Namibia is a fantastic honeymoon destination for couples looking for a quieter destination
23 Jun 2020
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Namibia is an outstanding honeymoon destination
Full of amazing experiences, home to stunning landscapes and of course, wonderful places to stay. There are a handful of properties that really are a cut above the competition, offering truly unique experiences, sumptuous food and a level of plushness unsurpassed by any of their rivals making for a truly luxury Namibia holiday. Adding one or more of these lodges to a Honeymoon trip is guaranteed to ensure a truly epic trip, so without further ado please see our “6 of the best” when it comes to Namibia Honeymoon lodges:
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei
Found on the plains of the Namibrand Nature Reserve, not far from the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge reopened to much acclaim in November 2019, cementing its place as one of the best properties in Namibia. The rooms are beautifully designed, with plenty of space inside including full minibars and comfy sitting areas. Honeymooners will love the private infinity pools found on the deck of each room, where they can relax in the afternoons, escape the heat of the day and enjoy the mesmerising views out across the desert plains.
As with all great Honeymoon spots the food is outstanding, with innovative menus and a variety of inspiring locations around the property, with alfresco lunches and dinners always a highlight of any stay. The walk-in wine cellar is another amazing feature, allowing guests to choose their own wines with the help of the sommelier.
As the stars illuminate the night sky Honeymooners are invited to join the in-house astronomer in the observatory so they can learn more about the constellations of the southern hemisphere. Few lodges anywhere in Africa can match Sossusvlei Desert Lodge for the experience it offers Honeymooners – it is a truly spectacular property and one that should sit at the very top of the list of places to stay.
Andersson’s Camp, Etosha National Park
Visiting Etosha is a must for any safari honeymoon and we love Andersson's Camp here. At your request, Andersson's Camp can set up wonderfully romantic private dinners. A sparkling swimming pool looks out over a waterhole that is very popular with local wildlife, especially rhino which are one of the highlight species found on the Ongava Reserve. What makes the lodge really special is that it has been designed and is run in conjunction with the Ongava Research Centre, which focuses on the conservation of wildlife within the reserve and the wider Etosha National Park. Guests are able to spend time with the researchers, learn more about their work, both in a theoretical and practical sense. A truly unique way to spend some time and one that would undoubtedly be the highlight of any Namibia Honeymoon.
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Damaraland
Nestled at the foot of Damaraland’s imposing Grootberg Massif and overlooking the ancient Etendeka lava flow, Etendeka Mountain Camp epitomises what is great about Namibia – amazing landscapes, outstanding wildlife and remote, beautiful camps. The tented rooms are simple but wonderfully romantic, with fronts that can be left open to enjoy the views out over the plains. A visit to Etendeka is as close as anyone can get to walking on the moon – the landscapes really are other-worldly, with vast rocky plains, intriguing valleys and endless skies above you as you walk. The guided walks allow Honeymooners learn more about the area’s unique geology, whilst guided drives are ideal for spotting desert-adapted wildlife, notably elephant, whilst lion and leopard can also be spotted by those who are very lucky. A secluded swimming pool is perfect for cooling off in the afternoons, whilst the night skies are perfect for stargazing. For an added sense of adventure, the camp also offers the chance to join overnight walking and camping trails, giving guests the chance to spend a night sleeping under the stars and enjoying the majestic open landscapes that make this such a captivating part of Namibia.
Omaanda Lodge, Windhoek
Found on the Zannier Reserve, just off the road between Windhoek airport and the city, Omaanda Lodge is a great choice for Honeymooners looking at add a slice of luxury to their first or last night in Namibia. The chalets are beautifully designed, very spacious and comfortable with lovely decking areas – perfect for an afternoon unwinding after arriving off a long flight or preparing for the journey home. At the main part of the lodge there is a stunning infinity pool which looks out over the wilds of the reserve and is a wonderful spot for sundowner drinks as the skies turn to a beautiful orange.
One of the most popular features is the extensive spa, arguably the best in Namibia, with couples treatment rooms and an extensive menu of pampering options to delight the senses. After treatments are complete guests can sit and enjoy the views across the reserve from private cabanas, enjoy a cool drink and revel in the peace and tranquillity that the lodge offers. For those looking to get their wildlife fix, Omaanda also offers game drives through their private reserve where close encounters with rhino, elephant, leopard, cheetah and giraffe, amongst others, can all be spotted. They even have meerkat colonies on the reserve and close encounters with these curious creatures is a bound to be the highlight of any Namibian odyssey.
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, Caprivi Strip
As you travel through the Caprivi Strip, the cartographic oddity that bears off from the north-east of the bulk of Namibia the landscape changes from harsh desert to lush, riverine bushveld. The strip narrows the further east one goes, with Impalila Island representing the final stopping point before crossing into Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Here you find the stunning Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, a beautiful retreat shaded by towering trees with the Chobe River passing closely by.
The tented rooms are wonderfully romantic and ideal for Honeymoons, with a traditional feel to them and shaded verandas at the front, giving a feel of being on safari. The food is delightful and the laid back but attentive service really makes guests feel at home, such a key element for making Honeymoons such a special experience. Boat trips along the Chobe River can be arranged on a private basis, along with sundowner drinks, to round off a day in this glorious part of the country, whilst the chance to see elephants passing by the island is one that is hard to beat. The perfect complement to time spent at Victoria Falls, Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is a truly remarkable property.
Fish River Lodge, Fish River Canyon
In the far south of Namibia, overlooking the endless expanse of the Fish River Canyon, the lovely Fish River Lodge boasts arguably the most dramatic location of any lodge in the country. The cosy rooms which look out across the canyon, spacious main area complete with a fireplace for the cold winter months and amazing food are all great features in their own right, as is the varied activities programme.
However, it is the swimming pool that is perhaps the most alluring element of the lodge, with a wraparound deck and stunning views across the landscape as the canyon drops towards its floor. It is a truly wonderful spot to relax and many a day can be spent here, drink in hand enjoying the serenity and amazing views that draws visitors down to this most southerly part of the country.