Tucked away in Southern Africa lies Namibia. A country that will leave you awe-struck with every experience, and permanently humbled by its vast beauty.
You may have seen the images but actually standing among the silence of the towering dunes, spotting a free roaming herd of desert dwelling elephants or looking up into the pure night sky, those are the moments that will leave an everlasting impression on your heart.
Namibia is a desert – but it is so much more than that.
Walk through the stillness of the oldest desert in the world. And for the fit trudge to the top of Big Daddy Dune to enjoy the panoramic view of the desert.
The rich terracotta dunes, surrounding the arid valley filled with skeleton Acacia trees will leave you speechless, and wondering why you haven’t been to Namibia before. It will certainly make you want to come back again immediately.
Fish River Canyon
Sit on the edge of the second largest canyon in the world, beaten only by North Americas’ Grand Canyon.
Take in the hauntingly beautiful and infamously treacherous coastline of northern Namibia. Now a graveyard for unwary ships whilst the land is one of the world’s most inhospitable and waterless areas.Image source: The Modern Nomad
Stroll through the quaint and historical coastal town of Swakopmund that is sandwiched between the desert and the Atlantic ocean. Rich in German history, architecture and food.
Well worth a stop over. The harbour town of Walvis Bay doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it’s ever so slightly prettier neighbour, Swakopmund. Right on the harbour this town has its own unique attractions, such as this stunning lagoon.
The lagoon acts as a rest stop to nearly 80% of Africa’s flamingos.Make sure you make time to stop in at what we proclaimed to be the best restaurant in the country (and we did try them all!).
The restaurant in question, Anchors at the Jetty, has the most unbelievable seafood, so turn up hungry, and make sure that you devour every last morsel.Go kayaking among the sea lions and dolphins in the Pelican Point lagoon just outside of Walvis Bay, and be rewarded with these incredible views. Not for the unadventurous, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you are unlikely to forget in a hurry.
Whether you purposefully go to stargaze or just happen to look up one night whilst sitting around the camp fire you will be treated to a twinkling night sky like you have never seen before.
Etosha National Park
Safari through Etosha National Park, the largest reserves in the world but only home to 4 of the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino and elephant). To spot buffalo, one needs to head to the very north of the country, where the landscape is less arid.
Africa’s Big Five
Go on safari in search of the ‘Big Five’ aka the African lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo. An unmissable experience when you are in Africa, and something you will NEVER forget.
Savor the splendid scene of the waterfalls amidst the desert landscape. Image source: Paul van Schalkwyk
Namibia is known as ‘Africa for beginners‘ owing to the fact that it is one of the safest places to travel in the continent. Expect to find well maintained, open roads across the country and ever changing landscapes – making it the ideal road trip destination. When people consider going on an African adventure, rarely does Namibia make the shortlist. Yet it is a country rich in experiences, untouched landscapes and an abundance of photographic opportunities (there is more than just sand dunes) it truly deserves a places on everyone’s bucket list.
Is Namibia on your bucket list? We really hope it is now!