Here’s a look at our top 10 picks for best safari lodges in Namibia and why they made the cut. A glimpse into some of Namibia’s most luxury safari lodges, all so entirely different and equally as impressive for different reasons.
The settings are naturally exclusive. The lodges and camps exude unique character and offer top-notch service and five star views that blend effortlessly into the surrounds.
We’ve happily explored all the options first-hand over the past 30 years to make sure those that top our list as the best safari lodges in Namibia will exceed your expectations:
Shipwreck Lodge is the only lodge situated in the Skeleton Coast National Park. In an area barren and desolate between the towering sand dunes of an ancient desert and the tumultuous Atlantic Ocean. Watch as the fog rolls in off the coast. Eerie and mystifying and amidst it all, a luxury lodge seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Shipwrecked. The scattered, luxurious wooden cabins sit on the sand dunes looking out onto one of the most evocative and hauntingly romantic landscapes of Namibia.
“The drive from Mowe Bay is absolutely beautiful along the beach, past shipwrecks and over the endless dunes.” – Ulrike, Travel Expert
The setting here is equally as special as the lodge. An endless desert landscape of sand dunes and distant mountains is enough to lure you in. You’re on the edge of the world’s oldest desert on a pristine private reserve bordering the NamibRand Nature Reserve. From the main deck or the plunge pool from your private suite, the view is spectacular. All luxurious, all inclusive, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is contemporary and elegant in its design that effortlessly blends into the surrounds. Every detail has been thought out and executed in absolute style. There’s a resident astronomer on site, a walk-in wine cellar, your very own personal bar and premium coffee station and a stargazing skylight above your bed. There’s no more luxurious way to enjoy the desert or the dark night skies.
“This is a lodge that dreams are made of. There is nothing missing. It is by far one of the most amazing safari lodges in Namibia.” – Ashlee, Travel Expert
On a private reserve just outside of Windhoek’s city limits, this may not be the first place you think to include in your itinerary, but as a first stop on arrival in Namibia or the last place you visit before flying out, you certainly can’t do better than this. It’s a destination in its own right and flying the Zannier flag extremely high, it’s worth including for sure. This lodge is immaculate as is the food and the service. We’d go as far as to say it could boast some of the best in Namibia and that’s quite the claim. Game drives on the 9,000 hectare Zannier Reserve of Naankuse gives an opportunity to enjoy wildlife right from the start or right till the very end. Relax at the pool, enjoy a sundowner with a view and of course there is time enough for a spa treatment.
“There are no doubts that this lodge is one of the best I have ever been to and deserves top spot for best safari lodge in Namibia. It’s everything you’d expect of a luxury lodge and so much more.” – Bianca, Travel Expert
On the edge of eastern Etosha National Park, you’ll find the luxury safari lodge of Onguma The Fort. On the private Onguma Reserve, Onguma The Fort is the most luxurious safari lodge in their portfolio and when we say luxurious, it’s not only top-drawer in standard but it’s also one of the most striking safari lodges in Namibia. The attention to detail transcends that which can be seen, it is spectacular, it goes beyond exceptional. It is in every fine detail that makes this safari lodge one of the best in Etosha National Park, where the game viewing experience and the accommodation are first-rate.
“Everything about this lodge is amazing. The stunning setting, the immaculate service and the atmosphere. It’s one of my top favourites throughout the whole of Namibia.” – Wilmari, Travel Expert
On the southern side of Etosha National Park, close to the Andersson’s entrance gate, you’ll find the superlative, top luxury, all suite lodge of Little Ongava. Situated on the private Ongava Reserve, this has to be the most lavish safari lodge on this side of Etosha and it consists of only three private suites. Indulge in your own sala and private flow-rim plunge pool overlooking an active waterhole below. Here you are on top of a hill with an extensive view. Expect top class amenities as well as world class game viewing.
“Little Ongava is top luxury and the fact that it’s small and intimate makes it even more exclusive. The Ongava Reserve is easily one of the best in Namibia and you’re right on the doorstep of Etosha. – Ashlee, Travel Expert
This suite is easily one of the most romantic in Namibia. As part of the Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, the Mountain View Suite is set aside with it’s very own sweeping views. Perched atop a red sand dune overlooking the distant mountains and landscape of 'fairy circles' in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, it could also easily take first prize for most impressive setting in Namibia. It’s surreal. You’ll have private meals prepared by your own chef and all your activities are private too. If you’re looking for that ideal and all exclusive getaway to one of Namibia’s most beautiful locations with the darkest night skies, then this is it.
“The landscape and setting at Wolwedans is indescribable and the lodge, especially the Mountain View Suite, is equally as exquisite as the place itself.” – Ulrike, Travel Expert
One of the most remote safari lodges in Namibia, it sits on the banks of the Kunene River in northern Kaokoland, in the furthest reaches of the desolate and rugged Hartmann’s Valley. The entire area is untouched wilderness and pure nature. It offers utmost relaxation in an idyllic desert setting with river views. Go on nature walks, explore the river by boat and meet authentic Himba tribes. In an area that sells itself, Serra Cafema stands out as a safari lodge that is elegant, sleek and refined.
“Serra Cafema has always been a hidden treasure of Namibia for all the right reasons.” – Edward Taylor, General Manager
Another of Namibia’s best safari lodges in the otherworldly location of the Kaokoland. It’s incredibly remote, incredibly intimate and incredibly magical. The setting is something else. Hidden in a valley, it’s a tented safari lodge that is both elegant and modern in design and feel yet takes nothing from its surrounds. It’s intimate and secluded with all the creature comforts and luxuries you’d want but would not expect to find in a location as extensive and desolate as this. It’s charming and down to earth yet it easily rivals some of Namibia’s greats and is a fine contender on our list of best safari lodges in Namibia.
“A true gem hidden away in a rugged location. It exceeds expectations on every level.” – Ulrike, Travel Expert
Mowani Mountain Camp is unique in design and offers an extraordinary view of the typical Damaraland landscape of enormous granite boulders. The private suite is the epitome of luxury here. With its wrap-around views, outside bath tub and private dining and bar facilities. You’ll have your own personal waiter on request. What more could you ask for? You’re well located to the highlights of the Twyfelfontein area, your sundowner is easily one of Namibia’s most exceptional and you have air-conditioning. The smallest details have been thought out. This is the lap of luxury at its most exquisite.
“Mowani Mountain Camp Private Suite sets the bar really high. It’s ultimate luxury. The scenery and views are spectacular and the lodge is equally as impressive.” – Wilmari, Travel Expert
Your very own private and super stylish villa in typical bush of central Namibia. It’s a safari lodge that’s all private and all peace and quiet so you can simply enjoy the surrounds and that view over the natural waterhole. Best at sunset but always incredible. Immersed in the wilderness, the private Okonjima Reserve offers unrivalled wildlife and big cat encounters. Book it on a private use basis and you’ll have your own chef, personal host and private guide with private safari vehicle for activities.
“This is one of my favourites as an all inclusive, all exclusive offering in one of Namibia’s finest bush locations. The lodge and the overall experience is top class.” – Ashlee, Travel Expert
There you have it, our curated list of the top 10 best safari lodges in Namibia. We love them and know you will love them too, but there are more. Loads more. Let us know if you wish to explore all the luxury safari lodge options for Namibia or perhaps look at your options based on specific experiences or defined by other characteristics. We’ll gladly help you to decide which are best for your Namibia safari based on your route, budget and preferences.
There are equivalents for Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa so if you’re considering adding something across the border or to any of these amazing African safari destinations, we’ll make sure we include the very best safari lodges for you there too.
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