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Best places to visit in Namibia

Inhabited by bushmen, a people used to the extreme aridity, a country of oryx (antelopes) and kokerbooms (desert trees), Namibia, with its terrain and the sun's intensity, is known for its grandiose desert-like scenery and almost martian atmosphere... But what are the must-sees during a trip to Namibia?

Its capital, Windhoek, is a pleasant city, where it's worth making the most of the attractions and resting well before heading out into the arid, endlessly stretching bush. 

Descending to the South, the main attraction is the Namib Desert and its Dune 45, from the top of which you'll have an incredible view of the sunrise. Further to the South, at the South African border, the Fish River Canyon sinks into the depths of the ocre ground, resulting in magnificent, towering rocky gorges.

Climbing up towards the North again, visitors will discover Etosha National Park. There, you'll see the famous oryx, the antelope which forms the country's symbol, but also any number of lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs and more. It's a rich range of wildlife, all of whom gather together around the water holes in dry season.

At the Angolan border, and quite difficult to access, live the renowned Himbas, an impressive tribe who coat their skin and hair with a red clay. The Caprivi strip, linking the country to the Victoria falls, is an extraordinarily green and fertile piece of land which forms a migration corridor for elephants and which is partially submerged each rainy season.

Lastly, the Kalahari Desert, which separates Namibia from Botswana and South Africa, is one of the vastest and wildest on the planet. It's here that the Bushmen live, a tribe menaced by drought and the exploitation of the region for mining, made famous by the film The Gods Have Fallen on their Heads (1980).

Camille Griffoulieres
Aus (Namibia)
In the middle of nowhere, Aus is about halfway between the road that descends towards South Africa and Luderitz on the coast, an epic in the heart of the Namibian desert.
A desert massif which houses beautiful rock paintings and which provides some lovely strolls on the highest peak in the country, the Königstein.
Damaraland is a vast region of North West Namibia, which comprises several exceptional sites such as Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerclip or again Spitzkoppe.
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic landscapes in Namibia, this petrified valley in the heart of the red desert is beautiful. It's a great experience. 
An expanse too great to be travelled in one single trip, the Kalahari Desert is one of the largest deserts in the world and does not only cover Namibia. It is an ecosystem specific to this part of Africa. 
The National Park is a must-see destination during a trip to Namibia if you want to see big animals. Etosha is a beautiful reserve which can be discovered independently or with guides. On the agenda: lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, elephants, gazelles...
The canyon that has been carved out by Fish River is emblematic in Namibia, not only for hiking but also for the amazing views it offers from different locations. Fish River Canyon is actually the second largest canyon in the world.
Henties Bay, a small village North of Swakopmund, is well-known as a fishing and holiday spot and mainly for its seal colony.  
In the far north of Namibia, next to Angola, Kaokoland is one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of the country, truly off the beaten track.
Keetmanshoop is an essential stop when southbound in Namibia, a compulsory stopping place located at the junction of Luderitz and Fish River Canyon. 
Kunene (Namibia)
All the way in the north of Namibia the Kunene River is one of the rare rivers that is not dried up and that really has a good hydrometry level.
Namib (Namibia)
A trip to Namibia will have you crossing several deserts, Namib Desert, Kalahari Desert and many desert sites that bear no name. They all have their specificities and their landscapes are all different.
Like Halali, Namutoni is the other camping site inside Etosha National Park, located in an ancient German fort.
Surely the best of the three camps in Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo is located at the west entrance to the park.
During your trip to Namibia, in addition to visiting Etosha National Park, why not discover the enchanting environment of this private reserve, rich in animals?
Palmwag is the "pearl" of the northwestern region of Damaraland , located on the edge of the Skeleton Coast National Park. Palmwag is a place where the Uniab River flows and where several animals live, including the desert elephants.
Sossusvlei just like Deid Vlei is inside Namib-Naukluft National Park. This is where you find the famous orange sand dunes, the most well-known Namibian landscape and a must.
The second city of the country is much more pleasant than the capital, Windhoek. Its location by the sea gives it a more care-free and relaxed atmosphere. For me, it’s the most beautiful city in the country. 
Twyfelfontein is a very lovely site, not to be missed during a trip to Namibia , that has superb rock etchings dating back 2000 to 2500 years, that you can discover in the course of a lovely walk.
Located about nineteen miles from Swakopmund, Walvis Bay is a pleasant town, facing the sea, from where there are daily excursions to discover the coast and the local fauna. 
The plateau at Waterberg is a fairly different area from the rest of Namibia, greener and with a much more luxurious nature. A stopping place which is worth the detour, going up to the north and the park at Etosha. 
A region which is hard to get to, close to the border with Botswana, whose main centre is the town of Tsumkwe.
The Caprivi Strip is an area 19 ml wide and 280 ml long, located in Namibia's Caprivi region. It is bordered by Angola, Botswana and Zambia and leads to Victoria Falls .
As with many Namibian attractions, Gondwana is privately owned property situated not far from Fish River Canyon that has three separate establishments to host the many visitors passing through.
This river is only a river in name, as it's often dried up, but that doesn't prevent you from admiring a beautiful landscape in the surrounding area.
Halfway between Windhoek and Keetmanshoop, Mariental is in the heart of the orange dunes of the Kalahari Desert.
Mudumu (Namibia)
Mudumu National Park is located in the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, on the border with Botswana. It extends over 740 km² and includes a part of the Cuando River, particularly enjoyed by animals, especially elephants.
Omaruru is a charming little town which can serve as a stopover in the region of Erongo or on the road to Damaraland during your stay in Namibia.
Ojtiwarongo, a farming town in the north of Namibia , is located between Windhoek and Etosha National Park . This town is home to Namibia's only crocodile farm. 
Not far from Sossusvlei lie the canyon and dried up river of Sesriem, it is possible to go on a lovely hike in the heart of the canyon whose ochre colours change with the orange of the sand dunes situated not far away from there.