Namibia is a wilderness packed with fantastic scenery, with an array of enticing and amazing places to visit. When planning your own personal and unique experience you will want to tailor in things to suit your own interests.
Having travelled through the country myself, the following list will showcase some of the places that I was inspired by and enjoyed visiting. Hopefully they will provide some motivation for your own trip.
Ten Amazing Places In Namibia
Game Watching At Etosha National Park
Etosha is home to a wealth of wildlife and should be number one on any trip itinerary!
A self drive safari along easy navigable roads is a highlight and I suggest arming yourself with a map and visiting several of the waterholes under your own steam. Sitting at a waterhole while a procession of animals visit, viewing a giraffe munching on vegetation by the side of the road or having to stop your vehicle while a herd of elephants amble across in front of you is truly memorable and not to be missed.
Climbing Big Daddy At Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei is located in the Namib Desert which is part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park and regarded as the oldest desert in the world.
The monumental sand dunes which are orange reddish in colour rate amongst some of the worlds highest. The redder the colour, the higher the iron concentration in the sand and subsequent oxidation process. The highest dune in Sossusvlei is called “Big Daddy” and is roughly 325 metres high, and climbing it will give you a clear view of surrounding dunes which rise and fall in wave like motion, making up this stunning and dramatic desert scenery.
Climbing Big Daddy and sitting watching the sun rise is truly memorable …. the colours of the dunes are constantly changing in hue and to sit in the silence surrounded by such a vast array of natural beauty is not to be missed.
Kayaking Among Cape Fur Seals At Walvis Bay
As the main Port Town on the coast of Namibia, Walvis Bay is a town on the rise and developing into a thriving tourist spot.
Walvis Bay lagoon has a prolific bird life and joining a tour to drive along the lagoon and salt mines to Pelican Point is a popular pastime for good reason.
If spotting flamingoes, pelicans and cormorants isn’t enough, Pelican Point is home to up to 50,000 Cape Fur Seals all year round and you get to paddle right next to them in your own kayak.
The seals are drawn to the kayaks and are playful in mood. Unafraid, they are immensely inquisitive and come right up to the oars for a nibble!
Eating The Best Apple Pie In Solitaire
Solitaire is a quaint settlement between Walvis Bay and Sossusvlei, and as it features the only general garage, post office and bakery in the area, it is a common stopping place for visitors.
Perched in the middle of nowhere, akin to a scene from a film set, together with old rusty cars half swallowed by sand it is amazingly atmospheric for its size.
The bakery serves a constant stream of yummyness in its famous and legendary apple pie. Huge slabs of hot apple topped with a crumble pie topping ..Mmm!
Star Gazing Open Skies
Mix Namibia’s dry climate and low light pollution and you have a night sky crammed with beautiful stars.
Unparalleled night viewing of the milky way in superlative tranquility!
Taking A Walk Back In Time In Coastal Swakopmund
As Namibia’s second largest city and considered to be the country’s only holiday resort, “Swakop” was established in 1892 by German Colonists.
The small town has a distinct German design seen especially in its lighthouse and railway station, which is now a hotel.
Strolling along its palm-lined streets past its numerous colonial buildings the atmosphere feels slightly nostalgic. This old colonial charm is married with an abundance of great seafood restaurants, ocean views and nearby adventure trips for the adrenalin inspired.
Staying Within The Grandeur Of The Mighty Spitzkoppe Mountain
Amid an endlessly dry and stark plain, the cluster of the striking “Spitzkoppe”, Klein Spitzkoppe” and the neighbouring “Pondok Mountains can be seen from far away and indeed, The Spitzkoppe Mountains were also the filming location for 2001 : A Space Odyssey.
This group of granite peaks located in Southern Damaraland rise up from the desert floor and are a dramatic feature with their bare yet striking outlines.
To fully experience this serene and stunning area, stay overnight in one of the chalets or camping sites, after exploring the area on foot.
Getting Up Close With A Cheetah At Cheetah Conservation Fund
With a staggeringly low number of 7,000 cheetahs left in the world today, they are the most endangered Big Cat in Africa.
Namibia has an un shakeable and deep rooted sense of conservation and one place to witness this innovative and global leading inspiring work is at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, located on a farm, east of Otjiwarongo.
View the orphaned cheetahs living at the centre, watch “feeding time” and take a ride in a jeep with a guide to view cheetahs in one of the expansive enclosures.
A truly inspirational way to spend a day!
Visiting The Africat Foundation In Okonjima
This private Game Reserve Park was set up in the early 90’s as an initiative to rescue, relocate and rehabilitate leopard and cheetah in the wild and today also includes a focus on education and research as being essential to accomplishing this mission.
Rehabilitated leopards, cheetahs,, african wild dogs and spotted hyaenas all roam freely and catch their own prey within the 200 km² Okonjima rehabilitation nature reserves.
The highlight of a stay here has to be tracking these carnivores from a game-view vehicle. Nothing can beat this magical and humbling experience.
Viewing The Dramatic Vingerklip
Amid flat topped mountains, arid yet beautiful scenery reminiscent to parts of America, stands the impressive 35 metre high pillar of rock known as Vingerklip or Finger of God.
A natural monolith, it sits vertically on its own and is a striking sight both from near or afar.
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Although sparsely populated, Namibia is the perfect place to be discovered on a self-drive trip, so what are you waiting for? Start planning your own adventure to this beautiful country!
How about you? Is Namibia on your list for this year?
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