Many visitors to Namibia start their adventure in Windhoek, the capital and largest city of this South African country. Nama, Herero, German, Afrikaans, and British cultures have influenced the growth and development of Windhoek. Visit the statue of Hosea Kutako, a nationalist hero, in the gardens surrounding the Tintenpalast, the seat of the Namibian legislature, or chow down on ostrich kebab or zebra steak at Joe’s Beerhouse before leaving on a safari into the Namibian wilderness.
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5 based on 155 reviews
This reserve represents all facets of diverse desert landscapes.
Wow - we stayed in a hotel right on this land ad it was spectacular -what a great place to visit. We loved climbing the dunes and enjoying the area using the and beyond desert lodge as our base.
5 based on 687 reviews
This is near Susselvlei in Namibia . No pictures can do this justice. It is a huge salt pan created about 900 - 1000 years ago. It takes a 30 minute trek into the desert - and on arrival, it would take about another 30 minutes to walk across it. The trees that existed in the river bed have fossilised and stand like stark skeletons dark silhouettes against the white of the salt and the red of the surrounding dunes which rise 300 metres around it. A visit to this gives one the feeling of a visit to the beginning of time.
We opted to get the NWR truck (170 nad pp) to take us to the drop off for Deadvlei, and in hindsight it was a good idea as we witnessed other motorists struggle to deal with the terrain in their vehicles. Once dropped off the magic then happens, with a walk of about 1 km towards the clay pan and alongside Big Daddy. In the heat it’s a tough walk with hardly any shade, but totally worth seeing this unique site that probably is the face of the country besides Etosha. Once your standing inside the clay pan your surrounded by dead trees about 600 years old and dunes everywhere you turn, which gives you a little bit of a feel of being in a stadium with other players and the crowd watching over you.
Our time here was low season and hot weather, which equates to beautiful photos with not so many tourists being in the way. Such an amazing scene set by the dunes, ground, trees, and sky that gives this place a gift that just keeps on giving...
5 based on 150 reviews
This is a large national park which has among other areas the renowned Sossusvlei. There is a lot more to see if you drive slowly in the non-dune areas of the park. Plenty of wildlife like Gemsbok, Ostriches etc. The landscapes are impressive even in the areas outside the famous dunes. Sossusvlei is where a lot of tourists go and it is an impressive dune area especially under the right light. However, it is important to keep in mind that you can only walk on selected dunes and unfortunately there is too much of a rush to go to the end of the road ignoring all the beautiful areas between the entrance to the dunes and the end of the paved road into the dune area. The dunes near the entrance are lovely and you are allowed to walk there. They have more vegetation than those further on and there are many interesting insects and even.
You have to be out of the park by 7:30 pm unless you camp inside the park then you can start your drive hour earlier than the 6:45 opening gate time and stay an our later after the 7:30 gate closing time.
I did not hike the big dunes since I opted for exploring less crowded parts of the park. I should mention that like most other "world attractions" this place is way too crowded and there are many tours bringing in more and more people. Unfortunately this detracts from the beauty of this place. While I agree that under the right lights the dunes and landscapes in Sossusvlei are impressive, I can say that there are many other dry areas inside Namibia-Naukluft National Park that are impressive as well and far less visited than Sossusvlei. The hike to the big dunes are not trivial and my impression is that many people start and not all are able to finish this hike.
Because of the touristy and crowded atmosphere I am not sure that I would visit the dunes at Sossusvlei a second time.
4 based on 224 reviews
Approximately 38 craft stalls from rural communities, ethnic groups and projects sell Namibian handicraft here, which range from jewellery to carved tree roots. We have the freshest Namibian food and best cheesecake and apple crumble in town! Our Craft Cafe is known all over the world for its stylish and excellent food. We support Namibian micro and small enterprises, and contribute to increase income through the sale of Namibian craft. Over 4,000 producers and their families derive an income from sales of their craft. We support Namibian design and product development, which is reflected in our large range of unique and quality products. We encourage the use of environmentally friendly products and sustainable utilization of Namibian natural resources. Vendors inside the Namibia Craft Centre may stock up to 5% of non-Namibian, but African handi-craft. No goods from outside the continent may be sold inside the Craft Centre. Some handi-craft and materials are hard to come by in Namibia, which is why we have made this concession. Staff should be able to tell you exactly the origin of most goods.
This is a warren of rooms and passages on several levels. It contains a large number of stalls and shops selling arts, crafts and gifts of virtually every description. It also has more than one entrance making it worth keeping track of your movements. It was not too busy when we visited, which enabled us to look at the items in relative comfort. The shopkeepers etc. are happy for you to browse without any pressure. Well worth a visit whilst in the city.
4.5 based on 373 reviews
45 Kms from the National Park gates lies this incredible dune, with many others surrounding, that is filled with so much promise before you’ve even encountered it. The best buzz is not just witnessing it, but climbing the summit which took us 35 mins up and 30 mins down, with many photo breaks (and rest breaks!) along the way. Through local advice we arrived at 7am to beat the sun, and were rewarded with the image that all visitors set out to get - blood orange dunes half in sun and half in shade...well that’s what you see on the internet and that’s what you’ll see with your own eyes. A good tip is on the ascent try to step in other people’s footprints to make life easier, and of course carry enough water for the duration. Big enough car park that seemed to be filled with Hilux’s but safe to leave while you endure your climb. Would we do it again...in a heartbeat!
When on your climb just take a pause every now and then and you will literally be able to hear a pin drop, and at the same time enjoy the scintillating colours, contrast to the sky and magnitude that make this everything one could wish for...
4 based on 181 reviews
My travel group has visited Katutura for the past six years. It doesn't change. It's a sad place where alcoholism and drug use have ravaged families. Although the city has improved conditions recently (installed a new clean water system), the cycle of poverty continues in this depressing neighborhood. Every place has its social ills, but Katutura has more than its share. This is NOT a place to visit after sundown.
4 based on 506 reviews
This is a simple and pleasant small church occupying a commanding raised position in the centre of a traffic roundabout between the city and the Parliament buildings. It has parking outside, and it is important to ensure that your car is left securely locked with all items out of view. Only a comparatively short time is necessary to appreciate the uncluttered straightforward nature of both the interior and exterior of the church. It is older than it looks and is definitely worth a visit.
4 based on 106 reviews
Visited here just for the afternoon. We had lunch in a wonderful setting before taking the 1.5 hour safari drive. We saw so many things including a Rhino very, very close!
Vultures, Springbok, Kudu, Crocodiles, Zebra to name a few.
Really wanted to spend more time here, I must return!
5 based on 42 reviews
We have just spent 12 days with Karibu in a group of 8 on their Classic Namibia experience which goes to Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund and the Namib Desert. Top marks to Karibu: comfortable jeep to support the long distances, very smooth and professional organization, hotels were fine, camping facilities top class and a brilliant guide in the form of Mr T. He was extremely knowledgeable, a wonderful guide around Etosha where his knowledge of waterholes and past experience meant we saw and learned a huge amount, and worked very well with the group. Camping was very special and much more luxurious than we expected - hot water bucket showers, three course meals with wine and a camp fire, supported by a great cook (Richard), Joseph and his team. It was a great introduction to Namibia - we learnt through Mr T an enormous amount about the country and its people and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Karibu for future trips.
4 based on 170 reviews
Daan Viljoen Game Park.Just 24 km west of Windhoek lies a sanctuary for a relatively large population of game species typical of Namibia's highlands. Proclaimed before Independence to preserve the ecosystem of the Khomas Hochland, the park was named after a former Administrator, Mr Daan Viljoen, who played a major part in establishing the park.The convenient location of the park makes Daan Viljoen an ideal venue for day visits and a perfect stopover for tourists seeking the tranquillity of the bush.FACT FILEPark size: 40 km2Year proclaimed: 1968Natural features: Khomas Hochland Plateau, scenic views of the Windhoek valleyVegetation: Highland shrubland, with various Acacia species, kudu bush (Combretum apiculatum) and buffalo thorn (Ziziphus mucronata).Wildlife: Mammals are Springbok, kudu, eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, Hartmann's mountain zebra, leopard and klipspringer. Of 200 bird species, endemics include Ruppell's parrot, white-tailed shrike and Monteiro's hornbill.Tourism: The newly renovate Sun Karros Daan Viljoen opened its doors in October 2011. This privately run establishment entered into Public Private Partnership with Namibia Wildlife Resort and Sun Karros Lifestyle Safaris now offers selection of services to the leisure, business and day visitor after three years of construction. The Main lodge comprises of 19 luxury contemporary chalets, 12 well-appointed campsites, three tech-fit conference rooms. The reception area holds a, lounge, kiosk and IT station for in house guests to connect. The Boma Restaurant and pool area is where leisure, business and day visitors can enjoy scrumptious daily meals and beverages.Conservation successesWith game drives and hiking trails, Daan Viljoen is easily accessible to residents of Windhoek and provides an ideal place for visiting school children to learn more about wildlife and conservation in Namibia.Key management issuesPoaching is problematic due to Daan Viljoen adjoining a high-density residential area. The Augeigas River, which runs through the park, is polluted.
The facilities here are very good indeed. Unique chalets, well appointed, clean and comfortable. You can sit on the patio and observe the wildlife in bush below. The birdlife is exceptionally good and you can walk around the park. We got to see the Monteiro's Hornbill as well as a Rockrunner on our walk. The only disappointment was not seeing the Mountain Zebra, although they are apparently very difficult to find. The catering is good with a limited table d'hôte menu but fresh and well prepared meat dishes. Give the calamari a miss tho! Reasonable selection of South African wines. Limited shop but very finely furnished facilities. Recommend 2-3 days there or longer if you need to relax after heavy touristing!
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