Nestled along the southwestern coast of Africa, Namibia is a land of vast landscapes, contrasting beauty, and remarkable biodiversity. From the towering sand dunes of the Namib Desert to the untamed wilderness of Etosha National Park, this captivating country offers a wealth of experiences for adventurous travellers.

Namibia appeals to a diverse range of travellers, attracting adventurers, nature enthusiasts, photographers, and self-drive explorers. Those seeking a sense of adventure and the thrill of rugged landscapes will find Namibia’s untouched wilderness and remote regions alluring. Nature lovers are captivated by the country’s rich biodiversity, unique wildlife, and scenic beauty. Self-drive enthusiasts appreciate the freedom to explore at their own pace, while photography enthusiasts are drawn to the mesmerizing landscapes and stunning sunsets that make Namibia a photographer’s paradise.

How to get to Namibia

Namibia – travelling by boat. Photo – Kate Webster

Travelling to Namibia from Australia typically involves flying from major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth to Johannesburg, South Africa. From Johannesburg, travellers can catch a direct flight to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, which serves as the primary entry point. Other international airports in Namibia include Walvis Bay and Lüderitz. Connecting flights from Windhoek can also be arranged to reach other regions within Namibia, such as Swakopmund or Opuwo.

Travelling around Namibia is easily done by car, safari vehicle or even boats to navigate the waterways.

Where to stay in Namibia

Namibia – Zambezi Mubala Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Namibia offers a wide array of accommodations, each with its own distinct charm and character, making it a destination that caters to every traveller’s preferences. For those seeking a taste of luxury amidst the rugged terrain, Namibia boasts a selection of exquisite lodges and tented camps, where you can unwind in style while surrounded by the country’s breathtaking landscapes. Alternatively, adventurous souls can opt for rustic desert campsites, immersing themselves in the wild under a blanket of stars. For a cultural experience, stay with local communities or in traditional huts, gaining insights into Namibia’s diverse cultures. Whatever your choice, Namibia’s accommodations promise a unique and authentic experience that complements the country’s natural wonders.

Read our review on stays at Nkasa Lupala Lodge and Zambezi Mubala Lodge in Namibia.

Top things to discover in Namibia

Namibia – Wildlife Viewing. Photo – Kate Webster

Namibia, a land of captivating contrasts, promises an unforgettable journey for the intrepid traveller. Prepare to be awed by the stark beauty of the Namib Desert, where the otherworldly red dunes of Sossusvlei rise like fiery sentinels against the cobalt sky.

Venture deeper into the heart of the country to meet the Himba people, known for their distinctive ochre-adorned skin and ancient way of life. In Etosha National Park, be enchanted by the mesmerizing wildlife spectacles around the waterholes, as elephants, lions, and zebras gather for their daily rituals. Along the Skeleton Coast, discover the haunting shipwrecks and desolate landscapes that have earned it the moniker “The Land God Made in Anger.” With its diverse landscapes, unique cultures, and unparalleled opportunities for adventure, Namibia beckons the intrepid traveller to explore its untamed beauty.

Here are some of our top suggestions of what not to miss.

  1. Explore the awe-inspiring dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, witnessing the surreal play of light and shadow.
  2. Embark on a wildlife safari in Etosha National Park, renowned for its abundant wildlife and unique salt pan.
  3. Discover the dramatic landscapes of Damaraland, home to ancient rock formations, desert-adapted wildlife, and the famous Twyfelfontein rock engravings.
  4. Witness the breathtaking Fish River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world, offering magnificent panoramic views.
  5. Experience the vibrant cultural traditions of Namibia by visiting local Himba or San communities.
  6. Enjoy a thrilling adventure in Swakopmund, where activities such as quad biking, sandboarding, and skydiving await.
  7. Discover the untamed beauty of the Skeleton Coast, where towering dunes meet the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
  8. Marvel at the wildlife-rich Caprivi Strip, a narrow stretch of land offering river cruises, birdwatching, and game drives.
  9. Visit the iconic Kolmanskop ghost town, a fascinating relic of Namibia’s diamond mining history.
  10. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, known for its pristine desert landscapes and stargazing opportunities.

The best time to visit Namibia

Namibia – Zambezi Mubala Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

The best time to visit Namibia depends on the traveller’s interests and desired experiences. Namibia has a predominantly arid climate with distinct dry and wet seasons. The dry season, from May to October, offers pleasant temperatures and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, especially around waterholes. The wet season, from November to April, brings lush landscapes, newborn wildlife, and migratory birdlife. However, certain areas may become inaccessible during heavy rains.

Top Tips for travelling in Namibia

Namibia – Wildlife Viewing. Photo – Kate Webster
  1. Pack comfortable clothing suitable for both warm days and chilly nights, along with sturdy walking shoes and a wide-brimmed hat.
  2. Ensure you have a comprehensive itinerary that allows for sufficient travel time between destinations, as distances in Namibia can be vast.
  3. Carry sufficient water and snacks, as well as essential supplies, especially when embarking on self-drive adventures to remote areas.
  4. Respect the local culture, traditions, and wildlife by adhering to responsible tourism practices and leaving no trace behind.
  5. Make use of local guides and operators who possess in-depth knowledge of Namibia’s regions and can offer valuable insights into the country’s diverse attractions.

To discover more about Namibia, visit Namibia Tourism Board – visitnamibia.com.na/

For more on the KAZA region, visit kavangozambezi.org


Disclosure: The writer Kate Webster travelled as a guest of KAZA TOURISM. All images are credited to Kate Webster unless otherwise specified.

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Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.

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