A Serenity Seekers Guide to The Best Secluded Spots in Namibia
The emergence of the coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a new era of travel. No longer do bustling city escapes reign supreme, instead travellers are searching for the ultimate getaway that promises a mixture of peace, quiet and relaxation, complimented by a little dose of adventure.
If you’re planning your next big trip, whether it be a special birthday celebration, luxury honeymoon, or family holiday, nothing quite rivals a safari tour of Namibia for a serene escape, one of the most beautiful, isolated, and unspoiled nations on the entire African continent.
From remote and luxurious camps that offer visitors the chance to embrace incredible wildlife, to sprawling dune and mountainous regions that will allow you to reinvigorate your body and soul, here’s our guide to the best spots in Namibia for serenity seekers.
Nestled under lush trees on the banks of the enchanting Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most isolated camps in all southern Africa. Here visitors can genuinely unwind and disconnect from the world as they embrace the sounds of soothing rushing water and eery desert silence.
The camp itself features eight wood-crafted chalets that serve as the perfect digs for you and your loved ones to enjoy some alone time. The chalets are even set on elevated decks so you can admire the majestic surrounding scenery in all its glory.
When you’re not kicking back in your chalet head out and engage with the local Himba, a semi-nomad community that still live traditionally in these parts. Or, when the river levels permit, how about taking a tranquil boat trip down the Kunene, where Angola’s craggy mountains can be spotted in the distance.
Finally, adventure seekers can explore the local dunes by foot or via a game drive. Hop in your safari vehicle and look out for springbok, mountain zebras and even desert chameleons as you explore the unspoilt landscapes.
Spitzkoppe is one of the oldest regions on the planet, boasting a jaw-dropping landscape that features dramatic granite peaks and ancient volcanoes that have remained unchanged for over 100 million years.
If you’re searching for a sparsely populate spot where you can truly relax and unwind, this is the place to visit. Peaceful and untouched, here tourists can camp under the stars by night and enjoy an unrivalled view of the constellations given that the area barely has any light pollution.
By day, climbing enthusiasts will be pleased to know that you can go hiking up one of the accessible granite mounts, or how about trekking to the ‘bushmen paradise? Visitors to this area will uncover prehistorical Sans people paintings and intriguing rock formations.
Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of Africa’s largest protected areas, is renowned for its desolate beauty, including most famously the vibrantly coloured sand dunes of the Sossusvlei.
Encompassing large parts of the arid Namib Desert, here serenity seekers will encounter the stunning Naukfuft Mountains, which serve as a climber’s dream, as well as the aforementioned sand dunes of the Sossuvlei, including the iconic Dune 45, which is located 45km from the Sesriem entrance gate.
If you’re visiting this area in search of peace and tranquillity, you’ll find several camps and resorts that offer all the luxury amenities you could wish for, including swimming pools and private dining areas. From your luxury abode, such as the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, you can enjoy plenty of magical activities nearby, including a renowned Namibian ‘sundowner’.
One of the best ways to marvel and appreciate the vastness of this region is by hopping on a hot-air balloon ride; grab hold of your loved one and glide over the picture-perfect landscapes at sunrise, there’s nothing quite so romantic!
Stretching 500km between the Angolan border and former German colonial town Swakopmund, serenity seekers will find a virtually uninhabited coastal region that’s thoroughly untamed: The Skeleton Coast.
The name derives from the fact that many ships over the centuries have perished around these parts, with the wrecks of some vessels still visible today.
If you’re contemplating visiting the Skeleton Coast to relax and unwind you won’t be disappointed; here you can explore parts of the coast at your own pace in search of an eclectic mix of wildlife; everything from giraffes, elephants, gemsbok call this area home, whilst you can even spot neon-pink flamingos at Walvis Bay.
Cape fur is also home to an amazing sight, a population of tens of thousands of Cape fur seals reside here!
Away from wildlife spotting and embracing the coastal breeze, adrenaline junkies can also undertake several pulse-racing activities in the region. Skeleton Coast is known as a haven for surfers, whilst tourists can also head out on a kayak or catamaran in search of whales and dolphins or explore the desolate lands by quad bike or 4x4.
Onguma The Fort
We finish off our list by transporting you to Onguma Game Reserve where you’ll find one of the best isolated lodges in Namibia, Onguma The Fort.
A popular accommodation option that’s included on many private guided safari tours, at Onguma guest can relax and unwind in charming, Moroccan-inspired furnishings.
Each luxury suite boasts a spacious bedroom with air-conditioning, a heavenly ensuite bathroom with showers, and, most impressively you’ll find a charming wooden deck connected to your lodge that leads out to a private outdoor dining area, which gives guest the chance to embrace some magnificent views of the natural surroundings.
If you’ve had your fill of mouth-watering meals served in the al fresco dining area, or swimming in the lantern-lit pool, head out and a game drive and get up close and personal with the reserve’s intriguing wildlife.