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.
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.
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!
Stunning location, campfires allowed, big pitches (but in high season may be a lot more crowded), only average ablution blocks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community Campsite in Khowarib.
Lovely big private pitches with private ablutions and a covered kitchen area.
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
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
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.
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.
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.