Five Top Spots for Adventure Camping in Namibia


There is nothing quite like camping in the wild. From being able to hear the snuffles and shuffles of local game as they make there way around the wilderness, to waking up in the pristine morning in time for a blazing sunrise, nothing can compare to the open, free feeling of camping in a beautiful country like Namibia.

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There are loads of campsites dotted around Namibia, and a lot of these sites can be found near some major, amazing attractions. In order to give you an idea of some of the amazing places you can visit and camp at, we have selected five of our favourite camping spots in Namibia.

Have a look at our list if you want to find a few remarkable camping sites, and maybe the next time you come to Namibia you can bring your tents and sleeping bags along for the adventure of a life time!

Fish River Hiking and Camping

When we stayed at the Fish River Lodge we had the pleasure of doing their amazing full day hike. Walking along the trail on the floor of the canyon, we were taken passed a campsite.

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Hikers enjoying a hike in the canyon.
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Our guide informed us that there were a few of these dotted along the floor of the canyon. These campsites are strategically located so that people doing the incredibly beautiful five-day mammoth canyon hike could stay overnight in the canyon.

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A campsite on the canyon floor.
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The campsites, and indeed the whole canyon, are not accessible to the general public. You will need to book the use of these facilities through a registered park official or tour operator.

Spitzkoppe

The Spitzkoppe in the Namib Desert are a very popular destination for adventure tourists, as there are many awesome activities you can do their such as rock climbing, hiking and rock art viewing.


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The Spitzkoppe are a geological wonder.
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For years intrepid explorers were bush camping with little but their tents and their wits separating themselves from the wilderness around them. Recently, however, the locals have set up camping sites (as well as some bungalows for those who can’t do without walls).

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A happy family enjoying the shade at the foot of the Spitzkoppe.
(photo source Terence Howard)

Camping near the Spitzkoppe is the ideal way to take in this beautiful mountain region. The campsites have the usual facilities you would expect, except, you are encouraged to bring your own water as there is not enough water in the natural environment to support everyone using the site’s water all the time.

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Motorcyclists are welcome!
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Sesriem Campsite near Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is one of the most popular places to visit in Namibia and it is not hard to understand why. Enormous dunes and unique vegetation abounds in the region’s clay pans.

One cannot camp in the fragile ecosystem that is the Sossusvlei, but, you can camp just a way away at the Sesriem Campsite. The camp is very close to the vlei and you can get a good early start on your tour of the Sossusvlei if you stay at Sesriem.

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Some campers at Sesriem.
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Each campsite has running water and fireplace. There is also a petrol station and a basic grocery store that sells essentials such as bread, eggs and beer.

Demand is high, especially between June-September so please book ahead in order to avoid disappointment.

Halali, Etosha

Halali camp in Etosha National Park is really an incredible place. One of the most amazing features of this camp is that it has its own watering hole that is frequented by numerous types of game.

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 Two rhinos enjoying a sip of water at the Halali watering hole.

The NWR run camp is a lovely place to stay, but there is another option. If you want, you can bring a tent and whatever else you need and you can actually camp within Halali’s perimeter fence.

You will be so close to the watering hole in your tent that you may well hear lions roar and twigs snap as the various large mammals make their way around just outside the camp’s fences.

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All of the big five frequent Halali's watering hole, all you need is patience.

The site is well maintained and there is plenty of shade and all the basic amenities that you will need to make your camping experience as smooth as possible.

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Camping at Halali is popular and easy.
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Brukkaros

Brukkaros is a dead volcano that sits in the southern Karas region of Namibia and it is absolutely stunning. It is an unspoilt paradise and can be reached with relative ease.

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View of the ancient volcano from a camp site.
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The crater inside the extinct volcano is host to unique flora and fauna which cannot be found anywhere else, near the crater. It is well worth a visit.

There is a campsite on the slopes of the mountain and camping is reasonably priced. The camps have fireplaces and shade but there is no running water on the mountain, so you will need to bring your own water.

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Typical fireplace at a campsite.
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When adventuring through Namibia a traveler is spoiled for accommodation options. From five star luxury lodges to quiet B & B’s and rest camps. There is something for all tastes and budgets through out the country. But if you want to do something completely different, why not try camping in one of the many amazing campsites around Namibia.

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