No Namibia Overlanding tour is a success without a visit to Namibia's Namib-Naukluft Park. Its infinite desert vistas, towering lunar mountain ranges and unique wildlife encounters are dumbfounding. With endless landscape vistas stretching from the caramel colored sea of sand dunes in the Namib Desert to the eye-popping purple Naukluft mountain range, the Namib-Naukluft Park is the greatest natural wonder on any Namibia Overlanding trip. Whether it’s running up one of the world’s largest sand dunes, bundu-bashing your way along one of the infamous 4x4 Namibia trails or soaking up Namibia’s vast wildlife the Namib Naukluft Park has something for all tastes on a Namibia tour. Here is Overlanding Africa’s guide to Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft Park top 5 things to do and see to make sure you get the most out of your Namibia overlanding trip.
Namibia Overlanding Namib Desert Dune Challenge
Take in one of best sunrises on any Namibia Overlanding tour from the top of Dune 45 or Big Daddy. The dunes will light up before your eyes in every insane shade of caramel, rich red and crazy gold you could imagine. Enjoy the view as you overlook a panoramic view of the world’s tallest sand dunes stretching out in an endless sea of sand resembling the lost loads of a kid’s dump truck. Climbing Namibia’s tallest sand dune Big Daddy (380m) or even Dune 45 (148m) is no easy feat, so don’t be a dumbass and race headlong up the sheer side unless you enjoy passing out halfway up and being the numbskull who had to be carried down a dune on their Namibia overland tour. Read the Overlanding Africa Namibia Safari guide to hiking up Namibia’s sand dunes instead.
Explore the Sesriem Canyon
Carved over millions of years by the flow of the Tsauchab River through the smooth sandstone rock faces, the natural rock formation of the Sesriem Canyon boggles the mind. The Canyon is the perfect place to suck down one of the many tasty local brews of Namibian Beer, watching one of the best sunsets a Namibia overland trip has to offer.
Take a guided tour of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
Hop on a 4x4 Namibia safari vehicle and drive to the glistening white clay pan of Sossusvlei in the heart of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Take a guided tour through the pan and the towers of caramel coloured sand dunes (the world’s largest) which surround it. A Namibia tourism guide will teach you all about the fascinating history of the Namib Desert, the oldest and only growing desert in the world as well as the strange and quirky creatures that have adapted to the most extreme conditions.
Be sure to visit the striking skeleton forest of Deadvlei- one of the Namib-Naukluft Park’s favourite attractions. The twisted black acacia trees are dramatic to say the least against the rich ochre coloured dunes creating one of the Namib Deserts most beautiful landscape views. If you’re feeling energetic hike up the epic Big Daddy (380m), the tallest sand dune in the Namib Desert on the edge of Deadvlei for a unique perspective of the pan.
Take a hike through the Namib Naukluft Park
The purple mountains and lush streams and lagoons of the Namib Naukluft Mountains resemble an alien lunar landscape standing out in complete contrast from the surrounding flat and arid Namib Desert floor.
Take a hike on one of the many Namib Naukluft hiking trails through the largest and most beautiful of Namibia’s mountain massifs or rent a Namibia 4x4 car and bundu-bash your way along the Naukluft 4x4 Trail on a unique Namibia Overlanding experience.
A Namibia 4x4 safari trip to Sandwich Harbour
The freshwater lagoon and guano island of Sandwich Harbour is all that remains of the old whaling station on the coastline of the Namib Desert and is any birdwatchers dream. Filled with Namibia’s famous fluttering pink flamingos, Damara Tern and other amazing birdlife Sandwich Harbour is a lesser known but incredibly impressive attraction in the Namib-Naukluft Park. Hop on a Namibia 4x4 or Namibia tour out to the lagoon to enjoy the best birdlife Namibia tourism has to offer before snacking down on a picnic lunch on top of one of the surrounding giant Namib sand dunes running straight out before you into the ocean. Above all soak up as much as you can of the Namib Desert, Africa’s most picturesque safari setting.
The awesome views, crazy hikes and trails and wonderful wildlife encounters of the Namib Desert and Namib-Naukluft Park will inspire your soul and mind, feeding you wanderlust for another Namibia overland trip. For more information chat to one of our Overlanding Africa experts or check out our tours on offer through Namibia. Keep Discovering