10 Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Namibia

Top Reasons to Visit Namibia
Sossusvlei is Namibia's landmarks with its red dunes, white salt pan and Deadvlei. © Ulrich Greger

Exploring safaris? For such a small country in southwest Africa, Namibia is well packed. With jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes, iconic wildlife and stunning beaches, Namibia should be in everyone’s must-visit bucket list. In need of ideas for your next safari vacation and top things to do in Namibia? From Sossusvlei to Fish River Canyon to Etosha National Park, here reasons why you need to book Namibia as your next holiday destination.

We also recommend our guide to the most stunning natural wonders in Namibia.

The Landscapes

Sossusvlei top things to do in Namibia
Sossusvlei Desert, Namibia. © A_smolen/Instagram

Namibia boasts of the most amazing landscapes in Africa which is definitely every photographers wet dream and every tourists attraction. Out of the varied amount, there’s the Fish River Canyon which is located in the south of Namibia, and is the largest canyon in Africa. The Sossuvlei which is located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia with its vast land covered with clay. Salt and other minerals usually shining white under the sun. Etosha National Park which is a classic safari with rare sightings of wildlife, and the Damaraland, amongst others. Which has a desert scenery and is home to rhinos, desert elephants, lions, antelope species and many more. There are plenty of top unique activities for guests to explore on daily basis.

Education

The Namibian Institute of Culinary Education (NICE), is a chef finishing and hospitality training school. Apart from being able to try out never seen or tasted before dishes by chefs – both professional and beginners, offers live music, has a dance club, a wine bar, has conference facilities, hospitality school and restaurant.

Art

National Art Gallery of Namibia
Metal and stone sculpture by Ismael Shivute and Saima Iita, titled ‘Why’ outside the National Art Gallery of Namibia. © nagn_namibia/instagram

Namibia is a country that appreciates art as being part of what makes their nation’s history. Founded in 1990. The state owned National Art Gallery of Namibia has maintained its aim of being a space and has contributed to hosting exhibitions. Obviously appreciation of arts in Namibia, acquisition of precious art pieces, conservation of existing artifacts and the preservation and research of visual art and craft. It is one space dedicated to maintain a link between ancient and contemporary art. There is also the College of Arts which was founded in 1971 and is home to trained and beginning artists. And giving them the resources and mentorship and training they need to embark on art as a form of lifestyle and as a career.

Deserts

Namib Desert reasons to visit Namibia
Namib, Desert in Namibia. © Robin Bew

The deserts in Namibia is also one not to miss. Easily one of top things to do in Namibia. Namibia is home to the really popular Namib desert which stretches far along Angola. Namibia and South Africa and is home to landmarks like Namib-Naukluft National Park, Naukluft Mountains, Sossuvlei, Deadvlei and Sperrgebiet and also rivers like Cunene River and Orange River. The desert also boasts of having the second largest sand dunes in the world after Badain Jaran Desert dunes in China. Namibia is also home to the Kalahari Desert which is a fossil desert and not considered a real desert because of the constant rain it receives.

Game Reserves

Bwabwata National Park top things to do in Namibia
Bwabwata National Park – © Malte & Ramona

Game Reserves also occupy a vast part of Namibia. Of which are available to add pleasure to every tourists experience. Amongst a lot, there are reserves like the Bwabwata National Park which occupies antelope species, giraffes, elephants and also human residents. The Kaokoland which has a spectacular desert scenery and is home to desert elephants, amongst others. And the Zambezi region which contains multiple parks, and animals.

Caves

The Dragon’s Breath Cave specifically in Otjozondjupa, holds the world’s largest underground lake which was discovered in 1986, and has clear water and is home to white shrimp and worm-like creatures.

Small Population

Namibia with it’s population being almost 3 million and its vast land is considered to be safe and crowd free, and is therefore a perfect refuge for tourists and vacationers.

Sea Animals and History

If you are a lover of chill spots, sea animals and history. You would definitely fall in love with Namibia’s National Marine Aquarium. And her museums like Nakambale Museum, Owela Museum, TransNamib Museum, Damara Living Museum, Tsumeb Museum, amongst others.

Wildlife

Etosha National Park reasons for Namibia travel
Variety of wildlife at Etosha National Park. © letzte_runde/instagram

Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary is home to endangered wildlife species. This sanctuary is to conserve animals (wildlife) and also Namibia’s land and culture. The Sanctuary is home to the Puku, Wildebeest, Cheetah, Honey Badger, African Wild Dog, Leopard, Roan Antelope, Aardwolf, and many others. A Namibia travel is never complete without exploring the wildlife.

Okaukuejo waterhole

Okaukuejo waterhole top things to do in Namibia
Impala at the Okaukuejo waterhole. © Ericmarintzer/Instagram

Okaukuejo waterhole is a tourist attraction site not to miss. With it’s daily activity of having animals go in groups to quench their thrist which is always a spectacle to behold. Apart from the waterhole, the Okaukuejo Camp is offered for lodging and allows residents to experience the waterhole at night when it gets floodlit.

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