Namibia is unforgettable! It is a place you will see and gasp for a moment because of the vastness of this ancient desert filled with rare stones, magnificent landscapes, along with all sorts of desert species. Forget about Egypt or Dubai for a minute, and we will treat you to the best African desert safari. You will love it!
Endowed with vast landscapes, Namibia it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful African desert gems. So, if you are doing outdoor activities like hiking, wildlife and photography, this is the place to be. The Namib Desert is the oldest desert on earth, making the country one of the smallest populated areas on the planet. Here, you will find giant dunes – the highest in the world, an abundance of arid gravel plains and rugged terrain, making the landscape of Namibia dramatic and extraordinary.
Why visit Namibia?
Namibian safaris are generally suitable for independent travelers, as the roads are easily navigable due to the excellent highway infrastructure.
Remote, safe and exclusive lodgings are available for solo travelers, couples and families.
From stunning dunes, changing deserts, to the rugged coastline in the west and picturesque towns to the undulating wildlife parks, Namibia it should undoubtedly be on your travel list while visiting the southern part of Africa.
Driving across Namibia is amazing. It is an experience like no other. Honestly, most of the scenery is so unique and seems so surreal that it almost feels like landing on a distant planet. Be sure to have a camera with a few more memory sticks.
Here is a list of cities to explore while in Namibia
Windhoek, the capital of Namibia
Cut in between Mount Eros Hydra in the north, Mount Auas in the south and Khomas Hochlans Hills, this city similar to Europe is undoubtedly the ideal base for starting or ending your expedition around Namibia. The elegant and well-maintained city is the entrance to Namibia across Jose Kutako International Airport, therefore most visitors benefit City Windhoek as the Namibian Passage.
Located more or less in the heart of Namibia, the city and bush-filled surroundings stretch over a series of picturesque valleys. There is no doubt that Windhoek is worth sacrificing a few days for exploration before moving inland to the rest of the country.
You can walk the streets, enjoying the ancient German architecture. Be sure to research “Christ Church“, The Lutheran Church directly opposite the Namibian Parliament. Don’t forget to check Independence Memorial Museum and learn more about apartheid.
If you still have time, head to Daan Viljoen Game Reserve for some amazing running the game. Take a walk later National Botanical Garden of Namibia, full of some beautiful indigenous plants and species. Don’t forget to visit Namibian Craft Center for some authentic souvenirs from Namibia.
Known for its natural harbor and lagoon full of flamingos, Walvis Bay offers travelers a wide range of urban recreational activities that balance with its natural attractions. Walvis Bay appeals to fans of outdoor sports who are interested in water rafting, fishing, kayaking, diving and kite-surfing.
Start with a morning run on Walvis Bay waterfront for a moment perfect for a picture as you watch the breathtaking view of the water contrast with the glistening salt sand on the shore. Afterwards head to the local museum and look at ancient history at Namib Desert on Walvis Bay Museum. Then complete the city tour by exploring Walvis Bird Paradise.
If you have a few days left, head inland and try to climb to the highest dune Walvis Bay,, Dina 7, or embark on a sea cruise stage tour to watch dolphins play. In the evening, laze around the lagoon while tasting local cuisine or treat yourself to a nice dinner Restaurant rafts while enjoying the sunset.
Swakopmund is a historically perfect resort for natives and tourists, with many opportunities for outdoor activities and fantastic old-fashioned entertainment. This quaint little seaside town has retained a strong German touch – from cobbled streets and picturesque buildings to traditional German bars and restaurants.
The perfect way to spend the morning is a walk around the city admiring this Gothic colonial architecture. Be sure to check Woermann House i Hohenzollern building. While you’re there, don’t forget to check Swakopmund Museum,, Crystal Gallery, i A living desert snake park. Later, then go down to National Marine Aquarium, an underwater passage for some pristine views of marine life.
You can go down to the beach ” A mole“For some beach activities from the city. As evening approaches, you can hang out at Swakopmund mol, be sure to visit the various restaurants for some of the delicious cuisine.
Cape Cross seals
Cape Cross Seal Reserve is indescribable! Filled with hundreds and thousands of sea seals, it is quite a sight to behold, more like a gathering of world seals. It is best to observe from a distance to avoid trampling over these huge seals. You can really paint from any angle, and you’ll shoot dozens of them because they pile up when they come here to breed. It is actually the largest seal colony in the world. Recommended working hours in Cape Cross is early in the morning from 8:00 a.m. to avoid the stench of seals along with warm winds from the sea.
Sossusvlei Desert has the most giant dunes in the world in Namib-Naukluft National Park. Have you ever seen postcards with white acacia trees like acacia? There are also in Namibia in Deadvley – white trees (dead swamp) are ancient acacia sprigs that date back centuries. To experience the dunes up close, climb the famous Big Mama, Big Daddy or Dune 45, as they are called from miles away – over 350 meters high. Even better, you can book a hot air balloon and marvel at the vast preserved landscape in Africa! The best time to climb the dunes is sunrise to see the world from the top of the giant dunes and take amazing pictures of the spectacular sights.
Sit next to me Cloud River Valley banks, Damaraland is alongside the magnificent Brandberg Mountain horizon. This picturesque mountain area is known for its large assortment of desert-adapted elephants that evoke a pervasive sense of life in this desert-like landscape. One exciting place to explore is Twyfelfontein, a national monument that boasts hundreds of spectacular prehistoric stone paintings of shrubs.
Climbers can descend south of Damaraland to Spitzkoppa, an alien rock formation, for the challenge of rock climbing. If that’s not your thing, you can investigate Petrified forest is located 26 miles west of City of Khorixa. Then visit Damara Living Museum or take a walk Etendeka hiking trail on Brandberg Mountain. If you still have time, you can opt for a game, explore the rugged landscapes, meet the indigenous Damara or lie down to enjoy the exciting scenery.
This Bavarian-themed city is not what one would expect in Africa, but Luderitz the city is full of surprises – it lies between the sterile Namib Desert and the green coast of the South Atlantic. City Luderitz is an intriguing, true station with an Art Nouveau crossing and numerous German street names.
Drive to the ghost town, Kolmanskop certainly worth your time. Once a rich mining town, this town will enchant you with its well-preserved German architecture. While you’re here, be sure to explore Sperrgebiet“Diamond 1 Area”, a well-known mining area.
Round, a smart seaside town on the hills above Okavango River, is the central center of attraction for the famous Kavango wood carving. Although the city is a bit attractive to tourists, the area is full of beautiful lodgings where you can walk and ascend along the river banks while watching hippos lazy.
If you are intrigued by relics, you can go shopping at Open Market Round. Then head out of town to The living museum of Mbunza to experience the culture and heritage of different ethnic groups. Later drive north to Catholic Mission of St. Joseph with the museum removed in its complex. If you’re not into history and ancient stories, head down to Khaudum Game Reserve or Magnetti National Park for some wildlife adventure. You can also relax in the afternoon or organize a simple picnic on it Runda Beach while watching one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world!
Fish River Canyon Region
Right in the heart Richtersveld Cross-Border Park,, Fish River, one of Namibia’s longest rivers, glides peacefully through a giant canyon in southern Africa. It’s so important Fish River Canyon that it takes about five days to hike the Canyon.
With about 159 km in length, 28 km in width and about 500 meters in depth, this canyon comes in second place in the world when paired with it Grand Canyon. The experience is breathtaking as you watch the endless landscapes of the canyon as you challenge yourself through Fish River hiking trails. If you have trouble hiking, you can opt for a scenic flight over the canyon or even go fishing inside the Fish River.
Etosha National Park
Surrounding a huge salt vessel that is so huge that you can see it from space, Etosha – Which in free translation translates as “Great White Area” – is one of the most epic places to visit in Africa. Etosha National Park it is home to a dwindling population of endangered black rhinos. During the dry season, wild animals flock in large groups around the holes, which leads to a spectacular wildlife watching session.
Another exciting place to explore is A forest of fairy tales. The forest is full of protruding trees; the locals call them upside down trees.
Our last word
It would not be right to judge Namibia by its first appearance: although much of the country is literally desert, it is full of exciting and fascinating attractions spread throughout nature, including wildlife reserves, beautiful landscapes and charming cities.
It is advisable to visit Namibia between May and October; at that time the climate is much more pleasant and most hotels offer affordable accommodation. BTW, try Windhoek beer. It’s amazing.