What to see in Namibia
Namibia is one of the best places in the world to visit if one yearns for a stunning variety of dramatic desert landscapes. The country's most popular attractions include saltpans, sand dunes, rock formations, and clay pans
Altogether, these extraordinary sights form the beautiful but harsh backdrop for wildlife safaris and a wealth of ancient rock art. Travel in Namibia is a celebration of open spaces and silence, and the country is a photographer's dream.
The formidable coastline of the Namib Desert is one of the most popular areas to explore, with tourists most commonly choosing to stay at Walvis Bay and the charming Swakopmund. From here, they enjoy excursions to desert gems like Sossusvlei and the Spitzkoppe Mountains.
The capital city of Windhoek is also a great base for travel, with a number of urban attractions and potential for excursions further afield. The best places to see San rock art are Twyfelfontein and Brandberg, although the ancient carvings and paintings are wonderfully ubiquitous.
Etosha National Park is a delight for game viewing and the Fish River Canyon is a magnificent and challenging place to hike. Popular activities in Namibia include wildlife safaris, surfing, scuba diving, dune boarding, fishing, golf, and boating.
The Brandberg Massif is famous for its thousands of rock paintings and engravings. Its most celebrated piece is the 'White Lady', estimated to be around 2,000 years old. The painting shows a male with…
The Skeleton Coast National Park is infamous for inaccessible shores and rough waters. The local San used to call it 'The Land God Made in Anger', while Portuguese sailors named it 'The Gates of Hell'.…
One of the most popular highlights in Namibia are the clay pans of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. The dunes are among the highest in the world, reaching more than 960 feet (300m) and are a wondrous…
Swakopmund is an enchanting little seaside town in the middle of the Namib Desert, with many colonial buildings and a distinctly German character. The region's food specialities include rock lobster,…
The natural beauty of the Spitzkoppe is spectacular: an island of bald granite peaks situated in an endless grassy plain that is visible for miles around. Groot Spitzkop is often referred to as the…
Twyfelfontein boasts the largest concentration of ancient rock art in the country, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The petroglyphs primarily depict game animals such as giraffe, antelope,…
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Phoebe is a farm girl from the UK who, armed with a Geography degree, set off a few years ago to develop a career and discover the world. She first visited Namibia to assist with a research project, and fell immediately in love with this beautiful country. She now lives in Johannesburg and works as a safari guide in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.
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