Top 10 Awesome and budget campsites in Namibia

Enjoying the fire and beautiful night sky at Dinosaur's Trecks campsite
In Namibia camping is Dinosaur's Trecks the way to go!

After exploring Namibia for several weeks and camping at some awesome places we decided to make a list of Best campsites in the country. Camping in Namibia is quite a popular type of accommodation and the only one budget option for travellers, the rest; lodges, bungalows etc. are crazy expensive. So if you’re going to Namibia and don’t want to spend a fortune be ready to camp a lot! We hope our Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia will help you to make a right choice! To make your planning even easier check our Top 10 places to visit in Namibia.

What makes these campsites awesome?

First of all their unique set up and “personality”. Of course beautiful in-nature location be it desert, forest, river or canyon. Good facilities are quite important as well all our the campsites are more than just basic. What else, of course people, nothing makes you feel comfortable in a place like friendly and welcome people.

Budget, how much is it?

We’ve chosen the campsites staying in which doesn’t exceed max NAD150/US$11 per person. You can say it’s not that budget but Namibia is not a cheap country for traveling so US$11 per night is not bad here!

Between how many campsites we chose?

We spent 6 weeks in Namibia, crossed the county from South to North and from West to East and stayed at 30 different campsites. As you can see we had enough options so we didn’t include every single place we camped at only the best of the best.

Top 10 best campsites in Namibia

Map of campsites, Namibia
Map of Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia. 1 – Ngepi camp; 2 – Caprivi Houseboat Safaris lodge; 3 – Epupa Falls lodge; 4 – Mopane Village lodge; 5 – Dinosaurs Tracks; 6 – Brandberg White Lady lodge; 7 – Cape Cross lodge; 8 – Elegant Desert lodge; 9 – Quivertree Forest rest camp; 10 – Amanzi camp.

Note! The campsites appear according to their geographical location from North to South.

1. Ngepi camp, Divundu, Caprivi, NAD150/US$11 pp.

Our favorite campsite ever! I can try to explain how awesome it is and put hundreds of photos but to really understand why we liked it so much you have to come here! A big really big and spacious campsite in the jungle on Kavango river bank with a lot to explore. It’s a unique place a perfect example of harmonic coexistence people in the nature. Just a few examples of amazing things; jungle showers, throne toilets, cage swimming pool etc. Not to mention many hippos walking and swimming around, tons of birds and amazing sunrises! But not only the place itself but the people make it so amazing! The staff is great, friendly and fun! Ah, check the funny signs all around the place they will make you laugh!

The restaurant is very good as well they have big breakfasts, juicy burgers and delicious dinners. And their filtered coffee is good and cheap!

Things to do and to see

  • Boat/mocoro trip on Kavango river to spot hippos and crocodiles. In dry season you can watch hippos right from the campsite.
  • Guided walks.
  • Birdwatching right outside your tent.
  • Star gazing.
  • Watching sunset.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – Yes
  • Running water – Yes
  • Outlets – Yes, each site has an outlet
  • Wi-fi – Yes, at the reception
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – Swimming pool, filtered drinking water, restaurant.
Camping spots at Ngepi. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Camping spots at Ngepi. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Open air bathroom, Ngepi campsite.
Open air bathroom, Ngepi campsite.
Paradise toilet, Ngepi
Paradise toilet, Ngepi
Adam and Eve shower, Ngepi
Adam and Eve shower, Ngepi
Swimming pool, Ngepi
Swimming pool, Ngepi
Many hippos in the water around Ngepi campsite.
Many hippos in the water around Ngepi campsite.

2. Caprivi Houseboat Safaris lodge, Katima Mulilo, Caprivi, NAD120/US$9 pp.

Absolutely chilled and relaxed place with cozy deck bar overlooking Zambezi river, beautiful garden, good restaurant and many lovely dogs. The place feels like home away from home! Honestly we could stay here much longer. Facilities are very good you have all you need and even more. Located just outside Katima Mulilo which is nice in case you need to do some shopping or fill your tank but far enough from busy town life. The deck bar over the river is a perfect place for chilling with a book of watching birds. For birds you don’t even need to go anywhere just sit in the garden and look around. We met some people who came here specially for bird watching.

Things to do and to see

  • Safari boat trip on one of the boats/houses, you can do a tour or rent it for a couple of days and just go around the area, stop every night in different places and watch animals and birds.
  • A day trip on Zambezi river to see crocodiles and hippos.
  • Bird watching from the deck/bar.
  • Chilling, reading, swimming (if you aren’t scared of crocodiles in the river).

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – Yes
  • Outlets – Yes, each site has an outlet
  • Running water – Yes, each site has its own
  • Wi-Fi – Yes, at the bar, reception
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – restaurant/bar, boat tours, free tea/coffee in the morning, filtered drinking water.
Caprivi houseboat safaris campsite, Katima Mulilo. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Caprivi houseboat safaris campsite, Katima Mulilo. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Braai place at Caprivi houseboat safaris campsite, Katima Mulilo
Braai place at Caprivi houseboat safaris campsite, Katima Mulilo
Garden at Caprivi houseboat safaris campsite
Garden at Caprivi houseboat safaris campsite
Safari boats for rent, Caprivi houseboat safaris campsite, Katima Mulilo
Safari boats for rent, Caprivi houseboat safaris campsite, Katima Mulilo

3. Epupa Falls lodge and campsite, Epupa Falls, Kaokoland, NAD120/US$9 pp.

Fantastic place right at the edge of the waterfall on the river bank. The location is amazing the constant noise of falling water, giant baobabs and huge palm trees around, green area very different from what you expect from Namibia. One of the less explored corners of Namibia a real paradise for adventurous people.

Things to do and to see

  • 1 hour hike along the river to Epupa Falls.
  • Visit Himba village.
  • Do a boat trip to see crocodiles.
  • Chill on the deck.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – Yes
  • Outlets – Yes
  • Running water – Yes
  • Wi-Fi – Yes, at the bar
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – restaurant/bar, tour desk.
Our spot at Epupa Falls lodge. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Our camping spot at Epupa Falls lodge. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Epupa Falls lodge, Namibia
Epupa Falls lodge, Namibia
Top deck bar at Epupa Falls lodge, Namibia
Top deck bar at Epupa Falls lodge, Namibia
Epupa Falls
Epupa Falls in the morning, impressive isn’t it?!

4. Mopane Village lodge, Etosha (Anderson Gate), NAD150/US$11 pp.

Amazing place and a budget option to stay near Etosha. Each site has everything you need for camping and even more; shower, toilet, roof, braai place, electricity, outlet, sink all your own not shared with anybody else. The sites are quite apart which gives you more privacy. The owners are great people and make you feel like at home here. The reception area is very nice and comfortable for chilling under the roof after a long day of driving. A small swimming pool is nice to refresh in a hot day.

Things to do and to see

  • The main thing in the area is famous Etosha park, the lodge is 15km from the entrance so you can do day visits to the park and drive back. It’s cheaper to stay outside Etosha in the park itself campsites are quite pricy.
  • Swim in the pool.
  • Chill at the bar.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – Yes
  • Outlets – Yes
  • Running water – Yes
  • Wi-fi – Yes, at the restaurant
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – Swimming pool, restaurant, tour desk, accept cards.
Camping spots at Mopane lodge, Etosha. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Camping spots at Mopane lodge, Etosha. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Mopane Village lodge, Etosha
Mopane Village lodge, Etosha
Mopane Village lodge, Etosha
Mopane Village lodge, Etosha
Many zebras in Etosha. Road trip Namibia
Many zebras in Etosha. Road trip Namibia

5. Dinosaurs Tracks, Kalkfeld, NAD100/US$7,5 pp, plus NAD20/US$1,5 entrance fee

Isolated campsite in the middle of nowhere if you say it about a place located at National monument. Beautiful surroundings; rocky hills, quite dense vegetation for this area, tons of birds and frogs’ core at night. Not to forget the beautiful sunsets and amazing night sky. All these make Dinosaur’s Tracks campsite something really special.

Things to do and to see

  • Two different dinosaur’s tracks 30m from the campsite; Ceratosauria, big footprints and Syntarsus, small foot prints
  • Bird watching
  • Star gazing

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – No
  • Outlets – No
  • Running water – Yes
  • Wi-fi – No
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – tables, benches, washing sinks, potable water.
Dinosaur's Tracks campsite, Kalkvlei. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Dinosaur’s Tracks campsite, Kalkvlei. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Enjoying the fire and beautiful night sky at Dinosaur's Trecks campsite
Enjoying the fire and beautiful night sky at Dinosaur’s Tracks campsite
Ceratosauria tracks. Its footprint compare to Alya's and its size compare to a human. Dinosaur's Tracks.
Ceratosauria tracks. Its footprint compare to Alya’s and its size compare to a human. Dinosaur’s Tracks.

6. Brandberg White Lady lodge, NAD110/US$8, plus NAD30/$2 for car

The lodge is a little oasis in the desert with its swimming pool, garden and stunning view over the area including Brandberg from the sunset view-point and sunset itself is something not to miss! The campsite has no electricity which is not bad at all you get a chance to see millions of stars in the dark night sky without any sign of light pollution! The camping area is very big so you don’t really see or hear your neighbors. Big trees around make a very nice shadow for pitching a tent or parking a car.

Things to do and to see

  • The White Lady Rock painting
  • Hike Brandberg mountain, the highest peak in Namibia (need a guide)
  • Chill next to the pool, walk in the garden
  • Watch sunset from the view-point
  • Star gazing

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – No
  • Outlets – Not at camping spots, there is a charging station at the reception
  • Running water – Yes, at each site
  • Wi-fi – No
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – swimming pool, restaurant, sunset view point, cactus garden.
Camping spot at White Lady lodge, Brandberg
Camping spot at White Lady lodge, Brandberg
Watching sunset from the view point, the White Lady lodge
Watching sunset from the view-point, the White Lady lodge
Lodge from the sunset view point
Lodge from the sunset view point
THe White Lady painting
There are more paintings except for the White Lady on the wall from different time periods.

7. Cape Cross lodge, Hentiesbaai, Skeleton coast, NAD100/US$7,5 pp.

Sits right on the beach 5km away from the Seal colony. Very nice set up for both campers and lodge guests with a fancy restaurant/bar, summer terrace and a small museum. It’s a good mix of camping in a wild and remote place and being comfortable. The lodge sits right on the beach with a lot of wild life like seals, jackals, dolphins and many birds. Cape Cross seal colony is just 10km away so you can drive there several times a day (ticket valid for the whole day).

Things to do and to see

  • Visit the seal colony
  • Walk on the beach
  • Chill at the bar
  • Watching birds, dolphins and seals from the restaurant

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – Yes, at the sites
  • Outlets – Yes, at the sites
  • Running water – Yes
  • Wi-Fi – Yes, at the restaurant
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – restaurant, museum, washing sinks, accept cards.
Camping spots at Cape Cross lodge, Namibia. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Camping spots at Cape Cross lodge, Namibia. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Sunset from the beach at Cape Cross lodge.
Sunset from the beach at Cape Cross lodge
Nice restaurant/bar area at Cape Cross lodge
Nice restaurant/bar area at Cape Cross lodge
Thousands of seals at Cape Cross Nature reserve, Skeleton coast.
Thousands of seals at Cape Cross Nature reserve, Skeleton coast.

8. Elegant Desert lodge, Sesriem, NAD107/US$8

A nice place just 40km from famous Sossusvlei good stop over on the way from the dunes to Swakopmund. The lodge is in the middle of nowhere so it’s nice to chill out a bit after a long day of walking and driving in Sesriem. The surrounding area is beautiful desert with some mountains on the background and stunning night sky.  The facilities are very good and the staff is very friendly what else can you wish in the desert?!

Things to do and to see

  • Swim in the pool.
  • Chill in the restaurant.
  • Stargazing.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – Yes
  • Outlets – Yes, at the restaurant and reception
  • Wi-Fi – Yes, at the restaurant
  • Running water – Yes
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – Swimming pool, washing sinks, restaurant.
Camping spot at the Elegant Desert lodge, Namibia. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Desert lodge, Namibia. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Swimming pool, the Elegant Desert lodge
Swimming pool, Elegant Desert lodge
Restaurant area, the Elegant Desert lodge
Restaurant area, Elegant Desert lodge

9. Quivertree Forest rest camp, Keetmanshoop, NAD130/US$9,5 pp., plus NAD60/$4,4 entrance fee, plus NAD40/$3 for car

Fantastic campsite right at Quiver tree forest with meerkats running around, cheetahs in enclosure and a pet warthog. Sites are quite far apart from each other so you have enough privacy, each site has a tap, braai place, light and power outlet. The landscape is very beautiful with some rocky hills and quiver trees around. Perfect spot for watching sunset and start gazing. Children will like it here playing with dogs, cuddling warthog or watching cheetahs ah yes, and birds of course, many different birds and parrots (at a feeding place near the office).

Things to do and to see

  • Quiver tree forest, right at the campsite. Check for some huge social weaver nests on the trees. At sunset the light is perfect for taking photos of the forest.
  • Giant’s playgrounds, just 5km away. Big rocks
  • Cheetahs’ feeding, there are few cheetahs in enclosure at the campsite.
  • Dinosaurs Fossils, 50km away. To see it you do a tour which runs from
  • Stargazing, the best night sky we had in Namibia.
  • Bird and meerkat watching, there are many.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – Yes
  • Outlets – Yes, at the sites
  • Wi-Fi – Yes, at the reception
  • Running water – Yes
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – washing basins, restaurant.
Our spot at Quiver tree forest campsite. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Camping spot at Quiver tree forest campsite. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Facilities at Quiver tree forest campsite.
Facilities at Quivertree Forest rest camp.
Quiver trees at Giant's playgrounds, Keetmanshoop
Quiver trees at Giant’s playgrounds, Keetmanshoop
Some of the animals at Quiver Tree forest camp. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Some of the animals at Quivertree Forest rest camp. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia

10. Amanzi River camp, Noordoewer, NAD140/US$10,5

An amazing campsite on Orange river bank with stunning view over the river. Just 5km from Noordoewer border this campsite is a perfect place for family holiday. Grassy and spacious sites with river view. The owners are very friendly and helpful. If you travel from South Africa to Namibia or vice verse Amanzi is a good place to stop on the way and maybe even stay for longer. This is one of our favourites campsites in Namibia.

Things to do and to see

  • Rent a kayak for a day or do a multi day tour on the river.
  • Swim in the river, nothing dangerous in the water, just a lot of fish and birds.
  • Relaxing, reading.
  • Bird watching.
  • Stargazing.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – Yes, at the sites
  • Outlets – Yes, at the sites
  • Wi-Fi – No
  • Running water – Yes
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – roof covered area for cooking and washing with basins, electricity and outlets.
Camping spot at Amanzi River camp. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Camping spot at Amanzi River camp. Top 10 awesome and budget campsites in Namibia
Reception/restaurant area, Amanzi RIver lodge
Reception/restaurant area, Amanzi River lodge
River view at sunset from the camping spots
River view at sunset from the camping spots

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      • Hello again! Actually, I do have a question.. I completely missed the fact that it might get a bit cooler in that period, especially at night. Do you know of anyone who travelled and camped around in July/August.? I’m guessing it’s feasible by looking at the temperatures, but I just wouldn’t like the holiday to become a drag (and I am pretty cold-blooded..). Also, did you have any safety issues? Thank you so much for your help! P.

        • Hi! It depends where in Namibia, in the Northern regions it’s still hot during the day but can get quite chilly at night. For the Southern inland areas you’ll need a sleeping bag for 0C (it can get that cold only in the Namib desert) or warm sleeping clothes. And bring a jacket, beany, jumper etc. for early morning and evenings. On the coast it can get windy and overcasted it was so even in summer. In general winter is better time for traveling Namibia not that hot and no rain.
          Namibia is quite safe country, there is not much violent crime but people can steal your stuff if you leave it unattended so just lock your car and don’t leave valuable things in your tent. In the South of Namibia there are very few people mostly tourists if you park your car next to the road and sleep in it you’ll be ok. But we wouldn’t still recommend to pitch a tent next to the road. The main “dangerous” place is Windhoek there take normal precautions for any big city. We stayed there for 5 days went out at night and didn’t have any problems. In 2 months of traveling through Namibia we didn’t have anything stolen or feel in danger at all.
          Good luck in planning your trip!

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