Top 5 Places to visit in Namibia for first-time visitors

Namibia, a stunning southern African country full of natural wonders, is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world.

I visited the country once when I was still in high school, but have long held a desire to return and explore a bit more… here’s hoping that wish comes true in 2020.

Famous for its high dunes as well as for Etosha National Park and Sossusvlei, Namibi is a bucket list destination for many.

If you’re planning a visit be sure to include the 5 following must-see destinations in your Namibian itinerary.


Top 5 Places to visit in Namibia

Etosha National Park

One can’t visit sub-Saharan Africa without heading off to a secluded spot to spend time observing the wildlife that calls the continent home.

Covering more than 20,000 square km of land, Etosha National Park is one of the best Namibia spots to visit to see lions, elephants and gemsboks.


Namibia is home to the most ancient desert on the planet. The Namib Desert is of 40 million years of age and is spreads over Angola and South Africa.

With a changing palette of gold, ruby, vermillion, and deep rust, this is a stunning place and one of the most hypnotizing Namibia attractions.

Practically uninhibited and flawless, the Namib desert is home to sites such as Dune 45, Sesriem Canyon, and the Bonfegels.

Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon’s dreamlike scene will make even the most apathetic of explorers go gaga. The canyon is 160km long and 30km wide.

It’s possible to spend many days climbing the trails of the canyon, so plan your visit and course well ahead of time.

Skeleton Coast of Namibia

The shore of Namibia was once called as the sands of hellfire by the Portuguese. Known as the Skeleton Coast, this is where the Namib Desert meets the Atlantic. Here steady breezes and substantial mist make for a misleading coast that has wrecked numerous sailors.

The Skeleton Coast offers the absolute most immaculate wild coastline in Africa and possibly the entire world.


Windhoek is the largest city of Namibia. Like most African urban communities, Windhoek is a blend of European influence and African urban buzz.

Here, you can find out more about the nation’s rich history, or appreciate a refreshing German lager under the ever-present African sun.

You should visit at Christuskirche, the ginger-bread style church in the middle of the town, spend time at Joe’s lager house, or unwind in the Parliament gardens.


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Jessica Watson has been writing for travel websites and blogs from last four years and currently, she is working with a taxi firm in Reading, United Kingdom.





Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. This has reminded me that we need to escalate Namibia on our list of travel destinations! We spent 3 months house sitting in Botswana a few years ago and met a guide who had just returned and was racing about Namibia. Is it necessary for a guide do you think, or can you build your own itinerary easily and safely?

  2. Namibia is such a beautiful country. I was there last year. What else I can recommend are the wild horses at Garub and Kolmanskop, close to the Atlantic. Kolmanskop is a ghost town, where the sand dunes moved into the old houses.

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