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The dunes at Sossusvlei in Namibia

Things to do in Namibia

Namibia's Etosha National Park is world-renowned for its wildlife viewing, but the country offers far more for the visitor to experience. Its soaring sand dunes, mist-shrouded coastline and colossal canyons mean that any road trip here is a dramatic one.

A land of vast blue skies and endless horizons, you can climb the world's highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei, kayak with seals at Pelican Bay, or for a complete contrast, explore the lush waterways of the Caprivi Strip. Further ideas for things to do in Namibia include heading to the remote area of Damaraland to meet the country's desert-adapted elephant.

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Ideas for experiencing Namibia

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Namibia, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Christus Kirche, Windhoek

    Windhoek City Tour

    Windhoek

    Taking in the sights of the city, you can stop at viewpoints and various historical sites including the Christus Kirche, Tintenpalast, and the Alte Feste museum.

  • Namib Desert, Swakopmund

    Quadbiking

    Swakopmund and Pelican Point

    The guided trip is likely to cover the riverbed, gravel plains and the magical dune field from east to west.

  • 4x4 driving on the dunes, Sandwich Harbour trip

    Sandwich Harbour Day Trip

    Swakopmund and Pelican Point

    Sandwich Harbour lies around 30 kilometres south of Walvis Bay. Here, there's a reed lined lagoon fed by freshwater springs, a sandy beach and pale dunes dropping straight into the sea

  • Fish River Canyon, Namibia

    Fish River Canyon Hiking

    Fish River Canyon

    Fish River Canyon, often compared to America's Grand Canyon, is one of Namibia's least visited wonders with incredible scenery but often challenging trekking conditions.

  • Climbing the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

    Sossusvlei Dune Excursion

    Sossusvlei & Sesriem

    Enjoy the amazing scenery of Sossusvlei, and maybe take a short walk to Dead Vlei, a bizarre collection of ancient camelthorn trees, or climb the nearby dunes.

  • Kayaking With Seals, Pelican Point

    Kayak Trip to Pelican Point

    Swakopmund and Pelican Point

    An excellent way to spend a morning is on a gentle kayaking trip to Pelican Point. A number of sturdy sea kayaks await and you will be guided to three colonies of up to around 6,000 cape fur seals.

  • Sunset ride from Desert Homestead

    Sunset Horse Riding

    Sossusvlei & Sesriem

    Riders wind their way across the grassy plains and through ancient water courses and eventually up a steep mountain track, where a friendly barman with a selection of cocktails awaits them.