Travel to Namibia for a Desert Adventure

Adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts need to add Namibia to the top of their travel list. Tucked away in the southwest corner of Africa is the hidden gem Namibia.

Imagine sandboarding from one of the highest sand dunes in the world or horseback-riding through the desert. Namibia has it all, from amazing sceneries and cultural heritage to free roaming wildlife. This treasure is waiting to be explored.

As one of the least populated countries on earth, Namibia sets the tone for a relaxing and adventurous retreat, depending on your desires. You will find Namibia rather affordable and the locals are generous and friendly.

Windhoek, the capital of Namibia is a relatively small city with numerous natural attractions and is well-known for its nostalgic German architecture, coupled with modern skyscrapers.

A rusty sign with the map location of the airport

You will need at least two days in Windhoek to fully explore the city’s history, culinary scene, and to soak up the African sun before discovering the rest of the country.

Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport is located 43 kilometers from the city center and offers curio shops, a restaurant, and car rental agencies. The cheapest means of transportation to and from the city center is TokTokkie Transfers.

Start your vacation by taking a walking tour to explore the city’s hidden treasures within and around the city center. Visit the Namibian Craft Centre located on Tal Street. Here, you can browse numerous vendors selling Namibian cultural memorabilia, leatherwork, pottery, arts, crafts, and textiles. It is the perfect place to grab a unique souvenir.

Tall building with glass windows.

Next up is the Independence Memorial Museum. This ginormous building overlooks the Tintenpalast or parliament buildings, gardens, and the city center. It also has an amazing view of the mountains. Enjoy a meal at Nimms Restaurant, located on the building’s top floor. Visitors can take in a 360-degree view of the city while eating a great meal. The museum has several levels that showcase Namibia’s pre-independence and post-independence from South Africa.

A church with a red roof located in the center of a roundabout.

Just outside of the museum, in the middle of a roundabout is one of Windhoek’s most famous sights, the Christuskirche (Christ Church). The church is open to the public and features neo-gothic elements and it is one of Windhoek’s most photographed buildings.

Multi-colored sign that leads the way to the restaurant

Need dinner plans? Joe’s Beerhouse has become an institution in Windhoek, serving a mixture of German and Namibian dishes from Kudu steaks to bratwurst and sauerkraut. Prepare to be mesmerized by the elaborate memorabilia and decor in this fun-filled interior.

Should you find yourself in Windhoek during October, don’t miss Oktoberfest. Namibia is immersed in German history and celebrates their own version of the München Beer Festival complete with steins of beer, German sausages, and an electrifying atmosphere that is not to be missed.

For the best view of the city’s sunset, head to the Skybar on Hilton Windhoek hotel’s roof. Relax by the pool with one of their handcrafted cocktails and enjoy the tapas style plates with live music.

Sunset over mountains

Exploring the rest of Namibia’s landscape is best with an overland tour company such as Nature Travel Namibia and Blue Crane Safaris. Enquire about tour operators from your hotel’s concierge to ensure that the tour includes all the sites you would like to visit.

The country offers boundless experiences overlooking the vast wilderness, deserts, and breathtaking shores on the west coast. One of these dreamy locations is the Skeleton Coast National Park where the ocean meets the desert.

Man walking on light brown sandy beach and blue ocean water in the desert.

Swakopmund is located about a three-hour drive from Windhoek. This location is more of a touristic town with beautiful German architectural buildings, restaurants, and a beach surrounding the town’s famous lighthouse.

You definitely want to spend a few days here. “Swakop” as it’s called by the locals, is famed for its exhilarating sports, including quad biking through the Namib desert, sandboarding and paragliding.

A short drive from Swakopmund is the harbor town of Walvis Bay which is home to some fantastic marine and birdlife. Expect to see a large colony of flamingos, pelicans, seal colonies, or go on a whale watching tour. In fact, Dune 7, the highest dune in Namibia is easily reachable and amazes onlookers with its height of over 1200 feet.

Along your route, you will encounter the cultural tribes of the Himba and Herero people. The Himba people cover themselves in butterfat and ochre to protect their skin from the harsh African sun. The Herero locals are known for their colorful Victorian-style dresses and cow horn-shaped hats.

Visiting Namibia is an experience offering everything from wildlife to deserts and canyons to beaches. It’s impossible to cover all that Namibia has to offer in a single trip. Start your trip along a tour through the vast landscapes and ending on a high note in Windhoek.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Driaan J. Are you interested in traveling to Windhoek? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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