Opuwo country lodge

Opuwo Country Hotel is situated on a hilltop, north-west of the bustling town of Opuwo. It overlooks the surrounding valleys and mountains and is an ideal base to explore Kaokoland. The hotel was officially opened by His Excellency, Hifikipunyu Pohamba on the 25th August 2005.

Opuwo is the gateway to Namibia's Kaokoveld region. This remote area, south of the Kunene river, is home to the Himba; people who have kept their ethnic individuality and culture, whilst surviving in the seclusion of Kaokoland.

The hotel has a dining room, bar, lounge, wine cellar, curio shop, patio and swimming pool. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are normally served buffet style, but guests are welcome to order from the 'a la carte' menu if they prefer. Snacks can be ordered throughout the day.

Standard Rooms: 12 Standard Rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, twin beds, air-conditioning, mosquito nets and seating. Each room is overshadowed by the majestic, thatched main building.

Luxury Rooms: The 28 luxury rooms are larger than the Standard Rooms with similar facilities.

Activities include a guided excursion to an authentic Himba village, Epupa Waterfalls trip, pioneer track hikes, and rural self-drive trips can also be arranged. Alternatively, why not ask about their drive to the hidden treasures of Kaokoland?

Opuwo Country Hotel was awarded the Hospitality Association of Namibia's annual Award of Excellence in Silver for the year 2007/08.

Namibian cuisine, rich culture, magnificent views, beautiful surroundings and outstanding hospitality, will remain with their guests for years to come.

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Cultural visit: One of the few genuine cultural experiences available is a trip to an authentic Himba village. Learn of the characteristic appearance and behaviour of this tribe and the benefits and challenges of western civilization.

Epupa Falls: A guided excursion to Epupa Falls can be arranged. The best time to visit is just after the rains when the spray is most noticeable.

Birding: Over 240 species of bird have been observed and recorded in the region. Organized boat trips or guided birding walks can be organized.

Epupa Camp

Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements.

Epupa Falls Lodge

Epupa Falls Lodge

A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls, this site previously only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls.

Fort Sesfontein Lodge

Fort Sesfontein Lodge

On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha.

Hoanib Valley Camp - Natural Selection

Hoanib Valley Camp - Natural Selection


Kapika Waterfall Lodge

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls.

Khowarib Lodge

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area.

Kunene River Lodge

Kunene River Lodge

A great lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must. Undoubtedly one of our favourite out of the way lodges.

Mopane Campsite

Mopane Campsite

A campsite near the village of Opuwo.

Ohakane Lodge

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants.

Okahirongo River Camp

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp

Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp

A comfortable tented camp, on the banks of the Kunene River, close to the Epupa falls

Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Marais, Lona

14 Apr 2011

Perfectly located & beautiful lodge. Although the staff are friendly, they lack basic service industry training.

Tusing, Jeff

30 Jul 2009

This is a nice lodge. The room was small and did not have as much of the African style as some of the other lodges.

Cezary Kopij

2 Oct 2013

Too expensive comparing to room standard, all services (including WiFi) charged by hotel, excellent view from great swimming pool

Elliot, James

16 Jul 2014

A rough road up the hill from Opuwo but worth the effort for it`s location, appearance and facilities. Enjoyed my brief stay there.

Boris, Jenka

26 Aug 2012

An extraordinary place through its location with a wonderful view. Very well designed and extremely good service. Very helpful staff.

Marcucci, Carlalberto

20 Sep 2012

The standard room is really bad but the country hotel is a good choice if you want to have a trip to Epupa Falls. Good buffet at dinner.

Mariman, Karin

13 Jan 2012

very good service; we left our beauty case in the room - shame. Need to go back some day. Manager has everything under control. Very good !

Furuholm, Annika

29 Dec 2016

We stayed for two nights. Could have been enough with one. Nice place though! Service ok. Breakfast buffet ok! Could do with a fridge in the rooms.

Lybeck, Stig Olof

12 Apr 2016

Himba village visit a disaster. We came by surprise and the vet was busy vaccinating the goat heard. Hotel OK. Got some of the money for the trip back

Spolidoro, Martine

30 May 2012

Very pleasant hotel, they had a very nice attention for our honeymoon, in fact it's the only place where we received sth.... so we really appreciated it !

Sarri, Laura

29 Aug 2011

Did not like this lodge. Despite the pleasant location of the lodge and common areas and pool standard rooms are really bad and dinner buffet is soo poor!

Andric, Barbara

1 Nov 2016

too expensive for what it is offering, basic rooms, without refrigerator, food is served cold,looks stale , staff not really good, we will never go back again

Frey, Michael

1 Apr 2013

My wife and daughter's favourite place during our Namibia stay. Gorgeous infinity pool with spectacular views towards Angola. An oasis of calm perched on a hilltop.

Narciso, Bonnie

27 Jul 2013

We all enjoyed the Opuwo Country Hotel. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. I was surprised by the drink of juice that we received upon entering the hotel.

Jackson, Stanley

9 Sep 2009

The main lodge building is very unique with the chalet being more than adequate, but not outstanding. That said, it was by far the nicest lodging we saw in Opuwo. The food at the lodge was good.

Kirchoff, Manfred

15 Aug 2012

The main building looks nice and the food was good but the rooms were small, ugly and dirty. Perhaps the only place where you can stay in Opuwo - if there would be a choice, i would go somewhere else

Androsoff, Katya

7 Apr 2015

The views from the pool are out of this world! The wait staff in the restaurant appeared uninterested and waiting for our food required a lot of patience. The room was adequate but could have been cleaner.

Mondot, Jm

17 Oct 2015

Rather comfortable. The only place where wifi was charged and provided the worst service. The best point of this hotel is the terrace of the restaurant, along the pool where we enjoyed breakfast and dinner.

Cuijpers, Wendy

17 Jun 2013

Standard rooms are small and not in sync with the main building, restaurant, terrace and pool of the hotel which are simply terrific. Just brightening them up and ensuring lighting is better would at least give the impression of a bit more space.

Beggi, Valeria

17 Sep 2015

Simple structure but ok. One of the ladies at reception was not really nice first. We asked 2 months before arriving about a private Himba Tour and even the evening when we arrived they were not able to confirm it to us. We have in any case done it and it was really beautiful.

Bonifay, Denis

8 Jan 2012

Poor services, room cleaning non exesiting, bad atmospehere, bad manager. The location is good and the place could be nice (nice location and nice view) if redecorated a little bit and if the service was well performed. The manager does not behave correctly and seem to demotivate his personnel.


Opuwo Country Hotel is on the outskirts of Opuwo on top of a hill. The turn off is on the main street, follow the signs.

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