The Thrill Seekers Guide to Namibia

Did you know that Namibia is home to the largest population of Cheetah in the world? With nearly half of the country protected, Namibia takes conservation and wildlife very seriously. Besides its vast land and rich history, there are many adventurous activities taking place under the Namibian sun daily.  It is the perfect holiday destination for eco-travelers, wildlife enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies.

Here are some of the activities you should enjoy on your Namibian holiday:

On Land

Hiking

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There are many short hiking trails in Namibia, but nothing compares to the Fish River Canyon and the Namib Naukluft hiking trails. It is the perfect trail for amateurs and professional hikers and promises an unforgettable experience. Hire a Namibia 4×4 rental to get you to your desired trail. 

Rock Climbing

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Namibia is well known for its mountainous area. In fact Spitzkoppe is known as the “Matterhorn” of South Africa. Travelers are permitted to climb the standard granite peak, which happens to be the country’s most popular rock climbing experience. If you’re just starting out, there are other routes on the Spitzkoppe mountain which are ideal for rock climbing too.

Stargazing

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It’s hard to star-gaze under the polluted city sky, isn’t it? One of the highlights of visiting Namibia is the starry sky and its mind-blowing display of the galaxy. Travellers are encouraged to stay over at the Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge, where a resident astronomer will be able to answer all their questions.

On Water

Fishing

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The coast between Walvis and Henties Bay is known to be excellent for fishing. However, the catch and release law applies in Namibia.  If you’re a fan of tiger and bream fish, the inland lakes of Caprivi is where you will find them.

Rafting

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The Orange river runs extensively through Namibia. Paddling down the meandering river is mandatory on any visit to South Africa. You can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and stop for a picnic on a sandy riverbank

In the Air

Ballooning

For couples, a sunrise or sunset balloon ride over the Namib desert promises is both a thrilling and a memorable experience. Few things compare to having red sand dunes, the white clay pan and volcanic mountain at your footstool.

Skydiving

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Imagine hovering over the Namib desert. Travellers have the option of taking a tandem jump or sign up for a static line course, and jump solo.