Sossusvlei, with its infinite sea of rust-red dunes, bleached white pan, and gnarled old trees, is one of the greatest locations to see in Namibia. In front of a vivid red dune that climbs into the clear blue sky above, Sossusvlei is the oryx flashing its flowing tail and showing you both its front and side views of its outstanding characteristics.
Without undertaking the arduous journey into Sossusvlei, scaling Big Daddy, and sitting atop the world’s biggest dune and gazing out over a sea of equally large dunes vanishing into the western horizon, a trip to Namibia is incomplete.
And the view from above, in a hot-air balloon at daybreak, is just breathtaking.
2. Etosha National Park
Face it, the majority of tourists to Namibia are first-time travelers to Africa, and they come to view the wildlife. They’ve only ever seen large, vicious creatures on television or in photos. Etosha National Park, one of Africa’s largest wildlife reserves, offers a guaranteed safari experience that is unmatched.
The number of mammals is impressive—114 to be exact—with the entire quota of species present, including elephant, lion, leopard, black and white rhino, cheetah, caracal, brown and spotted hyena, giraffe, zebra, and several antelope. With 340 species recorded, including a significant number of raptors, the birdlife is quite outstanding.
Staying in the park provides you access to a floodlit extravaganza in addition to the everyday procession of animals drawn to the special natural waterholes that encircle an old pan. Whatever way you want to experience it, Etosha is the authentic African safari experience. You may stay in the private parks on the perimeter, go on a guided safari through the park, or just relax with a thermos and some binoculars beside a waterhole.
3. Skeleton Coast
Swakopmund is the ideal starting point from which to visit the Skeleton Coast, a foggy desert wilderness with furious waves, a seemingly lifeless interior, and its fair share of anomalies. Swakopmund is located halfway between Namibia’s two most popular attractions.
The Skeleton Coast is where the dunes and sea meet, and because there is so much to see and do there, Swakopmund is a great place to stop in between the immense distance between Sossusvlei and Etosha.
There are a variety of adventure sports available, such as quad riding, paragliding, sandboarding, and skydiving, to go along with desert excursions, sea kayaking, and scenic flights. In a single day, become closer to the outdoors and to your loved ones. Nothing separates life’s priorities from life’s frivolities like an adrenaline rush. Undoubtedly among the greatest and most unique, places to visit in Namibia.
Without a question, Damaraland is a destination in and of itself, but due to its proximity to Etosha on the road from the Skeleton Coast, its beauty and seclusion are frequently overlooked.
Damaraland, with its rocky mountains, grass-covered plains, and every imaginable shade of brown, from dark russet to bleached blonde, is at once beautiful, singular, and fascinating. It is home to elephant, rhino, and lions that have adapted to the desert as well as oryx, springbok, and hundreds of bird species. except for the sky, which is always a vibrant deep blue.
5. Victoria Falls
Although Vic Falls is technically not in Namibia, it is still only a short distance from the tip of the Caprivi (through Botswana’s Chobe game reserve, no less), making it a highly popular add-on for our private, customized excursions.
What can you tell someone who hasn’t visited Victoria Falls about it? Even those who may dismiss a waterfall as being insignificant will be left speechless and somewhat humbled by nature’s overwhelming force.
Vic Falls, a Natural Wonder of the World, is a highly popular add-on for our private, custom excursions even though it is technically not in Namibia. Vic Falls is reached via Botswana’s Chobe game reserve and is only a hop, skip, and jump from the tip of the Caprivi.
If someone hasn’t visited Victoria Falls, what can you tell them? Meh, it’s only a waterfall, some might remark, yet even they would be left in awe by the overwhelming force of nature Park on the Zambian side.
In light of this, we’ve addressed two crucial inquiries about Victoria Falls in separate posts:
What time of year is ideal for visiting Victoria Falls?
Which Victoria Falls side, Zimbabwe or Zambia, is superior?
The enormous sand sea of Sossusvlei, the remarkable solitude of the Skeleton Coast, some very stunning scenery and unusual fauna in Damaraland, a big 5 safari in Etosha, and the thunderous grandeur of the tallest waterfall in the world have all been seen up to this point. What more could you ask for?
6. Namib-Naukluft Park
One of the biggest protected zones in the world has a dot called Sossusvlei. The Namib-Naukluft park, which spans 50,000 square kilometers, starts on a plateau in central Namibia and descends to the huge Namib Desert valley, which contains the 20-million-year-old remains of an ancient sea.
The Namib-Naukluft is an area of exceptional beauty and tranquillity, with vast open expanses bordered by purple-blue mountains and impossibly beautiful sunsets. Time seems to stand still, as if the clock stopped around Paleocene times, and the only thing you’ll hear is the calm wind (indeed there are preserved dinosaur footprints dotted around the country).
The NamibRand Reserve in the Namib-Naukluft Park offers several excellent eco-lodges, such Wolwedans, Sonop, and Kwessi Dunes, that provide a magical desert experience if you’ve been to Sossusvlei or have the money for a few additional days. The world’s oldest and most beautiful desert may be experienced in a distinctive way through horseback riding, quad bike routes, scenic drives, overnight treks, hot air ballooning, and more. We’re not prejudiced. In no way.
One of the few locations in Sao Tome that isn’t right on the edge of the ocean is Trindade.
Instead, this little settlement is perched on the rising ridges of the interior highlands, well above the city.
The vast expanses of cocoa and coffee plantations that make up the greater Me-Zochi District surround it and serve as its primary sources of revenue.
Visitors to the town are most struck by the ancient colonial frontispieces’ eerie and decaying qualities, which stand like the ghosts of a bygone era along the potholed roadways.
The Caprivi region is similar to Botswana Lite because it is situated on the same floodplain, has similar rivers running through it, and has animal species that migrate between the two nations every year.
Botswana frequently throws our clients’ budgets off, forcing us to retract our advice. Enter the wilds of the Caprivi, which are off the usual path. The safari lodges in the Caprivi offer an encounter with the African bush that you have undoubtedly imagined in your head since viewing The Lion King. They are situated on enormous perennial rivers and thick floodplains.
You won’t be let down either. The safari lodges’ opulence, solitude, wildlife, and birds are every bit as magnificent as the more costly locations further south.
9. Fish River Canyon
The Kalahari is for those who want to escape with its red sand dunes, swinging bleached-blonde grass, and infinite blue sky.
The Kalahari is a place of beauty, introspection, and enormous venison steaks. It is the home of the San Hunter-Gatherers and is home to lions, oryx, and those beautiful meerkats bopping their heads and chirruping at each other all day.
Kaokoland is like Damarland on full volume, on steroids, on a goal to become the least explored portion of one of the least populous nations on Earth. However, it is last and only last due to its distant position, difficult access, and the impossibly tough competition before it. Kokoland is unique. We Namibians “get away from it all” here, although I’m not sure exactly what we’re going away from.
Massive mountain ranges that are almost inaccessible, all of the Damaraland species that has adapted to the desert to the south, and miles and miles of desolate, breathtaking beauty. The interesting Himba people live off the land in peace with nature in Kaokoland.
Kaokoland is most suitable for daring self-drive 4×4 camping excursions with many vehicles, and it’s quite likely on everyone’s list of places to visit again. You will want to return after exploring this historic and stunning nation in more detail.
Now. Which one of these amazing Namibian sights should I visit? These are the basis trips that are most popular with our customers, which we then customise to their tastes.