What comes to mind when talking about Namibia is a “No-Man’s land” picture filled with various breathtaking landscapes and a beautiful fauna.
The gigantic sand dunes of the Namib Desert, the desert-adapted wildlife or the dramatic Skeleton Coast are only some of the highlights of the country.
There are no words to perfectly describe the country – but one of the best ways to discover its gems is by driving on the infinite gravel roads as the drive is an experience itself.
The world’s most ancient desert, or famously called Sossusvlei, is by far the most iconic region in Namibia. Its huge red sand dunes, such as “Big Daddy, dominate the landscape by reaching over 300 meters high”. Climbing one of these mastodons can be challenging but so rewarding once arriving at the top.
After the effort, you’ll appreciate a relaxing walk around the salt clay pan, Dead Vlei, for a unique pic.
Another way to explore the Sossusvlei area is from the air, on a peaceful journey in a hot air balloon to catch the sun rise over the desert.
Let’s not forget about the Sesriem Canyon showing at its best when the sun goes down.
Walvis Bay – Swakopmund
Namibia is mostly about nature and outdoors, but a stay in the towns of Walvis Bay or Swakopmund is much recommended on your way between Sossusvlei and the Damaraland.
Both towns have a different vibe; Walvis Bay is more relaxed and chilled while Swakopmund is a bit more vibrant and livelier. They both offer several activities you can do in the area such as sailing catamaran and kayaking to observe the amazing birdlife, seals and dolphins on the coast before heading to the desert with a 4×4 and spotting some of its wildlife.
A large variety of restaurants are available – a great way to unwind after your day tour spent between the ocean and the dunes.
Etosha National Park, home to four of the BIG FIVE, is one of the best game reserves in Namibia. This former inland sea, now transformed into a salt pan has a vast array of wildlife.
Different species can be spotted together sharing the numerous waterholes scattered all over the park. Imagine seeing flamingos, lions and giraffes drinking from the same waterhole.
That’s what Etosha NP is about.
The visitors can find a variety of accommodation options, from the campsite to luxurious lodges, a great destination for all budgets.
Exploring Damaraland promises wild unique landscapes, made for walking and unforgettable sunsets but also great desert wildlife.
So many highlights are to be seen once in Damaraland like the Petrified forest and its enormous fossilized tree trunks about 280 million years old but also the Bushman’s art found in Twyfelfontein or on top of the Brandberg Mountain with the famous “White Lady”.
You will be fascinated by the unique rock formations of Spitzkoppe, also called the “Matterhorn” of Namibia.
One of the best activities to do in Damaraland is tracking the desert wildlife, such as the desert-adapted elephant or the endangered rhino.
The Namibian Dollar and South African Rands
When to go
The best time to visit Namibia is during the dry winter months; April to October as temperatures are not too high during the day but it can also be visited all year round.
There is so much more to talk about Namibia’s gems like the Fish River Canyon, the Kakaoveld, home of the Himbas tribe. But also, the incredible Epupa falls sharing the borders with Angola, the Kalahari Desert or even the lush and green Caprivi.