Despite being located a short plane ride away from South Africa, Namibia isn’t a destination you’ll find on many people’s travel wish list. This southwestern African country with German roots is an interesting cultural mash-up with endless activities and natural wonders that cater to every traveler’s style and budget. If you’ve been looking for your next African adventure, experiencing the beauty of Namibia should be at the top of your list. Don’t believe us? Here are a few highlights of this vibrant nation that will have you booking a flight asap.
Sleep in Style
Fly into the capital city of Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport and head just outside the city to Windhoek Game Camp for some low-key luxury glamping at a very affordable price. Starting at around $50, become one with nature as you share your accommodations with friendly giraffes and other wildlife that freely roam the property and don’t mind tanning with you at the pool. Looking for some beach time? Surrounded by ocean on three sides, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is the place to see and be seen without breaking the bank. Have a little cash to burn? andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is synonymous with luxury in Namibia and offers breathtaking views of the Namibian desert.
For the Culture
Visit Tintenplast, the parliament building, Parliament Gardens and the historic Katatura Township for a glimpse into local life. Bask in the #AfricanGirlMagic of the Herero women and grab a bite to eat at well-known hotspots like Restaurant Gathemann for a bit of fusion, or La Marmite for delicious North and West African cuisine.
Bucket List Check
Hire a reliable local tour guide and take a drive into the Namibian desert. Stop along the Skeleton Coast to spot shipwrecks, Walvis Bay to watch the Atlantic Ocean and desert collide, and the clay pan of Deadvlei—home to 900-year-old “dead” trees—before finally reaching the town of Sossusvlei. In Sossusvlei, be sure to spend the night so you can experience the Namib Desert (known to be the world’s oldest desert) at dawn. Hike the stunning red sands of Dune 45 (the most photographed dune in the world) and catch a spectacular sunrise. If you’re looking for more adventure, take an ATV ride around Dune 7 (the highest dune in the world) or opt for a hot air balloon ride and experience the natural beauty of the Namib from above.
Circle of Life
Get up close and personal with Mufasa's pride with a trip to Etosha National Park for a three-day guided safari tour that will introduce you to the amazing nature and wildlife reserves Namibia has to offer.