Attractions of Namibia

Attractions of Namibia

Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib Desert, a few kilometers inland from the port town of Lüderitz 673 kilometers from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. It was built German architectural style following a search for diamonds in the early 1900s and ultimately abandoned in 1954

Twyfelfontein found in north-western Namibia 430 kilometers from Windhoek contains one of the largest concentrations of rock engravings in Africa, most of them created over 6,000 years ago. The carvings were made by cutting through the hard surface layer of sandstone and represent animals such as rhinoceroses, elephants, ostriches and giraffes as well as depictions of human and animal footprints.

Skeleton Coast
This is the world’s biggest ship graveyard because dense fogs, mighty storms and violent surf caused many ships in the past to run aground. Skeleton Coast is situated in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia 520 kilometres from Windhoek.

Spitzkoppe is a group of bald granite peaks in the Namib Desert nicknamed the “Matterhorn of Namibia” 276 kilometres from Windhoek. Spitzkoppe  was created by the collapse of a gigantic volcano more than 100 million years ago. The highest peak is about 700 metres above flat desert floor.

Swakopmund is a popular beach resort and also Namibia’s biggest coastal town 361 kilometres from Windhoek. The town contains various beautiful old German Colonial buildings. Swakopmund provides plenty of surf and sand.

Cape Cross
Cape Cross is home to one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world just 414 kilometres from Windhoek. The name ‘Cape Cross’ refers to the large stone cross erected here by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. About 150,000 seals gather at Cape Cross around November and December during the breeding season.

Sossusvlei is an enormous clay pan surrounded by red sand dunes in the Namib Desert, 365 kilometres from Windhoek. The fierce desert winds continually alter the shape and texture of the dunes, providing an ever-changing desert landscape.

Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon found in southern Namibia 650 kilometres from Windhoek. It is second only in grandeur to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The canyon features a gigantic ravine, about 160 kilometres long, up to 27 kilometres wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.

Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is located 410 kilometres from Windhoek in northwestern Namibia. The park is centered on the vast Etosha salt pan which attracts thousands of flamingos after heavy rains. Wild animals in the park include Zebra, springbok, endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.

Brandberg Mountain
Brandberg Mountain is the highest mountain in Namibia at 2606 metres above sea level. It is located in northwest Namib Desert 303 kilometres from Windhoek. The mountain has thousands of wonderful depictions of ancient hunting scenes all painted on the rocks thousands of years ago and visible till today.

Waterberg Plateau Park
This is a national park in central Namibia encompassing the Waterberg Plateau, 304 kilometres from Windhoek in central Namibia. Some of the wildlife in this park includes 200 bird species black and white rhinoceros, buffalos, sable and roan antelope. It was at Waterberg, in the foothills, that the Herero people lost their last and greatest battle against German colonial forces at the beginning of the 20th century.

Ten-man House (Tienmannhaus)
The ten-man house was built in Windhoek to accommodate ten single bachelors who worked for German colonial government. It was commissioned and constructed between 1906 and 1907. The foundations are of clay and the walls are of unbaked clay. The building still has its original corrugated iron roof.

Heroes Acre
Located about 10 kilometres south of Windhoek is Heroes Acre in honor of the heroes of Namibia’s liberation struggle. It was inaugurated after Namibia’s 10th year of independence in 2002. The monument’s most prominent features are a 30 metre obelisk and 8 metre bronze statue of an unknown soldier.

Alte Feste
Alte Feste was once the home of the German Schutztruppe. It is an old fort built in 1890 to protect the early settlers in Windhoek. The building was declared a National Monument in 1957 and has housed the historical section of the Windhoek State Museum since 1962.

Schwerinsburg also known as Schwerin’s castle is the biggest of three castles in Windhoek. It is currently the private home of the Italian ambassador in Namibia.  It was originally built in 1890 by Curt von François, commissioner of German South-West Africa, sold and turned into a beer garden and then later bought by 1913 Hans Bogislav Graf von Schwerin who named it after himself.

Daan Viljoen Game Reserve
Daan Viljoen Game Reserveis situated in Khomas Hochland about 18 kilometres west of Windhoek. Daan Viljoen is home to over 200 bird species, kudu, mountain zebras, springbok, hartebeests, warthogs and elands.

Hoba meteorite
Hoba Meteorite which is the largest known single meteorite of its kind lying on the surface of the earth is found in Farm Hoba West in Northern Namibia about 500 kilometres from Windhoek. The stone is said to have fallen to the earth less than 80,000 years ago and it weighs more than 60 tons.

Roter Kamm Impact crater
Located in the Namib Desert the Roter Kamm, created by a meteor with a size of a large vehicle about 3.7 million years ago is 584 kilometres from Windhoek. The impact crater about 2.5 kilometres in diameter and130 metres deep with a floor of sand at least 100 meters thick.

Bogenfels is an arch that is 55 metres high. It is a lime rock formed like a bridge at the south Atlantic coast in the middle of the Restricted Diamond Area about 100 km south of Lüderitz and 767 kilometres from Windhoek.

Dragon’s Breath Cave
Dragon’s Breath Cave is a unique with the largest cave lake in the world. The lake is about 100 metres below surface area  and it covers an area of almost 2 hectares in a solid rock cavern.