Namibia Attractions and Highlights
Namibia is a unique southern African destination. The arid landscapes, main cities, charming towns and sweeping desert plains are home to a variety of activities. Whether travelers are looking for an exciting wildlife safari, want to admire breathtaking views, experience Namibian culture, or if they are keen to get their adrenalin pumping; Namibia is full of activities covering many interests.
These are Namibia’s top attractions:
Etosha National Park
A destination filled with changing landscapes and an impressive variety of wildlife – Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier wildlife destination. From gentle and giant elephants to the tiny dik-dik antelope, wildlife enthusiasts will have no shortage of excitement in Etosha. The salt pans and watering holes are the most popular destinations. The dry season is the best time for game viewing as a mix of wildlife congregate around watering holes. Keep an eye out for the rare black rhino!
The desert's towering sand dunes and stark landscapes are iconic sights in Namibia. The Namib Desert is one of the oldest and largest in the world. Desert-adapted species have made their homes in the arid landscapes. The Namib Desert is where travelers will find the Sossusvlei. With its striking red dunes and the famed Dune 45 which travelers can hike to the top of to admire the panoramic views. Also found in the Namib Dessert is the Deadvlei. Many many years ago, this salt pan was once an oasis. Today, all that remains are 900-year old dead and blackened acacia trees which seem frozen in time. The great colours and contrasts of this area make it a playground for photographers.
Namibia’s adventure capital and second biggest town is located between the Atlantic Ocean and Namib Desert. Swakopmund has a real holiday vibe thanks to the ocean views and palm-lined boulevards. The city is a mix of German and African influences, most noticeable in the architecture. Adrenaline junkies will be spoiled for choice in Swakopmund with the activities available such as quad biking across the sand dunes, sand boarding, paragliding and more.
The desert meets the sea along the Skeleton Coast. Stretches of deserted white beaches covered in thick fog create eerie scenery along this stretch of Namibia’s coastline. This is an area that became notorious for shipwrecks thanks to the notorious fog. Wrecks are dotted along the shoreline. Hardy wildlife here has become adapted to the harsh environment; look out for elephant, hyena and lion prowling the stark landscapes. Found between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast are the dramatic mountains and semi-desert terrain of Damaraland. Damaraland is home to impressive geological features including the Petrified Forest and some of the world’s oldest rock arts sites.
Fish River Canyon
Located near Namibia’s southern border is the second largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa. The sheer size of the magnificent Fish River canyon is enough to leave travelers speechless. Journey to the Fish River Canyon for breathtaking viewspoints and invigorating walks. Adventurous travelers can embark on the five day hike through the canyon. During the rainy season, the Fish River flows through the rocky ravine.
Namibia’s Capital City. Many safaris start and end here and the city is definitely worth more than a stopover. One of Africa’s smaller capital cities, Windhoek is a blend of modern and colonial style architecture. During a visit, travelers can learn more about history with visits to Christuskirche and Heroes Acre, they can see uniquely Namibian products at the vibrant Namibia Craft Center, and explore the town’s restaurants and bars – just to name a few options!
Fish River Canyon photo credits to Paul Keller