In the southern part of Africa lies a beautiful country: Namibia – rich of nature, wildlife and culture. Namibia is a different type of travel destination than any other country in the world, attracting the adventurous traveller that would like to go off-the-beaten-track and visit the less touristic and crowded places. You can find everything in Namibia; from the wildlife in Etosha National Park in the north, the marine life and cultural towns in the west, to the desserts and canyons in the south.
Sossusvlei and the sand dunes
Namibia is perhaps most famous for its beautiful desserts and sand dunes. A must-visit in Namibia is Sossusvlei – a salt and clay pan surrounded by Namibia’s iconic, red sand dunes. Furthermore, no visit to Sossusvlei is complete without a hike up one of the sand dunes. The most commonly hiked dune is Dune 45 – however, if you feel brave enough why not try to hike Big Daddy? However, despite being breathtakingly beautiful, the unique landscape does sometimes induce some challenges. For example, bring plenty of water and sunscreen and do not be surprised if you have to change a flat tyre in the middle of the dessert. Road-assistance is nowhere to be found, so be sure to learn how to change a tyre before your trip!
Fish River Canyon
Another one of Namibia’s major attractions are the Fish River Canyon – the largest canyon in Africa and the second largest canyon in the world (after the Grand Canyon in the USA). Go to one of the many viewpoints for amazing pictures or book a multiday hike that takes you through the whole canyon! There is accommodation in the area for all budgets, with the more expensive one’s offering spectacular views – imagine waking up to a sunrise view over Fish River Canyon or watch wildlife at some of the canyons many waterholes.
Meet the indigenous people of Namibia
Lots of travellers come to Namibia to visit the Himbas – one of Namibia’s indigenous people. The Himbas live as nomads and do not have a set place where the live. Often you will meet the Himbas along the way when driving through Damaraland, where they have made temporary villages and sell some of their products to passing tourists. Another indigenous people in Namibia are the Sans, also known as the Bushmen. When in Namibia, why not spend some time getting to know these people? Various cultural excursions are available where you get to experience these people’s way of life for a day or two.
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Must-do activities in Namibia
- Cycling through Katutura Township
- Tok Tokkie trail – a multiple day hike through Namibia Desert
- Desert elephant drive
- Rhino tracking
- Bushman cultural experience
- Sossusvlei and walking on the sand dunes
- Hiking in Fish River Canyon
Must-try restaurants and food in Namibia
- Joe’s Beerhouse in Windhoek
- Street food in Katutura
- Solitaire Bakery; famous for their apple pie
- The Tug in Swakopmund
- Erongo Mountain Winery
How to prepare for a trip to Namibia
- Learn how to chance and fix a tire – you never know when you might need it.
- Be sure to pack enough sun protection products: sunscreen, sunglass, hat etc.
- Before travelling to Namibia, exchange some money into the local currency. This is to avoid having to go to the ATM as soon as arriving in the country.
- Compile a USB stick or CD with lots of music. With all the driving you will do, music will make the road trip a lot more fun.