The capital is Windhoek
The Namibian capital, Windhoek, is located in the central part of the country. The city is still strongly influenced by German colonial rule. Signs of the stages of history can be seen especially in architecture, but also in food culture and language.
In Windhoek you can spend your time visiting various museums. The National Museum of Namibia is housed in Windhoek’s oldest building. Built in the 1890s, the house comprehensively displays material related to the country’s independence aspirations. Another place worth visiting is the Owela Museum, which provides access to Namibia’s natural history.
In addition to local delicacies, the capital also serves international food experiences for the hungry tourist. The most special restaurant is probably Joe´s Beer House, where you have the opportunity to taste some of the animals living in the nature parks. At least ostrich, zebra, antelope and crocodile are available.
Windhoek also has good shopping. There is a wealth of local crafts from leather goods to jewelery. Safari equipment is also easy to replenish in Windhoek’s malls.
Windhoek is a generally safe city. However, tourists are advised to avoid moving alone at night.
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is the most famous nature park in Namibia which is short for NAM by abbreviationfinder. The specialty of the area is a large lake that fills with water during the rainy season and dries for most of the year into a sparkling salt desert.
There are dozens of drinking places in Etosha that are great places to play and photograph animals. The nature park is home to numerous species of animals from flamingos and other birds to elephants and giraffes. In the nature park you can also see a rare tapered lip rhino.
There are five camps in the park area. They offer accommodation options from luxury lodges to camping. In some camps you will also find other services such as restaurants. Accommodations should be booked in advance.
More information: Etosha National Park
Fisher River Canyon
Fisher River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. It is also one of the most popular nature destinations in Namibia.
There is an 85-kilometer hiking trail in the canyon, which can be traversed during the winter months, from April to September. It takes about five days to hike the route and it is only recommended for those in good condition. It should be noted that you must register in advance when going to the park. In addition, hiking is only allowed in groups of at least three people, due to poor emergency rescue facilities.
The canyon can also be admired from the vantage points where you can enjoy a picnic. The most popular Lookout is about 10 miles from the main entrance to the park, Hobas. It offers incredible views of the canyon and Hell´s Bend, the most photographed spot in the area.
At the southern end of the canyon are the hot springs of Ai-Ais, whose 60-degree water is believed to have therapeutic effects. It is good for the tourist to note that the Ai-Ais area is closed during the summer months, ie from November to the end of February.
Namibia’s largest coastal city, Swakopmund is a popular travel destination especially among adrenaline-hungry people. In addition to the sea, you can head to the nearby desert with a surfboard. You can also go downhill on the sand dunes and ride an ATV. Parachuting over the desert is also popular.
On the beaches, in addition to worshiping the sun, you can try a paraglider. If lounging in the sun is not attractive, you can also rent a canoe from the beach or go on a cruise to admire the dolphins.
Swapkopumud also offers sightseeing for those who want culture. German influences are very strongly visible in both the architecture and the food supply. History can be explored in the Maritime Museum and in the museum bearing the city’s name.
THE BEST OF NAMIBIA
Try these in Namibia
- Photograph of wildlife in Etosha
- Hike in Fisher River Canyon
- Museum and shopping tour in Windhoek
- Sand surfing in Swakopmund
Cons of Namibia
- Remember vaccinations!
- No direct flights from Finland