Namibia is an adventure-seeker’s playground. From spectacular hiking trails to hot-air balloon rides, the country’s menu of attractions is rich indeed.
Here’s a List of Things to Do in Namibia
Hike Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon is the second largest natural gorge on the planet, second only to the famous Grand Canyon. Set in a harshly beautiful, stony plain, it winds for 161 km and reaches depths of around 550 meters.
If you’re in good enough shape, try the 85 km five-day trek along the riverbed. It promises to be an unforgettable journey into one of Africa’s unsung natural wonders.
The country’s capital is packed full of culture and history, a lot of it German. Be sure to take in the colonial architecture while you’re there, and to enjoy the German influence in the local food.
Beyond that, expect the city to have a laid-back, eclectic feel reminiscent of European café culture. You can also look forward to a diverse mix of people. The combination sets up a great scenario for people-watching.
Guided tours of Windhoek’s main tourist attractions are another option. These include the National Museum at Alte Feste (Old Fort), the Christukirche (Christ Church) of the Lutheran parish from 1896, and the lager brewery.
Hot-Air Balloon Over the Namib Desert
Make a point of hot-air ballooning over the Namib Desert. You’ll take off at dawn to watch the sun rise over the Namib-Naukluft National Park, fly over dunes and gaze out over gemsbok. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a champagne breakfast of bubbly, zebra salami, smoked salmon and croissants in a picture-perfect desert setting.
Don’t forget to climb Sossusvlei while you’re in Namibia. It’s one of the highest sand dunes in the world, and arguably the country’s best scenic attraction.
Be sure to begin your adventure before sunrise, though. That way, you’ll get to see the dunes shift shape and color as the sun climbs. Your efforts will also give you an outstanding view of Deadvlei: an expanse of dried white clay dotted with the skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees.
Safari in Etosha National Park
Lastly, remember to safari in the Etosha National Park. It’s a vast pan of silvery salt-encrusted sand, and home to the region’s most famous creatures. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, zebras, black rhinos and more.