Things to do in Namibia

Our most recommended things to do in Namibia

Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour

1. Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour

Begin your dolphin and whale spotting expedition by checking in at Walvis Bay Waterfront at 8:30 am. Depart from the Jetty between 8:45 - 9 am. From there you’ll begin your search for Namibia’s marine Big 5. Sip a hot coffee or tea as you approach Pelican Point. Admire its landmark lighthouse and see the 60,000 cape fur seals who live there. If visiting in-season ( from July to November), you'll be able to spot large sea mammals including the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whale. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see a gray whale or a pygmy right whale. Observe different species of dolphins including bottlenose, Heaviside's, and dusky dolphins. Keep a lookout for mola molas and leatherback turtles. As you make your expedition, you’ll encounter a variety of seabirds including kelp gulls, Hartlaub’s gulls, and cape cormorant. On the return journey, cruise past ships and oilrigs docked in the bay. As you make your way back, enjoy fresh oysters, sparkling wine, savory snacks, and desserts alongside light drinks and water. You’ll return to the waterfront at 12:30 pm. 

Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

2. Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

After hotel pickup in Swakopmund or meeting your guide at the Walvis Bay Waterfront, admire the mass of flamingoes in the Walvis Bay Lagoon.  Your 4x4 tour will head out to a tidal lagoon consisting of adjacent intertidal areas, mudflats, and sandbars that supports thousands of wetland birds. In addition to the many flamingoes, there are 11 species of endangered birds regularly observed at this RAMSAR site. Next, your tour proceeds to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where springboks are sometimes seen. Here you'll also look for some of the area’s smaller creatures, such as the fog-basking beetle, dancing spider (white lady of the Namib), golden mole, shovel-snouted lizard, and palmato gecko. Then if weather and tides allow, you'll drive along the beach right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest wetlands and the second RAMSAR site for the day.  Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, this is one of Namibia's most important coastal wetlands and supports eight endangered species among the large numbers of wading birds.  Finally enjoy a light lunch including a selection of oysters and snacks, salad, bread, fresh fruit, and drinks atop a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or on the beach.

From Swakopmund: Desert Quad Biking

3. From Swakopmund: Desert Quad Biking

Experience the sheer thrill of riding a quad bike through Namibia's boundless expanse of shifting sand dunes. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt.  Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature's great wildernesses. As the towering dunes approach, you’ll weave your way through the smaller dunes towards the Amphitheater. Power up and blast your way to the top of the first big dune via the Roller Coasters to the top of Big Billy. Stop for a drink and get the opportunity to capture the stark and savage beauty of the Namib Desert. After riding down Devil’s Dip, ride the berms, spirals and slopes as you cruise towards the Table Top, a great dune that offers a spectacular view of the sea. After the ride you will be led back to where everything started where you can relax and enjoy a drink at the pub.

From Swakopmund: Quad Biking Desert Tour

4. From Swakopmund: Quad Biking Desert Tour

See the creatures of the desert on a quad bike tour. Led by an expert guide and trekker, head into the Namib Desert to spot the "Little Five." Find the Namaqua Chameleon, Shovel Snouted Lizard, Web Footed Gecko, Sidewinder Puff Adder and the Wheel Spider. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt. Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature's great wildernesses. Your guide will educate you on all the living creatures in the desert and how they manage to survive such harsh environments. Be amazed at how these creatures adapt to the conditions and the tricks they use to keep themselves fed and watered.

Windhoek: City and Township Tour

5. Windhoek: City and Township Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Windhoek, set off first on the city tour. Look forward to seeing places like the Houses of Parliament-National Assembly, Parliament Gardens, the old railway station, the Namibia Craft Center, Christuskirche (Christ Church), and Alte Feste (Old Fort). Make a stop at the old cemetery in Hochland Park, a highlight for history enthusiasts, too. From the city center, head to the Katutura Township to catch a glimpse of life in Windhoek's largest suburb. Boasting people from a number of different cultural groups, Katutura is the place to be if you want to mix with the lively and varied cultures of Namibia. In Katatura, visit the “Single Quarters,” a local market where you can enjoy a taste of the Namibian specialty Kapana — Namibian beef cooked by the local vendors. Also included is a stop at a local community empowerment project. After the tour, you will be dropped back to your accommodation.

Etosha National Park: Full or Half-Day Game Drive

6. Etosha National Park: Full or Half-Day Game Drive

Explore the beautiful landscapes and diverse wildlife of Etosha National Park. Etosha is home to lions, wild dogs, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, an enormous population of elephants and much more. Experience close encounters with wildlife and get off the beaten track in a 4x4. Choose to take a full or half-day tour by selecting the relevant option upon check out.  Start the tour with pickup from your hotel. Begin your journey by venturing through the Anderson Gate near Okaukuejo. On arrival at one of the park lodges, set out on your game drive with an experienced guide. Travel close to several watering holes in an attempt to catch the animals during their feeding time. Then, at midday, enjoy a sumptuous lunch at one of the lodges (please note that lunch is not included in the activity price). After lunch, as the afternoon heat begins to cool, head out on your second game drive. Marvel at how the animals gather again near the water holes to cool off and feed. Then, as the sun begins to set, experience some of the best game viewings. At the end of your second game drive, transfer back to your hotel where your memorable adventure will end.

Etosha National Park: Full or Half-Day Game Drive

7. Etosha National Park: Full or Half-Day Game Drive

Take a full or half-day tour of Etosha National Park in an open vehicle and look out for Namibia’s ‘Big 4’: lions, rhinos, leopards, and elephants. Your day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Okaukuejo or Ombika, and from there you’ll be taken by 4 x 4 to explore the park and discover the best areas for spotting wildlife. Your knowledgeable driver will take you close to watering holes and other ideal places for getting close encounters with the animals. Stop at one of the lodges for a delicious lunch and a well-deserved break (note: lunch is not included in the activity price). After lunch you’ll have the chance to see the animals gather close to the watering holes as they cool off from the afternoon heat. Once sunset draws in, your guide will take you to experience some of the best game viewings before returning you to your accommodation.

Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

8. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

Enjoy an evening trip to capture the beautiful sunset of Sandwich Harbor. Drive along the beach, experience the unique wetland atmosphere, and feast on snacks and drinks after you have taken your pictures. Depart from Walvis Waterfront at 4:00 PM. Sit back and enjoy the journey as you are driven to the Kuiseb River Delta, a dry riverbed where you may spot the odd springbok, oryx, or jackal. Next, if the weather and tide allow, experience a drive to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon along the beach. This is one of Southern Africa’s richest and most unique wetlands and one of five internationally recognized Ramsar sites in Namibia Enjoy plenty of time for photography in the beautiful late afternoon light. Explore your photographic creativity with the sun slowly setting, then bury your feet in the sand and watch the sunset over the ocean. When the sun has set and the light has diminished, feast on a selection of fresh Namibian oysters and snacks with sparkling wine, Namibian beers, and cool drinks. Take in the views from the dunes or the beach, before returning at 8:00 PM.

From Swakopmund: Living Dunes Experience

9. From Swakopmund: Living Dunes Experience

Discover how the ancient Namib is home to more endemic species than any other desert in the world. This living desert tour is an extraordinary exploration of the coastal dune belt just outside Swakopmund. To the untrained eye, the dunes are just a pile of sand, however, your skilled and experienced guides will introduce you to a wealth of life. Track Palmato Geckos, sand-diving lizards, the famous fog-basking tok-tokkie beetle, sidewinder snakes, spiders, scorpions, and chameleons. This 3-hour exploration will be rounded out with a short dune drive. Meet your driver at your hotel in Swakopmund and then travel into the coastal dune belt that’s just beyond the city limits. Spot some of the natural highlights of the desert landscape as you drive into the dunes, but many of the desert’s most fascinating sights require a trained eye and a firsthand look. Learn about the fascinating animals that thrive in Namibia's arid landscape; search for creatures that crawl, slither, and hop across the sand; and find out how to identify the subtle tracks they leave. Following the wildlife portion of this Swakopmund dunes tour, pick up some speed on a dunes drive, and finish with return transfer to your hotel.

From Swakopmund: Tandem Sky Diving

10. From Swakopmund: Tandem Sky Diving

After pickup from your hotel in Swakopmund, arrive at the skydiving club and receive a short briefing from your tandem master. Get kitted out in your harness and watch as other participants make the leap. Once your name is called, get into the plane with your instructor and enjoy a scenic 15-minute flight. See the unique Atlantic Ocean where it meets the Namib Desert Dunes - the world's oldest desert. Summon all your courage to leap out of the plan attached by a harness to your qualified instructor. Experience the rush of a 40-second free fall, then float through the air for a few minutes after the parachute is deployed. Take in all the incredible views suspended from your parachute for approximately 7 minutes until finally, the instructor lands you safely on Mother Earth. Once you hit the ground, you’ll want to do it all over again. Choose to take the skydive with a 35, 45, or 60-second freefall at increasing altitudes to really understand the thrill of this extreme sport.

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What people are saying about Namibia

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Absolutely loved the pelicans cavorting on the deck, the guide was great, the food and champagne was fantastic, we saw whales, penguins, seals and lots of dolphins. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Highly recommend xxx.

Was an absolute blast. From experiencing the breath taking landscape to the fun of riding the quads to the guide who took us. Would definitely recommend this adventure.

Fantastic tour, thank you to everyone at Catamaran Charters. Very exciting to have the pelicans and seals up close on the boat

Had an amazing time. The views are incredible, and the drive in the dunes is thrilling

The quad bikes were really good and Ben the guide was so patient and knowledgeable.