Over the last few years, Namibia has become a more popular destination for travelers from around the world to visit. With massive sand dunes, charming coastal towns, a rich history, and some enormous herds of wildlife Namibia have a lot to offer. With its popularity comes increased demands for accommodation. Fortunately, camping is a very good way to explore this stunning country. Hundreds of campsites are to be found around the country. If you are going on a road trip through Namibia camping is the perfect way to go about it. Below, we have gathered every one of the campsites we stayed at during our 2-week road trip in Namibia.
Windhoek: Urban Camp
In Windhoek, we stayed at Urban Camp. This is one of the fancier campsites as there was a pool, restaurant, and very nice toilet and shower facilities. Though, the hot water seemed to run out sometimes. We found the afternoon was the best time to take a shower as the sun hit the solar panels. Moreover, there is internet in the common areas which makes it possible to plan the last few things and check up on our route through the country. However, the common areas were a bit noisy – especially on the weekend when guests from town visited the restaurant. Our campsite was close to the common area so we could hear a lot of noise. But many of the other sites probably didn’t hear anything. All in all, it was a very nice campsite with braai facilities, a hammock, and a canopy. We would definitely stay here again.
|Urban Camp Accommodation||Prices|
|Children 4 – 11 years||99 NAD|
|Children 0 – 3 years||Free|
Okonjima Nature Reserve
Okonjima Nature Reserve became a stopover on our way to Etosha National Park. This was definitely one of the most expensive stays during our trip. Even so, we are very happy that we stayed here as we went on some amazing leopard trackings inside the nature reserve. All in all, this was one of the best campsites we stayed at. We had a huge area with some stunning showers and toilets, as well as a private sunset viewpoint. Gas, stove, water, and wood were available for free. The only few things we could put our fingers on were the number of insects and that the drive from our campsite to the lodge (where game drives start and end) was a bit long. Aside from that, we were very content with our stay at Okonjima Nature Reserve.
|Okonjima Nature Reserve Accommodation||Prices|
|Children 7 – 16 years||330 NAD|
|Park Leavy Fee||150 NAD|
Etosha National Park: Okaukuejo Camp
For our time in Etosha National Park, we stayed at two different camps. The same for both of them is that they are located inside the park. Okaukuejo Camp was our first. This campsite was a bit worn and cleaning of the shower and toilet facilities seemed limited. However, with its good location inside the park, as well as a waterhole in the camp where you can watch wildlife, it is all worth it. We were very happy with our stay and just skipped the shower that day. We would definitely come back!
|Okaukuejo Camp Accommodation||Prices|
|Per person (November 2022 – June 2023)||390 NAD|
|Per person (July 2023 – October 2023)||460 NAD|
Etosha National Park: Olifantsrus Camp
Our next campsite was at Olifantsrus Camp in Etosha National Park. Also, this campsite was a bit worn but that is actually the only ‘bad’ thing about this campsite. We had free Wi-Fi in the common area, a site in the shadow, as well as a waterhole. It was a very nice camp!
|Olifantsrus Camp Accommodation||Prices|
|Per person||416 NAD|
|Vehicle fee||30 NAD|
Twyfelfontein: Madisa Camp
For our visit to Twyfelfontein, we wanted to stay somewhat close to the site. Therefore, we stayed at Madisa Camp. As we were in the middle of Damaraland the electricity was limited. This meant that we weren’t allowed to energize our fridge, and we only had electricity from 6 PM to 10 PM. On the other hand, this campsite was located in some stunning surroundings with a viewpoint and nice common areas. This was a really good campsite for our adventures in the area. However, it is also possible to stay closer to Twyfelfontein. We had about an hour drive from the camp to the famous site. But the drive was mostly on a paved road, so we didn’t mind at all.
|Madisa Camp Accommodation||Prices|
|Overland Campsite – Adult||200 NAD|
|Overland Campsite – Children (4 – 11 years)||100 NAD|
|Private Campsite – Adult||265 NAD|
|Private Campsite – Children (4 – 11 years)||135 NAD|
Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp
If you visit Spitzkoppe in Namibia, you are able to stay right beside massive rock formations. At Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp you will find campsites scattered all around the area. This allows you to have a lot of privacy. The campsite in Spitzkoppe was definitely our most primitive site on our trip in Namibia. There is no electricity or water at the campsites. The toilet is therefore a hole in the ground. However, you are able to use the facilities near the reception to take a shower, use the toilet, and wash your dishes. The thing we found most annoying about this camp was actually finding an available campsite. They are first come first serve; however, they never book too many people so you will also be able to find a free site. Though, it might take you some time. That being said it is still a very good camp and quite an experience to sleep among the tall rocks.
|Spitzkoppe Community Rest Camp Accommodation||Prices|
|Per adult per day||190 NAD|
|Per child (2 – 12 years) per day||130 NAD|
Swakopmund: Alte Brücke
In the charming coastal town of Swakopmund, we stayed at Alte Brücke. Here we had a full-on bathroom which was quite nice after being on the road for a week. The only bad thing about this camp was the morning mist. Due to this our tent was wet in the morning and we had to wait for it to dry. But keep in mind, this will happen everywhere on the coast of Namibia. However, as the campsites were mostly in the shadows the tent didn’t dry as quickly as it might have in the sun. Alte Brücke was located very close to the promenade, and the town center was a short walk away. This camp was therefore perfectly situated for exploring the town of Swakopmund.
|Season||Alte Brücke Accommodation||Prices|
|From December – January||Per campsite||820 – 895 NAD|
|From January – November||1 adult |
Children (5 – 12 years)
Walvis Bay: AirBnB
Our stay in Walvis Bay was at an Airbnb. This was primarily because we couldn’t find a campsite we wanted to stay at or one that had available sites. Even so, it was actually nice to sleep in a real bed – especially after our bumpy tour to Sandwich Harbour.
Sossusvlei: Sossus Oasis Campsite
When we were exploring Sossusvlei we stayed at Sossus Oasis Campsite. This one was actually really great. We had a private bathroom and shower, as well as a small kitchen space. There was also a nice common area with a pool. However, there wasn’t much shadow, and it was too hot to sit in the sun in the afternoon. Fortunately, the campsites are shadowed, which was very nice after a day of exploring the desert. With its proximity to the entrance gate, Sossus Oasis was a perfect place to stay for a few days in Sossusvlei.
|Sossus Oasis Campsite Accommodation||Prices|
|Per adult per day||250 NAD|
|Per child (5 – 11 years) per day||125 NAD|
|Children under 5 years||Free|
Booking campsites in Namibia
If you want to visit Namibia on a road trip and expect to camp at different campsites in the country, we would recommend you pre-book everything before you arrive. Namibia is a very popular travel destination and even though there are a lot of accommodation options, they often tend to book up very fast. Pre-booking your trip to Namibia is therefore necessary. The booking of campsites can be done through most of the campsite’s websites. However, you might need to write an email for a few of them. Even so, it is very easy to book campsites in Namibia.