A panoramic view of a sunset at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge over the pool with the endless desert landscape.

Best Safari Lodges in Namibia

November 23, 2023

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.

  1. Shipwreck Lodge
  2. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
  3. Omaanda Lodge
  4. Onguma The Fort
  5. Little Ongava
  6. Wolwedans Mountain View Suite
  7. Serra Cafema
  8. Hoanib Valley Camp
  9. Mowani Mountain Camp Private Suite
  10. Okonjima Villa

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:

1. Shipwreck Lodge

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.  

Why we love it:
  • Explore the remote Skeleton Coast National Park
  • Unique in design and location - a one-of-a-kind lodge
  • Deserted and desolate beaches all to yourself
  • Track elusive desert-adapted wildlife including elephants, desert lions and brown hyena
  • Untouched wilderness in one of Namibia’s most isolated destinations
“Shipwreck Lodge was a highlight, not only because of the luxury that you get to stay in, but because of the stunning area.  The barren coast plus the lush gorge in the dry river bed and the oasis in the middle of the dunes. It is just too beautiful for words.” – Ashlee, Travel Expert

2. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

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.  

Why we love it:
  • Situated on a private reserve in one of the most beautiful areas of the Namib Desert
  • Explore the International Dark Sky Reserve from the observatory with an astronomer
  • Spacious and luxurious rooms with top class amenities
  • Day activities to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon
  • Own private airstrip
  • Stay three or more nights and receive a free 45 minute scenic helicopter or hot are balloon safari (seasonal)
“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

3. Omaanda Lodge

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.

Why we love it:
  • The most luxurious accommodation option near Windhoek and easily one of the best safari lodges in Namibia
  • Only 20 minutes from the Windhoek International Airport
  • Spacious hut style rooms with top-notch amenities and top class finishes
  • Heated infinity swimming pool with a view
  • Activities on the private reserve – a chance to see some of Namibia’s famed wildlife
  • On-site spa and tailor-made concierge
  • Visit Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary for additional activities
“It was truly an amazing experience. Definitely where luxury meets the wild. Undoubtedly one of the most incredible lodges and offerings in Namibia. A true safari experience, you would never say you were just outside the capital.” – Bonique, Travel Expert

4. Onguma The Fort

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.  

Why we love it:
  • A picturesque waterhole in front of the lodge with views over Fischer’s Pan in Etosha
  • Situated close to the eastern Etosha National Park entrance gate at Namutoni
  • Game drives in Etosha and on the private Onguma Reserve
  • Spacious and private suites all with waterhole views
  • Walk-in wine cellar and fine dining
  • Combine your stay with a romantic sleepout and include the Onguma Dream Cruiser
“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

5. Little Ongava

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.

Why we love it:
  • A small and intimate lodge set apart from the Ongava Lodge
  • Suites offer superior luxury and ultimate privacy
  • Game drives into Etosha National Park and on the private Ongava Reserve
  • Rhino tracking activities and big game sightings
  • Can be booked on an exclusive use basis with a private vehicle for activities
“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

6. Wolwedans Mountain View Suite

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.

Why we love it:
  • Situated on the private NamibRand Reserve it offers ultimate luxury in a remote and picturesque setting
  • Own private chef and private guide with private use vehicle
  • Experience star gazing in the International Dark Sky Reserve
  • Panoramic views from the bedroom, deck and plunge pool
  • Intimate and private location
“There is something really special about this place, both in the lodge and the setting. Easily one of my favourite locations. The views here never get old.” – Edward, General Manager

7. Serra Cafema

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.

Why we love it:
  • It stakes its claim as one of southern Africa’s most remote camps
  • The most luxurious lodge on the Kunene River in northern Namibia
  • Authentic interactions with the semi-nomadic Himba pastoralists
  • Explore the farthest reaches of the desolate Hartmann’s Valley
  • The Honeymoon Suite is a must for the best views and ultimate privacy
“Serra Cafema has always been a hidden treasure of Namibia for all the right reasons.” – Edward Taylor, General Manager

8. Hoanib Valley Camp

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.  

Why we love it:
  • Hidden in an untouched wilderness area of the desolate Koakoveld
  • A chance to see elusive desert adapted wildlife such as giraffe, elephant, lion and rhino
  • Local cultural interactions with Herero people of the north
  • Incredible sunsets overlooking the dry Hoanib River Valley
  • A tented camp with luxurious finishes and modern amenities off-the-beaten-track
“Magic, pure magic! One of the most incredible properties I have stayed at. The lodge itself is beautiful and blends so well with the landscape around it, if you blink, you will be sure to miss it. The views are out of this world, the staff are incredible and the sundowner spot is spectacular! Absolutely amazing.” – Kirsti, Travel Expert

9. Mowani Mountain Camp Private Suite

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.

Why we love it:
  • Well located to the sights of Twyfelfontein. The most luxurious offering within this proximity
  • The private Mountain Suite is romantic and all exclusive
  • Own private butler and chef with private dining room
  • The whole suite opens up with incredible panoramic views
  • Magnificent private sundowner deck
“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

10. Okonjima Villa

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.

Why we love it:
  • In a private and secluded spot on the private Okonjima Reserve
  • Get up close with big cats on a safari activity and visit the AfriCat Foundation
  • On exclusive use: your own private chef, personal host and private guide for activities
  • Luxury amenities throughout the villa
  • Spectacular private deck and swimming pool with a view
“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

In Conclusion

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.

Speak to your travel expert today to make your luxury Namibia safari the best Namibia safari by a mile and then some.

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