Guest post: 10 Namibia Top Destinations

Desert in Namibia - by The Nomadic Diaries

10 Namibia Top Destinations

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We haven’t been to Namibia yet but we’ve heard lots of positive things about its fantastic nature and now, thanks to our new contributor Simon from The Nomadic Diaries who has recently hitchhiked across this country, we have a chance to see what this stunning land has to offer.

 

Dune 45

Desert in Namibia - by The Nomadic Diaries

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The desert. Oh my god, the desert. You’ll never see dunes as red or as big as the ones here. I didn’t get a chance to go but check out Sousvlei and Dune 45 (the biggest in the world).

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Luderitz

Luderitz, Namibia - by The Nomadic Diaries

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Luderitz looks like a town plucked out of Germany and planted in Africa. While there, check out the harbour and Diaz Point (a 20 K hike if you don’t have a car). And oysters. I’m not big on them but I’m told Luderitz is the place to have them.

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Kolmanskop

Kolmanskop, Namibia - by The Domadic Diaries

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Kolmanskop is an abandoned ghost town about 10 K’s outside of Luderitz. The desert dunes are taking over the buildings. You have to pay 75 Namibian dollars (about $7.50 USD) to go but it’s worth it. It’s like walking through a Salvador Dali painting.

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Skeleton Bay

Namibia Top Destinations: Skeleton Bay - wikiIf you surf, and the time is right, Skeleton Bay (also known as Donkey Bay) is one of the longest left barrels in the world that breaks on sand. It’s a steep and fast wave so know your ability. The current is very powerful and you could get swept all the way to Cape Town. You do need a 4×4 to access the area south of Walvis Bay.

I’m told the Skeleton Coast is unlike any other in the world. So called due to the bones of elephants who go to die there, there are also abandoned cargo ships swallowed up by the desert sands.

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Swakopmund

Namibia Top Destinations: Swakopmund - wikicommonsIn Swakopmund you have to do the living desert tours. I recommend Charly’s Desert Tours. Also, sandboarding with Alter-Action (they pick and drop-off and provide lunch and drinks). The beach area is nice and the lighthouse and old state buildings are beautiful.

Village Café is an awesome family-run restaurant that does all-day breakfast. I dare you to try any of the Terminator sandwiches.

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Moon Landscape

Namibia Top Destinations: Moon landscape - wikicommons

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Horse-riding to the Moon Landscape with Okahambe Trails. If you can afford it (and have the experience), do the 2 day ride or the sunset rides.

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Windhoek

Namibia Top Destinations: Windhoek - wikiTourist Traps in Windhoek would be Joe’s Beerhouse. Although it is something to see, there’s a lot of tourists and that’s where most taxi drivers pull there robbery schemes.

Three museums in Windhoek are the culture museum by the library, the new museum (which looks like a building from North Korea and tells the story of the battle to freedom and independence. A bit depressing but an eye-opener) and the historic museum (it was closed for renovations at the time I was there). All the museums are free entry. The Parliament gardens are beautiful to walk through (right by the new museum).

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Etosha Pan

Namibia Top Destinations: Etosha Pan - wikicommons

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Etosha Pan is one of the biggest national parks in Africa covering 20,000 square kilometres. It’s also one of the oldest. You can see all the big 5 there but there’s a lot of traffic going through (and nothing is funnier than seeing a giraffe drinking).

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Katima Mulilo

Namibia Top Destinations: Katima Mulilo - wikicommons

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In the Zambezi Region, go Katima Mulilo and stay at the Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge. Go fishing, do a sunset cruise or a 4-day trip to Chobe on the Zambezi River. You won’t regret it.

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⑩ And what would you recommend?

Namibia map with a question mark

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What should be our number 10 in your opinion? We are very curious to hear where you’ve been and what you liked, so please share your knowledge and experience in the comments!

We will add the best recommendations to our map!

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Namibia Top Destinations Map

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Simon’s experience of hitchhiking in Namibia

Namibians, like South Africans, are very outgoing and very outdoors. They love a good braai and can party harder than you think. They are a proud nation and a drinking nation (Luderitz’s town slogan is: A small drinking town with a fishing problem). The people are always smiling and willing to help, the food and drinks are cheap and the scenery I ever changing and breath-taking.

You don’t really need signs as most people don’t read them. They’ll stop and ask where you’re headed.

If you hitch through the Zambezi Region, take note: it’s through a national park and they have wild elephants and lions.

The Animal - Simon's travel companion

written by: Simon (The Nomadic Diaries)

Tired of society’s rinse ‘n’ repeat lifestyle, Simon has decided to dedicate the rest of his life to hitch-hiking the globe without flying or using money. Instead, he barters for food and board and adventures. Life is one shot. Go live it.

Check out his blog at: thenomadicdiaries.wordpress.com

 

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