PLACES IN NAMIBIA
Endless horizons, clear skies and a population density that ranks among the lowest in the world, it all combines to give visitors a true sense of freedom. This is part of what makes Namibia the quintessential African holiday. This section will highlight some of the key places in Namibia.
Windhoek offers visitors a glimpse into both Namibia’s past and future. The capital city showcases traditional Namibian life in all its glory as well as revealing its developing nature.
- Fascinating examples of colonial German architecture can be spotted mixed amongst the high-rise throng of the city’s thriving financial district
- Various German bars/restaurants allude to the country's colonial influence
- With its cathedrals, museums and general city buzz, the capital offers visitors a taste of local life as well as putting them in close proximity to the wildlife watching opportunities offered up by the nearby Daan Viljoen Game Park – Windhoek offers something for everyone
Whilst Windhoek is arguably the more notable destination as far as culture is concerned, this beach town’s incredible landscape offerings make for a unique draw.
- Swakopmund is Namibia’s most popular seaside town. Sandwiched between the crashing Atlantic on one side and the searing desert on the other, ‘Swakop’ has a unique feel
- Its streets are lined with characterful German architecture giving it a charming European seaside town feel – somewhat similar to Lüderitz, another coastal town further south
- Home to an aquarium, golf courses and resort hotels abound, this is a great destination to sell to families and beach fanatics alike
It may be small in size, but with its plethora of activities, wildlife and landmarks, this town is big on tourist attractions. Walvis Bay is also a popular place for boats to dock because of its natural harbour.
- Walvis Bay is Namibia's major harbour town, but it’s also fast developing into a sought-after holiday-by-the-sea spot
- The drive between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, on the Trans-Kalahari Highway, is a great excursion in its own right, and takes just 40 minutes. It offers a glimpse of Namibia at its most elemental with white-capped rollers crashing into the Namib Desert's sand dunes
- A key attraction is a catamaran trip to see the nearby Seal Colony, with fresh oysters and champagne
Known for its surreal German art nouveau architecture, Lüderitz is a fascinating old town sat on an isolated strip of Namibia’s southern coast.
- Its biggest tourism draw is Kolmanskop, an old mining town (now ghost town) a few kilometres away from Lüderitz. Here, crumbling Germanic architecture marks a town that it slowly, but surely, being engulfed by sand
- Shark Island also lies nearby. The thin peninsula that was once home to a sinister German Concentration Camp, has now become a spot of sombre fascination for tourists to visit
- There is a wide variety of accommodation options in the town, and its range of attractions have left it well equipped for tourism