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Introducing Namibia

In recent decades Namibia has developed into a top travel destination for those wanting to experience real Africa. A deeply proud and traditional country, Namibia is home to some of the very best wildlife and scenery that the continent of Africa has to offer.

Namibia gained its independence in 1990 and is a country spanning over 200 million acres yet it has a tiny population meaning that amongst its deserts, canyons, and long sweeping coast you may see more wildlife than human life!

The Namibia wildlife is somewhat of a success story as aside from the numerous springbok, baboons, giraffes, and elephants you will also witness large numbers of both black and white rhinos and lions and this is largely down to the efforts of local conversation communities, the government, and other non-profit organizations.

There are other magnificent attractions in the country including the Namib desert where you can climb dunes or hover over them in a hot air balloon.

Be sure to check out my guest blog from Obeo Travel – Explore Namibia.

Key Information

Continent Africa
CurrencySouth African Rand
LanguageEnglish / French
VisaFCO Advice
VaccinationsVaccination Advice
Tourist OfficeNamibia Tourist Office

Getting Around Namibia

Hiring a car and taking a self-drive is a very popular and highly recommended way of discovering the incredible landscape.

You could also take a private guide who comes with the local knowledge to take you to those hidden places, especially in a country as vast and barren as this.

Many visitors to Namibia will combine a stay with a tour of the neighbouring countries of South Africa and Botswana.

Top 20 Things To See & Do in Namibia

Namibia offers a diverse range of experiences, from thrilling safaris to serene desert landscapes, making it a truly unforgettable destination for adventurous travellers.

  1. Sossusvlei and Deadvlei: Witness the towering red dunes and stark white clay pans, a photographer’s dream.
  2. Etosha National Park: Go on a safari adventure to spot lions, elephants, rhinos, and more in this vast wildlife reserve.
  3. Skeleton Coast: Explore the eerie landscapes and shipwrecks along this desolate coastline.
  4. Fish River Canyon: Hike along one of Africa’s largest canyons, offering breathtaking vistas and challenging trails.
  5. Swakopmund: Experience adventure sports like sandboarding and quad biking, or simply relax on the picturesque beaches.
  6. Namib-Naukluft National Park: Discover the diverse ecosystems, from desert plains to rugged mountains, and encounter unique wildlife.
  7. Damaraland: Visit ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and search for desert-adapted elephants and rhinos.
  8. Cheetah Conservation Fund: Learn about conservation efforts and get up close with cheetahs at this research centre.
  9. Caprivi Strip: Explore lush wetlands and spot a variety of birdlife along the Okavango and Zambezi Rivers.
  10. Kolmanskop Ghost Town: Wander through the abandoned diamond mining town, now reclaimed by the desert.
  11. Himba Villages: Experience traditional Himba culture and customs in remote villages in northern Namibia.
  12. Namib Desert: Marvel at the vastness of the world’s oldest desert and its unique flora and fauna.
  13. Spitzkoppe: Hike among dramatic granite peaks and ancient rock formations, camping under the stars.
  14. Kaokoland: Encounter the nomadic Himba and Herero people, and explore rugged landscapes dotted with baobab trees.
  15. Epupa Falls: Admire the cascading waterfalls on the Kunene River and visit the traditional villages of the Himba people.
  16. Grootberg Plateau: Enjoy panoramic views of the rugged landscape and search for desert-adapted wildlife.
  17. NamibRand Nature Reserve: Experience true solitude and serenity in this vast wilderness area, perfect for stargazing.
  18. Okonjima Nature Reserve: Learn about cheetah and leopard conservation and track these magnificent predators on foot.
  19. Namibian Craft Markets: Shop for locally made crafts and souvenirs, supporting local artisans and communities.
  20. Hot Air Balloon Safari: Float above the Namib Desert at sunrise, taking in panoramic views and spotting wildlife from above.

Pre-bookable Excursions in Namibia

More Information

The Namibia Tourist Office provides a wide choice of useful information including places to go, things to do and what you can expect from the weather.



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