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Touring Namibia's Stylish Hideaways

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Photo: Dana Allen

Namibia officially came on the radar three years ago, when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt stayed at a beach resort here while awaiting the birth of their third child. But this southern African country has been quietly coming into its own for more than a decade now. In addition to spectacular landscapes—vast deserts with thousand-foot sand dunes and a coastline strewn with bleached whale bones and ancient shipwrecks—Namibia has some of the biggest yet least known game parks in Africa. It also has one of the continent’s smallest populations, highest literacy rates, and most stable democracies. Tourism here is low-key: the emphasis is on small, well-designed, environmentally sensitive lodges in remote areas of the country. From a tented resort in the desert to a casbah-style fort on a zebra-filled reserve, these seven places are worth the trek.

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Inspired by: Namibia's Top Safari Lodges — by Richard Alleman, Published May. 2009

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    The Fort on Fischer's Pan

    In 2007, the Fort at Fischer’s Pan opened in Etosha National Park. This exotic structure—tall, thick walls; massive studded doors; multiple patios;

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    Ongava Lodge

    Little Ongava’s sister property is a less-expensive 14-room option.

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    Little Ongava

    This safari property, the countries most luxurious compound, sits on a hillside of pockmarked boulders and giant cacti. The infinity pools almost m

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    Boulders Safari Camp

    This remote compound of four luxury tents is set between gigantic granite boulders. Days here are spent hiking or on scenic drives; at sunset, cock

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    Dunes Lodge

    The property is a string of 10 wood-and-canvas cottages linked by walkways set with large lanterns and potted cacti; the aboveground pool is shaded

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    Serra Cafema Camp

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    Little Kulala

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