5 Things to do in Namibia
Namibia is the perfect destination for travellers who have visited Africa at least once. It is not a traditional “first time to Africa” destination for travellers wanting to experience a quintessential safari experience. Instead, travellers will enjoy the vast, untouched landscapes, unique cultures and biodiversity.
Namibia is an exceptional choice for travel due to its wonder of giant dunes, wildlife and favourable currency, offering space, silence and the chance to get away from it all.
Namibia is a remarkable destination for the traveller who enjoys hitting the road starting from the North to the Southern part in a 4x4 Rental.
With an array of accommodation options to choose from, why not try something unique like using your 4x4 to travel to Sandfontein Lodge & Nature Reserve?
At Sandfontein, you can experience Namibia at your own pace, away from the crowds - in a wild and isolated corner of southern Namibia.
Sandfontein Lodge and Nature Reserve is a fantastic destination for nature lovers and adventurers alike; it's a romantic refuge in the wild with epic river views and scorched, rugged landscapes that stretch for miles.
For awe-inspiring moments, herewith our recommendation of the top five things to do in Namibia:
The Fish River Canyon
The Canyon is an admired wonder of Namibia. Known as the biggest canyon in Africa and falls after the enormous Grand Canyon in the USA.
Travellers from all over the world come to experience the famous hiking trail, and the spectacular views certainly have something to do with it.
It is essential to know that during the summer months, the Canyon hike is closed, due to the heat.
Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Sossusvlei is a large, white, sand and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters. The dunes provide photographic enthusiasts with gorgeous images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.
All of the attractions surrounding Sossusvlei are easily accessible. For some of the best accommodation options close to Sossusvlei, why not check out Discover Africa’s accommodation recommendations.
Swakopmund and Walvisbay
Swakopmund is an admired coastal town in Namibia, consisting of sandy beaches which face the Atlantic ocean and with historic German colonial architecture. Perfect for families or friends who can visit the seafront, the aquarium or the Swakopmund Museum.
About 30km south of Swakopmund you will find Walvisbay where a lot of activities are done, amongst other things, boat tours, exciting desert tours, quad bike safaris and also kayaking tours.
In Swakopmund, a visit to the seafront, aquarium and the Swakopmund Museum is worthwhile and most importantly, don’t forget to end your day with a gigantic boot of beer at the well known “Brauhaus in Swakopmund”.
There are numerous boulevards and a sizeable traditional street market where travellers can buy souvenirs.
The Skeleton Coast
Getting its name from the great numbers of stranded whales and stranded ships - whales stranded on the beach, leaving their skeletons all over. A considerable number of vessels also abandoned on the Skeleton Coast due to the thick fog, strong wind and unpredictable stormy weather. This is the world’s largest ship cemetery.
Found in the northern part of the Atlantic coast of Namibia, this area is 40km in width and stretches over 500km across the coast. Despite a hostile character, several wild animals and plants can still be seen.
The name Etosha is derived from the word Oshindong meaning “Great White Place” referring to the Etosha pan.
Etosha is a nature conservation area found in the north of Namibia, covering a total area of almost 22,912 km². The region is mainly covered by the Etosha National Park and includes the southern parts up to Outjo and west to east of the park.
Etosha National Park is known as Namibia's biggest and most important national park. Wildlife such as large mammals including lion, leopard, giraffe, elephant and rhino can be found. Even smaller species thrive in Etosha National Park, making it a great safari destination.
Accommodation and lodging are widely available inside and outside the park, and it’s easily accessible for any type of traveller. Whether preferring to go wild and go camping or wanting to enjoy a Big 5 safari in all its comfort of luxury, you can be sure to find the suitable accommodation for yourself, your family or loved ones.
In summary, Namibia is one of the most fascinating and diverse countries in the world and a number one travel destination. Namibia is world-famous for the highest dunes in the world and the Etosha National Park, one of the world’s most significant conservation areas.
Be sure to include the above top five things to do when visiting Namibia.