Namibia Top 10 Attractions
Going to Namibia and want to find the best places to go? Here are the top 10 recommended places to visit when you travel to Namibia!
1. Etosha National Park
This national park was the first place in all of Namibia to be declared a conservation area in 1970 and is commonly known as one of Africa's best game reserves. The total size of the national park is a whopping 22,000 sq km and has everything from sand to shrubs and will really tickle your fancy no matter what you are into! You can see tens of thousands of animals conversing around water holes from elephants to rhino and you really will get a true taste of being up close and personal with some of Africa's most amazing creatures. ... more
This is where you will find the highest sand dunes in the entire world in one of the most amazing features you will see in all of Namibia. The sand dunes themselves always vary in shape and form as the wind changes them over time and you can climb up to the top to give yourself some amazing views of the surrounding areas. The best time to see these dunes is either at sunrise or sunset where you can see the sun glisten all over the mountains and give some amazing colours all over the dunes.
3. Swakopmund and Walvis Bay
A truly amazing area often referred to as 'Namibia's Playground' due to the amount of things you can do and achieve when in the area. The town has a feel to it that resembles a small German town and the friendliness of the people is second to none. You also find it a great area to escape the heat of Namibia. There is so much to see in the area with activities such as sand-skiing, sand boarding and quad biking to enjoy. You can even take dolphin cruises or go kayaking!
4. Damaraland and Kaokoveld
This area is filled with rugged and amazing landscape which will certainly have a vast impact on you. From all areas of this sweeping part of Namibia, you can witness how the wildlife and people have adapted to such a stunning part of the world and how they truly cope in such an unforgiving landscape. You can find plenty of desert accommodation if you don't wish to rough it in the wilderness.
5. Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the entire world and the largest in all of Africa and is a sheer marvel to witness in the flesh. The landscape around the canyon will stun you with its amazing natural beauty and you will be in awe at the span and width the canyon truly possesses. It was formed well over 500 million years ago and is one of the most ideal places in the entire country to take photos.
This area is amazing to see with its natural art galleries drawn on large red rocks from the natives over thousands of years. A great place to see true African culture at it's finest with some of the carvings in the wall estimated to be over 6000 years old. It was offered World Heritage status in 2008 and has proven to be one of Namibia's best tourist attractions. It's best to visit the park in the morning or at night when it is at it's coolest so that you can correctly see the drawings and not be blocked by the heat.
This area is very unique and is a small piece of land that almost looks like a finger. It only stretches for approximately 400km and shares a border with Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola and Zambia. This area is actually the wettest part of the entire country and is home to some amazing numbers of African animals that will truly astound you with their beauty and scare you with their danger. You will also be witness to some amazing waterfalls and stunning scenery.
The Kalahari Desert is the world's largest stretch of sand and for a desert has some amazing greenery and colour in it due to some vast amounts of rainfall over the last decade. There is some much open space in this area that it will simply draw you in with it's sheer beauty and astound you with the nature of what you are actually witness to. It is a place where people sometimes get extremely emotional just by witnessing the amazing landscape before them. You can also meet the San Bushmen who are a very unique tribe who can make you witness to their amazing customs and tribal rituals.
The capital city of Namibia is a beautiful place to venture to. It will no doubt be either the start or finish of your trip and it really is worth a few days for you to explore as well. The city has loads of German influences due to its discovery by the Germans and this is evident throughout the city and the city even holds its own Oktoberfest celebrations every year. A city well worth the trip to.
10. The Skeleton Coast
The top one third of the countries shoreline serves as the Skeleton Coast and also forms the Skeleton National Park. There are large amounts of majestic scenery ranging from volcanic formations through to sand dunes and stunning waterfalls, it really has it all! It was called the Skeleton National Park due to the large amounts of shipwrecks that can be found off the coast.