The Best Places to Sleep Under The Stars in Namibia
Calling all serenity seekers, romantics, and adventurers. Discover the magic of an incredible night out in Namibia by sleeping under the stars!
Whether you’re looking for a secluded sky bed, an isolated bush hideaway or even a private tree house suite, there are plenty of opportunities for you to incorporate a night sleeping under the stars into your luxury Namibia safari itinerary.
With its pristine skies, limited light pollution and wide- open landscapes, Namibia is regarded as one of the best places on the entire planet for stargazing and there’s no better way to cap a luxury safari trip than by snuggling up with a loved one and admiring the dazzling constellations before you hit the sack.
Without further ado here’s our guide to the best places to sleep under the stars in Namibia:
Little Kulala Lodge
Nestled in the enchanting Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala Lodge is the ultimate luxury retreat, offering guests the chance to experience first-class hospitality, exquisite food, and a whole range of plush and contemporary amenities during their stay.
Constructed in the heart of the Namib Desert, this opulent lodge is set on private ranch adjacent to the famous orange sand dunes of the Sossusvlei, and over the last decade the lodge has grown to become the ‘go-to’ destination for couples and newlyweds searching for romantic activities.
The lodge boasts eight elegantly designed chalets with spacious living areas, each accompanied by a rooftop ‘Kulala’ or ‘sleeping place’. As night falls make your way on to the roof where lodge staff will lay out a bedroll so you can enjoy a few hours of nocturnal gazing. If you want to spend the whole night sleeping out under the stars you can even ask for a bed to be made up.
Surrounding by rolling sand for miles and miles, light pollution here is not an issue so you’ll be afforded spectacular views of the constellations.
Doro Nawas Camp
Located on the edge of the dried-up Aba-Huab River, Doro Nawas is the perfect place for those looking to combine luxury and secluded peace on their Namibian safari adventure. Guests to the camp can admire spectacular views of north-west Namibia’s rugged Damaraland, a region noted for its prehistoric volcanic activity and home to 10,000-year-old rock carvings and paintings.
The camp consists of 16 incredibly designed wood, canvas, and thatch suites, including a spacious family chalet that’s perfect for children. Guests will also find an inviting pool area offering refreshing respite from the sun and each room comprises a comfy bedroom, plush bathroom and outdoor shower.
As dusk approaches visitors can climb into their cosy star-bed, which are wheeled out onto your private veranda. Gaze up and admire the shimmering night sky, there’s no better way to end the day.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Tucked away in the heart of Namibia’s vast and sprawling Namib Desert visitors will discover a secluded and serene ultra-luxury retreat that overlooks one of the country’s most captivating landscapes.
The magnificent Soussvelei Desert Lodge boasts 10 elegant suites that envelope guests in unrivalled indulgence. Each luxury suite comes complete with sparkling pool, an outdoor shower and if that wasn’t enough the lodge even has a central-island bar, charming sitting room and walk-in cellar; there’s even a sunrise-view gym for those worried about missing their morning workout!
As you might expect from a lodge situated in such a spectacular panoramic setting, stargazing opportunity are a plenty. As darkness transcends you are invited to get tucked in to bed and turn on the dramatic skylight which will illuminate the star-studded sky above.
If you’re up for an exciting activity after a great night’s sleep head out on a hike, walk or quad biking excursion to the world-famous Sosussvlei dunes. Here you’ll be able to satisfy your sense of adventure and take some incredible photos.
If you’re looking to disconnect from daily life, switch off and unwind then there’s no better place to visit in Namibia than the country’s desolate and isolated Northern region.
Here you’ll find the stunning Serra Cafema camp, a luxury retreat set on the mystical banks of the Kunene River.
This incredible camp serves as the ideal spot for couples seeking romantic activities that will enrich their trip. Here you can board a boat and glide down the Kunene River, navigating past the crocs! Serra Camema guests can also converse with the local Himba people, a semi-nomadic tribe that have inhabited this region for centuries. Finally, game viewing opportunities here are plentiful; jump in a safari vehicle and look out for springbok, oryxes and mountain-dwelling zebras. Adrenaline junkies can also get their fix by hiring a quad bike and exploring the local paths.
To cap an unforgettable stay, retreat to your wood-crafted suite, enjoy a scrumptious meal and get ready for a breath-taking night sleeping under the stars. Each chalet is set on an elevated deck so you can cosy up under the covers, relax and stare up at the dazzling night sky.
If you’d like to learn more about some of the constellations camp staff even run astronomy evenings throughout the week. Using laser pens, they’ll be able to point you in the direction of some of the Milky Way’s most iconic planets and constellations.