What to see in Namibia

Namibia Attractions

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. It's located on an overhang…

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Skeleton Coast National Park

Encompassing the northern part of the Namibian coastline and extending into southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast National Park is infamous for inaccessible shores and rough waters. Often,…

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One of the most popular highlights in Namibia are the clay pans of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. The enclosing ochre sand dunes are among the highest in the world, reaching more than 960…

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Swakopmund is an enchanting little seaside town in the middle of the Namib Desert, growing around what was once the main harbour of German South West Africa. It has many German colonial…

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The Spitzkoppe

Located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib Desert, the natural beauty of the Spitzkoppe, or Spitzkop, is spectacular: an island of bald granite peaks situated in an endless grassy…

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Due to the presence of water in this arid region, theorists believe the site has been inhabited for at least 6,000 years. First saw the coming of hunter-gatherers, while Khoikhoi herders…

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Our Travel Expert

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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