Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Namibia

Namibia is located in southern Africa, natural habitation for thousands of cheetahs, the only place in the world with the most number of cheetahs. The country of Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, but offers plenty of beautiful tourist attractions. Namibia is a country of dry land, rough, and full of contrasts. However, it still has a magnet for tourists to come. It is considered to be an ideal destination for those who enjoy nature, outstanding landscapes, stunning sand dunes, and see the wildlife. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Namibia along with your family are listed below:

1. Windhoek

Windhoek is one of the famous cities of Namibia and offers plenty of things to do and see. It is the capital city of Namibia and often described as a city with a ‘continental’ atmosphere. This city is renowned for its architecture, historical buildings dating back to German colonial rule – as well as to its cuisine, culture, dress codes and educational institutions. At the same time Windhoek has the color, sounds and tempo of a modern African city. One of the famous landmarks of the city is The National Botanical Garden of Namibia (NBGN) in the heart of Windhoek.

2. Etosha National Park

One of the major tourist attractions of Namibia is the incredible Etosha National Park. You will find it centered on the vast Etosha salt pan. The pan itself is usually dry and only fills with water briefly in the summer, but is enough to stimulate the growth of blue – green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. Around the waterholes that border the pan you will find that plenty of the wildlife such as herds of zebra, wildebeest and antelope, can be seen around the waterholes that border the pan. Etosha National Park also offers a great self-drive safari experience, it comprises of 22,921km² wildlife enriched landscapes over 31 vegetation zones.

3. Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon to be found towards the southern part of Namibia is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. It is second only in grandeur to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Fish River Canyon is absolutely brilliant and beautiful in its immensity. The canyon features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160km (100 miles) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. This tourist attraction is largely visited by tourist around the world.

4. Sossusvlei

Another most impressive tourist attraction of Namibia is Sossusvlei which is situated right the Namib Desert. It is a huge clay pan surrounded by gigantic, red sand dunes. The Tsauchab River flows through the desert, and its rare flooding waters the vegetation that survives in the clay soil. One of the spectacular highlight of this attraction is the beautiful colors of sand dunes that changes constantly during sunrise and sunset. It is an ideal situated for professional photographers.

5. Cape Cross

One of the most stunning tourist attractions of Namibia is Cape Cross that is located around 120km towards the northern side of Swakopmund. It is in fact home to one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world. The surrounding region was declared a reserve during the year 1968 to protect the biggest and best known of the 23 colonies of Cape Fur Seals which breed along the coast of South Africa and Namibia. One of the best seasons to visit Calpe Cross is during the November and December when breeding season as many as 150,000 seals gather at Cape Cross. The name refers to the large stone cross erected here by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century.

6. Swakopmund

Swakopmund is the biggest coastal town in Namibia and a famous beach resort for Namibians on holiday. This town is equally popular among tourist who spent their vacations here to enjoy. The city’s German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German Colonial buildings throughout the city, making a stark contrast with the Namib Desert at the edge of town. The nearby sand dunes provide plenty of activities such as sandboarding, horse riding and quad biking while the beaches of Swakopmund offers numerous of surf and sand.

7. Spitzkoppe

One of the most stunning tourist attractions of Namibia is Spitzkoppe, it is also popularly known as “Matterhorn of Namibia”. It is actually a group of bald granite peaks in the Namib Desert. The highest peak stands out about 700 meter above the flat desert floor. The granite massif was created by the collapse of a gigantic volcano approximately around 100 million years ago and the subsequent erosion exposed the volcanic rock. Some of the places of interest here are the many bizarre rock formations and several San (Bushman) paintings found in various places.

8. Caprivi Strip

The Caprivi Strip is a narrow piece of land to be found located between Botswana on the south, Angola and Zambia to the north, and Namibia’s Okavango Region to the west. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations of Namibia and offers plenty of attractions of attractions. The Caprivi is the wettest region in Namibia with its high rainfall and several of important rivers like the Okavango, Kwando and Zambezi. The abundance of water sustains a large variety of animals, including a large population of elephants.

9. Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein is situated towards the north-western part of the country, is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Namibia. Twyfelfontein includes one of the largest concentrations of rock engravings in Africa. The majority of the carvings were created approximately around 6,000 years ago by ancient Bushmen. The carvings were made by cutting through the hard surface layer of sandstone and symbolize animals like the rhinoceroses, elephants, ostriches and giraffes and also depictions of human and animal footprints.

10. Skeleton Coast

The northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia is called the Skeleton Coast. -intense fogs, mighty storms and violent surf caused many ships during the past to run stranded along the Skeleton Coast, and the deserted coastline has is called as the world’s biggest ship graveyard. The coast north of Terrace Bay, which is dominated by high sand dunes, is the most attractive stretch of the Skeleton Coast. The haunting beauty of the northern shoreline of Namibia is not to be missed.

11. Kolmanskop

Kolmanskop is one of the famous towns of Namibia. Numerous of German citizens got settled here after a diamond was discovered in this region during the year 1908. Driven by the enormous wealth of the first diamond miners, the residents constructed Kolmanskop in the architectural style of a German town, with amenities and institutions including a hospital, ballroom, school, casino as well as the first tram in Africa. The town declined when the diamond-field slowly exhausted and was eventually deserted during the year 1954. The forces of the desert mean that tourists now walk through houses knee-deep in sand.

12. Caprivi Wetlands

The wet and lushly green Caprivi Strip is in stark contrast to the rest of Namibia. With curving river systems, wetlands and an abundance of wildlife and bird species, the Caprivi also features cultural richness. As a gateway to the rest of Africa it connects 4 African countries across floodplains with rivers being the only borders, a true wildlife paradise.

13. Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert stretches from the eastern parts of Namibia and crosses over the border into Botswana. With red undulating dunes dotted with golden grasses waving in the wind, the home of the Bushmen lends new definition to wide open spaces. The sprawling landscape is home to uniquely adapted species of wildlife and flora with treasures to be found around the bend of the dunes.

14. Kaokoland

Kaokland is one of the huge and attractive places to visit in Namibia and also home to the noteworthy Himba people. The dry riverbeds and wide open plains of Kaokoland are navigated by desert adapted elephants and also other spectacular Fauna and flora species. With geologically rich hills and amazing scenery, the Kaokoland is a must for all who visit Namibia

15. Bushmanland

Bushmanland is a well connected group of beautiful scenery, dune belts, thorny veld and splendor. It is also the home of the last true San communities and the people of San live in harmony off the land amidst grassy plains, wildlife and diamond night skies. It is one of the attractive tourist destinations of Namibia. As one of the last remaining wilderness areas, Bushmanland expresses the true heart of the Kalahari.

16. Namib Naukluft Park

The Namib Desert is the oldest desert of the world, and the central section of this great desert is where the Namib Naukluft Park is located. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Namibia. The tallest dunes can be found in Sossuslvlei, and if the rains are good, there’s a salt pan that fills up with water that attracts quite some birdlife. And one of the biggest attractions is indeed the ancient Welwitschia. Apart from hiking, hot-air ballooning and safari drives, this area are home to some wonderful lodges.

17. Sjaak Zijlma

The Fish River Canyon is Africa’s largest canyon, believed to have formed approximately around 500 million years ago. The canyon is situated towards the southern part of Namibia, right on the border with South Africa. It is one of the most attractive tourist spots of Namibia. Fish River has carved out over 160 km’s of rock (100 miles), and some of the canyon walls are over half a kilometer high. The hike offers incredible views and common sightings of baboons, klipspringers and hyraxes.

18. Brandberg Mountain

The biggest mountain of Namibia is the Brandberg Mountain as high as 2606 meters. This magnificent mountain range is located towards the northwestern side of the Namib Desert, an area of stark and stunning beauty. Appreciating stone-age rock art in the hundreds of caves on the mountain is one of the major reasons for its popularity. Once here you will find plenty of ancient hunting scenes, mythical stories and more, all painted by San Bushmen thousands of years ago.

19. Nyae Nyae Conservancy

Visitors, who are interested in visiting traditional San Bushmen, can visit Nyae Nyae. This conservancy is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Namibia and is the ancestral homeland of the Ju/’hoansi bushmen. During the year 1998, this Conservancy became the first communal area in Namibia to be declared a conservancy and thus gave the people the right to manage their own resources, hunt, and promote their culture for tourism purposes.

20. Waterberg Plateau Park

The Waterberg Plateau is considered to be the most attractive parks of Namibia. This beautiful spot and was declared a nature reserve during the year 1972. The ideal geographical location of this park makes it a perfect spot for conservancies to set up protected areas for rare species of wildlife like rhino, sable, cheetah and buffalo. You can also witness an excellent range of bird. There are numerous of nice safari camps and lodges to stay at, and bush walks are a highlight for any visitor here.

21. Rundu

Rundu is the largest city in the Kavango Region, located towards the northern part of the country. It is indeed home to plenty of Namibia’s renowned Kavango woodcarvers an ancient craft, handed down over generations and still flourishing today. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Namibia. Wooden carvings are made and offered for sale at the Khemo Open Market or the Mbungura Woodcraft Co-operative, which has its main workshop and office in the town.

22. Mamili National Park

One of the most impressive parks of Namibia is the Mamili National Park. The park is a lush, green, and wet. Described as Namibia’s Okavango, the 124 square mile Mamili National Park has some of the unique characteristic and indeed it is the largest wetland area with conservation status in Namibia. The park is characterized by a complex network of channels, reed beds, ox-bow lakes and tree-covered islands, with the focal point on Nkasa and Lupala, two large islands in the Kwando/Linyanti River.

23. Daan Viljoen Game Park

Daan Viljoen Game Park is one of the most beautiful parks of Namibia. It is situated in the Khomas Hochland. This park is an ideal destination for family picnicking, because you will not any seriously dangerous animals. It is a lovely wildlife-rich desert hills and equally liked by tourist and locals. It is also renowned for its birdlife, and over 200 species have been recorded, including the rare green-backed heron.

24. Tintenpalast

Tintenpalast, now the parliament building, which was constructed during the year 1913 and was designed by Gottlieb Redecker is one of the major tourist attractions of Namibia. It is the the administrative headquarters for German South-West Africa. The structure of this building is renowned for its construction from indigenous materials. The surrounding gardens were laid out in the 1930s, and include an olive grove and a bowling green. You can also get the view of the country’s first post-independence monument.

25. Goerke Haus

One of the impressive architectural and cultural attractions of Namibia is Goerke Haus. During the year 1904 when Lieutenant Hans Goerke visited Namibia with the Schutztruppe, though he was later posted to Lüderitz, where he served as a diamond company manager. His home, designed by architect Otto Ertl and constructed in 1910 on Diamond Hill, was one of the town’s most extravagant. During the year 1944 it was sold to the government and became occupied by the resident Lüderitz magistrate.

26. Woermannhaus

One of the excellent museums to visit in Namibia is the Woermannhaus. You will find the delightful German-style Woermannhaus stands out above surrounding buildings. It was constructed during the year 1905 as the major offices of the Damara & Namaqua Trading Company. It eventually was declared a national monument and restored in 1976.

27. Swakopmund Museum

The Swakopmund Museum is one of the interesting museums to visit in Namibia. The museum occupies a location of the old harbour warehouse, which was destroyed during the year 1914 by a ‘lucky’ shot from a British warship. The museum exhibits some of the finest collections which include Namibia’s history and ethnology, including information on local flora and fauna.

28. Zoo Park

One of the most visited and attractive tourist attractions of Namibia is the Zoo Park of Namibia. The centre piece of Zoo Park, a ex- zoo turned park, is a column designed by Namibian sculptor Dörthe Berner, which commemorates a Stone Age elephant hunt that occurred here some 5000 years ago. The fossils and tools were displayed in situ under glass, but in 1990 they were transferred to the State Museum.

29. Prinzessin Rupprecht Heim

Swakopmund tops with plenty of excellent historic examples of traditional German architecture. The single-storey Prinzessin Rupprecht Heim was built during the year 1902. Later during the year 1914 it was transferred to the Bavarian Women’s Red Cross, which named it after its patron, Princess Rupprecht, wife of the Bavarian crown prince. The major aim was to expose convalescents to the healthy effects of the sea breeze.

30. Turnhalle

Turnhalle was constructed during the year 1909, is one of the famous tourist attractions of Namibia. During the year 1975 it was modernized and turned into a conference hall, and on 1 September of that year, it was the venue for the first Constitutional Conference on Independence for South West Africa, which subsequently – and more conveniently – came to be called the Turnhalle Conference. It hosted several political summits and debates on the way to Namibian independence during the year 1980.

31. Felsenkirche

Felsenkirche is one of the significant Evangelical Lutheran churches that dominate Lüderitz from high on Diamond Hill. It was designed by Albert Bause, who implemented the Victorian influences he’d seen in the Cape. The construction of this famous church was completed during the year 1911. The structure of the church is very impressive. The brilliant stained-glass panel situated over the altar was donated by Kaiser Wilhelm II, while the Bible was a gift from his wife.

32. Katima Mulilo

Katima Mulilo is the largest town located in Caprivi, lies on the banks of the Zambezi River, at the crossroads of Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Angola. This town is a place where you can find seven different languages and many more dialects are spoken, with traditional villages bordering the town and open markets resonating with more modern conveniences. This town offers some of the interesting tourist attractions.

33. Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay is among the interesting places to visit in Namibia, situated on the country’s west coast and is the largest deep-water commercial port of Namibia. With its fresh southwesterly breezes, the Walvis Bay Lagoon attracts boardsailing fans from different corners of the world. It is indeed among the famous world’s hotspots for windsurfing, kite surfing and kayaking. You can also indulge in boat cruises, as it offers great views of dolphins, seals and spectacular seabirds.

34. Lüderitz

Lüderitz is one of the impressive tourist attractions of Namibia. It is situated on the coast in southern Namibia. It is considered to be the most colorful fishing harbour towns of Namibia that has played a key role in Namibia’s maritime and diamond history. Today it is a colorful fishing harbour town with tourists from around the world coming to see its many interesting early 20th Century German Art Nouveau buildings.

35. Otjiwarongo

The town of Otjiwarongo is a prominent place of Namibia. It is also an important centre for cattle ranching, located around 250 km towards the northern part of Windhoek, on a slope amid undulating plains. An interesting feature in the town is the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Ranch, where crocodiles are bred. Recently under new ownership, the crocodile ranch now offers additional attractions such as birds, rabbits, tortoises and snakes.

36. Tsumeb

Tsumeb is one of the prettiest towns of Namibia that was discovered during the year 1905. Positioned between Tsumeb and Grootfontein, the Khusib Springs Mine produces approximately 3,000 tons of copper per month. One of the famous landmarks of this city is the Tsumeb Museum, which depicts the city’s history. The museum offers a comprehensive collection of rare minerals can be viewed.

37. Gobabis

The town of Gobabis is considered to be the largest town located towards the eastern part of the country’s capital. It is a prominent cattle-ranching centre. A monument of a bull can be found right at the entrance to the town. Gobabis is the gateway to the Trans-Kalahari Highway, linking Namibia to Botswana and South Africa. The completion of this highway resulted in the development of several new tourist lodges in the surrounding area.

38. Ondangwa and Oshakati

Owambo’s 2 major centers, Oshakati and Ondangwa, are located in the Oshana Region. These two bustling towns offer plenty of things to do and see. Their main streets are lined with a haphazard arrangement of residential houses and shops. Both towns have airstrips suitable for medium-sized aircraft during the daylight hours. The Oshakati Omatala (open market) is the largest in Namibia and a big tourist attraction in the north. These two beautiful towns of Namibia are the major tourist attraction of the country.

39. Keetmanshoop

Keetmanshoop is one of the famous tourist attractions of Namibia. It is well considered as a major centre and focal point of the scenic and historic attractions in the south. Keetmanshoop was discovered during the year 1860 by the Rhenish Mission Society, the town still retains vestiges of its original German buildings, as well as several dating back to the arrival of the first Europeans, who trekked across the Orange River to trade, hunt and explore the land. Eagle’s Monument, constructed between the year 1897–1907 in commemoration of the casualties in the battles fought between the Bondelswarts and the Namas, was declared a National Monument during the year 1966 and can be viewed in the Garden of Remembrance.

40. Bwabwata National Park

The Bwabwata National Park is well described as ‘one of a new generation of parks’, is pioneering ‘a live and let live’ conservation ethic. This park contains the largest wildlife. Among Caprivi panhandles, rivers, flood plains, wetlands and forests, both human populations, large wildlife and hundreds of species of fowl coexist to the benefit of one another. The park is haven to plenty game species, including elephant, buffalo, impala, reedbuck, red lechwe, sitatunga, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, Chobe bushbuck, tsessebe, and sable and roan antelope.

41. Mudumu National Park

Mudumu National park is one of the few areas of the country where you can find buffalo, and numerous of other animals. The finest combination of forest and water will surely present you with wealth of wildlife. It is spread at 390 square mile expanse of dense savannah and mopane woodlands bordered in the west by the Kwando River, was declared a national park during the year 1990. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Namibia. You can indulge yourself in various activities that this park offers.

42. Cape Cross Seal Reserve

The Cape Cross Seal Reserve is a place where you can get the change to witness the world’s largest breeding colony of Cape fur seals. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Namibia. The surrounding area of this reserve is around 23 square miles consisting of flat gravel plains and a rock outcrop where the seals gather. It was declared a natural reserve during the year 1968 to protect the biggest and best known of the 23 colonies of Cape fur seals that breed along the coast of South Africa and Namibia.

43. The Skeleton Coast Park

The Skeleton Coast Park is one of the most popular tourist spots of Namibia. This park remains one of the world’s last great wildernesses. It is considered to be one of the most extraordinarily beautiful parks. Proclaimed in its present form in 1971, the park extends from the Ugab River in the south for 311 miles to the Kunene River in the north. This park occupies a total area of 6,503 square miles.

44. Khaudum National Park

The Khaudum National Park mostly attracts those visitors who love adventures. It is a must visit destination for adventures people. This densely wooded wilderness reserve that borders Botswana, can be explored only in 4×4 vehicles and this is its major attractions. Animals seen here are kudu, steenbok, gemsbok and blue wildebeest, while tsessebe, hartebeest, eland and reedbuck occur in the central areas. About 320 bird species have been recorded at Khaudum. The Khaudum National Park, proclaimed during the year 1989, is the only conservation area in Namibia that protects the northern Kalahari sandveld biome

45. Damaraland and Kaokoveld

Damaraland and Kaokoveld are perhaps the most prominent places of Namibia and a major tourist attraction. The attractions near this area that you can visit are Burnt Mountain, the Petrified Forest, the Skeleton Coast. It covers a vast stretch of landscape to the northwest of the country, even the people and wildlife have adapted accordingly.

46. Arnhem Cave

Tourists who are rather adventurous will never want to miss Arnhem Cave, located around 120 km southeast of Windhoek. This magnificent cave was founded by Daniel Bek during the year 1930, on a farm by Daniel Bek. Developed through the solution of limestone and dolomite from between thin layers of quartzite and shale, the insoluble rock layers eventually collapsed to form the large complex of narrow tunnels and gaping caverns, up to 110 m deep and with a total length of 4.5 km.

47. Gross Barmen

Gross Barmen is located around 80 km towards the northern part of Windhoek is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Namibia. It is a famous thermal bath that is fed by a hot spring. The water is said to relieve rheumatism. The spacious, handsome spa is placed in a beautiful setting, with its rows of palm trees, green lawns, tennis courts, children’s play park and many pleasant walks, suitable for all ages. Apart from historic sites such as the graves of the famous Maharero leaders, you can also visit 2 huge and famous markets selling woodcarvings, and also an ostrich farm.

48. The Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

The Daan Viljoen Game Reserve is located amongst the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland, is the smallest park in Namibia and a sanctuary for game typical of Namibia’s highland. The accumulation of water in the dam is said to attract a variety of more than 200 species of birds. This small little charming park offers several of interesting activities to visitors. It also holds Blue Wilderbeest, Eland, Lipspringer, Kudu, Oryx, Red Hartebeest, Springbok, Steenbok – even plenty of Baboons, so keep your goods secure.

49. The Erongo Mountains

The Erongo Mountains are bordered by the Namib Desert to the west and a mixed, woodland savannah to the east, Erongo is actually an eroded volcano that was active some 140-150 million years ago. It is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions of Namibia. The range encircles a very diverse wilderness area, where desert, mountain, and bushveld ecosystems meet. Here you can also witness some of the rarest variety of both plant and animal life. Apart from the fantastic scenery and flora and fauna, rock paintings are also a lure for visitors to the area.

50. The Orange River

One the most impressive tourist attraction of Namibia is the Orange River; indeed it is among the most remarkable ones in Africa. The Orange River carries water throughout the year – a very rare feature in Namibia where the only other four perennial rivers form the northern border. Due to its many cataracts and relatively low water level the Orange River is only suitable for small boats. This characteristic makes the river quite charming. You can also arrange guided tours of this area to better explore it.

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