Namibia's Central Highlands

Namibia's Central Highlands

Stretching out between Etosha and Windhoek, the rolling hills of Namibia’s Central Highlands are dotted with large family farms, lodges, and guesthouses, many of which provide welcoming short-stay accommodation for travellers en-route elsewhere. Genuine Namibian hospitality is the hallmark of this region, and guests often share home-cooked meals with their hosts, or participate in visits to traditional Herero villages, thus gaining real insight into rural Namibian life.

The Central Highlands are known for their lovely walking trails. Hikes are possible from many locations in the area, but arguably the best routes are to be discovered in the beautiful Waterberg Plateau Reserve. Numerous guided or unguided walks lead either gently along the foot of the plateau, or more strenuously up to the top. Due to its relatively inaccessible nature, the plateau has long been a place for the rehabilitation of rare wildlife species such as black and white rhino, and is home to a host of birdlife, along with lizards, antelope, buffalo, leopard, and cheetah. Game drives are possible, but the density of the surrounding bush means the experience will lack the impact of more traditional game viewing safari options such as those offered in Etosha National Park, so it’s probably best to explore on foot.

While the Central Highlands may not be one of Namibia’s most compelling destinations, visitors will enjoy welcoming pit-stops here, providing respite from Namibia’s characteristically long drives, and offering the chance to get out on foot and discover local culture.


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Itineraries

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Condensed 7-day self drive adventure focusing on Northern Namibia (Etosha NP, Damaraland, & Central Highlands) with superb wildlife viewing and good value, characterful accommodation.

Tailor-made Classic 8 days

Adults from $1,533 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,223 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

11-day luxury flying safari featuring the highlights of Namibia and the incredible remote Skeleton Coast.

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Adults from $8,669 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Central Highlands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Luxury rooms with views
- Great walking trails
- Ideal for bird-spotting
- Pool in rock overlooking plains

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

Central Highlands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Characterful lodge in private reserve
- Distinctive, spacious accommodation
- Restaurant, bar, and pool
- Unspoilt wilderness views

Spitzkoppen Lodge

Central Highlands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Fire pit with views of rock formations
- Good line-up of activities and excursions
- Well placed for exploring Spitzkoppe

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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