16 Feb The Best Things to Do in Namibia
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Namibia is one of those countries that could and should be visited in its own right and makes for a great fly-drive destination. However, if you’re in neighbouring South Africa it is easy to get cheap flights to the capital relatively easily. As a former German colony, Namibia is popular with German tourists and you might be able to bag yourself a bargain flight by getting a budget flight to Germany and then fly down to Namibia.
Namibia is the second leastdensely populated country on the planet but its vastness does not mean there is a lack of things to do, it just adds to the beauty of it. Here are our top things to do in Namibia.
Top Things to do in Namibia
Etosha National Park
Etosha National park is situated in the north west of the country and is smaller in size compared to other national parks throughout Africa. However, as a particularly dry country it means that wildlife must come to a watering hole to quench their thirst. This means less driving is needed and you’ll see watering holes packed with wildlife.
Quad Biking and Sandboarding
Swakopmund is ideal for those who want adventure (and also a break from eating game as the fish options here are awesome). If you want to go quad biking or sandboarding on the dunes, this is the place to do it.
Between Sesriem and Swakopmund is Solitaire, a small town with a few farms and lodges. From here you can visit a 1265 acre enclosed cheetah sanctuary which holds cheetahs that cannot survive in the wild.
Dune 45, Deadvlei, and Sossusvlei
The oldest desert in the world is home to a few attractions you can see in one day. The first being Dune 45 which gives you fantastic views across the desert and other dunes. Start early so you’re not climbing in the blistering heat. Further on is Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. Perfect for photographers, there is a white pan with dead thorn trees which look epic in the desert.
After your adventures in Sossusvlei it’s only a few kilometres to get to Sesrium Canyon. Looking like something from the set of Star Wars, the canyon has been formed over millions of years. It’s not deep either so a very short walk means it’s easy to climb down into the canyon.
Kayaking Sea Colony
Down the road from Swakopmund is Walvis Bay which is home to Pelican Point which is home to over 50,000 Cape Fur seals. They are terrified of you on land but totally in their element at sea. Take a kayaking tour and see seals and dolphins that will inquisitively check you out as you paddle. Some will even cheekily splash you!
Fish River Canyon
Africa’s answer to the Grand Canyon, Fish River Canyon is the largest on the African continent and approximately 100 miles long. If you’re up for a challenging and rugged landscape to hike, Fish River Canyon is something you should put on your list of things to do in Namibia.