OUR TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT
Bordering Botswana and South Africa, lies the world’s second least densely populated country, Namibia. Characterised by its strikingly stark landscapes, orange and red-hued sand dunes, and immaculate coastline, it is a country filled with magic and wonders.
Namibia flies under the radar when it comes to other safari hotspots, such as the Maasai Mara, Serengeti, and the Kruger National Park. However, the arid landscapes make for a unique and exciting safari experience. Home to the oldest desert in the world and the only desert to be influenced by fog, there is a mystery that hangs in the air of this quiet and peaceful country.
It is the perfect destination if you want to escape the crowds and discover an untouched wilderness, little explored by others. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Namibia.
1. Namibia is crowd-free.
Namibia is three times bigger than Britain and with barely a couple million people living there, it is one of the best places in Africa to escape the crowds. Not only will you want to grab your camera to capture the spectacular views, but you will also want to explore what this country has to offer. The Namibian coastline is more than 2000km (1.200 mi) in length, but you will only find a handful of towns along the route. You will left feeling like the last person on earth; but rather than feel isolated you will realise it is an incredible opportunity to reconnect with nature and be reminded of how spectacular our planet is.
2. It boasts incredible landscapes.
Namibia is a magical place filled with extraordinary orange-hued landscapes and contrasting clear blue skies. From the vast and secluded Skeleton Coast to the salt pans in Etosha National Park to the Fish River Canyon, the harsh and desolate environment has fostered a stark, striking beauty and an incredibly adapted wildlife population. Namibia is most famous for its magnificent sand dunes, which are better described as mountains. In fact, you can climb the world’s highest sand dune, Dune 7 in Sossusvlei. A visit to the Namib Desert will reveal the mysterious and unexplainable ‘fairy circles’. The Namib Sand Sea is the only coastal desert in the world that is influenced by fog – it is home to coastal flat, rock hills, incredible dunes, a coastal lagoon and ephemeral rivers.
3. Namibia has diverse wildlife.
Boasting over 650 bird species and 80 large mammal species, Namibia is a top safari destination in Africa. During the dry season, Etosha National Park sees thousands of animals at the waterholes, including the Big Five and endangered animals like the African wild dog, black rhino and oribi. In the northern parts of Kunene, there are large populations of Nile crocodiles. The coastal regions is home to dolphins, Cape fur seals, leatherback turtles and humpback whales.
4. Namibia is a perfect self-drive destination.
With its flat, empty roads and sparsely populated areas, Namibia is the perfect self-drive destination. The country offers space, tranquillity and a chance to “get away from it all”. In fact, Namibia is best travelled by vehicle, allowing you to visit most regions like no other way available in this spectacular country.
5. It is an extreme-sports haven.
Calling all adventure-lovers, Namibia’s variety of terrains and landscapes act as the perfect backdrop and platform for many thrilling outdoor activities. The most common activities include hiking; adventure sports, such as sandboarding or ultra-marathons in the Fish River Canyon; water sports, from windsurfing to kayaking; horse safaris; and stargazing. Namibia is one of the top places in the world to see the stars due its low air pollution and non-existent light pollution.
Where to Go
Namibia offers a variety of destinations for all types of travellers:
- Sossusvlei, the sea of red-dunes, is breathtakingly beautiful and home to the world’s tallest dune.
- Etosha National Park receives the most visitors in Namibia and offers a genuine African safari experience.
- Skeleton Coast is where the dunes meet the sea. It is the adventure-hub of the country.
- Damaraland is so close to Etosha that its beauty and seclusion is sometimes overlooked, but it is definitely worth a visit.
- Caprivi is like Botswana, on the same floodplain and full of wildlife, birdlife and serenity.
- The Kalahari Desert is home to the San Hunter-Gatherers. We recommend going on a guided walk with one of the San, it’s an enlightening and educational experience.
- Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa and the second largest canyon in the world. It will take your breath away with its spectacular views and landscapes.
- Kaokoland is a remote location, home to the Himba tribe. It is best explored by 4×4.
When to Go
- July to October is the best time to visit Namibia, with temperatures averaging 20 degrees Celsius. There is also the lowest chance of rain during this period which makes it the best time for wildlife viewing.
- May to June are also good months to travel to Namibia – it is quieter with less tourists.