Luxury Lodges Namibia: Best Camps with Star Beds & Photographic Hides
Bordered by Angola in the north and South Africa in the south, in recent decades Namibia has grown to become one the most luxurious safari destination on the planet.
Each year scores of premium holidaymakers are drawn to this magical nation, enticed by the promise of astonishing wildlife encounters, ethereal scenery, and the chance to reside at some of the most prestigious and exclusive lodges found anywhere in Africa.
Amongst the endless of array of enviable attractions, Namibia is renowned for is its crystal-clear skies. A low population density coupled with negligible pollution means Namibia lends itself to some of the best stargazing experiences in the world. In fact, the country’s NamibRand Nature Reserve has even been awarded ‘Gold Tier’ status by the International Dark Sky Reserve. This accreditation ensures that the skies above Namibia remain pristine, allowing visitors to marvel at unparalleled views of the constellations and even far-away galaxies.
As well offering holidaymakers the chance to immerse themselves in the awe-inspiring beauty of the night sky, Namibia is a well-known haven for photographers; so much so that many luxury lodge operators have even designed special photographic hides so that budding camera lovers can capture extraordinary wildlife shots.
If you’re planning a luxury vacation to Namibia, and either stargazing or photography is high on your safari to-do list, you should consider staying at these sumptuous lodges:
Anderssons at Ongava
Situated in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve, on the southern border of Etosha National Park, Anderssons at Ongava has long set the benchmark for premium accommodation in Namibia.
Luxury is exemplified here in the camp’s unrivalled attention to detail; from the personalised service right through to the meticulously crafted décor, everything is on another level. Anderssons at Ongava also proudly champions sustainability and eco-conscious guests will be pleased to know that the camp operates fully on solar power.
Complementing the spacious and well-appointed stone/thatch bedrooms, the lodge’s main area offers a swimming pool, a well-stocked bar, and a dining area where guests can indulge in delicious cuisine prepared by skilled chefs.
Anderssons at Ongava’s real unique selling point however is the ground-floor photographic hide. Positioned near a waterhole, the hide provides budding photographers with a unique opportunity to capture stunning images of Namibia’s wildlife up close and undisturbed. This dedicated space is equipped with comfortable seating and photography-friendly features, allowing guests to capture breath-taking shots of the diverse fauna that visit the waterhole.
Little Kulala lodge, located in the heart of the Namib Desert, is another popular choice for luxury safari travellers seeking an intimate and exclusive experience. Situated within the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, the lodge offers unparalleled access to the iconic red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, one of Namibia’s most breath-taking landmarks. Its remote and secluded location, surrounded by vast desert landscapes, ensures a sense of tranquillity and privacy for guests.
This luxury lodge also provides a range of exceptional amenities, including spacious and beautifully appointed villas with private plunge pools, outdoor showers, and sun loungers. However, what truly draws luxury travellers to Little Kulala is the opportunity to stargaze.
Guests can spend the night in a star bed, a comfortable platform on the rooftop of their villa, allowing them to sleep under the vast Namibian sky. The absence of light pollution in this remote location provides an awe-inspiring opportunity to witness the brilliance of the dazzling constellations above; there’s no place better to establish a connection with the celestial wonders of the universe.
Luxury safari travellers seeking a unique and extravagant experience could do a lot worse than Doro Nawas, located in the ruggedly beautiful Damaraland region. This stunning camp offers an array of luxury amenities that ensure a comfortable and indulgent stay. The spacious and beautifully designed chalets feature private verandas, where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscapes. The chalets also come with ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and cosy seating options, providing an oasis of relaxation in the midst of the wilderness.
What sets Doro Nawas Camp apart as a luxury destination is its commitment to personalised service and attention to detail. The camp staff go above and beyond to create unforgettable experiences for guests, even offering the option for luxury vacationers to sleep under the stars in beautiful star bed.
Star beds can be set up on each guest’s private veranda, allowing them to drift off to sleep while gazing at the glittering night sky above. Is there anything that sounds more romantic? It’s little wonder Doro Nawas is a top choice for newlyweds on a luxury honeymoon safari.
After a dream nights sleep, Doro Nawas guests will even be presented with the opportunity to enjoy plenty of incredible activities close by. Popular excursions from the camp include game drives as you head off in search of unique wildlife, such as desert-adapted elephants and endangered black rhinos. Additionally, guided excursions to historic landmarks like Twyfelfontein and visits to traditional Himba villages can be arranged.
Onguma Camp Kala
For the final entry on our list, we’d like to draw your attention to the new kid on the block: the incredible Onguma Camp Kala. Opened to guests for the first time in November 2022, this ultra-luxury lodge is located right next to a very busy waterhole in the sprawling Onguma Nature Reserve.
At Camp Kala luxury safari vacationers can expect nothing short of exceptional service and first-class amenities to boot. A butler service, spa, cocktail bar, and yoga deck allow guests to relax, unwind and indulge. If you’re seeking privacy on your luxury safari then this is certainly the place for you; Camp Kala only has four guest suites, each linked by an elevated wooden walkway.
The sumptuous suites are fitted with luxurious king beds, full-size bathtubs, a generously stocked personal bar and high-powered showers. When you’re not enjoying a tranquil bubble bath, make your way to the dining area and sample plenty of word-class cuisine cooked up by talented chefs from an open kitchen.
Aside from the stunning array of luxurious amenities, Camp Kala boasts a brilliant photographic hide. Designed to immerse visitors in the wild and provide up-close encounters with wildlife, this hide allows guests to observe and capture incredible photographs without disturbing the fauna. The hide is strategically located at ground level and former guests have noted seeing a variety of wildlife species such as elephants, giraffes, zebras, and an array of endemic birdlife.