Best hotels and hostels in Namibia

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Skeleton Coast

    Cape Cross Lodge

    Cape Cross Lodge has an odd but strangely appealing architecture, which is self-described as a cross between Cape Dutch and fishing-village style. The nicer rooms have spacious outdoor patios that overlook the coastline, though you really can’t choose a bad room at this all-around stunner of a lodge, conveniently located just before the official reserve entrance. It’s a superb, isolated spot right on a sweeping bend of the bay overlooking blue seas and rollers lolling in and crashing over white-sand beaches. There are also 20 excellent campsites, although they're separated from the seafront by the main lodge building. There's even a nice little museum which focuses on the seafaring history of this stretch of coast. The restaurant (mains N$60 to N$110) dishes out plenty of seafood including a fish sandwich (with admittedly weird mayo) and a seafood platter for N$215.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Damaraland

    Erongo Wilderness Lodge

    This highly acclaimed wilderness retreat combines spectacular mountain scenery, wildlife viewing, birdwatching and environmentally sensitive architecture to create one of Namibia’s most memorable lodges. Accommodation is in one of 10 tented bungalows, which are built on wooden stilts among towering granite pillars crawling with rock hyraxes. The restaurant overlooks a water hole where you might see kudus or genets. When you’re not lounging in front of the fireplace in the main lodge, you can take a guided walk (cost included in the full-board price) or a nature drive (N$485). Birders will enjoy the fact that rosy-faced lovebirds, Hartlaub's francolin and freckled nightjars are often seen in the area. To get to the lodge, go to Omaruru, turn west on the D2315 (off the Karibib road 2km south of town) and continue for 10km.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kavango

    N’Kwazi Lodge

    On the banks of the Okavango, about 20km from Rundu’s town centre, this is a tranquil and good-value riverside retreat where relaxation is a by-product of the owners' laid-back approach. The entire property blends naturally into the surrounding riverine forest, while the rooms are beautifully laid out, with personal touches; there’s a great campsite, although it’s sometimes overrun by safari trucks. The lodge represents incredibly good value, with no surcharge for singles and a justifiably famous buffet dinner for N$260. The lodge’s owners, Valerie and Weynand Peyper, are active in promoting responsible travel and work closely with the local community. They also have many other ongoing projects, including supporting orphans in the area. Guests can visit local villages (N$50 for a village walk).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Damaraland

    Camp Kipwe

    Brilliantly located amongst the boulders and rocks littered throughout its premises, Kipwe is languidly draped over the stunning landscape in very unobtrusive large rondavels (round huts) with thatched roofs that blend in beautifully with their surrounds and have lovely views. There are nine standard rooms and one honeymoon suite (rooms 3 and 4 are family rooms with kids’ tents); all come with outdoor bathrooms so you can stargaze while you wash. There are great views from the dining/lounge area – catch the breeze with your cocktail. The lodge also runs nature drives (N$650) and excursions to the rock art. The entrance to Kipwe is just across the road (D2612) from the entrance to Mowani Mountain Camp.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Etosha National Park

    Onkoshi Camp

    Upon arrival at Onkoshi (from Namutoni), you'll be chauffeured to a secluded peninsula on the pan's rim and given the keys to one of 15 thatch-and-canvas chalets resting on elevated wooden decks and occupying exclusive locations well beyond the standard tourist route. The opulent interiors blend rich hardwoods, delicate bamboo, elaborate metal flourishes, finely crafted furniture, hand-painted artwork and fine porcelain fixtures. While the temptation certainly exists to spend your days lounging about such regal settings, guests are treated to personalised wildlife drives (from N$500 per person) conducted by Etosha’s finest guides, and dinners are multi-course affairs illuminated by candlelight.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Caprivi Strip

    Nambwa Tented Lodge

    Nambwa, 14km south of Kongola, is one of the very few places to stay in the park itself. It combines an excellent campsite with a luxury lodge, replete with elevated walkways, stunning interiors (tree trunks and antique chandeliers, anyone?) and glorious views out over the flood plains. Some of Bwabwata's best wildlife areas are close by, and the lodge overlooks a water hole that's especially popular with animals late in the dry season. Elephants are perhaps the most frequent visitors. To reach the lodge, follow the 4WD track south along the western bank of the Kwando River. Transfers can be arranged from Kongola and elsewhere.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Etosha National Park

    Ongava Lodge

    One of the more exclusive luxury lodges in the Etosha area, Ongava Lodge is not far south of Andersson Gate. Ongava is actually divided into two properties: the main Ongava Lodge is a collection of safari-chic chalets surrounding a small water hole, while the Ongava Tented Camp has eight East African–style canvas tents situated a bit deeper in the bush. It's part of Ongava Game Reserve, which protects several prides of lions, a few black and white rhinos and your standard assortment of herd animals. There are also two other accommodation options in the reserve.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Southern Central Plateau

    Canyon Lodge

    This mountain retreat is one of Namibia’s most stunning accommodation options and it comes at a price that is surprisingly reasonable. The whole place, but especially the luxury stone bungalows, is sympathetically integrated into its boulder-strewn backdrop. The outlook is dramatic and the bungalows, with flagstone floors, have great privacy. The restaurant, housed in a 1908 farmhouse, is tastefully decorated with historic farming implements and has rambling gardens. It’s a very friendly place, the food is first-class and we’ve never met a nicer barman.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Windhoek

    Cardboard Box Backpackers

    Hostels are hard to come by in this country but ‘The Box’ has been doing it for years, with a rep as one of Windhoek’s better backpackers. It has a fully stocked bar and a swimming pool to cool off in, and travellers have a tough time leaving. Rates include free coffee and pancakes in the morning, and there are free pick-ups from the Intercape bus stop. If you do decide to motivate yourself, the city centre is just a short walk away, and the excellent on-site travel shop gives useful information and can help sort out your future travel plans.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Skeleton Coast

    Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

    Now here's something special. So far from the nearest publicly accessible road, and built in a splendid amalgam of canopied canvas and light woods, this uberluxurious tented camp is one of the most beautiful places to stay in Namibia. With a more contemporary look than many safari camps in the region, and all the better for it, Hoanib exudes light and space and end-of-the-earth romance. Desert elephants, lions, gemsboks, giraffes, ostriches. They're all here, but the landscape is every bit as memorable as the wildlife.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Windhoek

    Hotel Heinitzburg

    Inside Heinitzburg Castle, which was commissioned in 1914 by Count von Schwerin for his fiancée, Margarethe von Heinitz, Hotel Heinitzburg is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel group, and far and above the most personable upmarket accommodation in Windhoek. Rooms have been updated for the 21st century with satellite TV and air-con. Another highlight of the hotel is the palatial dining room, which offers excellent gourmet cuisine and an extensive wine dungeon.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Caprivi Strip

    Nkasa Lupala Lodge

    Located 30km from Mudumu, and just outside the entrance to Nkasa Rupara National Park, this remote luxury, Italian-run lodge sits on the banks of the Kwando–Linyanti River system. The lodge gets rave reviews from travellers and offers activities such as game drives, including night drives. Accommodation is in tents on stilts, from where you may just spot elephants trooping past your deck. The lodge is around 12km beyond Sangwali village, with plenty of signposts along the way.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Swakopmund

    Sam’s Giardino Hotel

    Sam’s Giardino Hotel is a wonderfully personal place in the backstreets emphasising superb wines, fine cigars and relaxing in the rose garden with a friendly dog named Beethoven. There’s a lovely front garden and a lot of common areas with books, and a grotto with stacks of wine bottles. The rooms are simple but very comfortable. Book ahead for the five-course dinner (N$280) and some wine tasting (N$190). Sam, the Swiss owner, is a delight and a mine of local information.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Windhoek

    Olive Grove

    Refined elegance is the order of the day at this boutique hotel in Klein Windhoek, which features 10 individually decorated rooms and two suites awash in fine linens, handcrafted furniture and all-around good taste. Guests in need of some pampering can indulge in a massage, or warm their toes on a cold Windhoek night in front of the crackling fire. If the package here isn’t high-end enough for you, check out its exclusive lodging next door.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Namib-Naukluft Park

    Moon Mountain

    Off the C19 between Sesriem and Solitaire, this extraordinary tented camp clings to a steep hillside and the result is vertigo-inducing, sunset-facing views. The wood-floored tents open up to maximise the sense of flying above the desert but even so you'll just want to sit on your balcony (or in your private splash pool) all evening. Stunning bathrooms round out a wonderful package. The suites are even more decadent.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Damaraland

    Spitzkoppen Lodge

    Due to open not long after our visit, this place promises to be the pick of the Spitzkoppe choices. Run by the same people behind Kalahari Bush Breaks, the lodge consists of 15 wonderfully secluded chalets with gorgeous views all connected by an elevated walkway. The design in places evokes the Spitzkoppe mountain and there is an enduring sense of isolation and luxury.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Damaraland

    Desert Rhino Camp

    These safari-style tents in a remote corner of Damaraland are certainly luxurious and a worthy member of the elite Wilderness Safaris' Classic collection. But even more than the rooms, it's the ethos of this place – the camp has been at the centre of efforts to save Namibia's black rhino population – that impresses. Rhino-tracking, and the chance to see desert lions and elephants, are other highlights.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Fish River Canyon

    Fish River Lodge

    With 20 chalets located on the western rim of the canyon, Fish River Lodge is a magical spot to enjoy the landscape. Rooms are gorgeous, modern and come with superlative views. Activities include the five-night canyon hike (85km, April to September), or a day hike for the less ambitious. Access to the lodge is from the D463, which links the B4 in the north and the C13 to the west.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Caprivi Strip

    Inchingo Chobe River Lodge

    Right by the water and rich in birdsong, Inchingo has an exclusive, alluring feel to it. Air-conditioned safari tents (from where you can hear the Chobe River flowing by) have wood floors, plenty of space and catch refreshing riverine breezes. Great food, stellar birdwatching and plenty of big-game wildlife nearby make for a wonderful place to spend some time; minimum two-night stay.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Swakopmund

    Sea Breeze Guesthouse

    This upmarket guesthouse is right on the beach about 4.5km north of town, and is an excellent option if you’re looking for a secluded retreat. Ask to see a few of the rooms, as several of them have spectacular sea views; there’s also a great family room. There’s plenty of advice available on what to see and do around town. Follow the Strand north and keep an eye out for signs.