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Things to do in Namibia

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
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Namibia is a vast country of sand, sea and history and makes for the best sand and sun getaways with plenty of things to do in Namibia.

List of things to do in Namibia:

1. Fish River Canyon

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Above: Things to do in Namibia - Fish River Canyon

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and one of the best hiking trails in Africa, making it one of the must-see Namibia attractions. Fish River Canyon offers visitors some of the most incredible views, drawing crowds from every corner of the globe. Definitely one of those things to do in Namibia you don't want to be missing out on.

2. Deep Sea Angling

The Namibian West Coast is a pure paradise for the aspiring fisherman. Deep sea fishing excursions can be chartered. In 2010 Henties Bay, 60 km North of Swakopmund, was host to the World Fishing Championships. Permits are required for catching crayfish that are caught from the rocks in Langstrand. This is not usually a Namibia attraction for those who suffer from sea sickness, however, they do have pills for that kind of thing you know.

3. Dune 45 Sunrise (one of the most popular things to do in Namibia)

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Above: Things to do in Namibia - Dune 45

Dune 45 is a 148 m high burnt orange sand dune. An early morning hike to the top of Dune 45 is a terrific way to kick start your day and watch as a picturesque sunrise sets the mood to another perfect day in the desert. Nothing like a fantastic view and a walk in the Namib Desert dunes to serve as one of the best things to do in Namibia.

4. Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park The Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park came into being when a local cattle farmer with a cheetah problem captured a pregnant cat. The birth of the Cheetah cubs brought with it tourists and traffic to the farm and the rancher converted his land into what is today a conservation project known as the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park, with  three semi tame cheetahs and seventeen wild cheetahs. One of the many Namibia attractions well worth a visit.

5. Etosha National Park

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Above: Things to do in Namibia - Etosha National Park

An awesome 20 000 km2 of unspoiled Africa, Etosha National Park is one of the last places in the world where the endangered Black Rhino can still be seen. Rest camps throughout the park give guests a real out of Africa experience between the bird life, wildlife, game drives as well as great outdoor eating and picnic areas. Of all the things to do in Namibia, this better be at the top of your list.

6. Cape Cross Seal Colony Every year, between October and December, more than 100 000 seals arrive on the Skeleton Coast. Only an hour’s drive north of Swakopmund you can visit Namibia’s famous Cape Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross. Fifteenth century Portuguese sailors planted a cross here, which is where the area gets its 'Cape Cross' name from. A replica of the original cross stands there today, still as a Namibia attraction even though the original cross is in Berlin. Cape Cross is situated in a conservation reserve and entry permits are required before you can enter the area.

7. Visit a Himba Tribe (One of the best cultural Namibia attractions)

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Above: Things to do in Namibia - Himba Tribe

As with all African tribes, a Himba Tribe has its own traditions, roots and culture that set it apart from any other. Spend some time with those who live off the land, find out more about their way of life and how they do it on a day to day basis. Himba people are friendly and welcoming. Get a guide to take you on a day trip if you're looking for cultural things to do in Namibia.

8. Deadvlei Acacias Deadvlei is a clay pan in the Namib-Naukfluft Park which is home to 900 year old acacia trees frozen in time. An early morning hike to see this wonder of nature is a great start to any day. Another one of those great Namibia attractions. Revved up and ready to explore the jewel of Africa's Skeleton Coast after reading about all the things to do in Namibia? Indulge your wanderlust and browse through the overland trips that include Namibia.

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The Namib Desert: Namibia’s ultimate adventure destination

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
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The Namib Desert if home to the much loved destinations of Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park and Swakopmund. So basically what I just said there is that the Namib Desert is home to scenic adventure, game park adventure, and a heavy dose of muscle clenching, scream inducing, pupil dilating adventure. Namib Desert trips offer opportunity to experience Namibia's ultimate adventure destination!

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Above: Swakopmund quadbiking adventure by Coda

Swakopmund: the ultimate adventure destination

Ever heard of Swakopmund? Yeah, well that little coastal town is the adventure capital of Namibia! Here you can do all the fun crazy things your mom wouldn't do. So why Swakopmund and not anywhere else? Well because after you've spent a day walking around the town scoping out the place's intriguing history, culture and beach, you feel a rush of 'what can we get up to next?' coming over you. Luckily, the answer is... almost anything! Here are a few of the awesome experiences well worth your dollars: - Quadbiking - Ballooning - Micro-light flights - Skydiving - Paragliding - Sea kayaking

 
Is there bungee jumping in Namibia?

 

One adventure activity you can't do in Swakopmund is bungee jumping. Not yet anyway. I'm sure that if Swakopmund had a massive bridge, they would strap a bungee cord to it and let travellers take the plunge over a sea of sand. But until then... If you've never been bungee jumping before and you were hoping to experience the thrill while in the Namib Desert, you're probably wondering how it would have played out. Well the truth is, the exhilarating free-fall would've made you scream like a little girl. For those who were hoping to experience bungee jumping for the second time, the experience would've been different. The free-fall would've still been exhilarating and you still would've screamed like a little girl, but this time, you'd buy the video.

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Above: Sossusvlei dunes by Monica Guy

Sossusvlei: the ultimate scenic adventure destination

Adventure activities in Sossusvlei are less about teasing your breaking point, and more about lapping up the sheering beauty of the Namib Desert dunes and smaller wildlife. Here are a few great ways you can adventure your way through the scenery: - Ballooning - Guided hikes - Scenic flights Sossusvlei is home to stretches of the tallest shifting sand dunes in the world. Here, the contrast of the blue sky with the striking orange hue of the dunes is stunning. This experience wouldn't be complete without a guided hike up Dune 45 - Sossusvlei's 'My Precious'. Dune 45 stands over 170m high and is made up of 5 million year old sand that was blown there from the Orange River and Kalahari Desert. Journeying up this grand mound one can't help but imagine an ancient civilisation trudging through the sand on a mission cross country with concealed shanks ready for a tussle. Sossusvlei I would label the ultimate scenic adventure destination!

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Above: Deadvlei, situated in Namib-Naukluft National Park by MauritsV

Namib-Naukluft National Park: the ultimate game park adventure destination

The Namib-Naukluft National Park includes the scenic region of Sossusvlei, and is, quite surprisingly, home to wildlife inhabitants and its fair share of greenery. Often one assumes that because an area is located within the Namib Desert, it's dryer than Woody Allen's humour. Wrong - this desert does foster vegetation! Creatures that roam this hyper-arid area include snakes, geckos, insects, hyenas, gemsbok and jackals. Along the coastline thousands of birds flock around the park's lagoons, wetlands and mudflats. Here are a few great ways you can adventure your way through the scenery: - Ballooning - Guided hikes - Scenic flights The destination of Deadvlei can also be found within the park. This stretch of Namibia sees trees that have been dead for over 550 years, still firmly planted in the parched, white clay cracked ground. What does parched, white clay cracked ground look like? Granny's heels.

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Above: Granny's heels. Thanks Wikipedia!

You must be thinking "No lion? No elephant? No cheetah? Where is the game park adventure in that?" Well, the Namib-Naukluf National Park is... wait for it... the biggest game park in Africa, and fourth largest in the world! The desert tours are an adventure of note - delving into the area's history and eco-system are just a mind-blowing adventure of discovery. I know by now you're ready to explore the ultimate adventure destination of Namibia's Namib Desert. All you need is the dough. Idea! Collect tin cans whenever possible. Sell them to a tin recycling plant for cash. Book your overland trip to the Namib Desert and kiss Mama's basement goodbye (for a few weeks at least).

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