Visit our Favourite Campsites

What type of campsite?

Imagine pitching your tent in a remote spot in the bush.  You will probably be the only ones there and will be surrounded by wilderness, animals, birds and the wonderful, and sometimes scary, sounds of the bush. The scenery is stunning and the night skies mesmerising.

This is our idea of a perfect camp site. And we found many of them.

Land Rover Central Kalahari campsite
Early morning in Central Kalahari, Botswana

However, sometimes you just need a bit more in the way of facilities when you have been living in the bush for days. It may not be as remote but it is rustic, spacious and has lovely bathrooms. The luxury campsite! We found lots of these too, especially in Namibia.

Land Rover Campsite Sossusvlei
Sossus Oasis
campsite. Sossusvlei

So, here are our best. They may have no facilities but the location is perfect, or they may have great facilities, or have friendly owners and a great vibe. But for whatever reason we recommend them and we will certainly be visiting them again – enjoy!

South Africa:

Tittiesbai 

Stunning location, campfires allowed, big pitches (but in high season may be a lot more crowded), only average ablution blocks.

Camping Paternoster
The Landy in the Camp site in Tittiesbai near Paternoster

Richtersveld National Park, De Hoop Site.

This location is perfect. Its right on the Orange River in a place where it is safe to swim. Lovely big pitches, most with shade. Fires allowed. Cold showers and toilets.

Landy at De Hoop campsite in Richtersveld on the Orange River
Landy at De Hoop campsite in Richtersveld on the Orange River

 

Namibia:

Ranch Koiimasis, D707, South West Namibia.

Beautiful campsite with the most stunning mountains surrounding it on all sides. The pitches have private bathrooms which are built into the rock and are perfect. Camp fires allowed. Horse riding can be arranged. Lovely walks. Booking essential.

Koiimasis Campsite
Koiimasis Campsite

http://www.quarterhorsesnamibia.com/theherds

Sossus Oasis, Sesriem, near Sossusvlei

Lovely clean pitches with shade, kitchen and bathroom. Fairly close together and near the road but facilities make up for it and its a stones throw to the entrance to Sossusvlei.  They also have a quieter site where ablution block is shared – better views.

Sossus Oasis campsite. Shared ablutions
Sossus Oasis
campsite. Shared ablutions

http://www.sossus-oasis.com

 

Klein Tinkas, Namib Nakluft National Park.

Its all about location here – no facilities, just a long drop and if you pitch up and someone is already there you have to drive to another site – only one group per site. Its perfectly remote with wonderful night skies. Probably our favourite ever camp site. Book at Park office in Sesriem.

The Coolest campsite? Klein Tinkas, Namib Nakluft
The Coolest campsite? Klein Tinkas, Namib Nakluft

Brandberg and White Lady Lodge Campsite

Lovely big pitches with reasonable facilities. Camp fires allowed. A lot of flies though as there are goats wandering around. We have put this one here though because there is a good chance of seeing desert elephants here and the bar, restaurant and swimming pool at the main lodge is just what you need after a few days desert driving.

Brand berg White Lady Lodge Campsite
Brandberg White Lady Lodge Campsite

http://www.brandbergwllodge.com

Save The Rhino Trust campsite in the Ugab River

Again this one is all about location. Good chance of desert lions and elephants. Cold water bucket showers and long drop toilets.

Campsite at Ugab River, Save the Rhino Trust
Campsite at Ugab River, Save the Rhino Trust

http://www.namibweb.com/ugabrhinocamp.htm

Community Campsite in Khowarib.

Lovely big private pitches with private ablutions and a covered kitchen area.

Campsite Khowarib
Campsite Khowarib

https://tracks4africa.co.za/listings/item/w141946/khowarib-community-rest-camp/

Nunda Camp

Near Divundu and convenient not only for the parks of the Caprivi but it is also on the way to the border crossing into Botswana. This is in a beautiful setting and the facilities are great. Try the sunset cruise and the dinner. http://www.nundaonline.com

Sunset on the Okavango river at Nunda Camp
Sunset on the Okavango river at Nunda Camp

Mashi River Safaris

Probably the most exciting campsite setting and boat trip you will find in Namibia. Its fantastic. If you go here please say hi to Dan for us. http://www.mashiriversafaris.com

Botswana:

Guma Lagoon Camp, Western fringe of the Okavango Delta

This campsite has an idyllic setting on the edge of a large lagoon forming part of the delta. Depending on the time of year and the level of the floods it can be tricky getting in but as long as its not too bad it is tremendous fun to drive in. The camp sites are individual with their own ablutions and are very private. There is a lovely bar and restaurant with decking over the water. The night time boat trip is a must and fishing here is excellent.

Okavango panhandle botswana
Fishing in Goma Lagoon

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

All the campsites here are remote, basic and beautiful. We will let you discover your own as we have ours. From those we have spoken to we think it is different for everyone but you wont be disappointed with this special place.

Landrover camping botswana
Landy in CKGR

Elephant Sands, Nata

This is a pretty famous place with regular visitors to Botswana. The bar and the little tented lodges overlook a waterhole that is pumped for visiting elephants. This is often the only water for miles around and is crucial for elephants migrating from Botswana over to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Elephant Sands has evolved into a charity, Water for Elephants and the work they do is incredible. But aside from that it is also the most wonderful place to visit. Enjoy a drink or lunch whilst watching elephants just a few feet away and then stay overnight and enjoy the sights and sounds of these beautiful animals throughout the night. You won’t be disappointed.

Elephant Sands
Having a beer at Elephant Sands

http://www.elephantsands.com