Top Attractions in Namibia
Namibia's Top Attractions
My pick of top attractions that should not be missed when visiting Namibia. Find out what to see in Namibia, from the stark beauty of the Namib desert, to the misty wilds of the Skeleton coast. Namibia is one of Africa's premier safari destinations but there's also plenty of unique cultural experiences to be had, from visiting traditional tribes...
Namibia In Pictures
Images of Namibia include the Herero, San (Bushman) and Himba tribal people. The towns of Swakopmund, Walvis bay and Windhoek. The natural beauty of Brandberg, Sossusvlei, and Etosha National Park.
Windhoek, Namibia's Capital City
Information, facts and image of Windhoek, Namibia's capital city. Find out what to see, where to stay and more about Windhoek.
Etosha National Park
Namibia's top National Park. Home to Africa's tallest elephants, the endangered black rhino, and 91 other species of mammal. With 3 great lodges to stay in and over 30 waterholes it is a wonderful park for wildlife viewing.
The Skeleton Coast derives its macabre name from the skeletons of ships and humans that litter the desert along this treacherous coastline. Perfect for a fly-in safari and you can also get to see Cape fur seals, hyena and jackals.
Fish River Canyon
Second only to the Grand Canyon in its grandness, the Fish River Canyon offers a great hike. Fifty-four miles (86km) in 5 days amidst the colorful immensity carrying your own food and shelter. No amenities or porters on this hike. Luckily a spa awaits you at the end. You have to be fit and it is only open for hiking from May to September.
The sand dunes at Sosussvlei are among the highest in the world. Spectacular to climb up and very fun to roll down. The dunes are located in the The Namib Naukluft Park, one of Africa's largest national parks. You can camp in Sossusvlei or stay at one of the handful of luxury desert lodges nearby.
Kaokoland and Damaraland
Kaokoland and Damaraland cover the northwest of Namibia and offer the visitor spectacular landscapes, Namibia's highest peak (the Brandberg Mountain range) with incredible ancient San rock art at Twyvelfontein. This area is only accessible by 4x4 and one of the highlights of a trip here, apart from viewing the wildlife, is an unforgettable cultural experience with the traditional Himba people.
The Waterberg Plateau
The Waterberg Plateau rises 300 metres from the plains, providing a natural haven for wildlife. Several land owners have formed a group to protect this unspoiled and magical region. Each ranch offers a variety of activities for the visitor, from safari game drives and wilderness trails, to cheetah viewing and visits to local Herero villages. Many Herero lost their lives battling against the Germans here at the turn of the century.
Windhoek is Namibia's capital city and the most common entry point for visitors flying into the country. It's a lovely, clean city with good restaurants and a decent nightlife. The center of town is dominated by old German buildings and quaint churches. The town bustles with Namibia's many cultures on display and has a real optimistic vibe to it. You should take a tour and head to one of the city's townships for a dose of "real" life too.
Namibia's premier seaside resort town, Swakopmund attracts fisherman and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. The dunes are perfect for sandboarding and quad-biking. The ocean is cold and wild, just the spot for some spectacular deep-sea fishing and beach angling. The German flavor of this little town is still palpable and very interesting for the visitor. Swakopmund is always cool, with a hearty wind, so perfect to escape the dry heat of the interior.
The Caprivi Strip
The Caprivi strip in the far north east of Namibia is the country's most densely populated region. It borders Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana and his home to four great rivers: the Zambezi, Kwando, Linyati and Chobe Rivers. Wildlife is abundant here and it's very easy to cross the border and enjoy the Victoria Falls and numerous national parks in neighboring countries.
Ongava Private Reserve
Ongava private reserve offers an exclusive safari experience. The reserve is adjacent to Etosha and shares its abundance of wildlife. You can enjoy tracking rhino on foot as well as spotting the Big Five in a traditional safari jeep. Accommodations range from a luxury lodge to tented camps, all offering five star service and amenities.
Erindi Private Game Reserve
The Erindi Private Game Reserve is situated in the heart of Namibia on a vast mountainous plain between the Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy and the Omataku Mountains. Erindi, translated as “The Place of Water” in local Herero, offers an amazing array of diverse landscapes from savannah to dense bush with mountains, natural waterholes, grasslands and pans. Over 20,000 animal species call this place home. The Old Traders Lodge offers luxury accommodation on site.
Nhoma Safari Camp
Nhoma safari camp is the best place to stay if you wish to learn more about the Ju/’hoan San (Bushman) culture of Namibia. The tented camp is situated in the north eastern corner of Namibia in the traditional homeland of the Ju/’hoan San. You can enjoy a traditional hunt, bush walk and an evening of dance. The nearby Khaudum National Park also offers wild life viewing and is home to the elusive Wild Dog.