Waking up by the sounds of wildlife and falling asleep under one of the most beautiful skies in the world. Overall, a paradise for camping lovers. Camping in Namibia is something I recommend for everyone, especially those who love being in nature, adventure and wildlife. This list sums up my 7 best campsites in Namibia, to make sure you will have the best camping experience.
For camping in Namibia, you’re going to need a rental car. After doing some research online we decided to rent our 4×4 with camping equipment with Advanced Car Hire
and could highly recommend that you do the same.
Make sure that you have the right car for you. Your overall experience depends on the car and equipment you have, trust me – I speak from experience. Need more tips on renting a 4×4 in Namibia, read my complete self-drive guide for renting a car in this blog post!
Camping in Namibia
Camping in Namibia is going to be an adventure. For first-timers choose your campsites wisely and prepare yourself.
Before heading off into the desert, make sure you do a big shopping to stock up on some food and drinks. Together with saving some easy cooking recipes in a Pinterest folder.
However, don’t buy too much as you’ll only have a small fridge and you can’t leave any fresh food outside the fridge due to the Namibian heat.
The 7 Best Campsites in Namibia
Firstly, Namibia has a wide range of accommodations. From the most basic campsites with sometimes not even running water and electricity, to high-end lodges. Meaning, you’ll find something suiting your needs and budget.
Most of our time in Namibia we spend our nights on campsites. We stayed in many different ones throughout the country – some better than others.
#1 Urban Camp
When you start on your self-drive Namibian road trip you’re most likely to start in Windhoek – Namibia’s capital. Urban Camp is a beautiful campsite located close to the city center and the best spot to relax after a long flight before heading off on your African adventure.
Set up your tent or camp in one of the glamping tents from Urban Camp. We rented one of the tents and absolutely loved the convenience and comfort after our long flight. Their property is stunning, feeling like you’re in nature, with amazing outdoor showers, a pool, and a restaurant.
Price: starting from N$846 (€40) per night for a 2p tent and N$240 (€11) for a campsite per person.
Waking up by the most beautiful African sunrises and sleeping under the stars is best done at Sossus Oasis Camp – this was without a doubt my favorite campsite on this list and a must on your self-drive trip! It’s a small locally owned campsite with only 10 camping spots so make sure to book in advance. Located right next to the entrance of Sossusvlei, it’s the perfect base for visiting Deadvlei and the other best things to do in Sossusvlei.
Every campsite has a cabin, including a shower, toilet, washing bin & electricity. Definitely one of the most valued on this list.
Price: N$250 (€12) per person per night
Although Spitzkoppe Restcamp is the most basic campsite on this list with only a sheltered toilet, the views are making up for it very quickly.
While being located inside the Spitzkoppe Reserve, the area has largely spread out campsites scattered around the reserve that gives you the ultimate camping feeling with not a soul in sight. Simply drive through the park and search for a free spot. How to know if it’s available? Whenever spot a table and chairs on the site, that means it’s taken. We choose a site within walking distance of the famous arch and with amazing views of the Spitzkoppe rocks. Be aware that there’s little shadow so choose your spot wisely.
Price: N$210 (€10) per person per night
#4 Madisa Camp
You’re going back to basic. Madisa Camp feels like going back in time and living a slow and simple life. There are tents to rent or campsites with shared or private ablutions. We choose the campground with private ablution.
As I have said, you’re going back to basic. Therefore, to enjoy a warm shower, you must make your own fire. The shower and toilet are outdoors and the sink must be my favorite spot overlooking the endless wilderness. It’s definitely a unique concept and therefore a must on your trip!
Bring enough warm clothes while camping in Namibia – it get’s pretty cold at night
Madisa Camp has a beautiful pool and bar with many relaxing spots. Rather going out for dinner? There’s a restaurant on site too and activities are possible to book at the reception.
Price: starting from N$200 (€9,50) per person per night for a campsite
Cozy afternoons watching wildlife at the waterholes and sleeping by the sound of roaring lions? Everything is possible in Etosha National Park. Okaukuejo was our first campsite in Etosha and definitely our favorite of all – thanks to the waterhole. It has amazing views over a waterhole located next to the campsite but on the other side of the fence. All-day wildlife gathers here to drink and if you’re lucky you’re able to spot hyenas, lions, and leopards!
Grab yourself some drinks, head to the waterhole before sunset, and let the wildlife come to you. We were lucky enough to spot many rhinos, elephants, and giraffes here!
The campsite is pretty basic with shared bathrooms and personal electricity plugs. Besides the campsites, the camp also offers chalets, some even overlooking the waterhole.
Price: starting from N$390 (€18) per person per night for a campsite
Even though Okonjima is the most expensive campsite by comparison to others we visited in Namibia, it did feel like a high-class campsite. The reserve has only a few large campsites to offer, all including a large covered area with a dining and washing area, food lockers, activity information, 2 indoors (well kinda indoors) showers, a toilet, and big fire pits, including wood.
Okonjima offers campsites and chalets – suiting everyone’s needs and budget.
Price: starting from N$660 (€31) per person per night campsite.
Onguma Nature Reserve is the little neighbor of Etosha, located only 5 minutes away from the Von Lindquist gate. Definitely, a good option if you’re looking for a more unique and quiet alternative to the ones inside Etosha. Onguma Tamboti Campsite offers campsites with private indoor ablution with a shower and toilet and a sheltered cooking area.
Always stock op on water and on-the-road snacks, there are not many shops along the way
Next to Tamboti Campsite, there are many other accommodation options inside the reserve and it also offers an amazing restaurant (with good vegetarian options) and pool.
The reserve offers guided game drives and we were lucky to spot a pride of 12(!) lions on our sundowner. Core memory made for sure.
Price: N$405 (€19,50) per person per night.
How to book your campsites in Namibia
Most of the campsites in Namibia are possible to book through booking.com or on the website from the accommodation.
Be aware that with accommodation in Namibia, it’s necessary to book well in advance. Many of the above-mentioned campsites are popular and fully booked pretty fast, especially the ones in Etosha National Park and at Sossusvlei.
Is wild camping allowed in Namibia?
No, wild camping is not allowed in Namibia.
On top of that, many campsites are locally owned and an important income for the community. The excellent campsites they provide for tourists are of outstanding quality so for that reason, please make use of them.
To summarize, Namibia has some epic campsites and whether you decide to stay at these 7 campsites that I’ve mentioned above or not, you’re going to have an amazing camping trip!
If you’re planning a trip to Namibia and need any help, feel free to drop a question below or send me a DM on Instagram! I’m happy to help. ❤️