Travel to Beautiful Cities in Namibia
Here you will find study trips and round trips through the metropolises of Namibia
Swakopmund is located in Namibia on the Atlantic Ocean and is the capital of the Erongo regional region. Windhoek is around 360 km away. The whole year round there is a rather mild climate, which is not only appreciated by the locals, but also by the numerous visitors from all over the world.
The Benguela Stream creates a cold Atlantic, but Swakopmund has a large swimming pool for guests to swim in. The Swakopmund lighthouse, the old landing stage and many other attractions and sights are also very striking. There are plenty of guest houses, hotels and restaurants for tourists, many of them run by German owners. The eventful colonial history of Namibia can be experienced up close every day in Swakopmund.
If you travel to Namibia, in most cases you first stop in the capital Windhoek, as this is where the international airport, which is the largest in the country, is located. It is around 50 km from the airport to the city center, so it makes sense to first explore the capital of Namibia before going on safari into the wilderness. And: It is definitely worth it, because Windhoek is a city that is absolutely worth seeing.
Ancient testimonies from the German colonial past can be found throughout the capital – and yet Namibia is clearly a typically African country. Windhoek has a population of around 350,000 and is therefore the only real metropolis in Namibia that has a multitude of interesting sights.
Fantastic desert landscape in Namibia
Sossusvlei is located in the largest nature reserve in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park, and is possibly the most famous and spectacular attraction in Namibia. Sossusvlei is a huge, white salt and clay pan that is characterized by the large red dunes that surround it. It is a popular tourist destination all year round. At almost 400 meters, the dunes in this region are the highest in the world and offer photographers wonderful pictures in the most beautiful morning and evening light.
scenic one of the highlights of a Namibia tour
Sossusvlei literally means “hopelessness” or “dead end”, the name arises from the fact that the orange dunes merge here and the Tsauchab silts up and cannot flow any further. Due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert, however, the Tsauchab rarely flows that far and the salt and clay pan remains dust-dry most of the time. During a rare rainy season, the river fills the pan and at this time it attracts tourists from all over the world to experience this fascinating place. Vacationers are pampered with the sight of a crystal-clear “lake” that reflects light reflections from the surrounding dunes. The water can hold for a whole year. Despite the poor living conditions in the region, you will find a large variety of plants and animals here that have adapted to survive.
All attractions in the vicinity of Sossusvlei, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, are easily accessible as almost the entire approach is tarred. Several shuttle buses provide access over the last few kilometers if visitors are not using a four-wheel drive vehicle. A hike on the last section offers additional unique impressions.
Damaraland is a region in northwestern Namibia. The name comes from the Damara people, who have always inhabited this area and are one of the oldest tribes in the country. The landscape is barren and bizarre, stony and appears hostile to life. Nevertheless, the Damara wrestle enough food for goats and some crops from the soil. Desert elephants live in the western part of the area.
The district capital Khorixas is a supply station for the tourists who are traveling through Namibia. In addition to a lodge and the gas station, there are a few huts and a few shops. In the wider area of Khorixas there are some special sights that are visited as part of round trips or study trips and are worth a visit.
Fascinating rock formations and petrified trees
The Petrified Forest is a natural monument west of Khorixas. The age of the trees is estimated to be 280 million years. Bark remains and annual rings can be seen on well-preserved trunks.
A particularly attractive view is offered to travelers on the route from Khorixas to Outjo. A little off the main road is the 35 m high “finger cliff” that belongs to the Ugab Terraces. From there the view opens over the Ugab river valley with its spectacular table mountains.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Twyfelfontein
The special attraction of Damaraland is located 90 km west of Khorixas in the Twyfelfonein valley. There are around 2500 prehistoric rock engravings of the San tribe on red sandstone. The age of the drawings is estimated to be 2,000 to 10,000 years. The hiking trail leads through the rock formations. The rock engravings have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2007.
A managed lodge with restaurants and a large parking lot is located near the rocks. To the south-east of the Twyfelfontein valley are the huge “organ pipes”, almost five meters high basalt stones in the form of columns.
Round trips in the Kaokoveld region
The Kaokoveld region lies on the edge of the Damaraland. Fort Sesfontein is worth seeing. The former fort was a military station until the end of the First World War and was abandoned afterwards. The old ruins are visible, surrounded by date palms. A modern lodge was built on the site 30 years ago. From the lodge, it is worth taking a bathing trip to the rock pool of the Onongo waterfall.