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Northern Namibia offers a variety of scenery, wildlife and experiences that are hard to beat elsewhere in the world.

The harsh landscapes of the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland, with its desert adapted flora and fauna, will leave a lasting impression.

Himba culture

The Himba are one of Africa's great historical tribes and visiting them can prove to be an enlightening experience. Twyfelfontein, in Damaraland, has some of the most extensive rock art in Africa, some of which dates back almost 6,000 years.

Wildlife of Northern Namibia

Cheetah in Etosha National ParkThere are also excellent wildlife viewing opportunities both in Etosha National Park and along the Caprivi Strip. Thriving birdlife and seal colonies inhabit the shores around Swakopmund and in the Walvis Bay lagoon.

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Places to visit in Northern Namibia

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Northern Namibia, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Northern Namibia

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Northern Namibia, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places in and around Northern Namibia

    Accommodation choices for Northern Namibia

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Northern Namibia. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Opuwo Country Hotel, Kaokoland

      Opuwo Country Hotel


      There are 28 luxury rooms and 12 standard rooms, all of which are en suite. Trips to the Epupa Falls, Ovahimba villages and walking in the Kaokoveld can all be arranged from the lodge.

    • Shipwreck Lodge Rooms

      Shipwreck Lodge

      First Class

      The striking design of Shipwreck Lodge takes full advantage of its position as the only property in Skeleton Coast National Park, spotlighting the exceptional landscape.

    • River views at Serra Cafema

      Serra Caféma


      Serra Caféma has an incredible location from which you can explore Namibia's remotest corners. We highly recommend it.

    • Mountain View Room Veranda, Okonjima Main Camp

      Okonjima Plains Camp

      First Class

      Okonjima is located in the Omboroko Mountains. It is owned by the Hanseen family and is the center of the AfriCat Foundation, which aims to rescue, relocate and rehabilitate cheetah and leopard.

    • Kunene River Lodge, Kunene Region

      Kunene River Lodge


      Kunene River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Kunene River. Activities include white-water rafting and river boarding, birdwatching, sundowner cruises, canoeing, hiking, fishing and mountain biking.

    • The Suite, Okonjima Bush Suite, Central Highlands

      Okonjima Bush Suite


      Okonjima is set up in the Omboroko Mountains. It is owned by the Hanseen family and is now the center of the AfriCat Foundation, which aims to rescue, relocate and rehabilitate cheetah and leopard.

    • View of the river from the dining room at Kunene Camp, The Skeleton Coast

      Kunene Camp

      First Class

      Kunene Camp is perched on the rocky hillside above the Kunene River, looking down onto the water and across to the huge rocky mountains of Angola.

    • Okonjima Bush Camp, Central Highlands

      Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp


      Okonjima is located in the Omboroko Mountains, owned by the Hanssen family and the home of the AfriCat Foundation, which aims to rescue, relocate and rehabilitate cheetah and leopard.

    • Cornerstone Guesthouse, Swakopmund

      Cornerstone Guesthouse


      A warm welcome awaits at Cornerstone Guesthouse. Personable hosts, comfortable rooms, a shaded garden outlook and a cool drink is the perfect antidote to a dusty day on the road.

    • Grootberg Lodge, Damaraland

      Grootberg Lodge


      Grootberg Lodge is the first conservancy-owned lodge in Namibia, empowering the local community and encouraging conservation over poaching. Set high on the hillside, it offers some of the finest views in the country and its rock and thatch chalets provide comfortable, rustic accommodation.

    • View from a room, Etendeka Camp, Damaraland

      Etendeka Mountain Camp


      Set within a beautifully rugged landscape, Etendeka Mountain Camp is a simple ecolodge that offers an authentic safari experience. With exceptional guiding, a stay here allows you to immerse yourself in Namibia’s incredible wildlife and scenery.

    • Olive Grove, Windhoek

      Olive Grove


      Balancing rustic and modern styles, Olive Grove is an elegant, characterful guesthouse in a peaceful location a little outside of Windhoek’s center. It offers simplicity and comfort, making it a relaxing base before or after a wilder Namibian adventure.

    • Doro Nawas, Damaraland

      Doro Nawas Camp

      First Class

      Set in a wonderfully scenic location surrounded by grassy plains, red cliffs and towering mountains, Doro Nawas Camp offers a characterful base from which to explore the area’s wildlife and the nearby ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein.

    • Camp Kipwe, Damaraland

      Camp Kipwe

      First Class

      Camp Kipwe is located in a superb position in Damaraland, making it a great base for exploring the southern region and all it has to offer whilst making the most of the panoramic views over the rocky kopjes, valleys and hills.

    • Mushara Outpost, Mushara Reserve, eastern Etosha

      Mushara Outpost

      First Class

      This small, homely camp offers a peaceful location nestled in the bush, just a short drive from Etosha National Park. Balancing modern comfort with an authentic bush camp feel, it’s an excellent base for exploring the area’s diverse wildlife.

    • Okaukuejo Rest Camp, Etosha National Park

      Okaukuejo Rest Camp


      Everyone traveling to and through Etosha will stop here at Okaukuejo to refuel vehicles, buy provisions and rest. However, it’s the floodlit waterhole that draws guests here as night falls for excellent wildlife viewing.

    • Mushara Bush Camp, Etosha National Park

      Mushara Bush Camp


      A comfortable, stylish camp located just to the east of the gate to Etosha National Park. Very family friendly, it has plenty of amenities and facilities to keep the little ones entertained.

    • Ongava Lodge, Ongava Reserve, southern Etosha

      Ongava Lodge


      Enjoying an excellent location in the heart of the private Ongava Game Reserve and just minutes from Etosha National Park, this characterful lodge has a traditional African style and ambience, providing comfortable accommodation and a good range of activities for exploring the area’s wildlife.

    • Mushara Lodge, Etosha National Park

      Mushara Lodge

      First Class

      Ideally positioned for exploring the eastern side of Etosha National Park and its diverse wildlife, Mushara Lodge has a unique character, blending traditional African and modern styles. Its comfortable accommodation, tranquil surroundings and excellent service make for a pleasant stay.

    • Anderssons at Ongava, Etosha National Park

      Anderssons Camp


      This model of eco-sensitive lodging provides an authentic, safe and down-to-earth experience for small groups, families and independent travelers to Etosha National Park.

    • Onguma Bush Camp, Etosha National Park

      Onguma Bush Camp


      Located in the eastern part of Etosha National Park, Onguma Bush Camp is ideal for guided and self-drive trips, and particularly for visitors looking to observe the endangered black rhino in the wild.

    • Sandfields Guesthouse, Swakopmund

      Sandfields Guesthouse


      This is a small, friendly guesthouse with a very homely feel to it. Jean and Paul are so welcoming and helpful, you're sure to be well looked after.

    • Swakopmund Guesthouse, Swakopmund

      Swakopmund Guesthouse


      This is a stylish option with a convenient location only five minutes' walk from the main shopping streets and the beach.

    • The Stiltz, Swakopmund

      The Stiltz


      The Stiltz has a prime location to explore the highlights of Swakopmund. The rooms are full of character and the staff are friendly.

    • Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund

      Hansa Hotel


      The Hansa is a friendly, well run hotel. Located near to all the local landmarks and amenities, and only a five minute walk to the beach, it's an ideal base from which to explore Swakopmund.

    • Luxury Suite, Hotel Zum Kaiser, Swakopmund

      Zum Kaiser


      The Zum Kaiser has good facilities and stylish decor and is well located close to the center of Swakopmund and a stone's throw away from the beach.

    • The Elegant Guesthouse, Windhoek

      The Elegant Guesthouse


      Situated in a tranquil suburb, close to both restaurants and city center, this stylish property is perfectly placed for self-drive clients taking their first or last night in Windhoek.

    • Rivendell Guest House, Windhoek

      Rivendell Guest House


      Rivendell is located in a quiet suburb of Namibia's capital city Windhoek, close to the city center. For families there is a two bedroom flat which makes it ideal for those with younger children.

    • Mowani Mountain Camp, Damaraland

      Mowani Mountain Camp


      Mowani Mountain Camp has been beautifully and thoughtfully constructed. It is very peaceful and relaxing and from pretty much everywhere in camp you get outstanding views.

    • Galton House, Windhoek

      Galton House


      This lovely guesthouse is situated on a hillside in the upmarket neighborhood of Eros. It has been decorated in a modern, stylish way, without being pretentious.

    • Huab Lodge

      Huab Lodge


      Huab is somewhere to go for a few days and relax. The bungalows are very comfortable, the food is good and activities gentle and enjoyable. We recommend it for a stay of at least two nights.

    • Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland

      Desert Rhino Camp


      Rhino Camp is comfortable and luxurious with high standards throughout. With only a handful of tents, guests are assured of personal attention and a really authentic safari atmosphere.

    • View from the pool at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

      Twyfelfontein Country Lodge


      Although large the lodge is excellent value for money and a good base from which to explore southern Damaraland.

    • Damaraland Camp, northern Damaraland

      Damaraland Camp


      Damaraland Camp is a comfortable lodge in a remote and wild area. The surrounding scenery is stunning. Due to the community involvement the staff are particularly friendly and have a real passion for the area in which they have grown up.

    • Damara Mopane, Damaraland

      Damara Mopane Lodge


      Damara Mopane Lodge is an ideal base for exploring Damaraland. There is a swimming pool where you can enjoy a sundowner drink and view a Namibian sunset.

    • Crwon Suite, GocheGanas Nature Reserve & Wellness Village, Windhoek

      GocheGanas Nature Reserve & Wellness Village

      First Class

      This is the ideal spot to enjoy some massages and time relaxing. The lodge offers stunning views, good food and a variety of treatments and activities. We recommend spending a minimum of two nights here.

    • Onguma Treetop Camp, Etosha National Park

      Onguma Treetop Camp

      First Class

      The main focus of the camp is to experience wildlife in its truest form, it is a small and intimate camp, especially designed for those travelers who would like to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendor.

    • Etosha Safari Camp, Etosha National Park

      Etosha Safari Camp


      Etosha Safari Camp is a basic no frills camp. It is clean and comfortable and a great option for families. Due to its size, this is not suitable if you want somewhere peaceful.

    • Onguma Plains Camp, Etosha National Park

      Onguma Plains Camp


      The accommodation at Onguma Plains is unusual — the Moroccan theme and Fort-style architecture is not your traditional safari camp. That said, it has been beautifully decorated in a contemporary style.

    • Etosha Safari Lodge, Etosha National Park

      Etosha Safari Lodge


      Etosha Safari Lodge is situated on a hillock about ten kilometers from Etosha's Anderson Gate. This is a fairly large lodge but the rooms are comfortable and it's a good base from which to visit Etosha National Park under your own steam.

    • Little Ongava, Etosha National Park

      Little Ongava


      Little Ongava is Namibia's most luxurious camp. The rooms are huge, very stylish and very private. It's an ideal place for a few really special days on your vacation.

    • Onguma Tented Camp, Etosha National Park

      Onguma Tented Camp

      First Class

      Onguma is a lovely option for Eastern Etosha. It has a good location for either guided or self-drive trips into the park. The camp offers incredible luxury and true wilderness for game viewing.

    • Ongava Tented Camp , Etosha National Park

      Ongava Tented Camp


      We particularly like Ongava Tented Camp as it is small, personal and the waterhole in front of camp usually attracts a fair amount of game.