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Amazing campsites in Namibia – best camping spots

After driving through Namibia for almost 2 months and camping at more than 30 campsites we decided to make a list of our favorite campsites in Namibia. Camping is very popular here there are hundreds of campsites all over the country from the Namib Desert in the south to the wetlands in the north. Some of the campsites are truly unique and offer an incredible experience in some of the most beautiful places to visit in Namibia. Camping is the cheapest accommodation option in Namibia, especially outside cities and towns. If you’re planning an extensive Namibia road trip and don’t want to break your budget try to camp as much as you can.

Campbell and a fire at night in a campsite in Namibia
Campbell at a fireplace at one of our favorite campsites in Namibia

Renting a car in Namibia

If you’re coming from overseas to travel around Namibia you’ll have to rent a car. You can move by bus between main cities and towns but if you want to visit National Parks and natural attractions or get to any of the suggested campsites most of them are accessible with a tour or by car only. If you’re planning to camp a lot you can rent an SUV with a rooftop tent, it’s easier to pitch it and break it down every day. As an option, you can rent a car and bring your own camping gear or rent it separately which will work out cheaper.

To rent a Toyota Hilux 4×4 Single cab (1-2 people) with a rooftop tent will cost you in the low season (December – March) – US$93/NAD 1385 per day (if renting for 6+ days); in the peak season (July, August) – US$170/NAD 2500 per day (if renting for 6+ days). One week car rental will cost you between US$651/NAD 9700 and US$1190/NAD 17 700 depending on the season. The rental includes a rooftop tent, all camping and cooking gear.

If you rent at the Windhoek Airport Toyota Hilux 4×4 Double cab (up to 5 people) without a rooftop tent and camping gear it’ll cost you in the peak season around US$665/NAD 9900 for 7 days.

If renting a car and planning a trip across Namibia looks like too much of a mission you can always join one of the small group tours that includes camping and visiting the highlights of the country.

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How did we choose the campsites?

First of all their unique set up and “personality”. Of course, beautiful in-nature location be it the desert, the coast, a river, or a 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. Here is the list of our favorite Namibia campsites.

The best campsites in Namibia

The campsites are arranged according to their geographical location from North to South of Namibia. If you don’t feel like camping every day all the recommended campsites have in-door accommodation options (bungalows, chalets, or rooms). Staying indoors is significantly more expensive but every once in a while you can spoil yourself. You can alter camping with staying indoors to have a break from pitching and breaking down you tent every day. All campsites have restaurants if some days you don’t feel like cooking you can order meals.

Caprivi Houseboat Safaris lodge, Katima Mulilo, Caprivi

Camping price – NAD160/US$11 pp.

A great campsite in Namibia located in Caprivi. A very chilled and relaxed place with a cozy deck bar overlooking the Zambezi River, a beautiful garden, a good restaurant, and many lovely dogs. The place feels like a home away from home! Honestly, we could stay here much longer. Facilities are very good you have all you need and even more. The houseboat safari lodge is situated 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 especially for bird watching.

Things to do

  • 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 the 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).

Campsite 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.
An outside braai place at a campsite in Namibia
An outside fireplace where they make fire every night

Ngepi campsite, Divundu, Caprivi

Camping price – NAD180/US$12 per person

Ngepi is one of our favorite campsites in Namibia! We camped here on our Namibia to Victoria Falls road trip and instead of planned 1 or 2 days we spent here 4 days. It’s a really big and spacious campsite in the jungle on the Kavango riverbank with a lot to explore. It’s a unique place a perfect example of harmonic coexistence between people in 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!

Hippos in the water at Ngepi campsite in Namibia
We could see and hear many hippos at Ngepi every day

Things to do

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

Campsite 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.
Jungle bathroom at Ngepi campsite
Jungle bathroom at Ngepi, one of our favorite campsites in Namibia

Epupa Falls Lodge and Campsite, Epupa Falls

Camping price – NAD200/US$13 pp.

Epupa Falls Lodge is a fantastic place right at the edge of the river very close to the waterfall. The location is amazing the constant roar of falling water, giant baobab trees, tall palm trees around, a very green and humid place very different from what we’ve seen in other places in Namibia. One of the less explored corners of the country, it’s a real paradise for adventurous people. The lodge is a great place to chill for a couple of days after long days of driving around the country. You can book a package that includes staying in a bungalow, breakfast, and dinner.

There is a good restaurant with an amazing view of the falls where you can enjoy a cup of coffee at sunrise or a glass of wine at the sunset. Like at most other campsites in Namibia you can stay indoors if you’re tired of camping. There are nice wooden cabins with good facilities.

On the way to Epupa Falls, you can visit the Himba people, one of the native Namibian tribes. It’s an amazing experience to see the traditional lifestyle that they’ve preserved for centuries.

Stingy Nomads' tent at Epupa Falls one of the most in-nature Namibia campsites
Our tent pitched at the river at Epupa Falls campsite.

Things to do

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

Campsite 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.
Wooden chalets at Epupa Falls campsite in Namibia
Epupa Falls lodge and campsite is a fantastic place for camping in Namibia

Okaukuejo Campsite, Anderson Gate, Etosha

Camping price – NAD356/US$24 per person, plus park entrance fee – NAD60/US$4 South Africans, NAD80/US$5 tourists from other countries, car fee – NAD10/US$0,6 per car.

The oldest campsite in Etosha National Park Okaukuejo is a gateway to the park. The campsite and administrative center is situated in the southern part of the park, about 15 km from Anderson Gate. The campsite is famous for its stone towers. The campsite has different accommodation options and good facilities including a restaurant, a petrol station, a shop, and a swimming pool. One of the main waterholes in the park is located a walking distance from the campsite. At night the waterhole is illuminated with floodlights you can see animals coming to drink after sunset hours. Among the animals that come to drink here, you can see the endangered black rhino, elephants, lions, and many other African animals.

There are six campsites inside Etosha all have similar accommodation options and facilities you can base at one place and do game drives from there or choose a couple of different campsites and stay for a night or two at each of them. From our experience staying inside the park has big advantages especially if you want to join night safari drives or go on a drive early morning. Whichever campsite you choose in Etosha I’d recommend booking it in advance especially during the winter months (the best time for safari).

Things to do

  • Safari drives
  • Bird watching
  • Game watching at the waterhole
  • BBQ
  • Chilling at the bar
  • Swimming in the pool

Campsite facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – Yes
  • Outlets – Yes
  • Running water – Yes
  • Wi-fi – Yes
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – swimming pool, restaurant/bar, shop, petrol station
Okaukuejo in Etosha is one of the best campsites in Namibia for watching wildlife
Okaukuejo campsite entrance gate. Staying at one of the campsites inside Etosha is the best way to experience the park

Mopane Village Lodge, near Anderson Gate, Etosha

Camping price – NAD240/US$16 pp.

Mopane Lodge is an amazing place to stay close to Etosha if the campsites inside are full or you want a cheaper alternative to the Etosha campsites. 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 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 on a hot day.

Campsite at Mopane Lodge near Etosha, Namibia
Our camping spot at Mopane Village Lodge, near Etosha

Things to do

  • 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.

Campsite 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.
An outside swimming pool at Mopan campsite in Namibia
A swimming pool at Mopane Lodge. We loved campsites with pools in Namibia!

Brandberg White Lady lodge, Uis

Camping price – NAD150/US$10 per person, plus NAD40/$2,5 per car

Brandberg 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

  • 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

Campsite 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 viewpoint, cactus garden.
Brandberg lodge and campsite, Namibia
Brandberg Lodge view from the sunset lookout point.

Cape Cross Lodge, Hentiesbaai, Skeleton coast

Camping price – NAD180/US$12 pp.

Cape Cross Lodge is an amazing place for camping on the coast. 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 wildlife 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).

Our campsite at Cape Cross Lodge in Namibia
Our camping spot at Cape Cross Lodge, one of the best campsites on the Namibian coast

Things to do

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

Campsite 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.
Seals at Cape Cross in Namibia
Thousands of seals at Cape Cross Nature Reserve near the campsite in Namibia

Spitzkoppe Tented Camp & Campsite, Spitzkoppe

Camping price – NAD190/US$13 per person

Spitzkoppe (Germ. pointed dome) is a beautiful place, the landscape here is quite unique even for Namibia; massive smooth granite boulders, a bizarre-shaped mountain range that stands out from the surrounding flat area, a lot of open space, and the endless night sky with millions of stars. Spitzkoppe is sometimes called the Matterhorn of Namibia. Camping here is an incredible experience; campsites are situated far apart it feels like you’re the only person camping here. Spitzkoppe is one of the Namibia campsites where you feel like you’re the only person camping here. The facilities are quite basic due to the large camping area but it’s well compensated by the solitude and beauty of the place. If you have a motorhome camping here will be more convenient than in a tent.

Things to do

  • Hiking
  • Climbing/bouldering
  • Stargazing
  • Bird watching
  • Watching the sunset

Campsite facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes, at the reception if you get a spot not close to the gate you’ll have to drive to the showers.
  • Flushing toilets – Yes, at the reception otherwise dry toilets at campsites
  • Electricity – No
  • Outlets – No
  • Wi-Fi – No
  • Running water – Yes, here and there there are taps otherwise you’ll have to drive to the reception with big bottles of water
  • Braai place – Yes
Spitzkoppe mountains, a great place for camping in Namibia
The Spitzkoppe mountain range one of the most unique places to camp in Namibia

Sossus Oasis Campsite, Sossusvlei

Camping price – NAD400/US$26 per site up to 4 people

This campsite is a great place to stay before visiting Sossusvlei. It’s situated less than 1 km away from the gate. It’s not a big but spacious campsite. There are only 12 spots each has its own roofed ablution complex and kitchenette. The place has a great atmosphere because of the staff the does its best to accommodate campers. There is a bar/restaurant where you can have a drink or a meal. A swimming pool with a shaded area next to it is a perfect place for relaxing or cooling down after a long day of driving through the desert. I’d highly recommend booking the campsite in advance in the peak season to make sure you get a spot there.

This campsite is a good alternative to the more expensive Sesriem Campsite inside the National Park. It’s much cheaper (NAD400 up to 4 people vs NAD480 per person) and has better facilities the only drawback compared to Sesriem Campsite is that you have to wait for the gate to open in the morning to start driving which makes it almost impossible to arrive at Dune 45 before sunrise.

Things to do

  • Guided walks
  • Hiking trails
  • Quad buggy
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Visiting Sossusvlei Dessert

Campsite facilities

  • Hot water shower – Yes, each site has its own
  • Flushing toilets – Yes, each site has its own
  • Electricity – Yes
  • Outlets – Yes
  • Wi-Fi – Yes, at the reception
  • Running water – Yes
  • Braai place – Yes, with braai grids
  • Other – roofed area for braaing, shop, restaurant, swimming pool, tire workshop
Sunrise at Sossosvlei, Namibia campsites
We were just a little bit late for the sunrise from Dune 45 because of camping outside the park but still got stunning views and nice photos

Quivertree Forest rest camp, Keetmanshoop

Camping price – NAD230/US$16 pp., plus NAD35/$2,5 entrance fee

Quivertree Campsite is a fantastic place right at Quiver tree forest with meerkats running around, cheetahs in the 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 the sunset and stargazing. 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).

Our camping spot at Quivertree Campsite in Namibia
Camping at Quivertree Forest Campsite in the south of Namibia

Things to do

  • 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.

Campsite 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.
Quiver trees at the campsite in Namibia
Quiver tree forest at the sunset

Ai-Ais Hot Springs, Fish River Canyon

Camping price – NAD400/US$28 per site up to 4 people

Ai-Ais Hot Springs is situated at Fish River Canyon we camped here a couple of times; at the beginning of our Cape Town – Namibia road trip after crossing the border with Namibia and before/after hiking Fish River Canyon. It’s definitely the campsite in Namibia where we camped the most. The campsite is spacious and grassy with big trees that create nice shade and good facilities. The indoor pools are great for relaxing after a long day of driving or several days of hiking in the canyon. The campsite sits at the end of the canyon you can walk a bit into the canyon along the river. There is a restaurant on the premises where you can order meals, coffee or buy snacks. The only drawback is baboons, they often come to the campsite so make sure you don’t leave your tent open or any food/valuable laying around unattended.

Things to do

  • Swimming in outdoor or indoor pools
  • Hiking in the canyon
  • Braaiing
  • Playing tennis

Campsite facilities

  • Hot shower – Yes
  • Flushing toilets – Yes
  • Electricity – Yes
  • Outlets – Yes
  • Wi-fi – No
  • Running water – Yes
  • Braai place – Yes
  • Other – electric stoves, covered area for cooking, drinking water, indoor & outdoor pools
Our camping spot on the grass at Ai-Ais Hot Spring campsite in Namibia
Out camping spot at Ai-Ais Hot Springs, one of our favorite campsites in the south of Namibia

Amanzi Trails River Camp, Noordoewer

Camping price – NAD180/US$12

Amanzi River Camp is a great place on the Orange riverbank with stunning views over the river. Amanzi is one of the off-the-beaten-track campsites in Namibia. Most people who camp here come for a rafting trip on the Orange River. Just 5km from the 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

  • 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.

Campsite 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.
Amanzi campsite in the south of Namibia
Camping spots at Amanzi Campsite on the Orange River

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