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Top 10 Experiences in Namibia
The range of activities on offer in Namibia matches the diversity of its landscapes with something to suit everyone whether you’re a wildlife fanatic, adrenaline junkie, stargazer or culture vulture. So many of the experiences are unique to Namibia and an essential aspect of any trip there – here are our top 10...
1. Track desert-adapted wildlife
A highlight of any trip to Damaraland is the chance to track rare desert-adapted species of black rhino and elephant whether on foot or vehicle. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the specialist conservation efforts involved in protecting these endangered species.
2. Explore the dunes
The dunes of the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei are breath-taking in their beauty and scale. Whether you climb to the summit of Dune 45 or Big Daddy, hike to the salt pans of Hidden and Dead Vlei, or take to the skies on a hot air balloon flight, make sure you have your camera close at hand.
3. Skeleton Coast scenic flight
Best seen from the air, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is one of the most wild and rugged coastlines in the world and gets its name from the many sailors that perished there as a result of shipwrecks – many of which are still to be seen today. A day excursion is the perfect introduction, but for those with more time and if budget allows a Skeleton Coast Safari with the Schoeman’s is hard to beat!
4. Sandwich Harbour tour
One of the most popular activities with those staying at Swakopmund or Pelican Point, this is a 4x4 tour of the Kuiseb Delta taking in the vast dunes and salt pans to the point where the desert and ocean meet.
5. Tribal life
Namibia is home to some of the most visually iconic tribes on the continent and authentic interaction experiences are on offer throughout the country. The Herero are distinguishable through their European colonial-style dress, whilst the Himba are highly-photogenic thanks to the ochre body paint and intricate hair style and the tongue-clicking Damara people will expertly track desert-adapted wildlife in Damaraland.
6. Track big cats
The Okonjima Reserve in the Central Highlands is home to a unique big cat rehabilitation project run by the AfriCat Foundation and offers the opportunity to track leopard, hyena, wild dog and cheetah.
7. Etosha self-drive
Etosha National Park lends itself to self-drive discovery with a large number of waterholes which attract great concentrations of game making for an easy self-guided safari experience. The government rest camps scattered throughout the park make it easy to undertake an independent safari experience with guided drives on offer too.
8. Star gazing
Thanks to its low population density Namibia has very low levels of light pollution making for exceptional night skies. Such is the quality of star gazing on offer that in 2012 the NamibRand Reserve was awarded the accolade of being Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. Throughout Namibia, take the opportunity to look up to the skies above – you will even have the chance to sleep out under them at some camps.
9. Tok Tokkie Trails
A unique experience which allows you to get to grips with nature and the desert of the NamibRand Reserve on foot on a walking trail accompanied by an expert guide before sleeping out under the stars.
10. Rock art and geological features in Damaraland
The rock engravings at Twyfelfontein became Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 whilst the Petrified Forest, Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain and Spitzkoppe are all of great geological interest deserving of at least a short visit.