Top ten things to do in Namibia
If you want to go somewhere where you can have an adventure without leaving the comforts of the urban lifestyle, you must put Namibia on your list. With so many places to visit, an adventure in Namibia can make your vacation worthwhile. Before you pack your things and go on a big trip to Namibia, here are some places to visit.
1.) Waterberg Plateau Park
Located about 68 kilometers east of Otjiwarongo, the Waterberg Plateau sits about 200 meters above the surrounding area. Wildlife watching would be a fruitful activity on this side of Namibia. This 405.5 km2 reserve is home to some rare and endangered species of antelope and birds, rhinos, buffalo and sable.
Damaraland is home to a wide selection of tourist destinations including the 35m Vingerklip natural obelisk and Namibia’s largest Stone Age petroglyph deposit, Twyfelfontein. Another famous Damaraland attraction includes the Organ Pipes formed by volcanic movements. There is also the 250 million year old Petrified Forest and the Brandberg Nature Reserve.
3.) Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is the largest game reserve in Namibia. Cover some 22,000 km2 with the Etosha frying pan that is 130 kilometers long and 50 kilometers wide. It is home to about 250 lions, 6,000 zebras, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 2,000 elephants, and about 20,000 delicate gazelles, as well as pelicans, flamingos, impalas, and other occasional animals.
4.) Cape Cross Seal Colony
Enjoy the sight, sound and smell of thousands of sea lions at the Cape Cross Seal Colony in Namibia. It is located 130 kilometers from Swakopmund. Cape Cross Seal Colony allows you to spend a day with the seals at any time of the year.
5.) Namib-Naukluft Park
Namib-Naukluft Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa. It covers about 50,000 km2 of land in Namibia and also covers the Namib Desert Park, the Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park and some parts of the Diamond Zone. Famous attractions in Namib-Naukluft Park include the Sossusvlei sand dunes and Sandwich Harbor, as well as exotic plants and animals such as Welwitschia Mirabilis, Hartmann’s mountain zebras, and lichens.
Kolmanskop is a desert town located in the southern Namib desert, 10 kilometers from Lüderitz. The city provided refuge from the harsh conditions of the Namibian desert for Consolidated Diamond Mines miners, but the postwar drop in diamond prices and the prospect of richer mines in Oranjemund ended its operation, leaving it completely deserted in 1956. Enjoy walking in this relic of Namibia and learn more about the economic and social history of the country.
Swakopmund is a city 280 kilometers from Windhoek. The city with its Atlantic coastline, cooler temperature and preserved German architecture is one of the top destinations in Namibia. Several tourist attractions in Swakopmund include the Altes Gefängnis Prison, Wörmannhaus, the National Marine Aquarium, a glass gallery and a transport museum.
8.) Skeleton Coast
Be bewildered and amazed by Skeleton Coast Park’s ever-changing moods, dense shoreline fog, scattered shipwrecks, and majestically untouched surroundings. Fly in from the Hoanib and Kunene rivers and see the coastline in its entirety. You can also enter the area between the Ugab and Hoanib rivers and enjoy the magnificent coastal fishing area.
9.) Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa, measuring 160 kilometers long, 27 kilometers wide and about 550 meters deep. You can participate in an 85-kilometer Fish River Canyon Trail from Hobas to Ai-Ais. You can also take a one or two day trip at various points within the canyon.
Enjoy the wild nature of Namibia by traveling to the Kaokaland region with stunning mountainous landscapes and natural shelters for animals. The irregular landscape also serves as a home for the Himba tribe who still live off their own tradition and culture. Be captivated by the quiet and serene atmosphere that Kaokaland offers as you enjoy rafting, canoeing, bird watching, and more.