is even a fridge next to the tent. By the way: the tents don't feel like tents at all, more like houses. It's only the fact that they have tarpaulins instead of walls.
I particularly liked the swimming pool with an unhindered desert view. Another great "feature" of the camp is a tree a few metres away which is more or less completely covered by several weaver birds nests. Last, but not least, the sunset nearby was also spectacular, as was the sunrise the next morning.
- Reviews: 1270
Nunda Lodge: Luxurious riverside accommodation
Consisting of a campsite and some chalets, Nunda Lodge is a beautiful, luxurious and excellently located place to stay in northern Namibia. It occupies a vast strip of land at the banks of the Okavango River. Hippos roam the river and - at least when we were there - loved to bask in the sun just across from the lodge. We could observe them for most of the day, and heard them all through the night on their search for grass. Nunda Lodge also has a very nice swimming pool with some deck chairs scattered around it, as well as a bar / breakfast area on a terrace overlooking the river. However, as all the chalets were located just next to the river we chose to watch the hippos from there. The breakfast was very good, the chalets were spacious, comfortable and clean, and, as mentioned above, had a riverside terrace. The only were tiny drawback was that it took ages for the shower to get hot.
As Nunda Lodge was included in our tour and doesn't list any prices on its website, I'm sorry to have to leave the respective fields blank.
very nice area, good pool, lovely chalets with riverside terraces
- Reviews: 1270
Brandberg White Lady Lodge: Nice location, okay accommodation
I can't really say too much about this lodge as we arrived rather late and left rather early. Located in the middle of the desert at the end of a 5km desert track, the reception and bar area of the lodge look very appealing. There is a nice swimming pool, a small park (!), a sunset viewpoint and a large bar. Some 300m away are the bungalows which I didn't find too good, to be honest. They were very simple and not exactly good-looking. Alright for sleeping, but not for staying there longer. The lodge also seemed relatively unfinished (apart from the reception and bar), despite the fact that it was opened in 2004.
What's really special about the lodge is its location. The highest mountains of Namibia, the Brandberg massif, is just a few kilometres away, and the view of them is marvellous. The Brandberg rises abruptly 2000m from a desert plain, but looks so much smaller when you are in the lodge. Only when you get closer you will see its true altitude. Brandberg White Lady Lodge is also good for stargazing - there's no light around anywhere.
- Reviews: 1270
N'Kwazi Lodge: Accommodation at the banks of the Okavango River
Would you like to stay in a luxurious lodge on the banks of the Okavango? With a place to watch the sun setting over the river (or over Angola, to be specific)? With an inviting pool? With plenty of space for a camper or tents? In a lodge which supports community projects and employs quite a few people from the nearby villages? Then N'Kwazi Lodge in northern Namibia, only 20km east of Rundu, should be your port of call. It's a friendly place with thatched-roof bungalows at the banks of the Okavango which are clean and beautifully decorated. A nice bar area and a terrace overlooking the river are part of N'Kwazi Lodge, too. What we found best, though, were the many ways in which it supports the local communities. For many people in this area, paying the school fees of N$60 a year is difficult, especially if they have several children. N'Kwazi Lodge offers scholarships to good students and also helps them when they want to study at university. They also have projects for the women of the community. A brochure on display in the bungalows gives you further details about the projects. If you want to become active, too, join one of the guides for activities such as a village walk for N$50/person. All money earned supports the community.
The bungalows were very nice and inviting. The set of stairs down to the river served as our sunset viewpoint - we saw one of the best sunsets of our Namibia stay there. The number of support projects is a definite plus as well.
- Reviews: 1270
Tarentaal Guest Farm: A welcoming farmhouse
When we visited the Etosha NP, we didn't stay inside the park but some 35km away at Tarentaal Guest Farm, which was one of the best accommodations we had during our holiday. Tarentaal is an active farm breeding sheep and guinea fowls (or at least there are so many of them that it looks like they are bred there), but it's also a very nice and welcoming guesthouse. The rooms are decorated in a kind of safari style, and you can see that the person doing that really has a knack for it. You'll immediately feel at home there. A large pool, a comfy relaxing area and an almost restaurant-like open-air breakfast area adjacent to a camp fire place add to the nice character of Tarentaal. We stayed there for three nights and were able to see a spectacular night sky from the camp fire area. In Germany, you can hardly ever see the night sky because of light pollution - but here the views were marvellous. Altogether a great place to stay.
The breakfast area is as lovely as one can imagine. The pool looked very inviting, but we always came home too late so that it was too cool to jump in. The rooms were great - clean, interestingly decorated and with very comfortable beds.
- Reviews: 1270
Camp Kwando: The best lodge in the Caprivi Strip
Camp Kwando is both a luxurious lodge and a nice campground. Located off the beaten path in the middle of the Caprivi Strip, it is one of the best places to stay in Namibia. This is mostly due to its spectacular location on the banks of Kwando River, with the huts (called island tents) built just next to the water. The terrace overlooking the river is the perfect place for bird-watching and hippo-spotting. We heard the hippos all through the night. The room was simple, but somehow cosy. Best of all: the blankets on the bed were very warm. This was important as we had the coldest temperatures of the whole holiday when we stayed in Camp Kwando.
Its second outstanding quality is the bar and breakfast area. A round terrace with comfy chairs surrounding a fireplace offers great views on the river and its banks. It also faces the sunset. The whole area is nicely decorated and made me feel as though I was back in colonial times. Breakfast is served in the same half-open area so that you can enjoy the panorama in a different light.
The camping area is spacious with quite a few trees, but according to the camp website only meant for 10 tents. Toilets and showers are available, as is a very small and not really inviting swimming pool.
As usual, Camp Kwando offers some activities. We did the Sundowner Boat Trip which was spectacular (see another tip). The staff can also game drives or fishing tours.
Rates: the island tents cost 920N$ and are meant for two people. The tree house luxury chalet is more expensive at 1330N$ for two people.
see above - but what will forever stay in my mind is the lovely terrace with the fireplace
- Reviews: 790
Okonjima Lodge: Pampered luxury accomodation
Opposite to my experience in the NamibRand in a small house in the middle of nothing with no energy and candles to light up and solar heated water, Okonjima Lodge is a very luxury accomodation in a nature reserve which is also home to Africat Foundation, the aim of which is conservation.
To be continued...
- Reviews: 5332
THURINGER HOF HOTEL: NOTHING GREAT - NAMIBIA
This hotel is part of the Protea Hotel chain which has some beautiful lodges near game parks that offer breathtaking beauty. This hotel is the ugly sister. It’s a nice 3+ star hotel right on the main street of Independence Avenue. All their rooms offer air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, radio, telephone and facilities to make coffee/tea. That’s about it. No swimming pool. You could stay around the corner for $20 less at a Bed & Breakfast set in its own gardens with a swimming pool. This is more of an easy business hotel to use. Breakfast is included in the room rates. Their website is very useful.
Food and drink:
Cigar bar, Butchers Grill restaurant (www.butchersgrill.com), outdoor beergarden, outdoor lounge area, room service
Laundry service, safety deposit box, car rental/transport can be arranged.
Several modern conference rooms and theatre
- Reviews: 5332
Namibian Elephant & Giraffe Trust Research Centre
I came across this humble, but nice little hostel by chance. It wasn’t until I notice a very faded sign saying “Namibian Elephant and Giraffe Trust Research Centre” that I realise there was a bit more to the story. In terms of hostel accommodation, it’s cheap, clean, quiet and friendly. I was greeted at the gate by a large lazy dog that was very happy to see someone else who might feed him. An older lady appeared, let us is, and showed us around. The rooms were basic, had good beds and low prices. In addition to the rooms there was a large dinning area, kitchen to cook in and a toilet/shower block. Plenty of hot water and clean enough. I was bale to get food to cook from a nearby store and cook up a nice meal.
The hostel buildings are in a massive gated enclosure patrolled by the large dog. Although, if you feed him, he doesn’t do his walks. The place is absolutely silent. No music, loud talking, nothing. I enjoyed a good night’s sleep – which is what you need if you are driving Namibia. For the cost, quiet and relaxing atmosphere, I highly recommend it. I had already tried other locations and found they were above my budget. This place was below my budget and I enjoyed my 1 night stay. I could park me vehicle inside the locked gate and close to my bedroom. Nothing is a problem here.
The interesting thing is that this is the home of a foundation headed up by a man called Keith Leggett. He and his organization try and protect large wild animals in Namibia. So the little money you pay even helps protect Namibian wildlife.
- Reviews: 5332
MUKUSI CABINS: CHEAP CABINS - CAPRIVI STRIP
This place is an absolute crossroads of the world. Located next to a petrol garage, you can go off to the left for Zambia or off to the right for Botswana and Zimbabwe. They offer a range of cabin types with most having shared toilet/shower facilities. It keeps the price down. They have a good restaurant and bar with reasonable prices. They also have parking and 24 hour security so there are no issues. The cabins are basic, but offer comfortable beds and are set in thick gardens. Overall it is quiet and you can have a good rest here. The only problem I did find is someone smoked in my room before I stayed there. You won’t get better cheaper around here. If you are on the road this is the place before the borders.
Please note the website is for a Tour Agent who will charge you a non-refundable deposit. The hotel has no website. You can email or telephone the hotel and make a reservation without a deposit!
- Reviews: 897
Himba camp: Shower under the blue sky
Another campground which I liked very much was a camp near a Himba village in Kunene region. Set picturesquely among rocks it was more compact than the one at Spitzkoppe. Although as usual there was no grass, at least the trees gave some shadow.
I liked a shower under the sky. It's true that it was very simple, not to say primitive, but clean and so well composed into the background. It was fun to take a shower under the blue sky, among the rocks. Of course it was great because the weather was hot; I'm sure I wouldn't have enjoyed it if it had been cold.
- Reviews: 897
Spitzkoppe Community Campsite: Bush camp at Spitzkoppe
If you are a budget traveller you must be prepared to be satisfied with cheap accommodation. In Namibia it usually is a tent in a campsite. Although before my trip to Africa the last time I had slept in a tent was about thirty years ago, I didn't hesitate. Generally, the camp sites were O.K, although after several weeks I was fed up with the dust - a piece of grass to pitch your tent on is just a dream in this arid country.
What's surprising, the camp sites which I remember as the nicest were those with hardly any facilities.
The bush camp at Spitzkoppe consists of several secluded sites among the rocks. The views are stunning at every time of the day, but also at night when you sit under the enormous sky studded with stars. The place is so unique that you don't mind the lack of ablution blocks. Each site has a toilet, but it's just a long drop one.
At the entrance to the camp there's a funny little Manager's house and a bar.
- Reviews: 281
Swakop Lodge: Swakopmund
I stayed at Swakop Lodge mid-overland adventure. So after 10 days of camping in the middle of no where, any hotel/hostel with a bed would look good!
The beds in this place were comfy, it was debatable whether or not the sheets were clean when I got there (they felt a little gritty, like there was sand in the bed) and the duvet and pillows were lumpy. This says to me they have been cleaned, but still not ideal. I stayed in a 6 person dorm. There were also 15 person dorms and double rooms available.
There is a night club upstairs that charges locals N$10 cover, but as a guest you can get in for free. Since the nightclub was upstairs there was pounding music all night long, and drunk people wandering around the hotel. One night we heard shattering glass, of the glass in one of the hall doors breaking.
As a younger traveler this place might not be so bad but for me (a mid-30's traveler) I would have preferred a quiter, maybe more expensive location.
- Reviews: 281
Sesriem Campsite: Close to Dune 45
Sesriem Campsite is the only campsite located inside of the Namib-Naukluft Park (location of Dune 45 and Deadvlei). The gates of the park open at 5:30 am and staying here ensures that you can arrive at Dune 45 in time for sunrise.
The facilites at the camp are pretty good. There is running water and hot showers. There is a small shop next to the reception that sells cold drinks, snacks and ice cream and a bakery next to that that sells delicious apple streudel and blueberry muffins.
This campsite provided the BEST sunset of the trip (see my Namibia home page) and I will never forget my stay here!
Price - N$300 per campsite + N$150 per person
pool, bakery, snack shop and the BEST sunsets of my trip!
- Reviews: 281
Spitzkoppe Rest Camp: Camping at Spitzkoppe
Spitzkoppe Rest Camp is located at the base of Spitzkoppe, Namibia's second highest mountain. Each campsite is nestled in a rock canyon and offers the campers complete isolation. The views are magnificent, as are the sunrises and sunsets which reflect off the red of the rocks. It is possible to hike and rock climb in the area and there are a number of "attractions" including multiple rock art paintings that are about 4000 years old.
Facilities are minimal, long drop toilets and no running water but the setting more than makes up for it.
This is a community run camp and all the proceeds go to the adjoining village of Groot Spitzkoppe.
Price - N$35 per person
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