Top destinations in Namibia
Namibia: travelling through this land of contrasts evokes a feeling of timelessness, as though nothing has changed since colonial times and yet the world’s oldest desert is constantly shifting. From its broad horizons to its endless dune seas and along its ghostly coastline, Namibia serves up dramatic sights and experiences at almost every turn: extraordinary wildlife encounters, rusting shipwrecks swallowed by sand, ancient San art emblazoned on parched rocks, traditional cultures, urban craft breweries and an ever-present colonial charm. Even in its sparsest settings, Namibia imbues a richness of life.
Visitors come to this vast dry country for its teeming wildlife, spectacular natural wonders and authentic travel experiences. Its sparse population (there’s one person per square kilometre) means there’s plenty of elbow room for those seeking Namibia’s trademark solitude. And with a well-developed infrastructure and tourist facilities that rival the best in Africa, travel logistics here are uncomplicated. Whether you’re chasing from one horizon to the next on a motorcycle, ambling across pitted plains in four-wheel-drive, or soaring above undulating dunes on a scenic flight, Namibia is a one-of-a-kind destination that reminds you it’s the journey that truly matters.
The Best Time to Visit
The dry season (June to October) is considered the best time to visit Namibia for wildlife sightings, especially in Etosha over July and August.
May’s mild climate makes it an ideal month in which to travel the country, offering more affordable accommodation with better availability. November is much the same, but the occasional showers occur as the rainy season approaches.
During low season (December to April), the rains can make some areas inaccessible and bring with them high humidity and soaring temperatures; this is, however, the best time to visit Namibia for birdwatching.
Namibia is larger than Texas and about four times the size of the UK, and distances between towns and attractions can be vast.
The country boasts about 300 days of sunshine per year.
Namibia is serviced by regular flights into Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport, including domestic flights to Luderitz and Oranjemund (three times per week) and Walvis Bay (daily).
Nationals of many countries, including Australia, the EU, USA and most Commonwealth countries do not need a visa to visit Namibia, but citizens of most Eastern European countries do.
Currency: Namibian Dollars
Combine Namibia With
Botswana Safari: neighbouring Botswana claims the lion’s share of the Kalahari, and a safari here is an ideal add-on to a Namibian journey.
Okavango Delta: bookend your Namibian adventure with the enduring mystery of the delta.
Victoria Falls: with Zambia only a short flight away, why not see one more iconic African sight from your bucket list?
Cape Town: head south to experience the colourful cultures, famous landmarks, foodie highlights and world-class wines of South Africa’s Mother City.
Central Namibia: wander among the colonial buildings and palm tree-lined streets of Namibia’s vibrant and refreshing capital city.
Southern Highlights: discover the red sands of the Kalahari, marvel at the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, see wild desert horses at Aus, experience the village-like vibe of Luderitz and explore the ghost town of Kolmanskop.
Coastal Namibia: find adventure in Swakopmund and discover Africa’s most haunting shores along the Skeleton Coast.
Northern Namibia: Discover dramatic landscapes in Damaraland, desert-adapted wildlife in Etosha and tropical contrasts in the Zambezi Region.
TOP TRAVEL TIP: While Namibia is certainly a safari destination offering spectacular wildlife sightings in its top national parks and reserves, it is more so a natural spectacle of ever-changing desert landscapes; the power of the roaring Atlantic, the sweeping horizons in shades of alabaster, mauve and copper. Bring your camera.