If you plan on visiting Namibia, give yourself enough time, because there are so many spectacular things to see in this country and locations to visit that a few days are simply not enough. We have rounded up a list of 10 must-see locations in Namibia and you can read more about them below. Whether is Sossusvlei, Etosha, or the Caprivi, the best that Africa has to offer is in Namibia. Arguably, it’s the best country on the continent for a perfect African adventure. It combines all the best natural wonders with excellent safety – always a huge plus when travelling to a strange country. Lastly, it is also a very sparsely populated country, so if you are after solitude and wide, open spaces, Namibia is your location of choice.
- Etosha National Park. Etosha National Park is probably the most important of the 10 must-see Namibian locations and it just so happens that it is just around the corner from Ohorongo Safaris – less than 100 km as the crow flies. Etosha is most well-known for the enormous, hypersaline Etosha salt pan which, at 4760 km2 (1840 mi2), covers nearly a quarter of the park. The park teems with wildlife, especially when the pan briefly fills with a thin film of water in summer, although rarely more than 10 cm (4 in) deep.
- Namib-Naukluft National Park. While this park encompasses the best of the Namib Desert, the Naukluft Mountains, and the Sandwich Harbour lagoon, it is perhaps most famous for Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. If you’ve ever wondered where those photos are taken of the dead trees on the white salt pan with the red dunes in the background, it is Deadvlei. And these spectacular views are probably reason enough to visit. Sossusvlei has amongst the highest sand dunes in the world on display.
- Fish River Canyon. This is the second-largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon and famous for its amazing views, especially at sunrise. There are many vantage points to view the canyon from above, and there is also the world-famous Fish River Canyon hiking trail, a strenuous 90-km hike over 5 days along the canyon floor from a starting point 13 km west of Hobas, all the way to Ai Ais.
- Spitzkoppe. Also called the “Matterhorn of Namibia”, these granite peaks’ highest point is 1728 m above sea level and they are particularly imposing because they are surrounded by an essentially flat desert plain on which they stand proudly. The views are best at sunset and to avoid driving at night, stay the night at the Spitzkoppe camping ground.
- Cape Cross. Cape Cross Seal Reserve is the location to go to see an enormous colony of hundreds of thousands of Cape fur seals in their natural habitat. The smells can be quite intense, so Cape Cross is, in fact, best visited on a windy day! Either way, it is well worth the visit.
- Twyfelfontein. If you love history and want to see the largest site of Bushman rock engravings in Africa, you simply must visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photographic opportunities are best in the morning and the tourist numbers are also lower that time of day. You can select to hike along many routes, with the Lion Man route probably the best one. A knowledgeable local guide accompanies you.
- Kolmanskop. Once a small but rich diamond-mining town in southern Namibia at the beginning of the 20th century, the town became a ghost time by the ’50s, when the diamond supply started to become depleted and a rich diamond field was discovered 270 km to the south of Kolmanskop, close to the Orange River. Today, Kolmanskop is being reclaimed by the desert and the dilapidated buildings partly submerged under the advancing sand dunes make for one of the most amazing photographic locations in Namibia.
- Quiver Tree Forest. In the far south of Namibia, close to Vioolsdrif, you can visit a wooded area of ancient trees, mostly the odd-looking quiver trees, of which there are around 250. This spontaneous forest contains trees of close to 300 years old. The quiver tree got its name from the fact that the ancient San people made quivers from their branches.
- Caprivi. The Caprivi is a feast for the nature lover with its huge variety of wildlife. In contrast to most other locations in Namibia, it receives plenty of rain and is green an awash with animal life. There are two national parks in the Caprivi Strip: Bwabwata and Nkasa Rupara. The Popa Falls and Caprivi Arts Centre are also worth a visit, as well as the Lizauli traditional village, where visitors can learn more about the indigenous people’s customs, diet, farming and fishing methods, toolmaking, and music. We can plan and arrange multi-day trips to the Caprivi for you
- Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton Coast is not far from our lodge and the perfect location for an excursion via vehicle or light aircraft. The story goes that it gets its name from the skeletons of whales littering its shores during its unfortunate whaling years – now long gone. However, it could very well be that it has more to do with the skeletons of the numerous shipwrecks along this piece of treacherous coastline, where dense sea fogs, rocks, and unpredictable currents have caused a multitude of shipwrecks over the years. Some of these shipwrecks have been claimed by the advancing desert as the seabound winds carry more sand into the Atlantic – and quite a few now reside a few hundred metres inland, where there once was sea.
Why not see the wonders of Namibia and plan a route that starts in the south and ends in the north at the Ohorongo Lodge or Tented Camp, from where you are close enough to visit the Skeleton Coast and Caprivi? Start with these 10 must-see places in Namibia; there are many other locations worth your time too, as you’ll soon discover. Crime is virtually non-existent, which is another reason to pick Namibia as your perfect African getaway. Read our other blogs on the dos and don’ts of travelling in Namibia and many other interesting topics to make your stay here unforgettable.