Namibia’s Top Attractions for 2019
Namibia, Travel, Africa, Tours, Top Attractions, 2019
It is a beautiful description of a
land that is both serenely unspoiled and wild but vibrant, sparse and dry, but
tempered with greenbelts that play host to a myriad of wildlife. Affectionately
known as “The Jewel of the Desert,’ Namibia is a hauntingly beautiful country.
Its German influence is evident throughout and this truly is one of the world’s
There is such a vast range of things to do there that we felt we should
try to nail it down to just the premier points of interest for our clients –
and so here, we believe are Namibia’s Top
Attractions for 2019.
Cities and Towns
There are three primary urban/resort areas that one
must visit. Those of the famous German influenced Swakopmund, Windhoek and Walvis
Swakopmund is a coastal city west of the
capital, Windhoek. Sandwiched between the Atlantic
Ocean and the Namib Desert on the western coast, Swakopmund is one of those
great traveller stops along the African road. This is Namibia's adventure
capital and a surreal colonial remnant and is also the ideal place to start
your exploration of the Skeleton Coast and Namib Desert. This is a city with as
much personality as it has sea frontage and it retains a strong German
flavour – from its cobbled streets and picturesque buildings to typical German
restaurants and pubs serving German cuisine. This is also one of the much
cooler destinations in Namibia, with its moist sea air, mist and rain sometimes
surprising you in the Desert.
Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, in
the country’s central highlands. In the centre of the city are the 1890s Alte
Feste, a former military headquarters with historical exhibits and the
Independence Memorial Museum. To the South the vast ‘Heroes Acre’ war memorial commemorates
Namibia’s 1990 independence. This place has a city buzz and teams with
nightlife and fun things to do.
Walvis Bay is a port town on the coast
of Namibia and a beautiful resort for those who prefer action and relaxation at
the seaside. Its tidal lagoon plays host to abundant birdlife including
flamingos, pelicans and Damara terns and sea creatures include Dolphins, Whales
and Cape fur seals which inhabit the Atlantic waters around the Pelican Point
Lighthouse. Here you can enjoy a catamaran cruise with oysters and champagne. The
harbour is teaming with fishing boats and ships. Great for sea food and fun in
Etosha National Park is undoubtedly one of the star attractions in
Namibia. The Park is largely flat with vast
grasslands surrounding its famous Etosha Pan, an extensive salt pan of
5,000km², the breeding ground of over one million flamingos in the rainy
season. Etosha is home to a surprising variety of animals – four of the Big
Five and some unusual endemics like the endangered black-faced impala,
Hartmann’s mountain zebra and the world’s tiniest antelope, the Damara dik-dik.
It is also home to one of the largest populations of black rhino. Okaukuejo camp is
the main camp inside Etosha Park. It is known for its look-out tower and a very
famous floodlit water hole and
is a haven for wildlife photographers.
If you are keen on seeing desert-adapted wildlife, then it’s best to
head to Damaraland and southern Kaokoland for elephants, the Kunene region for
black rhino and the Skeleton Coast for Brown Hyaena. Between Damaraland and Skeleton
Coast, you may also be so lucky to see the unique and rare desert-adapted lions
of Namibia, which roam across this vast country in search of prey. There is
also one specific camp, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, that offers you the best
chance to see these amazing animals, as its resident researcher tracks these
cats on a daily basis to ensure their survival and safety from human-wildlife
conflict. One of the most iconic animals of Namibia, the Oryx, can also be seen
across the country.
The Erongo Mountains, Spitkoppe and Brandberg are amongst the most
remarkable mountains in the world and the Namib Naukluft feature on the list of
absolute ‘must see,’ mountains and yet are comparatively unknown.
Twyfelfontein is a site of ancient rock
engravings in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia. It consists of a
spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain that
receives very little rainfall and has a wide range of diurnal temperatures.
Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei
The deserts to the
South of the country are in many ways the highlights of the stunning nation.
The Skeleton Coast, where glorious dunes plunge into stunning Atlantic waters
with almost no inhabitants, is justifiably world famous.
Even more so is the area of Sossusvlei, also in the enormous Namib
Naukluft. It is usually seen as the single most beautiful desert scape on
Earth. On a Jewel of Africa tour,
at Dune 45,
we make a stop to view the world's most photographed dune. Further along, a
gradual 1.6 kilometre round-trip guided walk up to Dead Vlei is a must for the
The more energetic have the opportunity to
climb to the upper ridge of Big Daddy Dune, one of the highest dunes in this
area. Dead Vlei is
astounding, featuring trees petrified by centuries with little rain that
reduces first time visitors to speechless wonder. The Namib Desert is the
oldest desert in the world!
And So Much More
We have really just touched on the best of what this amazing land has to
offer international tourists. Why not contact us or visit our website if you
would like to learn more or book one of our popular packages. We can also tailor
make a tour specific to your availability, pocket and preferences.
We look forward to introducing you to this incredible land and guiding
you through Namibia’s Top Attractions for