10 Experiences You Have to Try in Namibia

Namibia is an enchanting safari destination and one of the least populated places on the planet. Fascinating wildlife, astonishing landscapes, and a rich heritage all add up to make the country one of the world’s most exciting places to explore.

If you’re planning a trip here, we’ve rounded up 10 unmissable experiences you have to try in Namibia.

1. Climb the Dunes at Sossusvlei

Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei is a place of desolate beauty. Home to some of the world’s highest sand dunes, the highest is known as ‘Big Daddy’ and stands at 325 meters tall.

Sand Dune in Namibia Desert

Above: Sand Dune in Namibia Desert

Because of the wind, the dunes here change shape constantly, but are estimated to be around 5 million years old. Climb to the top of the dunes for breathtaking panoramic views of the sprawling desert landscape.

2. Go on Safari in Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park’s vast natural habitat is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes, and other iconic African species.

Southern yellow-billed hornbill, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Above: Southern yellow-billed hornbill, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Located in northern Namibia, the park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometers and plays host to over 340 bird species and 114 mammal species.

Go on a guided game drive or self-drive the park for some world-class game viewing.

3. Explore the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop

Once one of the wealthiest towns in Africa, with a ballroom, hospital, and even a bowling alley, Kolmanskop is today an abandoned diamond mining town that has been reclaimed by the encroaching desert sands.

Above: Ghost Town of Kolmanskop Luderitz in Namibia

Above: Ghost Town of Kolmanskop Luderitz in Namibia

Located near Lüderitz in southern Namibia, the German-style buildings in this stark landscape are a favorite subject for photographers and well worth a visit.

4. Visit the Himba Tribes

One of the last semi-nomadic tribes in Africa, the Himba people are known for their unique red ochre body paint (which is made from a mixture of butter, fat, and natural pigments) and their intricate hairstyles.

Himba Tribes in Namibia

Above: Himba Tribes in Namibia

Head to Kaokoland in northwestern Namibia to learn more about their culture and ancient traditions, but always ask permission before taking photographs.

5. Cruise Along the Skeleton Coast

This area in northwestern Namibia gets its name from the multitude of shipwrecks that have occurred along its treacherous shores.

Shipwreck on Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Above: Shipwreck on Skeleton Coast, Namibia

The region boasts an incredible wealth of fauna. Explore the coast’s many shipwrecks, seal colonies, and unspoiled beauty for an authentic Namibian experience.

6. Go Stargazing in the NamibRand Nature Reserve

Situated in southern Namibia, the NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the largest private nature reserves in Africa, spanning a whopping 2,150 square kilometers.

Milky Way and Stars in the Namibia

Above: Milky Way and Stars in the Namibia

Designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve, it’s the perfect place to take in the glittering night sky thanks to minimal light pollution.

7. Explore the Rock Art at Twyfelfontein

Located in Damaraland in northwestern Namibia, the rock art at Twyfelfontein dates back to around 6,000 years ago and features depictions of animals, humans, and abstract symbols.

Rock Art, Twyfelfontein, Namibia

Above: Rock Art in Twyfelfontein, Namibia

These ancient rock engravings have earned Twyfelfontein the designation of a UNESCO World Heritage site and are well worth a visit.

8. Visit the Fish River Canyon

The second-largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia is roughly 160 kilometers long, up to 27 kilometers wide, and reaches a depth of 550 m.

Fish River Canyon

Above: Fish River Canyon

Visitors to this popular attraction can hike along the rim of the canyon to enjoy stunning views of the rugged landscape.

9. Go Quad Biking in Swakopmund

This coastal town in western Namibia is known for its German colonial architecture and is often referred to as the ‘adventure capital’ of Namibia.

Quad Biking in Swakopmund

Above: Quad Biking in Swakopmund

The sand dunes near Swakopmund are the perfect playground for quad bikes and see many thrillseekers flocking to this destination every year.

10. Discover the Caprivi Strip

Located in northeastern Namibia, the Caprivi Strip is named after German Chancellor Leo von Caprivi, who negotiated for the land in a treaty with the British in 1890.

Residence at Kwando river at the caprivi strip Naminia

Above: Kwando river at the Caprivi Strip Naminia

The lush wetlands and wildlife-rich game reserves on this narrow strip of land are perfect for exploring and you’ll likely get to see elephants, giraffes, hippos, and zebras, to name just a few.

This all-in-one destination is best explored in a 4×4 hire. Don’t hesitate to go on the trip of your lifetime!

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