A rugged wilderness with dramatic landscapes, Namibia will delight and astound at the same time. Although its history stretches back for thousands of years, as the magnificent rock engravings at Twyfelfontein show, it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Off the main highways you can drive for hours without encountering another traveller along the way. Discover sand dunes erupting in a blaze of colour after the rains; spot wild horses roaming the sweeping plains of the Aus Mountains or explore the eerie landscapes of the Etosha salt pan, where flocks of flamingos breed in the wet season. Namibia is one of Southern Africa’s most popular destinations for those with wanderlust in their hearts.
- Catch sightings of big cats, elephants, black rhinos and plains game in abundance at the Etosha National Park, Namibia’s most famous conservation area
- Stand in awe of the spectacular, mountainous red dunes at Sossusvlei, best seen during sunrise or sunset when they turn a deep red colour
- Search for free-roaming desert elephants and lions in Damaraland
- Travel along the salt road of the Skeleton Coast to view the thousands of shipwrecks that litter the beach there, sinister reminders of the forces of nature
- Photograph the hauntingly beautiful, ancient tree skeletons of Deadvlei
- Visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop, once a hive of bustling activity during the short-lived diamond boom, now a cluster of empty houses filled only with sand
- Hike the second largest canyon in the world, Fish River Canyon, and spot the Hartmann’s mountain zebra that drink at its banks
Unforgettable experiences – our insider suggestions to the best things to do in Namibia
A Living Desert Tour
See the desert come to life before your eyes with a Living Desert Tour. Get up close to the seeming wasteland in the company of an experienced local guide, and reassess your expectations of this hyper-arid terrain.
Take a pit stop at a little oasis in the desert, the historic settlement of Solitaire, and try the mouth-watering treats on offer at Percy “Moose” McGregor’s famous bakery.
Discover Fish River Canyon
Hike the Fish River Canyon for a once in a lifetime experience. During the winter months, those with a higher level of fitness can plan a challenging multi-day hike along the 90km long trail.
Grey ghost elephants
Catch a breathtaking glimpse of the grey ghost elephants of Etosha, who cover themselves with white sand and dust as added protection from the harsh sun.
Ancient rock engravings
Travel back in time with a visit to the Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, unique in the world due to the use of metal tools to make them. Discover Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site as you view over 2,500 paintings and carvings in the rocks
Dune boarding or quad biking?
Head to Namibia’s mecca for adventure seekers, Swakopmund, a popular coastal town. Take advantage of the cooler winds rolling in over the Atlantic Ocean to go dune boarding or quad biking in the surrounding desert, or explore the cold ocean waters by kayak or boat.
Damara Living Museum
Immerse yourself in local culture at the Damara Living Museum, which attempts to reconstruct the lost traditional culture of the local people. Learn more about the Damara, one of the oldest nations in Namibia, largely wiped out during colonization.
Big thanks to the Namibian Tourist Board for providing some of the images above.