A while ago I went to Namibia. My first time in Africa, but definitely not my last. I will always remember camping and sleeping in open air, the braais at the campfire, and changing the truck’s tires in the desert. But summing all this up would take an encyclopedia, so: these are my 6 favorite things to do in Namibia.
1. Visit the Himba’s – Cultural things to do in Namibia
These people live in small communities all over Namibia. You can visit them with a guide, as they regularly he or she will have the connections on knowledge to pay them. This is not necessarily money, often goods they can’t provide themselves is good too.
As you will soon notice they paint their skin with a red paste and they will probably let you try some. They might also ask some awkward questions. Like: “How old are you? Oh, 30? You must have many kids then? Oh, you’re not yet married?”.
2. Watch Epupa Falls – Awesome things to do in Namibia
The Epupa Falls are easily accessible from the nearby campsite. Don’t fall in though. There are no fences and you are on top of it before you know it. An awesome view.
You can also go canoeing on the river and spot crocodiles. Even though I accidentally fell out of my boat into a rapid, it is something I can recommend.
3. Have a braai – Delicious things to do in Namibia
At night it can get cold in the desert, so bring a warm sweater and huddle up next to the fire. Meanwhile, bake your local meat on the braai. Kudu tastes great.
4. Watch seals at the Skeleton Coast – Cute things to do in Namibia
At the coast of Namibia, there are several places to spot seals. During spring (remember it’s the southern hemisphere) they come together in large numbers to give birth. So if you time your trip right, you can spot a lot of these small ones. But be aware, you will also spot a lot of dead ones.
5. Watch ancient trees in Deadvlei – Humbling things to do in Namibia
Probably the highlight of Namibia: a valley of dead trees. They are between 600 and 700 years old an so dry they can not rot away. Come early to avoid the sun burning you. It can get really hot. Also, bring thick shoes, the sand will burn straight to your H&M shoes. Trust me.
6. Do a (night)drive in Etosha – Exciting things to do in Namibia
By day you will be able to spot a lot of wild animals in Etosha National Park. People are not allowed outside of the camps by night, but these guides have a special permit. I jumped into the open truck not expecting too much. But in the two following hours, I spotted several animals: rhino’s, hyena’s, lions, zebra, giraffes and several birds.
Do you have recommendations for things to do in Namibia?
Bonus: Observe pelicans and flamingo’s near Walvisbay
In Walvisbaai and Swakopmund you get the opportunity to see flamingoes and pelicans. It’s also possible to go on whale safaris. You probably won’t see whales, but you do get to see a lot of seals and dolphins.
I think the best time to go is Octobre. I went there in that time and saw flocks of flamingoes and seals.