Attractions in Namibia
There’s so much more to Namibia than the vast ‘living desert’ and dunes of the Namib, and the most incredible landscape you can imagine. Namibia’s strong commitment to conservation and community involvement in tourism rewards the traveler with a wealth of unique experiences beyond the scenery and unparalleled elsewhere on earth.
Whether you’re a first-time traveler or already a fan of Namibia’s many charms, you’ll still find aspects to enjoy and admire.
These are some of the best-known attractions in Namibia:
The Biggest Attractions in Namibia
Some of Namibia’s biggest attractions draw travelers from every corner of the Earth. Crowds are never a problem in Namibia, so don’t miss these big-ticket items during your trip.
With 55 million years under its belt, the Namib Desert is earth’s largest and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These beautiful ever-shifting apricot-colored sands may seem like a sterile and unwelcoming environment, yet they’re filled with fascinating specimens that have had all the time on Earth to adapt.
Don’t miss the chance to explore this incredible ecosystem on guided tours to reveal the fascinating plants and animals that not only survive, but thrive, in this arid part of the world.
Etosha National Park
When you can see something from outer space, you know it’s a big feature, and Namibia’s best-known wildlife destination certainly lives up to that expectation.
Every time of year in Etosha National park brings its own delights to explore and enjoy. Huge, white-dusted elephants, thousands of brilliant pink flamingos, and vast forests of ghostly trees are just some of the sights on offer during a visit to Etosha.
Add to that the chance to immerse yourself in the daily activities of these denizens at well-kept rest camps throughout the park and you have the makings of a true African adventure.
The scenic and natural delights continue among the stark scenes of the Sossusvlei, where photographers find no shortage of things to attract their interests.
Nature lovers will also find much to set their hearts a-flutter among the many desert-adapted denizens that call the Sossusvlei home.
Whether you spend time climbing the dunes or soaring overhead on a scenic flight, you’re bound to love every minute you spend in this fascinating environment.
Be sure to explore the interesting Sesriem Canyon and the Deadvlei with its fossilized trees while you’re in the area.
Fish River Canyon
The jury’s out on whether the Fish River Canyon’s the largest of its kind on Earth, but it’s an incredible destination, nonetheless. This dramatic rift in the Namibian landscape’s a major attraction for hiking and extreme-marathon enthusiasts and wonderful scenic destination for everyone else.
The canyon appeals to bird watchers, adventure seekers, photographers and those looking for a peaceful break from reality alike. Hiking, horseback riding, luxury accommodations, and relaxing hot springs are some of your choices when visiting this iconic site.
The Skeleton Coast isn’t a single destination. It sprawls for 500km along Namibia’s coast, stretching from the Angolan border down to Swakopmund and offers numerous different attractions within its boundaries.
Like most of Namibia, the Skeleton Coast abounds with rare and interesting desert-adapted creatures, but you’ll also find abundant sea life here, including a huge colony of fur seals at Cape Cross.
It’s also home to numerous shipwrecks which give this stretch of coast its name, and a hotspot for fishermen wanting to take on the big Atlantic species either from the shore or deep-sea vessels.
The Skeleton Coast appeals to those in search of tranquil self-catering or camping adventures in one of Namibia’s most exciting destinations.
Apart from these big names in Namibian tourism, there are those equally fascinating spots that you might not have heard of yet.
Check out these lesser-known attractions in Namibia:
If it wasn’t so small, Solitaire would appear in the list of Namibia’s biggest attractions. This tiny pitstop consists of little more than a few rusty old cars and a quaint diner, yet it’s won worldwide fame thanks to its delicious Apple strudel.
Don’t miss the chance to sample Namibia’s German heritage and hospitality at its best.
The Caprivi Strip turns your preconceived notion about the Namibian environment on its head. This lush environment is filled with all the classic African species and is bordered by three large watercourses, the Chobe, Cuando, and Linyanti Rivers. Here you can cruise along in a houseboat or wander the forests in search of wild animals from a host of excellent lodges and rustic bush camps.
A highlight is a trip to the Epupa Falls where the Kunene River plunges into a 40m deep gorge.
As much as the Caprivi’s an unexpected green swathe in the Namibian landscape, Kaokoland represents Namibia at its most unspoiled.
It’s still home to the native Himba people who pass their time unaffected by modern-day advances and also the only place in the world where you can see desert-adapted black rhino, lions, and elephants.
Kolmanskop is the only town you’ll find in the heart of the Namib desert, except it’s not really a town anymore. This reminder of glory days gone by is Namibia’s most famous ghost town. You can discover its fascinating story on guided tours.
Damaraland is filled with noteworthy attractions centered on the inselbergs that erupt out of this harsh landscape. The Spitzkoppe and Brandberg offer opportunities for hiking and climbing, and the mysterious Messum Crater offers food for thought.
At Twyfelfontein, another World Heritage Site, you’ll discover the largest and best-preserved collection of petroglyphs in Africa, over 2 500 of them. You’ll also get the chance to explore the mindset of these ancient people at the unique visitor center.
Plan Your Journey Here
Namibia’s cities offer outstanding hospitality, accommodation of every kind, and excellent historical sights, like the Christuskirche in Windhoek. If you’re after world-famous adrenalin-inducing activities and finger-licking seafood, don’t miss the chance to visit Swakopmund on the Namibian coast.
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