Off the beaten track, in the middle of nowhere with nothing but views for days, remote silence and untouched wilderness...
Namibia is a vast and largely unpopulated country characterised by wide open spaces and endless desert landscapes, which means that just about all lodges and camps throughout the country could make the cut for this list. But here we're focusing on the ones that really are way out there.
Here’s a look at our top picks for the most remote lodges and camps in Namibia. The ones that offer something special in their location. Far-flung. Hidden. Secluded and intimate. Each a destination in their own right. Each worthy of the title and a 2 night (or more) stay.
Sonop is deep in the south of the Namib Desert on a private reserve, where there is little else but exquisite views, open plains and seemingly never-ending vistas. If the setting isn’t enough and trust us when we say it is, the lodge itself is something quite spectacular too.
All of the Wolwedans lodges are remote, which is no surprise since the NamibRand Reserve is one of the largest private reserves in Southern Africa. It’s incredibly beautiful and mostly undiscovered, especially the location of Boulders Camp which is three hours south of the other camps. On it’s own. In the middle of nowhere against an outcrop of giant granite boulders. It’s exclusive for all the right reasons.
The Desert Whisper is a one-of-a-kind offering in the Namib Desert. It’s not necessarily as remote as some of the others, but it certainly is a retreat unlike any other. A desert hideaway for two. You’re dropped off and the stay is entirely yours. Alone with only the surrounding views and Naukluft Mountains in the distance.
The Skeleton Coast is desolate and barren. Shipwreck Lodge, the only lodge inside the Skeleton Coast National Park, is unique and about as remote as it gets, surrounded by nothing but sand dunes and the Atlantic Ocean.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is surreal. Both in the setting and the camp. You’re on the edge of the Skeleton Coast National Park with little around but expansive wilderness. Only accessible by flying in. If you’re looking for an intimate remote camp, this is it.
In the rugged terrain of Damaraland within the Palmwag Concession you'll find Desert Rhino Camp. Only accessible by lodge transfer, you head deep into a raw and wild area shared with little else but desert adapted wildlife. You know it’s remote when you have a better chance of seeing free roaming black rhino than you do people.
Desolate. Wild. Untouched. Hoanib Valley Camp is in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded only by the distant mountains, you’re really on your own out here with nothing but open plains, Namibian bush, wildlife and incredible sunsets. It’s serene and other worldly. It’s hard to believe a camp of this stature can survive so far from, well, anything.
About as far north as you can travel in Namibia, Serra Cafema is private, luxurious and intimate. You know it’s remote when you have to fly in to reach it and the nearest airstrip is almost a two hour scenic drive away. The lodge is set in a quiet spot on the Kunene River, away from just about everything but what you came to experience.
There are few better ways to discover the remote wilderness areas of Namibia than on a tag-along expedition through the rugged and vast empty stretches of Damaraland and Kaokoland. Camp off the beaten track in a dry riverbed, somewhere between here and there. That’s the charm. There really is nothing else out there. It’s an experience of a lifetime. Sleep out under the stars.
Skeleton Coast Fly-in Safaris offers the most incredible opportunity to stay in some of Namibia’s most desolate and remote areas. Staying at small basic camps in otherwise unreachable locations is what makes this experience unique. Wide open expanses and untouched nature as far as the eye can see.
Like we started out saying, almost all the lodges in Namibia could feature on this list and there are many to choose from. The above are only but some of the ones we’d consider the MOST remote. A special offering if you’re really looking to get away. Namibia in itself is the epitome of remote. It certainly isn’t called the “vast place” for nothing and there are plenty of ways you can explore it, even the places that few know about.
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