10 Best Places to Visit in Namibia

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Epupa Falls

Are you interested in seeing something that’s rarely seen in nature? Have you ever been to a place where there is pure white water? If you haven’t, you should take a trip to Epupa Falls, one of the best places to visit in Namibia.

Known as the most beautiful waterfall in Namibia, this falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Southern Africa region. People come from all over the world to see the cascading water flow down its 90-degree-angle walls. The sight is one that is truly awe-inspiring and to witness the waterfall in the daylight is truly something to behold.

The falls were formed as a result of an ancient volcanic eruption that came from a nearby salt lake in the Nauru basin of southeastern Africa. This quake created an over water of many springs that can be seen in the cliff face of the falls.

The water here is some of the clearest you will ever see and looks almost like glass. From starting from a height of 60 meters, the whole cascade takes about 4 minutes to fall. There isn’t any end to the waterfall in sight, so you can always return to the same incredible view.

Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay is the main tourist destination right in the middle of Namibia. Here you are sure to see lots of wild animals such as land-based animals and birds which are on the surrounding islands. Swimming is great, because you can see some underwater fish. Do not forget to buy some fish to take home and fry it.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is the pearl of Namibia. It’s the center of tourism in Namibia to the point that you either will want to spend some time here or not. But don’t worry, the western half of the city is a great place to appreciate the ocean and many activities can be done here.

And people often confuse this city with Walvis Bay, as it’s only 10 kilometers away from it. There is a beautiful beach that beings near the lighthouse of Swakopmund, and it’s a great place to swim along with the penguins that some of the penguins can be seen here. The place is very famous, because there is an ice age that can be seen here that has many tourists to visit.

Namib-Naukluft National Park

Skeleton Coast National Park

Windhoek

Waterberg Plateau Park

The Waterberg Plateau is located in Okahandja, an hour’s drive from Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. The Waterberg Plateau is the largest plateau in Africa. The Waterberg Plateau Park was established in 1957. The Waterberg Plateau Park is known for its abundance of granite rocks. There are numerous accessible rock formations which include “The Elephant” and “Mountain of the Moon.”

The Waterberg Plateau is also known for the “Garden of Eden.” The Italian artist, sculptor and photographer, Ennio Dorisci, created the “Garden of Eden” sculpture in 1993.

The Waterberg Plateau Park protects the Waterberg Plateau, which is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.

The Waterberg Plateau is also known for its striking scenery, which includes one of the greatest rock paintings in Africa. Most rock paintings are between 12,000 and 20,000 years old. Tourists can visit the rock paintings that were painted by the Bushmen, the original inhabitants of the Waterberg Plateau.

Recommended Hotels in Okahandja:

  • Dreams Lodge
  • La Mirage Hotel

Luderitz

Luderitz is a town with a unique atmosphere and well-preserved historical buildings. When you walk around the town, you’ll realise that the architecture and the village are still in the form it was in during the 1800s.

Head to the central area if you want to browse through boutiques and have fun at the Brewhouse pub or the Hotel Italia.

You can go to the beach and enjoy some really great activities like scuba diving or snorkelling. You can visit nearby Outjo Desert for the beautiful scenery, community tours, or the Outjo Cultural Village.

You should spend at least a few days at Luderitz.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a seaside town in the northwest of Namibia, on the shore of Warmbok See.

The town is famous for its popular casino and its art scene (i.e. craps, blackjack, etc.). Visitors should check out the Swakopmund Art Festival, an annual event that features Namibia’s top artists.

Despite the high levels of tourism, Swakopmund has developed a special place in the hearts of Namibians. Most importantly, Swakopmund is a great place to relax and enjoy the beach and ocean.

The Atlantic is beautiful around Swakopmund and makes for fun for both swimmers and surfers.

Fish River Canyon Park

Fish River Canyon is a section of the larger Kunene River system that is located in Namibia. It is an impressive gorge in the Fish River Canyon, which contains a powerful river and large geologic features. This section of the canyon is actually the deepest part of the wild and untamed river system.

In order to reach the canyon, you will need to cross the Fish River on a canoe or a small pontoon called a Bintu Landing Craft. The descent down the side of the canyon is very tame, and you can walk along the river itself to reach the bottom. Once you arrive at the river’s bottom, you will be able to view different animal species, such as rhinos, elephants, hippopotamuses and zebras.

The trip will certainly be worth your while, as the canyon offers a unique perspective for the avid explorer. You will most likely even see an abundance of wildlife.

Namib-Naukluft National Park

Namib-Naukluft National Park is made up of an area of 359,783 ha and protects most of the region's southwestern sandveld, or desert plain. It stretches from the Ongame Canyon up to the Ugab River, and from the Damaraland Coast's salt pan to the Namib desert.

Namib-Naukluft National Park lies within the Namib Desert, and although the park's fauna and flora are different from those of the northern Namib Desert, it shares the same flora and fauna diversity. The Sambesi and Kuiseb Rivers form the park's boundaries.

The park’s fauna consists mainly of rock dassies (Damaliscus lunatus) and Hartmann’s zebra (Equus quagga hartmannae). It also has Cape hare as well as a variety of insects.

During the summer months, the park sees an abundance of flora. This includes a plethora of plant life, such as proteas, wild geraniums, lupins, and Wild Poinciana trees. Generally during the winter months, there is too much water in the area, and the vegetation is too wet for animals to pal around in.

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park in Namibia is the largest conservation area in Africa. It was established in 1924 and is known for its large herd of elephants, large vertebrates, and a large number of predators.

The Etosha National Park is found in the northern part of Namibia and is also the part of Etosha National Park that most people visit when they come to Namibia. It is divided into two parts: the north and the south.

The north has some of the most clear skies, so it’s the best place to see the stars at night. The south, however, has some of the clearest skies in the world, and is also where the Etosha goes underwater.

The south is also home to the second largest desert in the world with a temperature that even in the hottest months never rises above 25° C.

The Etosha National Park is known for the large population of the African wild dog, an animal which is threatened with death in other parts of the world.

The snow of the Etosha National Park is also home to the largest herd of gemsbok antelope in the world. Even though they are an endangered species of antelope, there is a large population of them.