Meet Namibia, one of our planet’s most breathtakingly beautiful countries. Just north of South Africa, on the South Atlantic coast, Namibia is a destination like no other that’ll leave you in total awe.
Overlooking the Brandberg and Erongo Mountains, the Spitzkoppen Lodge opened its doors in 2016. Its sweeping views of Namibia’s natural beauty make it a perfect place to take in the southwest African country.
Wildlife and heritage conservation were kept top-of-mind during the lodge’s construction. Its mission is, and always has been, to not leave an eco-footprint.
Ready for the ultimate eco-escape? Here’s what it’s like staying at the Spitzkoppen Lodge.
In Namibia, road-tripping is a way of life. Few things rival the freedom of taking to wide-open desert roads, and that just happens to be the best way to get to the Spitzkoppen Lodge.
It’s about a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. If you are taking off from the coastal city of Swakopmund (another must-see destination) you will be looking at a three-hour trip.
Because Namibia is off the beaten path for most tourists, it’s good to have someone on the ground to help you out. I worked with Matador Network and ATIholidays to plan the trip, and it made the process so easy.
The hotel is nestled between 150-million-year-old granite boulders and seemingly endless mountains of apricot sand.
As soon as I arrived at the lodge, I was greeted with a welcome drink and taken on a short trip to my chalet. With a minimalist aesthetic, every aspect of the property blends into the rugged landscape in true glamping fashion.
The Spitzkoppen Lodge has fifteen one-of-a-kind chalets, which offer you VIP service all the way. Instead of being just another number, you’ll feel right at home from the second you walk in the door.
Each chalet offers a 360-degree view of the granite boulders from a private viewing deck. It is the perfect place to unwind and soak in the sun. Tastefully furnished with elegant touches at every turn, each chalet has an en-suite bathroom.
Booking a chalet includes a fresh complimentary local breakfast. Later in the day, you’ll want to make your way down to the dining, lounge and bar areas. The space opens to the split-level pool deck and the natural rock pool, which has views worthy of your Instagram feed.
Plan your dinner so you can watch the sunset behind the Brandberg Mountain while trying out some of southern Africa’s best traditional dishes.
At the Spitzkoppen Lodge, the focus is on the incredible geological landscape. Explore the hidden rock art, wander through the caves and bring your camera on the hiking trail that’s just waiting to be photographed.
One of my biggest highlights from my time in Namibia was the Skeleton Coast. As the world’s oldest desert, the Skeleton Coast has an endless string of sand dunes and rusting shipwrecks dotted along its shoreline.
Before you leave the lodge, be sure to check out the little shop at the Spitzkoppen Lodge. It’s full of handcrafted wonders and gemstones carved by local miners.