This February I started the trip of a lifetime. I traveled the garden route and then from Cape Town to Namibia and Botswana, all the way to Victoria Falls. Namibia has fast become one of my favorite countries. You can drive for hours without seeing anyone. It’s vast landscape is something I’d never seen before and the night skies are among the most special I’ve seen. Camping underneath a blanket of stars tops any 5 star hotel in my book. If you aren’t convinced yet that Namibia is a place you need to visit, have a look at my favorite places!
The most beautiful places in Namibia
Without doubt, the most special and iconic place in Namibia is Sossusvlei. I feel like the photos I took almost look more like paintings than like photos. Try catching the sunrise from Dune 45 if you have the chance. We didn’t have a really clear morning so it wasn’t the best sunrise, but at least we didn’t have to climb the dune in the blistering heat. Also, it’s easy to underestimate the climb. I sure did. It feels like every step you take you sink deeper into the sand.
Fish river Canyon
Fish river Canyon is the second longest Canyon in the world. So you can imagine it’s a pretty impressive place. I haven’t been to the Grand Canyon, so I can’t compare, but I would say this is just as beautiful.
I remember that my friend was set on seeing the flamingo’s in Kenya’s lake Nakuru. We never got to see them there, because they migrated. I think we never saw more then 10 or 20. Finally here I was rewarded with hundreds of flamingo’s! We didn’t stay in Walvis Bay for long, but I recommend a short pitstop for a picnic on the beach while watching flamingo.
Etosha National Park
Etosha is one of the best places to go on safari. The highlight for me was seeing rhino’s stomping around at night. I wasn’t there during the best safari season though. The best time to go is between may and november. This is the Namibian winter and it’s dry season. This means animals will be looking for water and gathering at the waterholes. Even though this was not the case while I was there, it was still worth a visit. If you are visiting in high season you should definitely book in advance, because campsites fill up quickly.
It’s name is derived from the time when the beach was littered with seal and whale bones. The whaling industry caused this, but nowadays it’s just shipwrecks that sit along the coastline.
Spitzkop is a granite mountain of 1,784 metres rising up in a otherwise flat landscape. You can hike up the mountain, but the last part involves some climbing. Besides that the site has incredible prehistoric rock paintings. We let a guide take us and tell us about the history of the place. After a short tour we climbed up the rock opposite Spitzkop for the sunset. We watched te sun fall beneath the mountain and as the darkness descended stars started to fill the sky. The rest of the night we enjoyed a nice dinner and campfire talking, drinking and gazing at a star filled sky. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful sky of stars in my life.