10 of the best places in Namibia you need to see for yourself

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Namibia is a country with a diverse and beautiful landscape, with wildlife, indigenous fauna, and breath-taking sunsets. Home to some of the best lodges and safari opportunities in the world, we can understand why Namibia is a very interesting location for people to visit. With such beauty, the best places in Namibia you just need to see for yourself!

Having spent so many years in Namibia, we’ve traveled the country from top to bottom more-over.

With attractions being hundreds, and even possibly a thousand plus, kilometers apart, it’s not feasible to visit everything Namibia has to offer in a small space of time. If you are a nature lover, like ourselves, & you’re willing to spend some time in the outback, then here are 10 of the best places in Namibia you need to visit on your trip.

10 of the best places in Namibia you need to see for yourself

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Etosha National Park & The Big 5

African Big Five - Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard & Buffalo

See the famous African Big Five in the wilds of Etosha. In the evenings, watch over the watering holes before falling asleep beneath the stars. You could even stay over at one of the available rooms in a great Namibian Fort that makes up one of the rest sites. (Namutoni)

Where is it?

Located in Northern Namibia, approximately 400km’s from the capital, Windhoek.

Related: Erindi, an Etosha alternative?

Sossusvlei & Surrounds

Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei is undoubtably one of the best places to visit in Namibia and the deadvlei in the image is one of the reasons why.

A unique location containing some of the highest dunes in the world, as well as star dunes & the incredibly eerie Deadvlei.

You may think all deserts are the same, but the landscapes around Sossusvlei are completely unique compared to the northern parts of the Namib Desert, and pretty much all other deserts we’ve ever come across.

Sossusvlei is definitely one of the best places in Namibia to visit something you really should add to the priority list. 😉

Where is it?

Located South-West of the capital & approximately 400km’s from Windhoek.

Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon

The 2nd largest Canyon in the world, & the largest canyon in Africa. It’s not quite as regulated as the Grand Canyon, but that makes it all the more peaceful & impressive. Due to the remote location, besides the nearby Ai-Ais hot springs, there isn’t much to do besides take in the impressive landscape whilst sipping a cool beverage of your choice.

Where is it?

Located in southern Namibia. Approximately 700km’s from Windhoek.

Damaraland (Twyfelfontein & the White Lady Bushman Paintings)

Damaraland

Home to the Welwitschia, Namibia’s national plant, as well as the Twyfelfontein & White Lady Bushman Paintings.

Where is it?

Located North-West of Windhoek. The heart of Damaraland, Khorixas, is approximately 450km’s from Windhoek.

Spitzkoppe

Maike & David at Spitzkoppe
Maike walking on a sandstone rock in the Spitzkoppe
Maike at Spitzkoppe

The Matterhorn of Namibia.

The Spitzkoppe is over 120 million years old and reaches over 700m from the desert floor below.

An impressive rock formation that appears out of a seemingly flat piece of land.

Where is it?

Located west of Windhoek. Approximately 270km’s from the capital.

Quiver Tree Forest & Giant’s Playground

Quiver Tree in the Giant's Playground

A place where it seems as if the forest was planted upside down. The Quiver Tree Forest is something you are not going to see every day.

Throw in the Giant’s playground & the large piles of dolomite boulders, you’ll think you’ve just visited a giant toddler’s playpen.

Where is it?

Located in southern Namibia near Keetsmanshoop. Approximately 500km’s from Windhoek.

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Kolmanskop

The famous Kolmanskop bathtub
Abandoned house in Kolmanskop, Namibia

The abandoned Diamond town is Namibia’s most famous ghost town.

The first diamonds found in Namibia were in this area, however, you’re going to need a permit to visit as Kolmanskop is located in a restricted area of the Namib.

Head to Lüderitz to book one of the daily tours.

Where is it?

Located south-west of Windhoek near Lüderitz. Approximately 700km’s of the capital.

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Lake Otjikoto

Lake Otjikoto

The sinkhole lake is one of only two natural lakes in Namibia. It measures in at 102 meters in diameter & has an estimated depth of 142 meters. That’s roughly a football field in diameter & deeper than it is wide!

The San people named it Gaisis, meaning ugly. The Herero people later moved into the area & luckily renamed it… Rather unimaginatively, Lake Otjikoto, meaning deep hole.

Where is it?

Located in the northern parts of Namibia. Approximately 450kms from Windhoek, and about 100 meters from the highway.

Caprivi Strip

A road in the caprivi strip

One of the odder sites you’ll find on a map is the Caprivi Strip.

To the east is Victoria Falls, to the north is the Zambezi river, with Zambia beyond, and to the south is the Okavango Delta. Seemingly Namibia reaching out to the neighboring countries, in colonial times the strip was used for economic reasons.

Where is it?

Located north-east of Windhoek. Approximately 1100kms from the capital.

It’s that rather odd-looking claw that reaches out towards the Victoria Falls. 😉

Epupa & Ruacana Falls

Epupa Falls in Namibia

Epupa Falls, meaning foam in Herero, and the Ruacana Falls, are both found on the Kunene River. These falls are roughly 135kms apart from one another.

Near the Epupa Falls, you will also find the Himba settlements, which is always worth a stop as well as you happen to be in the area.

Where is it?

Located on the border between Angola & Namibia. The falls are approximately 900km’s & 1100km’s from Windhoek.

10 Incredible natural wonders of Namibia - the best places in Namibia you need to see for yourself

Those are the best places in Namibia to visit, and hopefully you’ve added them to your itinerary. 😉

Have you been to any of these awesome places yet? Let us know down below.

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Cheers,
Maike & David
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  1. Would love to see the highest dunes in the world for myself. Loving your photos! They make me want to pack my bags and go to Namibia now. Can you swim in the Lake Otjikoto though?

    1. Thanks Ben, & the dunes are incredible!
      You can’t swim in Lake Otjikoto, but it makes for a great stop on your way back from Etosha as it’s just a couple of meters from the highway. An interesting sight you definitely wouldn’t be expecting when you find it!

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