And if you are unsure of the departure dates for your next Namibia road trip, know that the best times to visit the Etosha reserve are in September and March. Also note that you will have a better chance of observing wild animals between May and October. This period also applies if you want to avoid the very hot periods in Namibia. So what to visit in Namibia? Here is our pick of the most beautiful places to explore!
Impossible to come to Africa without going on a safari! Etosha National Park is one of the best places to observe wild animals, in complete freedom since you can get there with your own vehicle. The experience promises to be unforgettable in this preserved area of around 22,000 hectares, only a third of which is open to the public. There are 114 species of mammals and 340 species of birds in complete freedom. The big game is obviously to try to see the Big Five.
This is a must-see on a trip to Namibia. From the highest dunes in the world to dry lakes, one finds the most sumptuous landscapes of Namibia here. This 80,900 square kilometer desert has 1,500 km of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. 80 to 160 km wide, it is crossed by a few rivers that are almost permanently dry. The rains are very rare there. The Namib Desert has some remarkable sites.
Sossusvlei is known for its red sand dunes which are considered to be the highest in the world. The red color is due to the presence of iron oxide.
Excursion au cœur du somptueux désert du Namib Traversée des villages du peuple Himbas Safari dans la région de la rivière Huab
Excursion au cœur du somptueux désert du Namib
Traversée des villages du peuple Himbas
Safari dans la région de la rivière Huab
Fish Canyon River
Second largest canyon in the world after that of the United States, Fish Canyon River is a must-see if you are planning to visit Namibia. A natural gem located in the far south of the country, on the border with South Africa, it captivates the imagination with its 160 kilometers long, 27 wide and 550 meters deep.
Fans of unusual excursions, if you are wondering what to do in Namibia, do not miss the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Kolmanskop is a now abandoned village in the Namib Desert, about 10 kilometers from Luderitz. This ghost village is totally invaded by desert sand which gives it a special atmosphere.
If you are still wondering what to do in Namibia to vary the pleasures, what do you say about a kayak excursion among the seals? An impressive colony of a few thousand individuals has settled in Walvis Bay and on Pelican Point, which you will get closer with the strength of your arms alone.
Skeleton coast is undoubtedly one of the most surprising places to do in Namibia. It owes its name to a writer, John Henry Marsh, one of whose books relates the sinking of a ship, the Dunedin Star. And there are stranded ships all along the coast, which testify to the difficulty of coming to moor here.
To discover : Located on the Skeleton Coast, the Cape Cross reserve is home to the largest colony of fur seals in Namibia. Up to 200,000 specimens gather on this small piece of coast thanks to the cold Benguela current which provides them with sufficient food.
Walvis Bay is a town about 20 km from Swakopmund, which is one of the most touristic port towns in Namibia. This town is located inside the Namib Naukluft National Park. Here too, you can do a lot of activities, go on a desert excursion, go on a sea trip to discover the coastline, or even do parachute jumps.
During a walk on the Walvis Bay esplanade, you can walk along the sea and admire many species of birds, including flamingos and pelicans. From there, you can take a short catamaran cruise to discover certain marine species, such as dolphins and whales.
If you come to visit Namibia, arriving from Europe you must land in the country's capital, Windhoek. This city on a human scale is particularly pleasant to discover. Located in the center of the country, at an altitude of more than 1,500 meters, it will be the perfect place to start your journey, since you can quickly reach many other sites of interest.
The emblem of the city is the superb Lutheran Church, built in 1910, which stands in a central square. You can also visit several museums in the capital, such as the Independence Museum, which traces the difficult history of the country and the fight of the Namibians against the German settlers and South Africans. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Namibia Craft Center, the place where a large number of objects from traditional Namibian crafts are made.
Kaokoland has wild landscapes where dozens of elephants frolic. It is the land of the Himbas and the Heroes, semi-nomadic peoples who most often live in autarky. To better understand their lifestyles, the ideal is to call on a local guide, making sure that the visit of the village will be done in a responsible manner.
The Spitzkoppe, which means "pointed hat" in Afrikaans, is a stone mountain with orange hues culminating at 1784 meters above sea level. The landscapes which surround it are truly splendid, formed by unusual rounded rocks that you can climb at leisure. The ideal is to spend at least one night in the campsite, surely the most beautiful in the country!
Many hiking trails will allow you to discover the beautiful falls of Epupa Falls. The highest waterfalls reach 37 meters high and plunge into a wonderful natural setting. At their feet, do not hesitate to bathe in the various water holes. To discover this exceptional tourist wealth in complete safety, it is advisable to be accompanied by a guide and to rent a 4 × 4 vehicle.
The Kunene River is one of the few in Namibia that has never dried up. The joys of swimming and nautical activities are yours: rafting, canoeing, angling. She is at in northern Namibia and stretches 325 kilometers to the border with Angola. Varying between the powerful waterfalls, the fast currents or its natural pools with calm water; the river offers a range of landscapes and activities in addition to attracting a rich fauna coming to cool off.
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