The Ultimate Namibia Camping Guide

October 11, 2017

Thinking of going on a scenic camping trip but aren’t sure where you should go? I only have one answer: Namibia! After recently completing an incredible, what I think I can safely call a ‘life changing trip’ driving from Cape Town, South Africa to Nairobi, Kenya (24000km to be exact…we took the long route), I can confirm that apart from South Africa, Namibia offers some of the BEST and most AFFORDABLE camping around. This my ‘Ultimate Namibia Camping Guide’ that should hopefully answer all of your camping-related questions below.

General Route Overview: Amazi River Trails ✈ Fish River Lodge ✈ Klein Aus Desert Horse Campsite ✈ Sossus Oasis Campsite ✈ Swakopmund ✈ Spitzkoppe ✈ Hoada Camp Site ✈ Halal (Etosha) ✈ Ngepi

✈ Vioolsdrif: Amanzi River Trails

Rating (Out Of Five): 4/5

Facilities: Clean ablutions with hot showers, private braai area & wash-up sink.

 Last Minute Thoughts: Nestled on the banks of the Orange River, a really beautiful campsite that has easy access to the river for swimming or other activities. I can definitely recommend this as a stopover after crossing the border.

Book Here: http://amanzitrails.co.za

 

✈ Fish River Canyon: Fish River Lodge

Rating: 4/5

Facilities: Standard Lodge Facilities

Last Minute Thoughts: Although we didn’t camp along the Fish River Canyon due to time restraints, there is beautiful hiking and camping to be done within the canyon (it is seasonal due to flash floods). The Fish River Lodge however overlooks the beautiful Fish River Canyon where the lodge offers guided safari walks & hikes into the gorge for the day, as well as safari drives.

Book Here: https://www.fishriverlodge-namibia.com

✈ Aus: Klein Aus Desert Horse Campsite

Rating: 5/5

Facilities: Clean ablutions with hot water. Communal laundry & washing up area. Private braai place & bench & table in each campsite. Campsites are private.

Last Minute Thoughts: The one-horse town of Aus (excuse the pun) is best known for the wild horses that roam the desert as well as a stopover before heading onto the iconic dunes of Sossuvlei or the coastal town of Luderitz, however this campsite was one of our favourites on our entire trip! Nestled amongst huge boulders, the campsite is every campers dream filled with plenty of bird life and exceptional facilities at a great price.

One can also request a braai pack in the morning before your activities ticking off everything from salads, to delicious Afrikaans sweet potato recipes, braai meat & home-made desert. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with a ‘braai’, there are instructions in the pack 🙂

Book Here: http://www.klein-aus-vista.com/accommodation/desert-horse-campsite/

✈ Sossusvlei: Sossus Oasis Campsite

Rating: 5/5

Facilities: Shaded & covered area with private bathroom (Including shower, sink & toilet). Private kitchen area with electricity, washing up sink & raised cement floor. Communal pool which we had to ourselves.

Last Minute Thoughts: This was yet again another highlight! Situated just outside the Sossusvlei gates, I would definitely recommend this place above any other campsite in the area. Do not get tempted to stay inside the gates due to being able to drive into the dunes one hour earlier. The campsite looked hot, crowded, dusty and expensive compared to our gem just a few hundred meters away.

Book Here: http://www.sossus-oasis.com

✈ Swakopmund

This was a quick one night stopover to do some laundry & pick up some supplies before heading on. There are many accommodation option in Swakop from hotels, BnB’s and campsites on the beach.

 

Spitzkoppe Camp Site

Rating:5/5

Facilities: Longdrop toilet (very rustic). Communal showers & flushing toilets at the gate.

Last Minute Thoughts: One cannot do a camping trip around Namibia & skip out this majestic piece of nature! These unique campsites are situated in and amongst MASSIVE boulders and are best known for the crystals that are dug out of the rocks in this region. One has to be fully self-sufficient here as the campsite is extremely basic, although there is a simple restaurant & bar at the entrance. Make sure that you have some cash or bulk food supplies such as rice upon your departure, it is great to support the local community who sell their crystals on the road home.

Book Here: http://www.spitzkoppe.com

✈ Grootberg: Hoada Luxury Campsite

Rating: 5/5

Facilities: Private bathroom (Including shower and toilet). Private braai and kitchen area.

Last Minute Thoughts: These campsites are situated very far from each other offering you the utmost privacy. Each site is unique & is another must-do when camping in Namibia. This was the first time that we had heard hyena’s at night prowling the fences just behind us which made us terribly excited! Their partner lodge, Grootberg lodge, is a beautiful lodge if you want a break from the camping however does require a 4×4 to get to. Each chalet is perched on the edge of the Grootberg Plateau with an overwhelmingly beautiful view.

Book Here: http://grootberg.com/hoada-campsite/#rates

 

✈ Etosha National Park: Halali Campsite

Rating: 3/5

Facilities: Communal bathroom. Braai Area. Electricity.

Last Minute Thoughts: A very cramped campsite where it seems that they are trying to cram as many campers in the area as possible. It’s main benefit is that it is located in the centre of the park & does boast a private watering hole where we saw lion & rhino coming for a drink in the evening. Private campsites in Etosha might be a more preferable option if you are looking for something more secluded.

Book Here: http://www.etoshanationalpark.org/accommodation/halali-camp

✈ Caprivi Strip: Ngepi Camp

Rating: 5/5

Facilities: Typical Lodge Facilities

Last Minute Thoughts: An incredible location set on the banks of the Kavango River. Ngepi Camp has made quite the name for itself being a favoured rest on any traveller’s journey who is in the area. You will go to bed with the sound of hippo’s calling underneath your treehouse which is situated above the water & wake up to the sunrise above your toes. Incredible food, lots of activities & great for campers or those wanting a little more.

Book Here: http://ngepicamp.com

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I hope that this post helped you to plan your ultimate Namibia camping experience If you have any other camping recommendations or questions, please feel free to fire them down below 🙂 Safe Travels!

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  • Nicole Eddy

    Glad to hear it 🙂

  • Kami Piekarek

    Is it safe to camp on the ground or is the lofted tent necessary? Could the roads be traversed by an AWD vehicle or is it definitively 4×4 territory? and do you have to carry your water or is it available?

    • Nicole Eddy

      No, it’s perfectly fine for a ground tent, the rooftop tent was just the most convenient option for us on the road. Regarding vehicles, the roads are in really good condition (it does get a bit sandy around Sossusvlei), but it’s definitely do-able in an AWD. All of the campsites had accessible water, even Spitzkoppe which was the most remote, but it won’t hurt to keep back-up (of both water & fuel) with you on the road. Rather safe than sorry 🙂

  • Rogier

    I’m actually going to Namibia in two weeks (leaving from CT on the 21st) and will be renting a 4×4 with a tent on the roof, so this is so useful, I was literally planning the trip right this second and then saw your post!

    • Nicole Eddy

      Oh wow, I’m glad that this could have helped you on your trip 🙂 I hope its not too hot over there but either way, it will be awesome. Safe travels!

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