Namibia is quickly becoming one of the hottest luxury destinations in the world, and it’s clear why. Its varied landscape is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Mostly consisting of unspoiled land, Namibia invites you to enjoy everything from deep canyons and desert safaris to hundred-foot high sand dunes and a dramatic Atlantic coast. Tourism in the region is made up mostly of luxurious lodges located in some of the most remote parts of the country, offering visitors a unique chance to experience it all: adventure, luxury, and romance. In addition to its natural beauty, Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa; it even boasts one of the continent’s highest literacy rates and most stable democratic governments. If it’s a luxurious safari experience that you’re after, look no further than the lavish lodges below.
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Reconnect with nature at the &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Nestled deep in the ancient Namib Desert, this five-star hotel is a calming oasis that overlooks rugged mountains and mesmerizing sand dunes. Bask in the tranquility 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 explore the resort, there is a lounge, restaurant, pool, and TV room on-site.
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Situated on the edge of Etosha National Park, the five unique Onguma Game Reserve Lodges overlook an active watering hole where animals can be spotted from your lodge’s private deck or even outdoor shower. Surrounded by 34,000 hectares of private wilderness, the accommodations at Onguma Game Reserve are perfect if you’re looking to engage in a variety of activities like bush walks and safaris. The lodges offer 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 Tented Camp. Ideal for those looking for a romantic getaway, the Tented Camp is comprised of seven mini suites, all 50 metres apart for ultimate privacy. The seven luxury tents have an indoor and outdoor shower, and sit just 60 metres 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.
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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, birdwatching, visiting local villages, or even crocodile hunting (the river is known to be infested with crocodiles).
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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 that comprise the resort each offer sweeping views across the valley. For the ultimate retreat, be sure to book one of the camp’s two ultra-luxurious suites, offering 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, you can partake in any one of the activities offered by the camp, ranging from elephant and dune rides to nature walks.
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Located in the heart of the NamibRand private nature reserve, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge 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, cozy hammock, full dining area, and a stargazing bed, the Wolwedans Lodge Suite will truly become a home away from home. Private walking safaris, horseback riding tours, scenic drives, and hot air ballooning can be arranged upon arrival.