Windhoek is the capital and biggest city of Namibia. Find out more on this city by visiting our guide to Windhoek
Etosha National Park
Etosha means "great white place of dry water" derived from the vast Etosha saltpan that you will not want to miss on your trip to Namibia. The wildlife is diverse and the park is firmly entrenched in the world map of parks. The game is abundant and the landscapes are truly unique.
For more information, visit our page on Etosha National Park
Solitaire is a small outpost, run by one man and his labourers, on the way to Sesriem and Sossusvlei. It is the best place to stock up before Sesriem if you are running low on fuel, food and other necessities. There is a petrol station, restaurant, shop with food, beverages and curios, campsite and other lodges for those wishing to stick around.
Sesriem is the place where you will want to stay if you are camping and plan on going to see Sossusvlei.
Sesriem campsite has approximately 20 camping pitches, each characterised by a large acacia tree providing much needed shade from the scorching desert heat. The campsite has an information office, a gazebo with a swimming pool and bar and additional amenities on the pitches include a barbeque (braai) and running water. There is also a store open from sunrise to sunset for supplies including food, drinks and wood. The petrol station has both petrol and diesel fuel.
Just a few minutes drive from the Sesriem Campsite is the impressive Sesriem Canyon. The canyon exists as a result of the flow of the Tsauchab river and is over 30 metres deep in places. It is worth a quick visit and walk around.
Elim dune is approximately 5km from Sesriem campsite and is accessible both by car or on foot. A walk to the top of the dune will ensure beautiful views of the surrounding desert and mountains in the distance. Many visitors choose to walk up the dune for brilliant colours at sunset.
Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan surrounded by massive dunes in the heart of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This clay pan very occasionally fills with water after severe rains. Some dunes surrounding the vlei reach heights of more than 250 metres. Walking up the dunes to catch the sun rise over this impressive expanse of paprika coloured sand is an absolute must!
The most popular dunes are Dune 45 for 2WD vehicles and for 4X4s, Big Mama at the Sossusvlei and Big Daddy or Crazy Dune, the highest in the area. Climb each one along it's crest. Once up top, enjoy the view. When you are done, you can run down the side of the dune for a rush of adrenaline and great fun!
Dead Vlei is about a 1.1 km walk from the main road on the way to sossusvlei. The trees in the dry pan of Dead Vlei are known to be older than 5000 years. The stark branches, white pan and red dunes set an amazing scene for the eye and provide fantastic photographic opportunities. Approximately every 10 years big rain falls occur filling up Dead Vlei and giving it a momentary breath of life.
Swakopmund is Namibia's favourite holiday destination along the Atlantic coastline. It is named Swakopmund because the mouth of the Swakop River feeds into the sea along the border of the town. The town is home to numerous restaurants, bars and markets as well as the Kristall museum and an aquarium.
It is fast becoming known as the town for adventure and extreme sports some of which include sand and dune boarding, quad biking, parasailing, horse riding and hot air balloon rides.
Try sand boarding or dune boarding on Dune 7 near Swakopmund for the ultimate adrenalin rush. If you plan to lie down prepare yourself for speeds of up to 80 km! Go with an adventure group who will provide you with gloves and a helmet.
This important deep water port town serves as a major trading point along the Western African coastline. It is also home to pink flamingos and Namibia's largest salt refinery.
Cape Cross Seal Colony
The Cape Cross Seal Colony is a short drive north of Swakopmund along the coastal road headed into the Skeleton Coast National Park. The colony is huge with large males fighting each other off, females taking care of the pups and others swimming along the shore. The smell is also quite noticeable...
The stone crosses visible are replicas of the one erected by Diego Cao, the first Portuguese explorer to land there. The original cross is now in Germany and the first replica to be placed there was put in the wrong spot, that is why the second one was put there to correct the error.
Spitzkoppe is a huge mountain on the desert plain providing fantastic scenery. There are no facilities here so come prepared if you intent to bush camp. It is here that Bushman's Paradise, the collection of cave paintings, can be found. The paintings are approximately a 30 minute walk up the mountain with the assistance of chains. There are numerous bushman paintings on the cave walls depicting scenes from a hunt or everyday bushman life. The ink the bushmen used has faded over time because of disrespectful and inappropriate actions by visitors. Please respect the paintings and leave with only a photograph.
Brandberg mountain is the highest mountain in Namibia. A town on the way to Brandberg called Uis with an excellent visitor centre that makes it a good place to stop for coffee and purchase some unusual curios at very reasonable prices. There is also a store and petrol station in town.
Waterberg Plateau is a 48 km long mountain top providing panoramic views of the surroundings. A walk up, guided by one of the local guides, is a pleasant 45 minute moderate climb. The Plateau and the surrounding flora, serve as a Protected Game Reserve for threatened species and various buck, rhino and members of the Cat family such as Caracal and Leopard. You will need to join up with an organised game drive if you wish to find all these animals since you cannot self-drive.
Twyfelfontein is home to some of the continents best Bushman paintings and engravings. It is also unusual in that it is one of the only places where engravings, rather than paintings, have been found in Namibia. Guided walks to see the paintings and engravings of the Bushmen are possible for a small fee per person.
Burnt mountain is made of dark granite and is best viewed at sunset when the granite may reflect brilliant colours.
The organ pipes are rock formations made of dolorite. The organ pipes stretch along a dry riverbed for a few hundred metres with the tallest one reaching a height of about 5 metres.
The Petrified Forest is approximately 50km from the Aba-Huab campsite. The petrified tree trunks in the forest are believed to be more than 260 million years old. The forest is said to have formed after immense trees were felled by the splitting of the continents during the Ice Age. It is here too that you can see the Welwitschia plant, capable of living up to 2000 years.
Lake Guinas and Otjikoto
Lake Guinas and Otjikoto are small but deep lakes with crystal clear waters and steep rock faces. They are known to be over 100 metres in depth and home to some special colourful fish found only here. They are called Tilapia guinasana and Pseudocrenilabrus philander.
The Skeleton Coast of Namibia is renowned for being one of the most arid, treacherous and unforgiving stretches of land in the world. It inherited the name Skeleton Coast because of the number of shipwrecks its white beaches have played host to over the centuries. Many of the degrading ships can still be seen along the beaches and form an intriguing part of the scenery.
This may paint a grim picture but the coast can also be one of extreme beauty. The white sand beaches and dunes of the coast are also home to elephants who over the course of history have adapted to these harsh surroundings.
Should you wish to visit the Skeleton Coast, we strongly recommend you do so on a guided tour or if you are experienced, in a well maintained 4X4 with plenty of water and sun screen. The last thing you want to do is get lost in the Skeleton Coast on your own!!
Luderitz is a quaint seaside harbour town located on the Atlantic coast in southern Namibia. The town has an extensive past including Portuguese settlers and sailors. It can also claim to be the first German settlement in Namibia and to this day, still retains much of its colonial past.
Explore the town's museum, pay attention to the architecture and visit Diaz Point for the Cape Seal Colony.
Now a ghost town, Kolmanskop was once a thriving diamond mining town located just south of Luderitz.
Kolmanskop was officially abandoned in 1956 and is now a popular stop along the tour routes. The forlorn buildings have captured the imaginations of many creative photographers. The sand and arid vegetation taking over the once inhabited buildings, provide excellent scenes for amateur and professional photographers alike.
Fish River Canyon
Africa's "Grand Canyon" spreads over 160 km is breathtaking and is a favourite amongst hikers and nature lovers alike. It is here that you will find the renowned Augrabies falls - where the Orange River drops into a ravine of solid graphite!
Visitors should be aware that the Fish River Canyon area does experience flash floods and intense heat from November to March. Some parts of the park are closed and visitors should inquire with Namibia tourism for more information.
Richtersveld National Park
For more information on the Orange River and the Richtersveld National Park, visit our page on the Richtersveld National Park
Gamsberg Pass features rugged and dramatic mountain scenery. The rolling hills provide opportunities to take a break from driving and stretch the legs.