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What to do in Namibia

When it comes to “what to do” in Namibia, there’s a wide range of options. If you’re looking for big thrills, the long list of activities includes everything from sandboarding and quad biking towering dunes to camel treks and sky diving. Hot-air balloon rides over the vast expanse of desert and game drives in Etosha National Park are always popular. No matter where you go there are endless ways to fill your Instagram feed, with the eerie Skeleton Coast a definite highlight.

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Quad biking on the dunes in Sossusvlei

The desert is an ideal environment for a quad-biking adventure and Soussvlei is one of the most popular spots for it. Uncover the secrets of the dunes with a guide while exploring the terracotta landscape that might make you think you’ve entered a scene from a National Geographic documentary. Keep an eye out for oryx and other desert-adapted animals along the way.

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Hot air balloon ride over Sossusvlei

One of the best things to do in Namibia is to take to the skies in a hot-air balloon. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the sun rising above Sossusvlei and the world’s oldest desert with its endless sea of red dunes during the cooler early morning hours. The first light of day is the most spectacular with stunning contrasts of color.

Deadvlei

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Deadvlei

One of the world’s most bizarre places, UNESCO-listed Deadvlei is a natural wonder with otherworldly beauty. It features a white clay pan surrounded by towering red sand dunes while the ancient camel thorn trees are what gave the site its name. They died over 900 years ago with the dry climate resulting in the petrification that gives them a hauntingly eerie appearance.

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Game drive in Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is the No. 1 spot for a game drive in Namibia thanks to the many waterholes that are scattered throughout. In the dry season, most species rely on them, with the larger waterholes attracting lions and large herds of zebra and springbok that mingle with bathing elephants. It’s also one of the world’s best places to see black rhinos.

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See the Skeleton Coast

Littered with shipwrecks where the vast desert sands meet the crashing waves of the Atlantic, the Skeleton Coast stretches for 300 miles. One of the driest places on Earth, cold ocean currents form a dense fog, often covering the coast, something that’s confused captains leaving the skeleton of their ships behind. It’s a photographer’s paradise that provides endless inspiration for photos.

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Adrenaline activities in Swakopmund

Swakopmund has been called Namibia’s adventure capital, located where the dunes meet the sea along the Skeleton Coast. Sandboard down the dunes, explore the desert on horseback or take a camel trek. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, skydiving is possible too, with the spectacular vistas of the immense desert giving a whole new dimension to this thrill of a lifetime.

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Experience the NamibRand Nature Reserve

A private reserve protecting an over 830-square-mile area of desert, NamibRand features a wide variety of landscapes from massive red dunes to valleys and plains, interspersed with mountain ranges. Best enjoyed on a guided walk or drive, watch for everything from Burchell’s and Harmann’s zebra, oryx, springbok, and kudu to giraffe, hartebeest, and occasionally spotted and brown hyenas, leopard, and cheetah.

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