Regions in Namibia

Watch big game in Etosha National Park, Namibia's most well-known, look out for desert elephant and black rhino in Damaraland, spot shipwrecks on Namibia's Skeleton Coast and finally walk along the shifting sands in Sossusvlei for breathtaking views and epic photographs. 

The towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, along with the petrified forests and cracked limestone pans of the Namib Naukluft National Park, make up some of Namibia’s most stunning scenery.
Dominated by a vast salt pan, Namibia’s most famous national park is a must. Elephant, lion, rhino, cheetah and leopard are in residence and the pans also play host to great herds of zebra and wildebeest. Fly into the luxury camps to take advantage of some seriously impressive guides, or park yourself at a waterhole and wait for the animals to come to you.
Dotted with foreboding shipwrecks and wailing colonies of sea lions, the windswept shores of the Skeleton Coast feels like the end of the earth. Seeing as it’s so remote, the best way to experience its desolate beauty is on an unforgettable flying safari.
A breezy stop off for self-drivers between Damaraland and Sossusvlei, Swakopmund is a lovely Germanic seaside town clinging to the Skeleton Coast. Spend a couple of nights here to explore the traditional German bakeries, devour delicious sea food at ‘The Tug’ (a retired tug boat on the seafront), and kayak out to the seal colony at Pelican Point.
Fish River Canyon is the world’s second largest canyon and every bit as impressive as its American counterpart - it makes for an excellent week’s trip from Windhoek in combination with Luderitz, or for the most exclusive excursion going, fly in for the day from Swakopmund. The scenery is ravishing, so be sure to have your camera at the ready for stunning vistas wherever you look.

Windhoek is Namibia’s small, friendly capital and almost everyone will spend a night here at the start or finish of their trip. On route to Etosha, you may like to stop off in the Central Highlands and relax at a lodge like Okonjima, home to the world-famous Africat Foundation. 

With a dramatic mountain backdrop, the rocky desert of Damaraland is studded with giant red boulders and euphorbia bushes. Equally rough and ready is the black desert rhino for which the region is famed. Other buried treasures include Bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein, the bizarre Petrified Forest, and – as with everywhere else in Namibia – unrivalled stargazing.
Nearly cut off by the desert sands, this sleepy Germanic diamond port feels like arriving at the end of the world. Luderitz is the gateway to visiting Kolmanskop: a coastal ghost town swallowed by sands. Pay a visit to the eerie collection of deserted houses where windswept dunes creep their way up the stairs, and empty baths lie discarded on the sands outside.

Reaching out into the lush territory of Botswana and Zambia, the Caprivi Strip contrasts dramatically with the arid landscape found in the rest of Namibia. Head here for an invigorating contrast after your desert adventure: exploring the wetlands and soaking up the amazing birdlife.


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