Namibia is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples wanting to get away from it all, relax in pristine wilderness and be blown away by fabulous accommodation and superb hospitality. The desert landscapes, the unusual flora and fauna, the humbling 360’ views, never ending sand dunes, no other people for miles and starry starry skies are the ideal backdrop for romance, connection and reflexion.
Sound dreamy? Here are our favourite honeymoon destinations in Namibia.
First up is Wolwedans in the stunning Namib Rand Nature Reserve famous for its cinnamon red sand dunes. There is a collection of camps to chose from, each nestled into the dunes and breathtaking desert scenery, but the ultimate private honeymoon retreat has got to be the Mountain View Suite. Besides a very spacious en suite bedroom, there’s a hammock, a star gazing bed and lots of deck space from which to soak in the scenery. Excursions include : hot air ballooning, scenic flights over Sossusvlei, nature drives/ walks, intimate picnics, sundowners, candlelit dining in the desert.
Hot off the press (!!) and if the rumours are to be believed, Hoanib Valley Camp is where Harry & Meghan are going to spend their honeymoon. This new luxury tented camp by Natural Selection is tucked away in a remote and seemingly desolate corner of Namibia. But the magnificently stark landscape is home to fascinating desert adapted wildlife, in particular lion, giraffe, rhino, zebra and oryx. Guests are invited to go on excursions to learn about the unique wildlife as well as the local Herero people. At night the sky becomes another world to discover thanks to qualified local guides and their storytelling abilities around the camp fire. The innovative, 100% environmentally friendly ensuite tented rooms are designed to offer intimacy and all the comforts that you (and a royal honeymoon couple!) would need.
Sossusvlei is on everybody’s Namibia bucket list. But if this is your honeymoon, don’t join the day trippers, stay at the exclusive Sossusvlei Desert Lodge for the ultimate ‘biggest dunes in the world’ experience. Ask one of our consultants about the Bride’s 50% discount. Owned and managed by andBeyond who are known to spoil honeymooners with their special touch of delightfully romantic touches. That is besides the standard lampit dinner for two in the dunes, a room with a roof that opens at the touch of a button to reveal the night sky, a sunrise hot air balloon flight. While out in the desert, look out for fairy circles,Oryx, springbok, zebra, bat-eared foxes. In today’s world time and space and sheer silence are a luxury and you’ll be surprised how romantic desert tranquility can be!
Little Kulala is another firm favourite especially as it is located close to Sossusvlei, but out of reach of the overland travellers. who take This Wilderness Safaris camp is innovatively designed to blend into the stark but beautiful environment. The thatched suites are air-conditioned with private plunge pools. Active, nature loving honeymooners will love the quad bike excursions into the desert, hot air ballooning, on foot or 4 x 4 safaris on the Kulula Wilderness Reserve, remote picnics with spectacular views and romantic star gazing.
Mowani Mountain Camp in Damaraland is another good value option. Despite it’s extremely remote location in dusty Damaraland, it is terribly romantic. The stunning landscapes, massive granite outcrops, ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein plus the chance of seeing rare desert dwelling rhino and elephants actually make it a very exclusive honeymoon experience.
Even though the thought of honeymooning in a fort may be odd, Onguma The Fort is an architecturally unique structure that delights at every turn and is surprisingly ROMANTIC! Besides the stunning location with spectacular sunset views out towards Etosha and Fisher Pan, the food is excellent and the wine cellar is extensive (you select your own wine for dinner!) The wildlife at Onguma is as good as in Etosha, with sightings of a variant of species including kudu, giraffe, eland, oryx, hartebeest, zebra, impala as well as the predators, lion, cheetah and leopard.
Little Ongava is an intimate little camp that we love to use. With only three suites, each with it’s own plunge pool, outdoor shower and ‘sala’, it oozes exclusive romance. Situated on a hill and with views as far as the eye can see towards the horizon, Guests can go rhino tracking on the private Ongava 30 000 hectare Reserve as well as do Big Five game drives into Etosha National Park.
Being a country of extremes, it is important to know when is the best time to visit depending on your interests, budget and travel style. Namibia is vast and most of our clients with limited time prefer to fly-in. This is the best way to experience a combination of the highlight destinations like Sossusvlei, Etosha, Damaraland and the Skeleton Coast. However, it is possible to self-drive if you are on a budget and have lots of time (14 days).