- Reviews: 596
Abiqua Campground: One of the Nicest Campgrounds in Nambia
One of the nicest campgrounds in all of Namibia is the Abiqua Campground on the Orange River. It is one of the few places with nice green grass and it is located right on the river. The views are really nice looking across the river on a very stratified mountain on the opposite side. up a long journey and is well worth making the trip here anyway.
Cost $35 Namibian Dollars per person (a great value)
The facilities are top notch and clean. The showers have hot water and good pressure. The grounds are well lit and well cared for. You can use the thatched eating areas that are lit and provided with nice braiis.
This is an excellent stop to break
- Reviews: 596
Okaukuejo Rest Camp: The Best Rest Camp at Etosha
This rest camp has the best facilities for the bungalows. They are equiped with kitchens, a grill, toilets and bathroom. The camping is not the best as there really is no grass. But this is the case for all of the rest camps here. The bungalows run from 30 US to 45 US. Camping runs for about 20 US for two people.
Bring your own cooking equipment if you are camping.
Power is available for an additional cost.
Watch out for jackals as they will get into your packs and tents if you are not careful.
Check out my Etosha National Park page for more information about the park.
Etosha National Park
The Okaukuejo water hole allows visitors to see the animals outside their vehicles from the protection of a fence. The viewing area is raised a bit and clear viewing of the animals is available. During the day herds of elephant come to the hole as well as the occasional black rhino. I had the experience of seeing an elephant and a black rhino get into a scuffle where the rhino eventually got pushed out of the water hole (no surprise). The water hole is flood lit and allows the visitor to see some of the predator nocturnal species such as lion, brown hyena, leopard, and cheetah if you’re lucky. The Okaukuejo is most active during the winter dry season.
- Reviews: 935
Camp Mwisho: Tents in the Desert: Mwisho
Located right on the rim of the "Big dunes".
Camp Mwisho contains 4 Tent-houses. 3 are close together, one -the"honeymoon-suite" is a little on the side.
The tents are built on wooden platforms and stay all year. In it you have a real double-bed with all comfort and outside in the back a real toilet and shower. They are inside a bamboo-fence but right adjacent.
Luxus in tents. Never had THAT before.
The view is wonderful. All you can see is pure desert. Wide dry land. Wild birds, antelopes, etc.
Dinner is in the main building where the owners live.
The food was excellent, I would give them five stars for the cooking and for beeing so friendly.
Lunch, Dinner and Sunset-Drive with Sundowner inclusive.
By the way: if you speak french: they are from Belgia. They were in Zimbabwe until they had to leave. Now they are here and had that idea with ballooning in the desert (see must-do tip).
The Balloon drive (see must do tipps) starts from here or from Sesriem, depends on how many and where the people that booked it, are.
- Reviews: 935
Bambatsi Holiday Ranch: Bambatsi - Dinner with a view
Located opposite of the Ugab Terraces -
unfortunately you can not see the from there, but never mind, the view is spectacular enough. The Ranch is standing on the top of a hill
It is one of the oldest Guest Farms of Namibia. But nicely renovated and decorated. The rooms are just lovely (and do also have that view).
You stay in rustical Bungalows (see picture) with all stile- and luxury.
Warm water is beeing made with fire under the boilers outside of the bungalow.
Afternoon- round drive on the farm is included (if the owner doesn?t have to buy some food in the over-next town, which is about 200km away).
Dinner on the terrace while the sun goes down and the stars come up.
- Reviews: 3850
Huab Lodge: Don't miss this!
A visit here is more like visiting friends than staying in a hotel. Yes, it's expensive, but if you can afford it it's unmissable! The rooms are fantastic, with huge picture windows with a view of the Huab River (dry for most of the year). Even the showers come with a view (the rooms can't be overlooked by anyone apart possibly by a stray elephant or kudu). The lodge itself is beautifully designed, completely in keeping with the surrounding countryside. There's a natural hot spring, a small pool and a hide for bird-watching. Apart from the birds and the chance of seeing the elusive desert elephants (we weren't lucky) the wildlife isn't as great as elsewhere in Namibia, but don't let that put you off. What really makes a stay here special are the people. Jan and Susi will make you so welcome you won't want to leave! Jan is so knowledgeable about the local environment. He can imitate all the birds, identfy animals at a glance, and will describe in detail how he and Susi have restored this former farm land and given it back to the wildlife. And in the evenings everyone eats together by candlelight at the long table in the lodge. The food is fantastic and is washed down with a selection of fine wines, lovingly presented by Jan.
On our last day, when we were due to leave after breakfast, Jan and Susi persuaded to stay for the morning so that we could join other guests on a climb to an eagle chick's nest. Well, one of us climbed - I stayed below to take pictures! Not only was it one of the highlights of the whole trip (see my Off the Beaten Path tip), it was also another sign of the wonderful atmosphere of Huab, where you're treated like a friend rather than a paying guest.
- Reviews: 3850
Sam's Giardino: Little Switzerland?
This is a little touch of the Swiss Alps in the middle of the African desert! It's built in the style of a Swiss chalet and run by Sam, a colourful Swiss ex-pat. The rooms are comfortable and the breakfast fantastic, especially the home-made muesli and wonderful selection of cheeses. They also serve dinner but we didn't eat there so I can't say if that is as good as breakfast.
There's a very pleasant garden where you can relax and unwind after a busy day. There's also a secure car parking area. The only downside we thought was that it's a little way out of the town centre - not too far to walk perhaps, but we didn't fancy doing that at night so were obliged to take the car.
You may think that the hotel is run by Sam as I said above, but you soon come to realise that the real boss is his dog Einstein! He has his own chalet in the garden where he watches over everything.
One evening we sat with Sam over a drink and he proudly showed us his photo album. Like that of any proud father it was full of baby photos - of Einstein!
- Reviews: 3850
Eningu Clay House Lodge: A good place to stay near Windhoek
This is a good place to stay for your first couple of nights in Namibia. You probably won't want to drive too far on your first day - it certainly took us a little while to adjust to the driving conditions on those gravel roads.
Eningu is just over an hour from the airport and is a lovely relaxing place to start your exploration of Namibia. The rooms, in adobe buildings, are lovely and the food good too. There's some interesting ceramics and art work dotted around, a friendly labrador dog (Shaka) and some pleasant walks in the surrounding bush.
After dinner we all went outside and Stephanie led us up onto the flat roof of the main building where there's a good telescope. If like me you live in a city you'll be astounded by the number and brilliance of the stars, and even if you live in the countryside I doubt you've seen anything quite as spectacular! We saw some of the brightest shooting stars I've ever seen, and found three of Jupiter's moons through the telescope. When we were there in July the nights were freezing, so after this we were ready for the local brandy and a hot water bottle in the bed!
- Reviews: 3850
Kulala Desert Lodge: On the edge of the desert
This is a great place to stay on the edge of the Namib desert. It's in a really good location, with its own entrance to the National Park so you can get in there early and be ahead of the crowds. We went on a guided tour and had our excellent guide, Francis, to ourselves. He took us to lots of great places and each time we seemed to get there just before most of the other tourists, and be leaving just as it got busy!
The rooms are really special - built half of canvas and half adobe, and all with lovely views of the desert (although don't expect red dunes here). The only draw-back is the food which wasn't as good as elsewhere in Namibia. But there's a lovely bar with a terrace overlooking a waterhole (quite distant) and a cozy log fire.
The adobe half of each room has a flat roof, and if you ask they'll make up your bed there and you can sleep under the stars - we chickened out as the nights were really cold!
- Reviews: 596
Sereim Campground: Sesreim, Camp Inside the Namib Desert Park
Sesreim camp ground is the only camping available inside the park. It is desirable to stay inside the park because the road to the dunes opens earlier for those staying in Sesreim than those staying outside. If you want to be on the dunes for sunrise you must stay here inside the park.
Facilities seem to be in a bad state of repair. the showers are more or less cold with little pressure, the service personel seem to be suffering from cronic apathy and really don't seem motivated to ensure the best stay for their clients.
However, the views from the camp site is brilliant, especially if you can get a site on the west side of the camp ground. Camp sites are really private and give you a sense of isolation. There are plenty of springbok, gemsbok and yellow mongoose that will strole through your campsite to keep you company though.
$220 Nambian Dollars per day for two people
- Reviews: 3850
Twyfelfontein Lodge: A convenient location
We just stayed one night here, and that was enough. The plus points about this lodge are its convenient location only a few miles from the fascinating prehistoric rock art, and its attractive setting. There's a small pool with good views of the red mountains and local wildlife, and an okay restaurant serving slightly bland buffet dinners and good breakfasts. Both this and the bar are open sided, so can be a bit chilly at night, but are decorated in an interesting style with lots of rocky outcrops and tree trunks coming up through the floor. So why were we the only people in the bar? Perhaps because most of the other guests seemed to be in tour groups who were making their own amusements somewhere else?
Anyway, this large number of tour parties was the main down-side, but otherwise this is a reasonable, if somewhat impersonal, place to base yourself for a visit to this area. I guess we were just spoiled by the quality of some of the other accommodations we visited in Namibia, and this one just didn't really match that standard.
The rooms are in individual bungalows which are quite attractive - but the door to ours suddenly flew open as we were relaxing before dinner, so perhaps you should take care to always lock the door!
- Reviews: 547
Roof of Africa: Windhoek
This beautiful and comfortable hotel is located near the centre of Windhoek. The rooms are nice and you can have from a luxury room to sleep camping at their nice garden. The rooms are as German style beds looking to the garden. There also rooms for share with others and with the bath outside.
A nice swimming pool and garden, with internet, laundry, kitchen, librery and a nice Lucia at the reception.
- Reviews: 3850
Okonjima: For big cat lovers
This is a wonderful place to stay, especially if like me you love big cats. The lodge is owned and run by the Africat Foundation, which rescues and rehabilitates "problem" cheetahs and leopards and teaches them not to attack cattle. As well as seeing the cats, the lodge has everything you need for a relaxing stay, with beautiful rooms in individual round adobe huts, good food and lots of other interesting activities. We particularly enjoyed our early morning bush walk with a very knowledgeable guide, and the visit to the night hide where we saw honey badgers and porcupines.
You are guaranteed great photos of cheetahs here, and there's also a semi-domesticated lynx (but don't get too close!) Because of the wild animals children under 12 aren't allowed.
- Reviews: 411
Heinitzburg Hotel: The Castle in the Capital
This property was commissioned by Count von Schwerin for his fiance, margarethe von Heinitz in 1914. It is now a castle hotel which sits on a hill overlooking Windhoek. There are 10 excellent rooms in this hotel with en-suites to suite the most discerning traveller. Four poster beds add charm to the rooms and the dining area is exquisite. Breakfast is taken on the patio overlooking the city.
There is a pool to cool off in, fantastic views across the city add an ambience to this castle that is indescribably. The quiet sophistication is a delight. Food is exceptional and staff friendly and helpful.
- Reviews: 3850
Okaukuejo Camp: Basic accommodation in Etosha
If you’re visiting Etosha National Park you have the choice of staying either at one of the fairly basic government-run rest-camps in the park itself, or at a more luxurious resort outside the park. There are advantages to each. The private establishments offer more creature comforts, better food (I expect!) and the option of guided game drives. The rest-camps are much more basic but have the convenience of being in the park and thus nearer the animals, and are cheaper!
We stayed at Okaukuejo camp, which is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha. Our room was in a chalet, reminiscent of the old British holiday camps, and wasn’t particularly well-equipped. It was especially short on blankets, which in the chilly July nights was a major draw-back! The other down-side was the food – meals are self-service in a large dining hall that has all the atmosphere of a school canteen, and the quality of the food is a bit patchy, although the meat was pretty good. One nice thing though was that local children perform songs and dances as you eat.
The camp has a permanent waterhole which is floodlit at night which attracts a fair amount of game. This is the centre of camp night-life! Everyone gathers round the hole after dark to see what animals are visiting. We were thrilled to see a mother and baby rhino one evening, and a lion on another.
Despite the fact that there are gates between the camp and the rest of the park these two warthogs managed to find their way in and decided to fight each other on the lawn in front of our chalet!
- Reviews: 935
Aba Huab - Spitzkop - Etosha - Keetmanshope: Campgrounds in Namibia
Namibias Campgrounds are a good and cheap alternative to staying in Lodges or Bungalows etc.
Most of them are very simple, - back to the roots, but the scenery makes up for the missing facilities.
Often the private Campgrounds are better maintained than the ones that belong to the state, so I would choose them.
The prices are very reasonable. For 4 persons in 2 cars we paid between 110-180 Namibian Dollars per night. That would be less than 10 Dollars for all!
Reservation is not a must. The Campgrounds are quite spacy and have enough place.
Here are a few I have tried (and thought as very good):
(see more detailed tips at the locations described):
Aba Huab Rest Camp (at Twyfelfountain, Damaraland):
good and clean facilities - hot water comes from fire heated boilers.
Best place to stay the night would be right next to a dry river bed where desert elefants are walking through (- if you are some lucky.)
Aba Huab Link
Spitzkoppe Rest Camp (at the Spitzkop)
No Toilets, no showers, no running water. But what a scenery!
%Etosha National Park has 3 Rest Camps: Okakouejo, Namutoni and Halali.
Clean and simple. Located at lighted waterholes.
(for more info see my Etosha pages)
Quivertree forest Rest Camp (at Keetmanshope).
Good and clean facilities, wonderful view at the Quivetree forest - so you can walk right in.
Looking for a Camping Place? Try this sites:
Camping in Namibia Link
Campsites Namibia Link
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