Running down Namibia's spine the Central Highlands separate the Kalahari from the dunes of the Namib. The rolling hills and wide valleys are covered in farms, many of which have turned from cattle to game, and are known as game farms.
There are a few small towns with wide streets lined with trees, friendly people and little shops. Just north of Windhoek, the small pleasant town of Okahandja has a superb wood carving community and several markets — it's a good place for buying curios and gifts.
In this area you will also find a number of large game farms. The most famous of these is Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation and known for its work in cheetah and leopard rehabilitation.
There is the little farm of Frans Indongo, perfect for an overnight stop and finally a large ranch known as Mundulea. Mundulea is little known, very wild and a superb place for walking safaris.
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Suggested itineraries featuring the Central Highlands
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Central Highlands, 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.
Classic Namibia self-drive safariNamibiaView this tour
Namibia's wildlife highlights self-drive safariNamibiaView this tour
Namibia self-drive family safariNamibiaView this tour
Northern Namibia self-drive safari to Victoria FallsBotswana, Namibia and ZambiaView this tour
Map of the Central Highlands
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around the Central Highlands
- Erongo Mountains The Central Highlands
- Waterberg Plateau The Central Highlands
- Windhoek 23 miles away
- The Naukluft Mountains 138 miles away
- Swakopmund and Pelican Point 161 miles away
- Walvis Bay 167 miles away
- Sossusvlei & Sesriem 202 miles away
- Southern Namibia 202 miles away
- The NamibRand Nature Reserve 205 miles away
- Damaraland 236 miles away
- Etosha National Park 253 miles away
- Northern Namibia 281 miles away
Photos of the Central Highlands
Accommodation choices for the Central Highlands
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Central Highlands. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Erongo Wilderness LodgeErongo Mountains
Waterberg Plateau LodgeWaterberg Plateau
Waterberg Wilderness LodgeWaterberg Plateau
Okonjima Luxury Bush CampCentral Highlands
Okonjima Plains CampCentral Highlands
Okonjima Bush SuiteCentral Highlands