They are large, they have exquisite suites, service, delicious food, and more often than not, an incredible view. This, of course, does come at a price more often than not. Normally, we like to focus on more affordable travel and then splurging on experiences during our trips. Namibia provides an opportunity unlike most when it comes to luxury lodges though. Here a lot of the lodges can cater for a whole world of experiences that can really enhance the stay. Things like private tours, unique food, special attractions only found on the premises or even having such a variety of options you won’t have to leave the property during your stay.
Let’s have a look at some of Namibia’s best luxury lodges.
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7 of Namibia’s Best Luxury Lodges
andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Luxury in the Namib desert. Escape from your stresses, into pure tranquillity and luxury.
Dine under the stars, have a swim & then take a scenic tour.
Before experiencing one of the most exhilarating and breath-taking experiences Namibia has to offer; hot air ballooning over the incredible Sossusvlei landscape.
When you return and the sun has gone down, gaze at the stars with a professional astronomer.
Bring your kids for a family getaway or your partner for a romantic stay.
- Unique & Beautiful landscape.
- Option to fly directly to andBeyond.
- A wide variety of activities.
- Resident Astronomer (I mean, what other lodges do you know that has a resident astronomer?).
- Unless you’re flying directly in from Windhoek/Swakopmund, it’s a bit of a journey to reach.
Gocheganas Wellness Village
Are you looking for the perfect one-stop luxury getaway? Wildlife and wellness?
Then the Gocheganas Wellness Village is what you’re looking for… and it’s only 30km from Windhoek (plus they offer airport transfers).
Massages, fitness, beauty treatments, hiking, and game drives. Choose your adventure or choose relaxation.
Perfect for the mind, body, and soul.
- Close to Windhoek.
- Excellent Wellness Area.
- Perfect for relaxation.
- Good animal interaction.
- Some of the service staff.
- Whilst coming up close to animals is great, it doesn’t represent a natural African experience.
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
A picturesque Lodge in Damaraland.
Situated only 3 km away from the largest collection of Bushman engravings in southern Africa.
Enjoy the desert elephants and bushman art during the day, and at night spoil yourself with one of the best buffets in Namibia.
- Delicious food.
- Unique location
- Excellent rooms.
- The website is not very user-friendly.
- Activity options aren’t as long as many of the other lodges mentioned.
Brandberg White Lady Lodge
Another great lodge in Damaraland. Here at the feet of Namibia’s highest mountain, time stands still, no-one is rushing, no-one is stressed. There is only peace and quiet, and the sounds of silence… I mean, nature. Take a hike to the white lady painting only 16km from the lodge. Go on a desert elephant/sunset drive and just enjoy the beautiful nature of Namibia that presents itself to you.
- Unique location.
- Excellent staff.
- Beautiful view.
- Great food.
- The rooms are only ok.
- No place to charge your devices in the rooms.
Frans Indongo Lodge
Northeast of Otjiwarongo on a 170km² farm, you can enjoy the African feeling at its finest.
Sundowner drive, hiking through the savannah, learning more about the fastest terrestrial animal, the cheetah, are just a few of the possibilities here.
Whilst you’re here, go on a trip to the restaurant for vultures. Nestled in the cliffs of Waterberg is the last colony of Cape Vultures found here.
Numbers previously exceeded 2000 in a single colony, the remaining colony has drastically declined to just a few birds.
Set up by the Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST), you can visit the observation screen where you can view these birds in action (as well as hundreds of other vulture breeds).
When back at the camp, relax and enjoy the amazing view from the lodge or pool area.
- Good variety of activities.
- Great position for a stop between Windhoek & Etosha.
- Unique Vulture Experience.
- Great Rooms.
- Fair prices.
- There generally isn’t any. 😉
Fish River Lodge
Do you like living on the edge of life? Well, here you can enjoy your stay on the edge of the world’s second largest canyon.
After hiking or cycling through the canyon, rewind with a spa treatment from the comfort of your own chalet.
Not to be forgotten, of course, is the mouth-watering meals and world-class South African wines.
- Indoor & outdoor shower
- Great for cyclists
- Unique Location & Incredible view
- Great rooms and well-appointed bathrooms
- Excellent food & service
- Fly-In Option
- Not much else in the area, unless you’re driving down to South Africa/Lüderitz (or vice versa).
- If you’re not flying in, can be quite a journey to reach.
Divava Okavango Resort & Spa
This Beautiful lodge is located on the Okavango riverbed. Pamper yourself in the middle of the Namibian ‘jungle’. With a variety of offers, from massages, steam rooms and a pool (of course all with an astonishing view) you will want to stay forever. Other activities include boat safaris, that will bring you up close with the hunters of the river. Namely, hippos and crocodiles. Visiting the Popa falls, or just breathing in the clean Namibian air.
- Beautiful River Location.
- Great Stopover between Etosha & Victoria Falls/Okavango Delta.
- Good service & facilities.
- Boat cruises.
- Poor maintenance.
- Rooms can get quite hot.
Now, these are only a handful of Namibia’s stunning luxury lodges, so if you think Namibia is too wild for you, think again!
Namibia caters for everyone. You can explore this magnificent country and it’s many offerings on a tight budget or experience the royal treatment whilst getting face to face with mother nature.
This rundown of Namibia’s best luxury lodges is meant to point out some of the best lodges throughout the country. You may notice we left out Etosha, but that is for good reason. There are just so many great options inside & around the national park, you’re spoilt for choice! Check out some of the awesome spots you can stay at by clicking here.
Related: Erindi, an Etosha alternative?
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David & Maike
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