10 Reasons To Visit Namibia in 15 Stunning Photographs

Africa, once referred to as the Dark Continent due to the lack of information about it, has held a fascination with travelers for decades. Traditionally the go-to destination for well-to- do families who went to Africa for the luxury lodges and private game drives, it has become increasingly more accessible to travelers of all budgets over the past few years, which is an exciting development for all of us.10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

Namibia first jumped onto the travel scene back in 2015 when it was featured in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries to Visit List. Skip ahead two years and it has just been named in Lonely Planet’s 2017 List of the Top 10 Value Destinations.
Put them together and you’ve got a country just ripe for a boom in tourism that offers amazing value. It’s a traveler’s dream.

Still not convinced? Let me show you 15 photographs that illustrate Namibia is a country of contrasts and one that you need to visit as soon as possible!

10 Reasons To Visit Namibia in 15 Stunning Photographs

10 Reasons To Visit Namibia in 15 Stunning Photographs

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1. ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

Referred to as the greatest Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia – this is one National Park that will not disappoint.

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

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2. DUNE 45 & Big Daddy – Namib-Naukluft National park

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

The star dune in the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert. The sand has been estimated to be 5 million years old – and it the most climbed dune in the Sossusvlei area

The one below is Big Daddy. At it’s peak it is 325m high and overlooks Deadvlei. Not for the faint of heart, its is a difficult climb to the top – which can be made even worse if and when the wind picks up. If planning to climb the big guy, make sure you confirm the weather forecast with the park rangers first!

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

 

3. DEADVLEI

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

Close to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is a clan plan in the middle of the Namib Desert, where the trees – although over 900 years old – have not decayed due to the dry climate.

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

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4. SPITZKOPPE

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

One of mother nature’s natural wonders, Spitskoppe is a collection of bald granite peaks that are more than 120 million years old – and make for one of the most incredible campsites.

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5. CHEETAH FARMS

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

The farmers in Namibia have a problem with wild cheetahs killing their livestock. As the government prevent the relocation of the Cheetahs to neighboring countries and National Parks, the immediate response is to kill them once captured. Cheetah Farms have been established to house these animals. Some are domesticated and others live a semi-wild existence in large compounds on the properties.

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

Mum and Dad fighting over the meat whilst their babies look on..

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6. HIMBA TRIBE – Namibia’s Iconic Red Women

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

An indigenous tribe who reside in the north of Namibia, the women wear very few clothes and protect their skin from the sun with a mixture of butter, fat and red ochre. Their distinctive appearance has become an icon of Africa.

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7. SWAKOPMUND – Namibia’s Adventure Capital

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

A town on the Western Coast where the desert meets the sea is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. Sandboarding, Horse-riding, Quad-Biking, Sky Diving and Paragliding – there’s something for everyone!

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8. FISH RIVER CANYON – Namibia’s equivalent of the Grand Canyon

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

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9. SOLITAIRE  – A car graveyard in the Desert – and a great slice of Apple Pie!

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

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10. SUNSETS

10 reasons visit Namibia 15 stunning photographs

Africa offers some of the most spectacular sunsets that you will ever see, but Namibia is in a league of its own. You’ll be hooked after your first one and although you won’t want the days to end, you be looking forward to the setting of the sun so that you can see those colors again.

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96 thoughts on “10 Reasons To Visit Namibia in 15 Stunning Photographs

  1. Natalie says:

    Is that real slice of apple pie? Or are you referring to the trucks as indicative of the US? I could see it go either way!

    I have to admit that Namibia was not even on my radar, but not so anymore. What amazing sights and experiences!! We have only touched our toe onto the continent of Africa with a too short visit to Morocco. We need to go back to explore further and show the kids!!

    As a fan of interesting details I now want to look up the SPF properties of butter, fat, and red ochre. What an interesting tidbit!

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Natalie – I’m not from the US so I hadn’t even picked the truck/apple pie reference! But it is actually a real piece of pie. There is a bakery here that does the most amazing pastries and the apple pie is their signature dish!

  2. Diana - MVMT Blog says:

    Can I go now??? I’m convinced! It looks like Namibia has every type of terrain and landscape, and of course the animals. I’ve never been on a real safari before and would love to do that one day. I’d be most excited to see the elephants since it’s my favorite animal. 🙂

    • Vicki says:

      Yes! Go now!! I’ll come with you!
      Going on a safari is such an incredible experience Diana – and seeing elephants wandering free gives you such a feeling of joy 🙂

  3. Kristine says:

    Wow, Namibia looks fantastic. Cheetah farms? That’s amazing. These landscape photos are beyond beautiful. Thanks for sharing these tips about a country I didn’t know much about. Thanks for enlightening me 🙂 this definitely makes me want to go there!

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Punita – and yes! it took a few hours to pick my favorites for this post! But I loved reliving my trip through them 🙂

  4. Els Mahieu says:

    I’ve always been more attracted to Namibia than other more “famous” wildlife countries like Kenya. It still looks much more pristine!
    Have you actually been there? Can you really camp at Spitzkoppe? Or is this a general article to give a few ideas?

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Els.
      These photos are all mine, taken from my 3 months in Africa earlier this year. The links to my route are within the post and in the suggested posts at the bottom.
      And yes – you can camp at Spitzkoppe – and we did (hence the photo of the stars at night) – there are multiple campsites there, but they are available on a first come first served basis. Sleeping under the stars surrounded by the rocks is an incredible experience 🙂

  5. Doro says:

    Namibia looks beautiful! I’ve never traveled in Africa before, but its definitely that I would like to do soon 🙂 Would love to see the wildlife there!

  6. Davide uTravelShare.com says:

    OMG I was looking for this post for ever! I am planning my next trip (unfortunately for the next year) to Namibia and Bostwana! I just saved this post on my bookmarks, wonderful pictures and incredible country! Nice experience no?! Hope to be there soon… 😀

    • Vicki says:

      David you will love Botswana and Namibia – there is so much to see and do there! Good luck with your planning and let me know if you have any questions!

  7. Katy says:

    Vicki your photos from Sossusvlei and Deadvlei are incredible. It almost looks like another planet. Very inspiring. Looking forward to visiting Namibia in the future so I have bookmarked. Thank you

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Katy! The changing landscapes throughout Namibia are incredible, just as you say. It’s an inspiring country and I hope you get to visit soon!

  8. Nisha says:

    I loved this post! Your pictures are absolutely fabulous. I knew Namibia is popular for its wildlife and the tribe, never knew it had that old sand as well. I specially loved the car graveyard and those barren tress! A definite yes for reasons to travel.

    Once again, loved your pictures.

  9. Drew says:

    What beautiful photos. I had a friend visit Namibia about 4 years ago, and that was the first time I really heard of people traveling there. He was super surprised about how stunning the scenery was and I was blown away by his photos. Especially with its proximity to South Africa (a destination at the top of my travel list), I would love to spend some time in Namibia if I make it down to southern Africa next year. Would be great to see those dunes and canyons in person!

  10. travelling chingrita says:

    I have to say that I have spent quite a bit of time in Central and South America, but may make my way to Africa one day. I absolutely adore the wildlife and cultural aspects as your content and pictures have depicted but omgsh the flights are so long!

  11. Vlad says:

    It looks amazing! I had a fairly idea on what to see in Namibia but now I’m definitely sold! Out of curiosity, how much did the trip cost you and from what airport did you fly into? Asking for a friend 😉

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Vlad – this was part of our 31 days overlanding – we flew into Victoria Falls and travelled through Botswana into Namibia before finishing up in South Africa. We were on an organised overland tour and it cost a couple grand US per person 🙂

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Christina – and I was wary of the ‘Cheetah Farm’ at first – but they are actually a great help to the conservation effort. It’s just unfortunate they are called Farms (as there are so many negative connotations with that word). Without these places the cheetahs would be shot on sight.

  12. Matilda says:

    I visited Namibia years ago with my sister and it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I also loved that you can see wildlife around the waterhole from the camps in Etosha and not just on the drives. You photos are amazing-they are definitely inspiring me to think about going back!

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Matilda – thats awesome that you have been too so you totally understand the magic of the country 😀 I’d go back in a heartbeat!

  13. Megan Jerrard says:

    Namibia is #1 on my bucketlist for 2017 – it has everything we’re interested in and passionate about – nature, wildlife, stunning photo opportunities, and off the beaten path cultural exchanges. Can’t wait to get there, thanks for sharing your photography!

  14. Mike says:

    Sunsets, Deadvlei and all the wildlife! I have always wanted to visit Namibia and these photos confirmed it! I’d love to take my camera to that car graveyard too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  15. Vicky and Buddy says:

    These are some beautiful photos and it’s easy to see why Namibia is now on everyone’s radar. Also, I’m so glad that they’re establishing cheetah farms. I visited one during my visit to South Africa and it’s doing a lot to conserve the cheetah population.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Vicky – and yes, although the ‘Cheetah Farm’ doesn’t sound that appealing, its good to get the message out they are actually doing great things for the conservation and protection of cheetahs!

  16. Deepa says:

    Stunning photographs! Namibia is an awesome place. I am curious to visit here. Thanks for letting me about this place. Keep sharing such beautiful photographs.

  17. Allison says:

    OK you have convinced me on Namibia. It will be a while before I can get there due to other commitments but it is now on the list. And those sunsets look incredible.

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