Situated on the west coast just north of South Africa, Namibia is quickly becoming one of the hottest luxury destinations in the world. Namibia is the fourth largest country in Africa and its vast landscape is jaw-dropping and beautiful. Mostly comprised of unspoiled land, Namibia invites you to enjoy everything from vast deserts to hundred foot high sand dunes and a dramatic Atlantic coast.
Tourism in Namibia is low key and is made up mostly of simple yet luxurious lodges located in some of the most remote parts of the country. In addition to its natural beauty, Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa. It has one of the continent’s highest literacy rates and most stable democratic governments. There is simply no reason not to visit, especially when you check out the luxury lodges below. And hey, if it’s good enough for Brad and Angie (who famously travelled to Namibia when giving birth to their second daughter in 2006), it is good enough for us.
Reconnect with nature at the &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Nestled deep in the ancient Namib Desert, the lodge is a calming oasis that overlooks rugged mountains and amazing sand dunes. Bask in the tranquillity and relax in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. You might even spot a zebra! Optional activities include stargazing (with help from the lodge’s resident astronomer), hiking, quad biking, and animal safaris. Each room is completely isolated and comes with its own outdoor shower and skylight. However, if you’re looking to bond with other couples, there is a lounge, restaurant, pool, and TV room on site.
Situated on the edge of Etosha National Park, the Onguma Game Reserve Lodges overlook an active watering hole where game can be spotted from your lodge’s private deck or even outdoor shower. Surrounded by 34,000 hectares of private wilderness, the lodges at Onguma Game Reserve are perfect if you’re looking to engage in a variety of activities like bush walks and safaris. The lodge offers several different types of accommodation suitable for both couples and families, but if it’s luxury you’re after, there is nothing quite like the The Tented Camp. Ideal for those looking for a romantic getaway, The Tented Camp is comprised of 7 mini suites all 50 meters apart from each other for ultimate privacy. The 7 luxury tents have an indoor and outdoor shower, and sit just 60 meters from the watering hole. Spend the day lounging on deck chairs outside your tent or make your way to the campsite pool. However you decide to spend your time, a stay at The Tented Camp is the definition of safari chic.
Built into the rocky terrain, the Okahirongo River Camp is an eco-friendly lodge located near the Namibia-Angola border. Decorated with a “minimalist African chic” theme, each tent is spacious and comes with a canopied four-poster king-size bed, a private bathroom, and a private deck. Not feeling the private bathroom? There is also an outdoor shower overlooking the mountains. Each night you can fall asleep to the sound of the Kunene River after having spent a long day fishing, bird watching, visiting local villages, or even crocodile hunting (the river is known to be infested with crocodiles).
Take in the stunning landscape of Damaraland at the Mowani Mountain Camp. Hidden amongst the boulders of the rocky wilderness, it’s easy to miss this luxury lodge. Natural yet elegant, the 13 suites at Mowani Mountain Camp offer sweeping views across the valley. For the ultimate retreat, be sure to book one of the camp’s two ultra luxurious suites that offer a private deck, open-air bathroom, and a private lounge area. When you’re not taking in the magical views from the comfort of your king-size bed, be sure to partake in any one of the activities offered by the camp, ranging from elephant and dune rides to nature walks.
Located in the heart of the NamibRand private nature reserve, the Wolwedans Lodge Suite sits right above the dunes. The most secluded of all the rooms offered at the Wolwedans Dune Lodge, the Lodge Suite is completely open-concept and provides breathtaking views across the reserve. Equipped with a king-size bed, shaded patio, spacious lounge, cosy hammock, full dining area, and a stargazing bed, the Wolwedans Lodge Suite will truly become a home away from home. Private nature walks, scenic drives, and hot air ballooning can be arranged upon arrival.