The ultimate sandy pilgrimage: Dreamy Namibian luxury lodges ranked for your budget

2020-02-07 11:45 - Marisa Crous
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Milky way over a small chalet of a desert lodge near the Namib-Naukluft National Park close to Sossusvlei in Namibia. Night photo with many stars.

From a nest built to stave off the desert heat, to an eco-friendly lodge situated on a sweeping ridge overlooking the Kunene River - sleeping under the stars in the Namib desert has never looked this good. 

Here are a few luxury stays to consider for your next Namibia trip, all ranked for your budget: 

The Nest @ Sossus, Sossusvlei - R18k pp/night

So, this might just be for the ultra rich, but it's worth a look for its intricate design aesthetic alone. The Nest was designed by the award-winning South African architect, Porky Hefer and was constructed with thatch to stave off the desert heat.

Find it in the Namib Tsaris Conservancy, about 80 kilometres east of Sossusvlei, where red sand dunes tower over humans and animals alike.  

This lodge is ideal for families and groups of friends as all is shared communal spaces. 

Shipwreck Lodge - Skeleton Coast - R23 460 per night for 2 guests  

Find this gem of a stay perched between the Hoarusib and Hoanib River in the Skeleton Coast Park.

Staying here means experiencing luxe sleeps, views for days, visits to the Möwe Bay seal colony and walking along the beach where remnants of the Suiderkus Shipwreck are scattered. 

The wooden 'cabins' are fitted for all your comforts...

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp - Skeleton Coast - R12k - R20K pp/night sharing (season dependent)

Go to the Kaokoveld, where you'll spot desert-adapted animals roaming endless sandy plains. 

The camp offers eight large en-suite tents (including a family tent) and the main area and pool look out over a wide, rugged valley that slopes down to the almost-always dry Hoanib River.

The facility is fully solar-powered, as the Hoanib Skeleton Coast is a joint venture with the neighbouring conservancies of Anabeb, Torra and Sesfontein, and hosts researchers committed to conserving desert-adapted lion, brown hyaena and more. 

Etambura Tented Camp - Orupembe Conservancy - R2000 per night for 2 people

Chic and sophisticated luxury is available at a good price. Opt for the Etambura Tented Camp, which has five canvas and thatch units - all with its very own private deck overlooking the stunning Orupembe Conservancy.

Float high above the desert as you sip wine on top of one of the highest hills above the exquisite Onjuva plains.  


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Okahirongo River Camp - Kunene River - R1380 per person/night 

Another beau that's budget-beautiful is this eo-friendly lodge built on a sweeping ridge that overlooks the Kunene River.

Situated in north western Namibia, it's remote as can be as the Marienfluss region is defined by its wilderness, rough-to-drive roads and lack of signal. Sounds perfect!

Be sure to go there by 4x4 then. 

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