Windhoek is the nices, cleanest I've seen.
You are looking for hostels in Namibia? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Namibia hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Namibia.
We list every single hostel in Namibia and the world. In total, we have 9 cities in Namibia for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
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Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Namibia. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
Namibia is a country in southern Africa, located on the west coast. It has only been independent since 1990 as it was ruled by Germany and South Africa before that. The capital is Windhoek, which is located in the middle of the country. Namibia is gaining popularity and most people visit it to go on safari in the national parks and for the incredible nature in many different parts of the country. Namibia is not as cheap as you might expect, but it is still possible to go there on a budget. The currency they use is Namibian dollar, but you can also use South African rand everywhere.
Namibia is not an easy country to get around in if you don’t have your own car. Busses are rare, so if you don’t want to hitchhike or have a rental car to get to and from your hostels, your best bet is to book an organized tour. Most of these tours are offered by hostels in Windhoek.
Hostels are quite common in the cities in Namibia. Every large city has at least one hostel, or maybe a few. Since Namibia is an up and coming destination, new hostels are opening all the time. The quality of the hostels in Namibia is generally good. Bed linen is almost always included, and most hostels offer a kitchen and free internet. Sometimes a private double room is cheaper or the same price as two dorm beds, so if you travel with several people, this is worth checking before you book. A lot of hostels also offer organized tours to the main tourist attractions in the region. Hostels in Windhoek often offer longer tours around the country. Outside of the bigger cities, hostels are still not common and it will be hard to find any hostels in some areas.
Windhoek is a nice city for a few days, but it is not the reason for any tourist to come to Namibia. It makes a good base to plan your trip, but after that, it’s best to get out and explore the rest of the country.
Etosha is the number one national park in Namibia and definitely worth a visit. Most of the park is covered by a huge salt pan and the nature in the park is amazing. You can spot many different animals here, including the big five. There are no hostels in the park, but you can look for options just outside the park. In addition to government-run Etosha, there are several privately owned safari parks. These parks are a more upmarket and offer only luxury accommodation.
There are a few coastal towns in Namibia that are popular among backpackers, including Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Lüderitz. All three cities have a German feel to them and with plenty of German architecture, restaurants, and more. There are several hostels in each city. Look for one that is close to the town center. In Swakopmund and Walvis Bay it is very popular to explore the dunes. In Lüderitz you can visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop.
The northeast coast of Namibia is called the Skeleton Coast, after the many shipwrecks along the coast. This is an interesting area to explore, but that can only be done with a 4x4. Hostel accommodation is not common in this part of the country.
Maybe the most famous attraction in Namibia is Sossusvlei. It's located in the middle of the dunes and there are no buses to this part of Namibia. Tours are available from Windhoek, and this might be the best budget option if you don’t have a car.
Another must-visit is the Fish River Canyon, located in the southern part of Namibia. It's the biggest canyon in Africa and there are a few viewpoints that give amazing views over the canyon.
Handwritten by local expert for Namibia hostels Paulien
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Windhoek is the nices, cleanest I've seen.
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Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in Namibia here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.