Adventure activities in Namibia

hiking namibia Namibia spells adventure with a capital A. Planning your Namibian adventure holiday is a matter of deciding what sorts of experiences you’d like to have.

Without much planning or preparation, you can have a jam-packed itinerary full of adventurous activities – some of which are suitable for the whole family – just by staying in Swakopmund, where various tour operators offer everything from skydiving and sandboarding down massive desert dunes to quad biking and ocean kayaking.

zambezi boating Boating down the Zambezi

With a bit more planning and some necessary experience, going 4x4ing in Namibia’s most remote places is one of the most adventurous ways of experiencing the country’s wildest landscapes. Two of the best 4x4ing areas are the Skeleton Coast National Park and Damaraland – wild, rugged, remote, inhospitable but incredibly scenic.

fish river lodge Exploring the Fish River Canyon

In terms of active adventures, Namibia’s difficult peaks in the Brandberg and the Spitzkoppe mountains lure experienced climbers looking for a challenge. The five-day Fish River Canyon hike, which takes you through some of the best scenery of Africa’s largest canyon, is a wonderful trekking option for those with stamina, while you can also find shorter and less strenuous hiking routes spread all over the country. A perfect family-friendly adventure is an Orange River canoeing journey, where you paddle down the watery boundary between Namibia and South Africa, passing through magnificent desert landscapes along the way.


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Travelling in Namibia

Namibia is a huge country without many public transport options, so hiring a car is by far the best way of getting around. Namibia’s roads, both tarred and gravel, are in good condition and are well maintained, making it easy to do a self-drive holiday. It’s a good idea to have both a GPS (or offline map on your smartphone) as well as a paper map for navigating. You don’t need to…

Travel tips for Namibia

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Visas for Namibia

Namibia has visa exemption agreements with the USA and many European countries, so if your country is covered by the exemption then you can travel visa-free to the country for up to three months. Everyone entering Namibia needs a passport with six months of validity from the date of entry to the country and one blank page. ...

Popular Namibia Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

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