Top 5 attractions in Namibia
Namibia lies in Southern Africa and is considered the second least densely populated country in the world.
It is often referred to as the country of contrasts with it’s magnificent ever-changing landscapes.
Why visit Namibia?
Namibia has become a popular tourist destination in recent years thanks to a big variety of tourist attractions throughout the country in addition to being politically stable with low crime rates.
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The best travel destinations in Namibia
5. Fish River Canyon
Deep in the south of Namibia lies the second largest canyon in the world: The Fish River Canyon.
Covering a length of more than 150 kilometers and a width of up to 25 kilometers, the canyon offers spectacular scenery.
The Fish River flowing through the canyon is the longest river inside of the country. After the rainy season, the river floods before becoming a chain of narrow pools in the canyon.
If you’re a real outdoor enthusiast, you might want to consider signing up for the famous hike across a distance of 86 kilometers which takes about 4-6 days to finish.
Note that the hike is only available from May to September and requires a minimum of 3 persons to make a reservation.
Despite the weather conditions, the rare Desert Elephants and Desert Lions reside in some areas of Damaraland. Namibia is one of the only 2 countries which have Desert Elephants.
The Spitzkoppe, a granite peak stretching more than 1,700 metres above sea level is a popular destination in Damaraland. Rock paintings from the Bushmen people can still be found today, engraved in the rock formations.
Bushmen engraved the paintings with plant and animal products onto the rocks to communicate with other fellow members of the tribe that were passing through.
3. Caprivi Strip
Have you ever wondered what the strange strip to the North-eastern part of Namibia is?
The Caprivi Strip is one of the most beautiful areas of the country as it is rich in natural wildlife and showcases stunning flora alongside the Zambezi river.
Before Namibian Independence, in 1990 there were barely any animals in the area due to the ongoing war between Namibia and South-African military. Today, however, the Caprivi is known as a wildlife wonderland with an abundance of elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, wild dogs, crocodiles, hippos and other animals.
The Caprivi Strip is a unique part of the country with a tropical climate and vegetation which is somewhat unusual for a semi-desert country like Namibia.
2. Etosha National Park
The Etosha Park in the northern part of Namibia is infamous for its saltpan which is so big that it can be seen from space. Apart from the landscapes, the park offers an abundance of wildlife including antelopes, predators and over 300 bird species.
Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Elephants, Rhinos and many other exciting animals can be spotted inside the park which covers over 22,000 square kilometers.
Accommodation is available inside the park at the NWR rest camps namely Namutoni, Okakeujo and Halali which also have a service station. Alternatively, there are many private lodges outside of the park.
Sossusvlei which lies in the southern part of the Namib Desert is arguably the most popular tourist attraction in Namibia. The area mainly consists of salt and clay pans that have been shaped by the Tsauchab River.
Deadvlei which is famously known from movies and pictures was once an oasis with camelthorn trees before the river changed its course and left behind the stunning clay pan with dead camelthorn trees that it is known for today.
Other attractions in the area are the Dune 45, Bid Daddy and Big Mama dunes which are between 80 and 325metres high.
So which one is the best attraction to see?
Well, this depends on what exactly you to see:
If you’re a fan of landscapes then Sossusvlei will blow your mind. On the other hand, if you are looking to see a lot of wildlife you should consider visiting either the Etosha National Park or the Caprivi Area.