Article by discoverafrica
12 Mar' 2021

A Namibia safari is a genuinely excellent option for travel thanks to the wonders of giant dunes, birds, and a favourable currency.

Boasting with extraordinary destinations which span from South Namib desert where massive, vast desert dunes spread along the Atlantic seaboard, to the North, encountering wildlife in Etosha National Park 

Meerkats in one of the best places to see in Namibia
Meerkats in one of the best places to see in Namibia

A Namibia Safari is a remarkable experience for the tourist who loves taking the coast, beginning in the north and ending in the south of Namibia in a 4x4 rental.

Here are our recommendations for the best places to visit in Namibia on a Namibia safari for awe-inspiring moments.

The Fish River Canyon

The famous Fish River Canyon is found to the South of Namibia and located in the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

The Canyon is an admired wonder of Namibia. Known as the biggest canyon in Africa and falls after the enormous Grand Canyon in the USA. 

Hiking the Fish River Canyon, Best places to see in Namibia
Hiking the Fish River Canyon

Visitors from all over the world come to visit the popular hiking trail, and the breathtaking views undoubtedly play a role.

The natural thermal hot springs at Ai-Ais resort are well known. The Ai-Ais resort is located at the end of the Fish River Hiking Trail, which is 85 kilometers long. Canyons 65 kilometers long and reaching depths of 548 meters can be seen and explored.

Ai Ais, Thermal hot springs
Ai Ais, Thermal hot springs 

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei (also called Deadvlei) is a salt and clay pan, surrounded by substantial red dunes, situated in the southern part of the Namib Desert, within Namib Naukluft Park. 

The sands found here date back 5 million years and consist of tiny grains in thin layers of iron oxide. It gives the desert it’s distinctive orange to deep red coloured dunes which change dynamically in shape and size with the winds—appreciated globally as the worlds oldest desert with some of the highest and biggest dunes. 

Sossusvlei Valley, Best places to see in Namibia
Sossusvlei Valley, Best places to see in Namibia

Throughout the year, the daytime temperature remains largely stable. The rare cold front from the Atlantic coast, on the other hand, brings colder temperatures at night. Life here seeks shelter in the water supply offered by cold fronts, which is critical to their existence.

The fauna and flora are also plentiful and have adapted remarkably well to the high temperatures.

Antelope, springboks, ostriches, and other small rodents can be seen roaming the desert lands.

Swakopmund and Walvisbay

Swakopmund is a well-known coastal town in Namibia, with sandy beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean and historic German colonial architecture. Ideal for families or groups of friends who want to visit the beach, the aquarium, or the Swakopmund Museum.
Swakopmund Jetty , Best places to see in Namibia
Swakopmund Jetty , Best places to see in Namibia

In Swakopmund the visit of the seafront, the aquarium and the Swakopmund Museum is worthwhile. There are numerous boulevards and a sizeable traditional street market where travellers can buy souvenirs.

The Skeleton Coast

The name derives from a large number of lost whales and ships - whales stranded on the beach, leaving their skeletons all over. Due to the dense fog, high winds, and erratic stormy conditions, a significant number of vessels have abandoned on the Skeleton Coast. This is the largest ship graveyard in the world.


Skeleton Coast, Best places to see in Namibia
Skeleton Coast, Best places to see in Namibia

This region, which is located in the northern part of Namibia's Atlantic coast, is 40 kilometres wide and stretches over 500 kilometres across the coast. 

Previously, trips to this isolated and lonely corner of Namibia could only be made by light aircraft. However, if you want to travel by road in a private car, this can be arranged.

Etosha Region

The name Etosha is derived from the word Oshindong meaning “Great White Place” referring to the Etosha pan. 

Etosha is a nature conservation area found in the north of Namibia, covering a total area of almost 22,912 km². The region is mainly covered by the Etosha National Park and includes the southern parts up to Outjo and west to east of the park. 

Etosha National Park, Best places to see in Namibia
Etosha National Park, Best places to see in Namibia

The park is completely fenced off for the protection of the animals and is known as Namibia's biggest and most important national park. Wildlife such as large mammals including lion, leopard, giraffe, elephant and rhino can be found. Even smaller species thrive in Etosha National Park, making it a great Namibia safari destination.

Accommodation and lodging are widely available inside and outside the park, and it’s easily accessible for any type of traveller. Whether preferring to go wild and go camping or wanting to enjoy a Big 5 safari in all its comfort of luxury, you can be sure to find suitable accommodation for yourself, your family or loved ones. 

Rhinos in Etosha Pan, Best places to see in Namibia
Rhinos in Etosha Pan, Best places to see in Namibia

To summarise Namibia is a prime destination in Africa and is known for ecotourism which features Namibia's extensive wildlife and diverse culture. Great for a self-drive vacation, a family holiday and even romantic getaways, offering reliable game viewing all year round. With extreme adventure sports, hiking trails and history to explore there is something for everyone. 

For more accommodation options in Namibia have a look at our best safari lodges in Namibia article.


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