From the carnival of wildlife that congregates around the Etosha Pan, to the great burnt orange sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia boasts a number of the most intriguing and iconic destinations to be found anywhere in Africa. With this in mind, it’s no wonder this dramatically beautiful country is a perennial inclusion on almost any reputable list of the top countries to visit in the world.
While Namibia is probably best-known for its numerous striking landscapes and fascinating wildlife, its cultural offerings are also equally interesting, as is its history. A number of Namibia’s destinations manage to combine all of the above in one place. So whatever it is you’re looking for, Namibia can certainly deliver.
Dramatically different to the sparse landscape that characterizes so much of Namibia, the Kavango and Zambezi Regions that comprise the area formerly known as the Caprivi are veritable oases teeming with game and birdlife.
Known for its rock art, rock formations, black rhinos and rich cultural heritage, Damaraland is a little off the beaten track but well worth the detour.
Etosha National Park
Etosha is one of Africa’s biggest and best wildlife sanctuaries, famous for its elephants and rhinos, but equally well-endowed in big cats, birdlife and striking backdrops.
Fish River Canyon
Second in size only to America’s Grand Canyon, the Fish River Canyon is one of Namibia’s most awe-inspiring geological sites and a great hiking destination.
Found in the far north of the country, Kaokoland is harsh, wild, unadulterated, strikingly beautiful and far from the more beaten tourist paths, but certainly worth the detour.
Lüderitz is a strange and incongruous coastal town famous for its oysters, marine life, German architecture and fascinating mining history.
Situated inside one of Africa’s largest conservation areas, the majestic dunes around Sossusvlei are among the most photographed sites in the world, and not without good cause.
Dramatically sandwiched between the Namib Desert and the wild Atlantic coastline, Swakopmund has developed a reputation as Namibia’s adventure capital.
Unlike most African capitals, Namibia’s capital city is surprisingly small and laidback. But beneath the sleepy exterior, there’s plenty going on.