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13 Fascinating Places to Visit in Namibia (Best Things to Do)

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13 Fascinating Places to Visit in Namibia (Best Things to Do)

Are you thinking of visiting Namibia and wondering what to see and do in Namibia? Or maybe you’re looking for inspiration for the best things to do in Namibia? Read on!

How much do we all really know about Namibia? It’s a beautiful African country that has so much to offer, yet very few people even consider a trip to Namibia. In this article, we are sharing 13 incredible destinations, places that you should see in Namibia.

From the main landmarks, the most beautiful places, most famous tourist attractions in Namibia to the less known fascinating stops that should be on your Namibia road trip itinerary, this list has all the ‘musts’. 

Check it out and discover this hidden gem of Africa!

Best places to see and things to do in Namibia
 

Best Places to Visit in Namibia – Our Favorite Things to Do

This list of our favorite places in Namibia will not only introduce you to all of the must-see places of Namibia, but it will also show you a couple of hidden gems as well.

I want to show you that Namibia is so much more diverse than you ever imagined; it’s very different from the rest of Africa too.

To make your trip planning easier, I also included some practical tips for each of Namibia’s must-visit destinations. That way you can make the most of your trip. Find out!

Good to know: I sorted this list of best things to do in Namibia in such a way that the main tourist attractions, the best places are listed as last. That way you can also learn about some lesser-known places in Namibia that you won’t find in all tourist guides. Places that will make your trip even more memorable. Find out!

These are the best places to visit and best things to do in Namibia:

13. Canyon Roadhouse

Located just a few miles from the Fish River Canyon (see further below), the Canyon Roadhouse is an attraction in itself. It’s a hotel and a restaurant with the most incredible collection of old cars. A definite must for any family visiting Namibia with kids!

TIP: Plan to visit at lunch as they have a great little restaurant with…. you guessed it.. even more cars inside.

Canyon Roadhouse Namibia
Canyon Roadhouse
 

12. Solitaire

Solitaire is a small settlement with a permanent population of less than 100 people. It’s not really a town, but it has all kinds of facilities and since it’s in the middle of nowhere everyone passing by stops here for gas.

Solitaire became famous because of the book by Dutch author Ton van der Lee dealing with his stay in this place.

To me, it’s a place that has a true Namibian feel. Remote, quirky, and so different from anywhere else in Namibia. One of those places that would be difficult to imagine anywhere else and definitely a great place to visit in Namibia.

TIP: Try a piece of the world-famous apple pie at the Moose McGregor bakery.

Solitaire is one of the best places to visit in Namibia
Solitaire
 

11. Tropic of Capricorn

There is not much to see at the Tropic of Capricorn, except for the sign. But it’ not every day you cross the southernmost latitude where the sun can be directly overhead.

So, as far as must-visit places in Namibia go, Tropic of Capricorn is one of those symbolic attractions that deserve a short photo stop.

TIP: You can find the Tropic of Capricorn sign on road C14 between Sossusvlei and Swakopmund.

Tropic of Capricorn sign Namibia
Tropic of Capricorn – Obligatory photo stop
 

10. Quiver Tree Forest

Quiver Tree forest is a nice place to break the long drive when driving through Southern Namibia. It’s become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Namibia.

Quiver trees are quite peculiar and make for some nice photos. Bushmen traditionally used the branches of these aloe trees to make quivers, thus the name – quiver tree.

TIP: Visit the nearby Giant’s Playground as well, just make sure you don’t get lost in this maze of large dolerite rocks.

Quiver Tree Forest in Namibia
Quiver Tree Forest
 

9. Swakopmund

If you visit just one town in Namibia, Swakopmund is the place to be. It’s by far the most lively and touristy town in Namibia, but in a good way.

A beautiful coastal location, charming colonial architecture, lots of hotels, shops, restaurants… Swakopmund is a real oasis in the Namibian desert. It’s one of the best places to visit in Namibia and, in my opinion, should be included in any Namibia itinerary.

TIP: Plan to spend at least 2-3 days in Swakopmund as there are so many activities and day trips you can do in the area.

Swakopmund is the touristic centre of Namibia
Swakopmund
 

8. Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Once a prosperous German diamond mining town, Kolmanskop is now an abandoned ghost town, slowly sinking in the sand dunes of the Namib Desert.

Located just outside the colonial town of Lüderitz, Kolmanskop is one of the few places where you can learn more about Namibia’s history. It’s also a real photographers’ paradise.

TIP: Early morning offers the best light for photography. You can also obtain a photo permit and get access from sunrise to sunset (non-commercial photography only). Check the official website of Kolmanskop for more information.

Kolmanskop Ghost Town is one of the best places to visit in Namibia
Inside one of the houses at Kolmanskop
 

7. Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein is the largest site of ancient Bushman rock engravings in Africa. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and another must-see place in Namibia.

There are several routes that you can choose and a local guide will take you on a tour. If you can’t decide, we recommend choosing The Lion Man route – it’s said to be the best option.

TIP: Go early in the morning for fewer crowds and better light for the pictures.

Twyfelfontein ancient rock art at the Lion Man Route - One of the best things to do in Namibia
Ancient rock engravings – Lion Man Route
 

6. Walvis Bay Flamingos

Walvis Bay waterfront is home to a big colony of wild flamingos. Expect to see thousands of pink flamingos, as well as pelicans and other birds.

Don’t miss Walvis Bay flamingos when traveling in this part of the country. It’s definitely one of the places to visit in Namibia.

TIP: Book a Walvis Bay boat trip to see dolphins and other sea life.

Walvis Bay flamingos Namibia
Walvis Bay flamingos
 

5. Cape Cross Seals

I cannot even try to describe this place, Cape Cross Seal Reserve is another absolute favorite from our Namibia trip.

Hundreds of thousands of seals, as far as the eye can see. It’s one of those places that you have to see to believe it, and an experience you’ll never forget.

TIP: Go early in the morning (access from 8 AM), and ideally on a windy day to avoid the smell.

Cape Cross Seal colony in Namibia
Cape Cross Seals
 

4. Spitzkoppe

Very little known and somehow left out of the main tourist routes, Spitzkoppe was one of the most breathtaking places we visited in Namibia.

Most spectacular landscapes and practically no people at all. Don’t miss this hidden gem that, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful destinations in Namibia!

TIP: If you can, stay for the sunset. However, don’t drive at night. There is a campground at Spitzkoppe and it’s one of the most beautiful places to camp in Namibia!

Spitzkoppe is one of the hidden gems of Namibia
Spitzkoppe
 

3. Fish River Canyon

The second-largest canyon in the world, Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country. It’s a long drive to get there, but definitely worth it.

Visit Fish River Canyon at sunrise for the best views. You don’t have to hike in order to see the canyon, as there are plenty of great viewpoints. However, hikes and multi-day treks are available too.

TIP: Stay at Gondwana Canyon Lodge and take a free sundowner tour to the top of the hill adjacent to the lodge – it offers some of the most spectacular scenery you can imagine!

Fish River Canyon Namibia
Fish River Canyon
 

2. Etosha National Park

Etosha is a large salt pan in Northern Namibia. It’s also the biggest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, with guaranteed animal sightings. You can see pretty much all African animals here and in big numbers.

Furthermore, Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible wildlife reserves in Africa and can easily be visited individually. Plan at least 2 days/ 3 nights for Etosha National Park.

TIP: Don’t miss Okaukuejo waterhole! Read why Okaukuejo is the best place to stay in Etosha.

Giraffes in Etosha National Park
Giraffes at Okaukuejo Waterhole
 

1. Sossusvlei and Deadvlei

My number one on the list of must-see places in Namibia is Sossusvlei. This place should be number one of any ‘best things to do in Namibia’ list!

Sossusvlei is a desert that is home to the world’s largest sand dunes. Don’t miss Deadvlei too – the white salt pan with ancient acacia trees that you see in all Namibia travel guides. Make sure you climb at least one of the higher sand dunes. I recommend Big Daddy, Big Mama, or Dune 45.

TIP: Stay at the accommodation inside the park and try to catch the sunrise from the top of Big Daddy Dune.

Sossusvlei is the most popular tourist destination in Namibia
Deadvlei
 

So, this is our list of the best places to visit in Namibia. I hope that it has inspired you to visit this beautiful African country and explore it a bit deeper, beyond the main tourist attractions.

Are you looking for more practical information for visiting Namibia? Make sure to check these articles as well:

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Jurgita

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

I started to plan our trip to Namibia one week ago and won't lie - it feels equally exciting and overwhelming. Namibia has SO many spectacular places to see and choose from. I am grateful I discovered your blog and found the "must see places", "itinerary" and "packing list" very informative, comprehensive and useful. Such a great starting point. Aciu labai! :)

Jurga

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Happy to help - nėra už ką! Namibia is a wonderful destination, just don't plan too much of driving every day or you won't enjoy it. It's ok to cover a bigger distance in one day once in a while, but you can't drive fast, the days are short, and you should also always plan for some unforeseen delays. It's also really nice to come to your next destination early enough so that you can still join the sundowner ride that afternoon. It's these little things that will make your trip more relaxing and enjoyable! You'll love it!

Aude

Monday 5th of August 2019

Hi Jurga. Which dunes did you climb with your children at Sossusvlei? Going there in a week and my children are 3 and 5. I think big daddy dune might be too much for them. We are camping inside the park, so will head straight to Sossusvlei before sunrise.

Jurga

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Our kids also were that age and we never made it to the top of Big Daddy for several reasons - it was dark and VERY cold and they were just too tired and refused to walk. During the day, they could have done it without any problems. We climbed the Big Mama instead and also part of Dune 45 afterwards when it warmed up and the kids were better awake. Thinking back, not getting to see the sunrise from Big Daddy dune is the only thing we couldn't do as planned in Namibia. Every time I think of it, I wish we could have done it, but sometimes family travel requires sacrifice. I hope for you that your kids will cooperate better or maybe you can carry them if needed since you only have 2 kids. But it's not easy to get a 3-year old out of bed at 4 AM and tell them to go climbing dunes in the freezing cold in the dark... :) On the other hand, not getting to the dune meant that we had Deadvlei completely to ourselves and it was simply magical seeing it come to life as the sun rose... Good luck and have a great time in Namibia!

Ann

Thursday 16th of May 2019

Hello Jurga,

Can you tell me what we should pack for a 3 week tour of Namibia. please It's just myself and my partner. We'll be there this year in June.

Many thanks. Ann

Jurga

Monday 20th of May 2019

Hi Ann, here you can find some suggestions on what to pack for Namibia. If you are staying in lodges, you can also ask for your laundry to be done once in a while, which can be a good way to travel lighter. Enjoy your trip!

Laura Thais Silva

Tuesday 24th of July 2018

Hi! I´m talking from Brazil, and I´m surching tips for travelling with kids to Namibia. Is it difficult to find acommodation for families in Sossusvlei area? I´ll be with my husband and two kids - 2 and 9 years old. Thanks! Loved your stories!

Jurga

Wednesday 25th of July 2018

Hi Laura, accommodation inside the park is limited. You can either stay in Sossus Dune Lodge, which is what we did, or camp. Sossus Dune Lodge has all separate chalets and they wouldn't let more than 3 people sleep there, so we had two separate rooms. My husband and I split and took the kids with us. Alternatively (and cheaper) there are lodges just outside the gate. If you don't care to drive in the dark to get to Sossusvlei before sunrise, staying there is more convenient. Le Mirage Resort & Spa is one of the best options nearby, although you'll probably also need two separate rooms. It's the case in most lodges in Namibia - they hardly have an family rooms available, but some do. You really have to research it place by place. You can also find accommodations that we stayed at in our Namibia trip itinerary post.

Debbie Siepker

Monday 1st of January 2018

Please send me more interesting fact about Namibia.

Jurga

Monday 1st of January 2018

Hi Debbie, here you can find a lot of practical information for planning a trip to Namibia. Hope it helps.

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