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Where to Go on a Namibia Safari

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Where to Go on a Namibia Safari

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By Devryn Panaino

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Namibia has its own distinct charm, with a different sense of adventure when it comes to taking an African Safari. From iconic sand dunes to wildlife-rich national parks, here are some must-visit places to include in your Namibia safari itinerary.

1. Sossusvlei and Deadvlei

Gemsbok with the dunes of Sossusvlei in the background, Namibia.
Gemsbok with the dunes of Sossusvlei in the background, Namibia.

Overview

Sossusvlei is one of Namibia’s most iconic landscapes, known for its towering red sand dunes. Deadvlei, located within Sossusvlei, is a white clay pan famous for its dark, dead camel thorn trees.

Key Highlights: 

  • Dune 45 and Big Daddy: Famous dunes offering spectacular sunrise and sunset views.
  • Photographic Opportunities: The stark contrast of the white clay pan against the red dunes provides stunning visuals.

Unique Facts

  • Dune Heights: Some dunes reach up to 325 meters.
  • Ancient Trees: The dead camel thorn trees in Deadvlei are over 900 years old.

2. Etosha National Park

Elephants crossing the road during a game drive in Etosha National Park | Photo credit: Ute von Ludwiger
Elephants crossing the road during a game drive in Etosha National Park | Photo credit: Ute von Ludwiger

Overview

Etosha National Park is renowned for its abundant wildlife and excellent game viewing opportunities, centered around its vast salt pan.

Key Highlights:

  • Wildlife Viewing: Elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and various antelope species.
  • Waterholes: Prime spots for observing wildlife, especially during the dry season.

Unique Facts: 

  • Salt Pan: The Etosha Pan is visible from space.
  • Birdwatching: Home to over 340 bird species.

3. Skeleton Coast

Fishing on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia.
Fishing on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia.

Overview

The Skeleton Coast is a remote and hauntingly beautiful region, known for its shipwrecks, desolate landscapes, and dense fogs.

Key Highlights:

  • Shipwrecks: Explore remnants of historical shipwrecks.
  • Cape Cross: Home to a large seal colony.

Unique Facts

  • Desert-Adapted Wildlife: Includes elephants, lions, and hyenas.
  • Dense Fogs: Create an eerie, mysterious atmosphere.

4. Damaraland

Walking safari in Damaraland, Namibia
Walking safari in Damaraland, Namibia

Overview

Damaraland is an area of stark beauty, known for its rugged landscapes, ancient rock art, and desert-adapted wildlife.

Key Highlights:

  • Twyfelfontein: UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient petroglyphs.
  • Brandberg Mountain: Namibia’s highest peak.

Unique Facts

  • Desert-Adapted Elephants: Unique to this region.
  • Rock Art: Some petroglyphs are over 6,000 years old.

5. Namib-Naukluft National Park

Mountains in Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Mountains in Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Overview

This park covers much of the central Namib Desert and is home to some of Namibia’s most iconic landscapes, including Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.

Key Highlights:

  • Sesriem Canyon: A narrow gorge carved by the Tsauchab River.
  • Iconic Landscapes: Towering sand dunes, deep canyons, and rocky outcrops.

Unique Facts

  • Ancient Rock Formations: Visible while hiking through Sesriem Canyon.
  • Diverse Scenery: From dunes to canyons.   

6. Fish River Canyon

Excursion into Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Excursion into Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Overview

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, offering breathtaking views and challenging hikes.

Key Highlights:

  • Main Viewpoint: Near Hobas for spectacular canyon views.
  • Fish River Canyon Hike: A multi-day adventure through rugged terrain.

Unique Facts

  • Size: Second largest canyon in the world.
  • Best Time to Visit: Cooler months from May to September.

7. Swakopmund

Famous Swakopmund Lighthouse in Swakopmund, city on the Atlantic coast of northwestern Namibia
Famous Swakopmund Lighthouse in Swakopmund, Namibia

Overview

Swakopmund is a charming coastal town with a distinct German colonial influence and a gateway to the Skeleton Coast.

Key Highlights

  • Adventure Activities: Sandboarding, quad biking, and scenic flights.
  • Quaint Architecture: German colonial buildings and vibrant cafes.

Unique Facts

  • Moon Landscape: Nearby surreal desert scenery.
  • Welwitschia Plains: Home to ancient Welwitschia mirabilis plants.

8. Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region)

Beautiful sunset at Caprivi Strip in Namibia
Beautiful sunset at Caprivi Strip in Namibia

Overview

The Caprivi Strip, now known as the Zambezi Region, is characterized by its rivers, wetlands, and abundant wildlife, offering a lush contrast to Namibia’s arid landscapes.

Key Highlights:

  • National Parks: Bwabwata, Mudumu, and Nkasa Rupara.
  • Water-Based Activities: Boat safaris and fishing.

Unique Facts

  • Abundant Wildlife: Diverse ecosystems with rich wildlife.
  • Cultural Experiences: Interactions with local communities.

Ready to go to Namibia? 

Namibia’s vast open landscapes and unique attractions make it a top choice for an unforgettable safari. 

Whether you’re exploring the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, tracking wildlife in Etosha, or discovering the remote beauty of the Skeleton Coast, each location offers its own distinct adventure and charm.

Let our expert travel consultants help you plan your Namibia safari to experience the incredible natural beauty and diverse ecosystems of this extraordinary country.

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