NamibiaWhere to stay

The best hotels in Namibia From luxurious desert lodges
to exclusive safari camps

Namibia Dunes of Sossusvlei・Quiver Trees・Lions at Etosha

Namibia stands out as a truly remarkable destination, mesmerizing travelers with its towering sand dunes, wildlife uniquely adapted to arid conditions, and dramatic landscapes that stir the soul. From the sprawling dunes and rugged coastline to the verdant plains and imposing mountains, Namibia is a land of striking contrasts and breathtaking beauty. There are many exceptional lodges in Namibia. We've carefully selected the 10 best places to stay for an unforgettable experience. These hotels and lodges are what we consider the best places to stay in Namibia.

Thomas Stadler By Thomas Stadler
Updated November 2023

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Namibia's best hotels

Browse through our luxury handpicked, tried-and-tested recommendations.

Habitas Namibia

Khomas (Windhoek)

Aerial view of Habitas Namibia during sunset Habitas' hilltop location offers stunning views of the acacia-dotted Kalahari plains

Habitas Namibia with Savanna views The 12 "Savanna Rooms" are spread out on a rugged hillcrest

Tented Room at habitas Namibia The tented rooms are designed to open on all sides, to seamlessly connect with the surrounding nature

Cultural Dance Cultural exchange plays an important role at Habitas © Habitas

Pool and Lounge of Habitas Namibia The refreshing rock-edged infinity pool boasts stunning views of the expansive savannah

Two Lions at a safari game drive in Namibia During the game drives you'll might see majestic lions

A young rhino in Namibia The private wildlife reserve is also home to endangered rhinos

Firepit and sunset with mountain background Settle in cozily around the fire, while watching the beautiful Namibian sunset

Habitas Namibia Habitas Namibia offers a comfortable retreat, featuring ample space to relax, enjoy a drink, or delve into a book

Innovative hotel chain Habitas opened its first African lodge in Namibia, offering a fresh take on traditional safari experiences, with an emphasis on community bonding and relaxed social settings.

  • Hilltop location with majestic vistas of the savanna, within a sprawling 50,000-hectare wildlife reserve
  • 12 spacious tented rooms, each featuring a heated kingsize bed, bathroom with rain shower, and a spacious private deck
  • Strong focus on wellbeing (yoga, meditation), healthy food and holistic cultural experiences like drumming or painting

Beside the daily safari game drives led by knowledgeable guides, Habitas provides a range of wellness activities such as sunrise yoga and meditation sessions. Guests can immerse themselves in multi-sensory experiences including music and dance events, culinary workshops and painting sessions. Conveniently located just 45 minutes from Windhoek airport, Habitas is the perfect gateway to Namibia.

Little Kulala


Exterior of Little Kulala Lodge with sand dunes Little Kulala offers front-row seats for nature's theatre and the ever-shifting dune colors

Interiors of Little Kulala Lodge The lodge boasts an elegant design, featuring organic materials and hues that harmonize with the natural grey and pink limestone of the region

Little Kulala Room with King bed Recently refurbished, elegant and well-appointed spaces inside each kulala (meaning "to sleep") offer privacy and seclusion

Little Kulala Bathroom with shower Each chalet features both indoor and outdoor showers

Little Kulala with mountains Little Kulala is managed by Wilderness, one of Africa's pioneering conservation and hospitality company

Aerial view of Little Kulala inside Kulala Wilderness Reserve 27,000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, where farmland has been restored back to its natural landscape

Sossusvlei with Hot air balloon Guest of Little Kulala enjoy privileged entry to the Namib-Naukluft-Park and Sossusvlei via a private access gate

Dead trees of Deadvlei Dead vlei

Climbing Big Daddy Dune in Namibia Climbing the towering 300-metre red sand dunes that offer spectacular views of the Namib Sand Sea, a World Heritage Site

Sossusvlei Dunes Dunes

Little Kulala Lodge with Starbed Preparing for a night under a canvas of stars thanks to the clear skies and absence of light pollution

Nestled within the 27,000-hectare Kulala Wilderness Reserve, bordering Namib Naukluft National Park and with private access to the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei, Little Kulala blends luxury with eco-sustainability amidst the captivating desert landscape.

  • Refined and intimate spaces, designed with local cultural influences and natural materials
  • 11 thatched "kulala" chalets, expansive verandahs with private plunge pool, dune vistas, indoor/outdoor showers and roll-out beds for relaxing and stargazing
  • Desert exploration: 4x4 drives to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon, quad biking, nature walks, and sundowner drives

The staff is warm and welcoming, and your guide will enrich your desert experience with in-depth knowledge of the local flora and fauna. The food is both delicious and abundant, complemented by an extensive wine cellar. This mix of sophistication and a laid-back ambiance makes Little Kulala the perfect gateway for discovering Sossusvlei.

Onduli Ridge


Onduli Ridge in Damaraland Onduli Ridge is among the newest lodge openings in Damaraland, bringing a contemporary twist to the region

Onduli Ridge Gracefully at the junction of two south-facing granite landmarks linked by a ridge.

Bathroom of Onduli Ridge Onduli Ridge

Restaurant Onduli Ridge Onduli Ridge

Pizza night at Onduli Ridge Onduli Ridge

Sleeping outside at Onduli Ridge Onduli Ridge

Pool at Onduli Ridge Onduli Ridge

Desert Elephant Get close to the desert elephants

Onduli Ridge, inspired by the local giraffe inhabitant, sits gracefully at the junction of two south-facing granite landmarks linked by a ridge. From here, guests can bask in the breathtaking panorama of Namibia's tallest peak, the Brandberg, to the south, and the scattered majestic granite inselbergs to the north.

The camp's six suites are seamlessly tucked among the granite boulders that embrace the area. Guests have the option to fully open louvered shutters, melding the indoor ambiance with the raw beauty of nature, or to close them for utmost seclusion.

As desired, guests can move the bed to their private deck for a night beneath a mesmerizing starlit sky. It boasts spacious rooms, a well-stocked library, refreshing rain showers, and countless relaxation spots. Delectable meals, served after exciting adventures, complete the experience—promising an unparalleled stay that melds impeccable luxury with the pure essence of nature.

Anderssons at Ongava


A suite at Anderssons at Ongava Anderssons at Ongava Private Game Reserve, once a farmstead, the lodge has been completely rebuilt and reopened 2019

Anderssons at Ongava Anderssons at Ongava seamlessly blend with the landscape. Each suite has its private viewing deck with 180-degree views

Outdoor shower The luxury of choice with both indoor and outdoor showers.

Zebras at Etosha National Park Taking its name from Charles Andersson, an early European explorer of the Etosha Pan, the lodge offers exceptional game-spotting opportunities.

Zebra and Rhino at a waterhole Ongava is well-known for having healthy number of rhinos

Elephants Anderssons at Ongava

Rhinos at Ongava Game Reserve "Ongava" means “rhino” in the Herero language

Ongava Research Centre Ongava Research Centre at Anderssons, Ongava Research Centre

Firepit in the evening The spacious, attractive main area houses the lounge, restautant and bar, all open plan and open-sided

Anderssons at Ongava Anderssons at Ongava

Located on the southern edge of Etosha National Park, Ongava is one of Namibia's premier private game reserves, renowned for its commitment to conservation and outstanding game-spotting opportunities. Anderssons is the latest addition among the reserve's esteemed lodges.

  • 9 spacious, contemporary chalets, boasting private decks with expansive views of the surrounding wilderness
  • Active waterhole with a sunken photographic hide accessed by tunnel for incredible views of the wildlife
  • Game drives within the Ongava reserve, guided nature walks, rhino tracking, and excursions into Etosha National Park

The open-air bar and dining area wraps around a welcoming fireplace and presents uninterrupted views of the well-frequented waterhole. Picture yourself taking a dip in the infinity-edge pool, all while witnessing lions, zebras, or giraffes congregating for a drink. The onsite Ongava Research Centre guides you through the efforts undertaken to protect the region's wildlife. The lodge is fenced and therefore family-friendly.

Fish River Lodge

Fish River Canyon

Fish River Lodge Namibia Fish River Lodge, on the western rim of the Fish River Canyon

Chalet at Fish River Lodge in Namibia Each chalet features a large wrap around deck with direct canyon views

Inside the chalet at Fish River Lodge Spacious and minimalist accommodation

Restaurant and bar area at Fish River Lodge Cozy interiors inside the main lodge

Aerial view of Fish River Lodge Right on the canyon's rim, surrounded by 45,000 hectares of untouched landscape

Rock pools at Fish River Canyon Refreshing rock pools deep in the Fish River Canyon

Camp Eternity at Fish River Canyon Camp Eternity, for guests of the 3-day «Rim to River hike»

Sunset at Camp Edge Spectacular Sunset at Camp Edge

Infinity Pool at Fish River Lodge after sunset The Infinity Pool offers stunning views.

Perched majestically on the western edge of the world's second-largest canyon, Fish River Lodge offers breathtaking views of the dramatic scenery and harmoniously blends with its environment of Canyon National Park.

  • The only lodge situated directly on the canyon's rim, with unparalleled vistas from sunrise to sunset
  • 20 spacious chalets featuring floor-to-ceiling glass doors, private verandas, and open-air showers
  • Guided hikes into the depths of the canyon, walks along the rim, and scenic 4x4 sundowner drives

Utilizing natural materials and earthy tones, the lodge creates a rustic yet elegant ambiance in the rugged wilderness. There's an infinity pool for hot summer days and a snug bar & restaurant area with fireplace for cooler evenings.

For the adventurous and physically fit, the 3-day «Rim to River hike» is an unforgettable journey, complete with glamping nights at Camp Eternity and Camp Edge.

Damaraland Camp


Aerial view of Damaraland Camp from Wilderness Damaraland Camp

Damaraland Camp from Wilderness Damaraland Camp

Bedroom at Damaraland Camp Damaraland Camp

Bathroom Damaraland Camp Damaraland Camp

Pool at Wilderness Damaraland Camp Damaraland Camp

Outdoor breakfast Damaraland Camp Damaraland Camp

Elephant Damaraland Camp

Twyfelfontein Petroglyphs UNESCO The UNESCO site at Twyfelfontein, one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa

Night at Damaraland Camp Damaraland Camp

Damaraland Camp BBG Open Fire Damaraland Camp

Damaraland Camp Dinner with Candles Damaraland Camp

Amidst the dramatic landscapes of Namibia's Damaraland, one finds the serene embrace of Damaraland Camp. This eco-conscious retreat, sculpted into the rugged terrain, presents an eloquent testimony to nature's resilience and beauty. With sustainable practices at its core, the lodge emerges as a beacon of harmonious coexistence with the land.

The accommodations, artfully integrated with the environment, offer panoramic views of stark mountains, ancient petroglyphs, and the dance of desert-adapted wildlife. Here, guests are invited to trace the footsteps of desert elephants, explore the mystique of ancient rock art, or simply indulge in the ethereal beauty of starlit nights. Every moment is a celebration of nature's undiluted majesty.

Wilderness manages two more renowned camps in the Damaraland region, the Desert Rhino Camp and the Doro Nawas Lodge.

Onguma Tented Camp


Tented room at Onguma Tented Camp Onguma Tented Camp

Waterhole at Onguma Tented Camp with two Giraffes Onguma Tented Camp

Eveninbg at Onguma Tented Camp Onguma Tented Camp

Herd of Elephants inside Etosha National Park Onguma Tented Camp

Zebras at Onguma Onguma Tented Camp

Pool of Onguma Tented Camp Onguma Tented Camp

Restaurant of Onguma Tented Camp Onguma Tented Camp

Onguma Tented Camp Boma with Fireplace Onguma Tented Camp

On the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park, enveloped by African bushveld, lies the exquisite Onguma Tented Camp. This haven, sculpted with contemporary design amidst age-old nature, exudes an air of intimate wilderness. Here, luxury effortlessly weaves with the rugged beauty, offering a poetic retreat to its guests.

Each tent, draped in earthy tones and sophisticated comforts, boasts a unique perspective on the camp's private waterhole. It's not uncommon for visitors to be treated to the graceful ballet of wildlife—giraffes sipping, lions lazing, and zebras parading—as they lounge on their decks. Beyond the tents, Onguma’s safaris unlock the secrets of Etosha, bringing the African narrative to life in vivid detail.

In this serene setting, an air of sophisticated dining enhances the experience, as the day's rhythm unfolds around a watering hole some 60 meters distant. The enveloping natural beauty invites guests to spend leisurely afternoons lounging on comfortable sofas, absorbed in the tranquil observation of wildlife.

Serra Cafema


Aerial view of Serra Cafema and Kunene River Serra Cafema, where the Kunene River meanders through a dramatic landscape

Outdoor area of Serra Cafema Serra Cafema, nestled among the shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene

Room at Serra Cafema The interiors, adorned with photographic wallpapers of the Himba people, exhibit a blend of elegance and modernity

Serra Cafema and Kunene river view Serra Cafema is so close that it literally has views of Angola

Himba woman Meeting the Himba, Namibia’s last semi-nomads

Quad biking in the dunes Guided Quad Biking into the dunes of Hartmann Valley

Chalet at Serra Cafema from Kunene river Eight comfortable canvas chalets, nestled under the shade of trees along the riverbank, offer a rustic yet luxurious retreat

Lounge area at Serra Cafema The camp combines modern luxury with rustic elements, drawing inspiration from its natural surroundings and the nomadic Himba people

Oryx in the dunes Desert-adapted oryx roam the dunes of the Hartmann Valley

Himba at sunset Journey to the Himba Homeland at Serra Cafema, the semi-nomadic people of Namibia

Nestled on the shores of the Kunene River and gazing across the Angolan border, Serra Cafema is situated in the far north of Namibia, amidst the desolate yet stunning landscapes of Kaokoveld. It stands as one of Southern Africa's most secluded camps, accessible only by light aircraft and a 4×4 transfer.

The intimate setup boasts eight exquisite chalets constructed on stils, featuring spacious, elegant interiors adorned with wallpapers depicting the Himba people. The large private decks offer stunning views of the water and the surrounding volcanic rocks and soaring dunes.

Boat cruises on the Kunene River (seasonal) provide opportunities to observe waterbirds, crocodiles, and local farmers along the water. Engaging with a Himba community, Namibia's last semi-nomads, and learning more about their culture, is a truly memorable experiences. Excursions also include adventurous quad biking over the undulating dunes, nature walks, and drives into the harsh Hartmann Valley and Marienfluss Mountains. Serra Cafema is a place unlike any other in Namibia.



Tented Suite at Sonop Lodge Sonop

Sonop Bathroom with Bathtub and desert views Sonop

Aerial view of Sonop Sonop

Sonop Reception Sonop

Restaurant at Sonop Sonop

Billard at the Lounge Sonop

Pool at Sonop Sonop

Sonop by night Sonop

Perched atop boulders in the remote southeast of Namibia, Zannier Hotels Sonop stands as a testament to the grandeur of classic safari. This upscale tented retreat boasts ten expansive tents, reminiscent of the lavish lifestyles of illustrious explorers of yesteryears.

Every tent, adorned with vintage furnishings, vibrant rugs, and intricate woodwork, transports guests to an era of opulence and adventure. As they offer sweeping desert vistas, each tent also houses a telescope, inviting guests to indulge in moments of stargazing, revealing the vastness of the night sky against the serene desert backdrop.

Sonop offers an array of activities: scenic drives that unveil the stunning landscape around the lodge, e-bike excursions, horse riding across the sands, and as dusk settles, open-air cinema nights by the pool with classics like "The Lion King" lighting up the screen.

Shipwreck Lodge

Skeleton Coast

Chalets at Shipwreck Lodge The 10 ‘shipwreck-style’ cabins are spread out along the sand dunes

Bedroom at Shipwreck Lodge Shipwreck Lodge

Restaurant of Shipwreck Lodge Shipwreck Lodge

Evening at Shipwreck Lodge Shipwreck Lodge

Desert quads at Shipwreck Lodge Join one of the Shipwreck Lodge guides on a scenic drive over the roaring dunes to the valley on a quad bike

Aerial view of Shipwreck Lodge at the Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge by night Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge, inspired by the iconic shipwrecks of Namibia's Skeleton Coast, stands as a solitary testament to splendor. Set against the sprawling dunes and the chilling embrace of the Atlantic, the Skeleton Coast offers an unmatched, raw glimpse of Africa.

Matching the coast's dramatic vistas, the ten chalets have been designed to resemble the shipwrecks that are scattered along the coast. Inside, the snug bedroom boasts wooden ceilings and a small heating stove to keep you warm during chilly evenings. The heart of the lodge boasts the cozy lounge and restaurant, where large glass fronts provide an unobstructed view of the sand dunes and the Atlantic ocean.

Venture on river bed drives to spot desert fauna, uncover unique desert plants, watch sunsets over the dunes, hunt for ancient shipwreck remnants on the beach, and stand in awe before the Clay Castles. Exciting quad biking, sand boarding and lovely beach lunches are on offer too. There is no road to the lodge, self drive guest will park the car at Möve Bay and will be picked up from there by the lodge.

We hope our curated collection of luxury accommodations in Namibia has inspired your travel plans. If you wish to do a booking, make use of the direct links provided for each hotel.

More about Namibia

Get ready for the breathtaking landscapes of Namibia, where endless sand dunes, rich wildlife, and vibrant cultures invite you on an unforgettable journey.

Continue reading for travel advice and insights on Namibia.

Best time to go

Namibia is indeed a true year-round travel destination, characterized by its typical semi-desert climate and two distinct seasons. Choosing the best month to visit depends on your priorities, and each season offers a unique experience.

The dry winter months from May to October are usually the best time for wildlife viewing, especially in Etosha, as animals are drawn to waterholes so you can spot them easier. The weather is sunny during the day (20°C to 30°C) and can get below freezing at night, especially in the desert. Bring warm clothes and additional layers for morning and evening activities. June to August are the coldest, but it's perfect for stargazing due to the clear skies. These months are also peak tourist season, so expect higher prices and book your flights and accommodation as far in advance as possible.

The rainy summer from November to March is the best time to see migratory birds, new-born animals, desert flowers and to enjoy the greener vegetation. The weather is hot and humid (up to 45°C) with occasional thunderstorms and potential floodings, but you can take advantage of fewer visitors and off-season rates.



The towering red dunes of Sossusvlei

Desert elephants in Damaraland

Namibia Travel Q&A

Setting off on an adventure to a new country is an exciting experience that also comes with a set of questions. In the following section, we've addressed the most common travel topics related to Namibia, from getting there and transportation to understanding local customs and ensuring health and safety during your trip.

How do I get to Namibia?

Most visitors fly to Namibia: Windhoek (Hosea Kutako Airport, WDH), is the main international gateway. The most convenient connections are through Johannesburg or Cape Town, offering multiple flights daily. Currently, there are just a few direct long-haul flights to Namibia, including:

Hosea Kutako Airport is relatively small, ensuring a smooth and straightforward arrival experience. Located about 45 kilometers from Windhoek, visitors have the choice of using a shuttle service or renting a car directly at the airport. Many accommodations offer pre-arranged pick-up services from the airport.

When entering Namibia by land from South Africa or Botswana, ensure you have all necessary paperwork ready, including a letter of authority from the rental car company, visas, and relevant identification or vehicle documents. We advice to verify these requirements and check the operating hours of border posts in advance. Usually these border-crossings are straightforward, but be prepared for potential delays at the border due to processing times or queues.

Opting to drive from Cape Town to Namibia is a scenic and adventurous route, though be mindful that car rental options may be limited and one-way fees can be significant.

What are the visa requirements for Namibia?

Most nationalities can enter Namibia for tourism without a visa for stays up to 90 days, including citizens of most European countries and the USA. Make sure you receive the correct stamp with the right number of days upon entry. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date you expect to leave Namibia and need two empty pages for the visa and stamps. Overstaying your visa or the number of days given upon entry can result in hight fines and bans from returning to Namibia.

How long should I plan to stay in Namibia?

The duration of your Namibia trip largely depends on your available time, budget and the places you wish to explore. Our recommended timeframe to cover some of the most significant parts of Namibia (Etosha, Damaraland, and Sossusvlei), would be approximately 2-3 weeks. This allows for a comprehensive experience of the country's varied landscapes and wildlife.

If you have additional time and a keen interest in exploring more, you might consider extending your stay. For instance, allocating around 3 days to explore the Skeleton Coast and dedicating 2-3 days for Fish River Canyon in the south. It's important to note that Namibia is a vast country with considerable distances between its key destinations. If you plan to self-drive, be mindful that significant portions of your time may be spent on the road.

Is Namibia a good choice for someone's first visit to Africa?

Namibia is a fantastic choice for a first-time visit to Africa, combining safety, accessibility, and a unique array of attractions. While it's often overlooked compared to neighbors like South Africa (Kruger) and Botswana, Namibia offers an exceptional experience. Namibia boasts diverse landscapes, from the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei and the eerie Skeleton Coast to the incredible wildlife in Etosha National Park. Sure, you'll need a bit of an adventurous spirit to navigate the distances, but the journey is part of the fun. Namibia is not just about stunning views; it's welcoming and safe, making it a perfect intro to this incredible continent. English is widely spoken, easing communication for many travelers, and the country is known for its good infrastructure, which supports self-drive tours.

Is Namibia a safe country to travel?

Namibia is generally considered very safe for tourists, with a low crime rate compared to other African countries. Standard safety precautions should be followed, such as avoiding walking alone at night and securing valuables. Due to variable road conditions, especially after rain, we advise self-drivers to check with their hotels/lodges before driving.

Do I need a yellow fever vaccination for Namibia?

Travelers coming to Namibia from areas where yellow fever is prevalent must present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate upon entry. It's wise to ensure that vaccinations for TPD (tetanus, polio, diphtheria) are current. We also advise considering a Hepatitis A vaccination for added health protection during your visit.

Is Namibia a malaria-risk country?

The northern parts of Namibia, particularly the areas near the Angola border, are considered malaria risk zones. This risk is higher during and just after the rainy season, which runs from November to April. Apart from medication, we recommended to use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved clothing during the evening and nighttime, and sleep under a treated mosquito net. Before traveling, consult with a travel clinic or your healthcare provider about the need for malaria prophylaxis. Malaria medications often have side effects, so it's a good idea to discuss these with your doctor. Even if you take preventive medication, be vigilant for symptoms after returning from your trip, as Malaria can manifest many weeks after exposure.

How much should I tip in Namibia?

Tipping is customary in Namibia for good service but is generally left to the discretion of the individual. Most lodges have a communal tipping box for all the staff. Tips are then distributed evenly amongst staff members.

A recommended amount is N$100 – N$200 per guest, per day, which can be placed in this box. For those who guide your game drives or walks, N$200 – N$500 per guest, per day is a good amount. If there's a tracker helping spot wildlife, a similar amount is appropriate. Always tip in Namibian dollars (N$), the equivalent in South African Rand, or US-Dollars.

What are the spoken languages in Namibia?

English is the official language in Namibia, used in schools, government, and the media, making it easy for tourists to communicate. However, the country is rich in linguistic diversity, with Oshiwambo languages being the most spoken among the locals. You might also come across speakers of Afrikaans, and indigenous languages such as Herero and Nama/Damara. Learning a few basic phrases in Oshiwambo can be a thoughtful gesture and show appreciation for the local culture.

How to stay connected: Phone and internet network

There are two mobile network providers, MTC and Telecom Namibia. MTC is known for its better coverage, which is limited to inhabited areas of Namibia. You can get a SIM-Card at Windhoek Airport and some local stores; the data plans are quite cheap but the procedure to setup your account can take a bit of time. Most lodges typically offer WiFi, however, the quality and speed of the connection isn't usually great.

Which animals will I see in Namibia?

Namibia is renowned for its diverse wildlife across its vast landscapes. You can expect to find desert-adapted elephants and lions, both black and white rhinos, and other mammals such as giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, and buffalos. The herbivore population is rich with springbok, oryx, kudu, wildebeest, impalas, and hartebeest roaming the plains.

Namibia's avian life is highlighted by species like ostriches, African fish eagles, flamingos, and pelicans. Along the coast, seals dominate, with occasional sightings of whales and dolphins. Warthogs, baboons, jackals, meerkats, hyrax, and viverrids can also be encountered during your adventures. The reptile population includes diverse geckos, snakes, and lizards. National parks such as Etosha and the Namib-Naukluft are particular hotspots for wildlife enthusiasts.

What should I pack for Namibia?

Lightweight, breathable clothes are ideal. Include long-sleeved shirts and long pants for sun and mosquito protection. Bring a jacket or sweater as nights can be cool, especially in the desert. If you're traveling during Namibian winter (May to August), pack warmer layers. Even at more upscale lodges, the dress code is very relaxed and no formal attire is required.

  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are essential while sandals or flip-flops are good to use at the lodge (e.g. pool deck).
  • Bring a hat, UV-protective sunglasses, and and high-SPF sunscreen to protect from the intense sun.
  • A small backpack or daypack can be useful for carrying essentials during day trips. If you have a chartered flight in smaller aircraft within Namibia, make sure you check the restrictions, usually only soft bags are allowed to brig onboard.
  • Health Supplies: Pack a basic first-aid kit, prescription medications, insect repellent, and possibly malaria prophylaxis if you're visiting high-risk areas.
  • Adapter and power bank: Namibia uses power type D and M plugs, so don't forget a travel adapter and a power bank for charging your devices.

All information provided above is accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. For the latest updates and details, please consult relevant authorities or official sources.

Kolmanskop ghost town

Rhino sighting at Ongava

Book Tips for Namibia

Why not take a book on your travels. Here are three great reads to inspire and accompany you on your journey to Namibia.

Namibia: Bradt Travel Guide

Namibia: Bradt Travel Guide

Chris McIntyre

Essential for travelers, this guide offers in-depth knowledge on Namibia's wildlife, natural beauty, and cultural heritage, serving as an invaluable companion for exploring this breathtaking country.

Sands of Silence

Sands of Silence

Peter Hathaway Capstick

Through Capstick's thrilling accounts of adventures in Namibia's most remote regions, readers gain a unique glimpse into the country's untamed landscapes and the sheer thrill of African safari.

The Sheltering Desert

The Sheltering Desert

Henno Martin

A true story of survival, this book recounts the extraordinary experiences of two German geologists who sought refuge in the Namib Desert during World War II, offering insights into human resilience and the stark beauty of the Namibian wilderness.

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