Our most recommended things to do in Namibia
1. Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour
Begin your dolphin and whale spotting expedition by checking in at Walvis Bay Waterfront at 8:30 am. Depart from the Jetty between 8:45 - 9 am. From there you’ll begin your search for Namibia’s marine Big 5. Sip a hot coffee or tea as you approach Pelican Point. Admire its landmark lighthouse and see the 60,000 cape fur seals who live there. If visiting in-season ( from July to November), you'll be able to spot large sea mammals including the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whale. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see a gray whale or a pygmy right whale. Observe different species of dolphins including bottlenose, Heaviside's, and dusky dolphins. Keep a lookout for mola molas and leatherback turtles. As you make your expedition, you’ll encounter a variety of seabirds including kelp gulls, Hartlaub’s gulls, and cape cormorant. On the return journey, cruise past ships and oilrigs...
This was one of my favorite things I did in Namibia! The guides and help on the boat were so kind and knowledgeable. Monique was just wonderful! The interactions with the marine life were so cool and unique and the whale watching was amazing!!! the hospitality shown was spectacular.
2. Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay
After hotel pickup in Swakopmund or meeting your guide at the Walvis Bay Waterfront, admire the mass of flamingoes in the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Your 4x4 tour will head out to a tidal lagoon consisting of adjacent intertidal areas, mudflats, and sandbars that supports thousands of wetland birds. In addition to the many flamingoes, there are 11 species of endangered birds regularly observed at this RAMSAR site. Next, your tour will proceed to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where springboks are sometimes seen. Here you'll also look for some of the area’s smaller creatures, such as the fog-basking beetle, dancing spider (white lady of the Namib), golden mole, shovel-snouted lizard, and palmato gecko. Then if weather and tides allow, you'll drive along the beach right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest wetlands and the second RAMSAR site for the day. Wedge...
Really easy process from start to finish. Guide went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed it as much as possible.
3. Windhoek: City and Township Tour
After pickup from your accommodation in Windhoek, set off first on the city tour. Look forward to seeing places like the Houses of Parliament-National Assembly, Parliament Gardens, the old railway station, the Namibia Craft Center, Christuskirche (Christ Church), and Alte Feste (Old Fort). Make a stop at the old cemetery in Hochland Park, a highlight for history enthusiasts, too. From the city center, head to the Katutura Township to catch a glimpse of life in Windhoek's largest suburb. Boasting people from a number of different cultural groups, Katutura is the place to be if you want to mix with the lively and varied cultures of Namibia. In Katatura, visit the “Single Quarters,” a local market where you can enjoy a taste of the Namibian specialty Kapana — Namibian beef cooked by the local vendors. Also included is a stop at a local community empowerment project. After the tour, you wi...
4. From Swakopmund: Desert Quad Biking
Experience the sheer thrill of riding a quad bike through Namibia's boundless expanse of shifting sand dunes. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt. Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature's great wildernesses. As the towering dunes approach, you’ll weave your way through the smaller dunes towards the Amphitheater. Power up and blast your way to the top of the first big dune via the Roller Coasters to the top of Big Billy. Stop for a drink and get the opportunity to capture the stark and savage beauty of the Namib Desert. After riding down Devil’s Dip, ride the berms, spirals and slopes as you cruise towards the Table Top, a great dune that offers a spectacular view of the sea. After the ride you will be led back to where everything started where you can relax and enjoy a dri...
Quad biking has been on my bucket list for as long I can remember. Although it’s finally ticked off, I’d do it over and over again. That’s how much fun, exciting and thrilling the experience was for me. Highly recommended - a must do activity.
5. Kayaking and Sandwich Harbour Combo Tour
Enjoy a scenic morning drive along the Walvis Bay Lagoon to Pelican Point. On this full-day combo tour you’ll stop along the way to see countless flamingos, pelicans and large flocks of cormorants. Get your kayak ready at Pelican Point, home to as many as 50,000 Cape fur seals. Paddle right next to the friendly creatures. Your guide will take some photos and email them to you after the tour. Head into the Namib Desert for a 4x4 dune drive. Enter the Namib Naukluft National Park, stopping to photograph wildlife at various points during the drive. If weather permits, enjoy lunch at Sandwich Lagoon – featuring finger snacks, sparkling wine, and local beer.
The kajak tour was so much fun! It was great to interact with the seals and the guide was great! The Sandwich Harbour tour with Jaques was excellent! Can‘t wait to do this again! Totally recommend :-)
6. From Windhoek: 3-Day Etosha with Lodge Accommodation
Begin your 3-day, 2-night tour to Etosha National Park with pickup in Windhoek between 8–8:30 AM. Then, drive approximately 450 kilometers (around 280 miles) to the national park that covers an area of more than 22,000 square kilometers (8,494 square miles). After arrival, enjoy a 2-hour afternoon game drive with your guide around Etosha Pan, a vast salt pan at the center of the park surrounded by grass, savannah, and bushland. Later that evening, spend another 2 hours spotting wildlife at the Okaukuejo waterhole before sleeping overnight in the Okaukuejo Lodge. Lunch and dinner are included on the first day. On the second day, delight in a full-day game drive with your guide, lasting approximately 6 hours in East Etosha. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like lions, elephants, hyenas, and elusive leopards. Sleep overnight at Namutoni Lodge, and enjoy included breakfast, lunch, and di...
7. Etosha National Park: Full or Half-Day Game Drive
Explore the beautiful landscapes and diverse wildlife of Etosha National Park. Etosha is home to lions, wild dogs, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, an enormous population of elephants and much more. Experience close encounters with wildlife and get off the beaten track in a 4x4. Choose to take a full or half-day tour by selecting the relevant option upon check out. Start the tour with pickup from your hotel. Begin your journey by venturing through the Anderson Gate near Okaukuejo. On arrival at one of the park lodges, set out on your game drive with an experienced guide. Travel close to several watering holes in an attempt to catch the animals during their feeding time. Then, at midday, enjoy a sumptuous lunch at one of the lodges (please note that lunch is not included in the activity price). After lunch, as the afternoon heat begins to cool, head out on your second game drive. Marvel at ...
8. From Swakopmund: Tandem Sky Diving
After pickup from your hotel in Swakopmund, arrive at the skydiving club and receive a short briefing from your tandem master. Get kitted out in your harness and watch as other participants make the leap. Once your name is called, get into the plane with your instructor and enjoy a scenic 15-minute flight. See the unique Atlantic Ocean where it meets the Namib Desert Dunes - the world's oldest desert. Summon all your courage to leap out of the plan attached by a harness to your qualified instructor. Experience the rush of a 40-second free fall, then float through the air for a few minutes after the parachute is deployed. Take in all the incredible views suspended from your parachute for approximately 7 minutes until finally, the instructor lands you safely on Mother Earth. Once you hit the ground, you’ll want to do it all over again. Choose to take the skydive with a 35, 45, or 60-seco...
9. Quad Biking: Living Dunes Experience
This is a living dunes experience on a quad bike. It is a slower tour where you are led by an expert guide and trekker into the Namib Desert to find the living creatures of the desert. You’ve heard of the Big Five, but have you spotted the Namibian Desert Little Five? Find the Namaqua Chameleon, the fastest chameleon on earth, Shovel Snouted Lizard, Web Footed Gecko, Sidewinder Puff Adder and the Wheel Spider. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt. Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature's great wildernesses. Your guide will educate you on all the living creatures in the desert and how they manage to survive such harsh environments. Be amazed at how these creatures adapt to the conditions and the tricks they use to keep themselves fed and watered.
Was an awesome experience and the guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable.
10. From Walvis Bay: Half-Day Eco-Friendly Kayak Tour
Begin with an informative tour of the Walvis Bay Lagoon and salt mines. Learn about the birdlife of the area before reaching Pelican Point Peninsula. Then take a short 4x4 adventure along the beach. Keep your eyes peeled for the Black-Back Jackal population that patrol the shores. The lighthouse indicates the start of the large seal colonies on the beach and in the water. Once the vehicles find a spot to park as to not disturb the colonies, the preparation for kayaking begins. Water-resistant clothing, flotation devices, and dry bags are set out for use while kayaking. The guides will ensure you are correctly dressed and fastened in the flotation devices before starting the safety briefing. Be assisted onto your kayak and launch out onto the water. The seals almost immediately become curious and move closer to inspect the kayaks. Spend the next 1.5 hours paddling up and down the shoreli...
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