Namibia Off The Beaten Path

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    Yes, you can see the horizon
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Namibia Off The Beaten Path

  • People: Himba, Herero, Townships

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    If you get a chance to tour or visit one of Namibia's black townships (see my comments regarding township visits on this page), be sure to get a beer at a shebeen. Shebeens are unlicensed taverns that operate in people's houses. It's a way that they make additional N$. The locals are generally friendly, but be sure to go with someone who knows...

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  • plants, trees and flowers

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    Driving around the farm at Huab with Jan we were thrilled to find this bottle tree in bloom. These striking trees are distinguished by their thick bottle-shaped trunk, which is almost branchless until the top. The branches are few and covered with thorns up to a foot long. The flowers appear in the spring, when the tree is leafless, which is why...

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  • Dunes

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    Dune 7 is just outside of Walvis Bay, and although it doesn't seem that large in comparison to the surroundings, when you actually see someone trying to climb it, it is HUGE! Luckily we didn't attempt to climb it, as i don't think we would have made it anywhere near the top. If you dont feel too energetic you can sit at the picnic tables while...

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  • Animals: Desert elephants, wild horses,...

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    The best place to watch animals is in the eastern part of Etosha National Park. Why, because they are used to visitors and are not spooked by them. While is sounds romantic to get out to one of the more remote areas like the western part of the park, Namib-Naukluft, etc., these animals are very wary of humans and will run away as you get closer,...

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  • Damaraland: Rock art, Brandberg

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    At the hostel, we met a man working for a desert elephant preservation camp. He explained that it was near Brandberg Rock Art site. Not knowing where that was, we asked for directions. He offered to show us and said we could stay in the camp. Up for the adventure, our citigolf trailed behind his lumbering 4x4. The camp was totally organic, hand...

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  • Fish River Canyon

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    It is possible to do a 5 day, 85 km hike (rated Medium to Difficult) from the top of the canyon down to Ai-ais. You have to be bloody fit to do this hike though. Myself and a few friends are planning on doing it next year April, and it has potential to be the most amazing hike a person could do.

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  • keetmanshoop

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    ask for the key at quivertree forest rest camp (see hotels tip) where you have to pay the entrance fees. "giant playground" :when leaving restcamp,take left on C17...you'll find it 5km later,on right side of the C17 road. playground is a surprising geological formation...best moment to visit it:when sun goes down... it looks really as if it was...

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  • Cape Cross

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    Everybody visiting the coast should drive up to see the seals at Cape Cross. At it's most there is more than 200000 seals in the area! The smell is terrible, and it is hard to describe how bad it really is, but I'll try. Fill a bathtub with urine, close the door and keep the temperature at 35 degrees celsius for a month, then run in and take a deep...

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  • Luderitz

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    Even though this is a small town, it is one of the largest population centers in Namibia. It is a popular overland stop between the Fish River Canyon and the Namib-Naukluft National Park. There isn't a whole lot to do here except eat some fish and do a little local break dancing. There are some interesting things to do outside of town like the...

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  • Caprivi Strip

    Namibia Off The Beaten Path

    The Caprivi is a narrow but long strip of land in the far northeast of Namibia. Nowadays there is a tarred National Road through most of the 400 km of the Strip, thus making it able to comfortably reach the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe now! Katima Mulilo is the main town of the Caprivi strip and lies at the mighty Zambesi river. It has a nice...

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  • Opuwo

    One of the most interesting places in all of Namibia had to be the town of Opuwo, the capital of the Kunene Region. While it is nothing to look at, with its half-dozen or some concrete stores, people watching is absolutely fascinating.Sit around the gas stations or head into the grocery store and you will have one of the most culturally diverse...

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  • Hoba Meteorite

    If you are passing near the town of Grootfontein, you might want to take a short detour to the Hoba farm, where you can see the Hoba Meteorite, the largest meteorite in the world. It is a chunk of fairly pure iron (87%) that fell to earth some 80,000 years ago.

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  • Best animal watching

    The best place to watch animals is in the eastern part of Etosha National Park.Why, because they are used to visitors and are not spooked by them. While is sounds romantic to get out to one of the more remote areas like the western part of the park, Namib-Naukluft, etc., these animals are very wary of humans and will run away as you get closer,...

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  • Epupa Falls

    The Epupa Falls are on the Kunene River in the extreme northern part of Kaokoland, which forms the border between Namibia and Angola. The river itself is full of crocodiles, but we did not see any

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  • Sunrise walk

    We got up early one morning while staying at Huab Lodge to join our host Jan on his daily early morning walk. We set out in the half-light of dawn. It was still pretty chilly so warm clothes were needed. We followed the dried-up river bed for part of the walk and Jan described to us the very different scene in the wet season when for a few short...

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  • Bushman trail at Okonjima

    One of the activities on offer at Okonjima Lodge is a bush walk, which I can definitely recommend. You set out early in the morning (so wrap up warmly) and after an early morning snack consisting of tea or coffee and muffins, follow an easy trail around the surrounding property. Your guide will stop in various pre-arranged spots to describe an...

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  • Porcupines and honey badgers

    Another must-do activity when staying at Okonjima Lodge is a night time visit to a hide. After dinner everyone wraps up warmly for the short drive to the hide. There you need to keep very quiet as you all file into the space. Torches are provided so that you can see where you’re going. Everyone is seated on a long bench, and when you’re all in...

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  • Black eagle chick

    While staying at Huab Lodge (see my Accommodation tip) we had the chance to visit a black eagle's nest. There was a chick in the nest but we were reassured that unlike other eagles, black eagles won't desert a nest that has been visited. I stayed below to watch and take photos of the climb, while my husband Chris (who took this great photo) and two...

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  • Shebeens......township taverns in...

    If you get a chance to tour or visit one of Namibia's black townships (see my comments regarding township visits on this page), be sure to get a beer at a shebeen.Shebeens are unlicensed taverns that operate in people's houses. It's a way that they make additional N$.The locals are generally friendly, but be sure to go with someone who knows the...

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  • Moon Landscape

    A couple of km east of Swakopmund is the place known as Moon landscape. Not much can be found about it in the guide books or Internet, but it is so extraordinary that it is definitely worth visiting. Bare rocks with occasional patches of silver green plants look so unearthly and inhospitable that you have no doubts why the place was given such a...

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  • Swakopmund cemetery - learn about...

    An interesting place, that not many visitors to Swakopmund know about, is the cemetery. It consists of two parts standing in stark contrast. The neat German part has even rows of graves set among palm trees. The African part exposed to the scorching sun consists of mere heaps of sand marked with stones and a cross here and there. There are just a...

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  • daan viljoen game park

    This park is 20 km-s from Windhoek. As the park has no dangerous animals you can walk around. When I was there the facilities were closed and I was alone in the whole 100 square km park. I walked to the dam and saw monkeys, deers, warthogs, hornbill birds, gnus, impalas among others. You can see many skeletons around the waters. The scenery is...

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  • Afircas Tribes you dont see, but gotta !

    The red ochre is everywhere even on the chickens, and it is considered offensive to wipe it off. Its softer than the most expensive hand cream, probably better too.......

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  • Trip around the Namibia

    Self Drive trip around Namibia ( Fish River canyon, Luderitz, Damara Land, Sceleton cost, Dead vley, Etosha NP)

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  • Rock Art and More!

    At the hostel, we met a man working for a desert elephant preservation camp. He explained that it was near Brandberg Rock Art site. Not knowing where that was, we asked for directions. He offered to show us and said we could stay in the camp. Up for the adventure, our citigolf trailed behind his lumbering 4x4. The camp was totally organic, hand...

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  • Sunrise over the desert

    If your vehicle is capable, Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei are well worth it. The red sand and pans are like nothing I've ever seen.

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  • Bottle tree

    Driving around the farm at Huab with Jan we were thrilled to find this bottle tree in bloom. These striking trees are distinguished by their thick bottle-shaped trunk, which is almost branchless until the top. The branches are few and covered with thorns up to a foot long. The flowers appear in the spring, when the tree is leafless, which is why...

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  • Herero women

    If you’re travelling anywhere in the north/central part of Namibia, e.g. near the town of Okahandja, you’re bound to see groups of Herero women selling crafts at the side of the road. The most popular item is a doll dressed in the traditional Herero costume. If like us you don’t want to buy, it’s still worth stopping and asking if you can take some...

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  • Welwitschia plants

    The Welwitschia Mirabilis is as its name suggests one of the most amazing plants you will see. You can spot it in several areas in the Namib Naukluft Park, or as we did, in the Petrified Forest. An adult welwitschia consists of two leaves, a stem base and roots. That is all! Its two permanent leaves are unique in the plant kingdom. They are the...

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  • The Welwitschia drive and the...

    The Welwitschia drive is about an hour drive from Swakopmund into the desert. It is unique desert landscape and plantation with the Welwitschia plant which look like a flower. It is one of the oldest plants on earth to be hundreds years old.

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  • Solitaire

    Solitaire is a place you surely pass by when going to Sesriem, it is nice desert town village where you can take a break to refill your vehicle tank and have a break with coffee, cold drink or ice cream :)

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  • Tropic of Capricorn

    While driving around in Namibia you probably cross over also the Tropic of Capricorn, if you are lucky, there will be a sign marking the spots. But not as like the Arctic Circle in Lapland with all the tourists shops, here in Africa, there was absolutely nothing, only what you carry with you ;-)

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  • Okonjima

    Okonjima is a unique private park, not a national so you need to book it in advance.It is the home of the Africat, the Foundation of Cheetah, Leopard & Lion Rescue.Great place for big cats safari as well as just for relax and enjoy African luxurious.

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  • Uis

    Well, to me the whole of Namibia seems off the beaten path! But the Uis town was one of those places totally devoid of tourists, and literally in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing particular to do here, except that there is a gas station and a supermarket which might come useful to a traveller in the region.The Uis mine used to provide work...

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  • Solitaire

    Maybe Solitaire isn't really off the beaten path, but it sounds as if it should be and more or less looks as if it is. Most people travelling to or from Sossusvlei stop here for a cold drink and maybe something to eat, and to fill up on petrol. We also found it a good place to take photos, especially if you're looking for a change from all that...

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  • swakopmund and walvis bay...cold...

    don't even think to enjoy nice sandy beaches.....too cold all year long:average temperature 16ºC....most of days cloudy , foggy or windy! ONLY along seaside!leaving seaside,after 10 to 15 km,you'll find sunny weather!but,this german city is a very good place to spend a night:nice hotels and good restaurants ...moreover if you appreciate german...

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  • met along namib desert roads ....

    no words....an unique and strange namibian castle....more some rare roadsigns....btw,no traffic jams at all....

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  • D707 and C27:typical namib desert...

    all deserts are different....in namib desert,roads are in good conditions and kilometric average is rather high....with a good map,water and tyres...no problem,even to find petrol!and of course,fantastic and amazing landscapes!

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  • wild horses,in AUS

    where?on main road B4,a few km after aus on way to luderitz,in ther desert.you need,theorically,an official guide to meet them,because they are in a diamond zone,entrance prohibited!people tells the horses were abandoned by german armies in 1915...adapting theirselves to hard conditions

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  • giant playground,near keetmanshoop

    ask for the key at quivertree forest rest camp (see hotels tip) where you have to pay the entrance fees."giant playground" :when leaving restcamp,take left on C17...you'll find it 5km later,on right side of the C17 road.playground is a surprising geological formation...best moment to visit it:when sun goes down...it looks really as if it was...

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  • quiver trees forest,near keetmanshoop

    the quivertree or "kokerboom" is one of the most interesting and characteristic plants of the very hot and dry parts of namibia.In fact,not really a tree,but an aloe plant;botanical name is "aloe dichotoma".dichotoma refers to the forked branches of the plant.Plant,also called "kokerboom" because bushmen and hottentot tribes used the tough,pliable...

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  • Oasis in the desert

    When you travel from Walvis Bay this is the first sight you get of Swakopmund. It looks like a true oasis in the desert. Everywhere else wher you look you only see sand and dunes.

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  • Quiver Tree Forest

    Driving North from Keetmanshoops (~ 25km), you will soon be passing by one of the biggest forest of quiver trees, a type of Aloe that can grow up to 9 m high and become 300 years old.If you find some seceded boughs, try and lift them up... you'll be surprised how light they are!Look at the picture and you know why it's well worth a short detour!

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  • Visit the Ombili School near Tsumeb

    We asked that, during our visit to Namibia, that we be allowed to interact with as many of the locals as is possible. We were invited to visit a school in Tsumeb that has been founded for the children of the displaced San (Bushman) peoples of northern Namibia.The Ombili School was founded in 1989, and is supported largely by the Lions' Club of...

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  • Exhibitionism while bathing, part II

    While we stayed at the swanky Sossusvlei lodge, we had an interesting bathroom situation. The bathrooms, like the rooms, are surrounded by glass on almost all sides. YES, you can see in and out, even into the bathroom. The showers are crystal, too. Very nice. They have small privacy fences erected, and there is a vast plain in front of the hotel...

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  • Hotel Heinitzburg

    We only stayed for one night sadly, as on our return to Windhoek we travelled on to a game farm. But...

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  • Sesriem Rest Camp

    If you want a good campsite at Sossusvlei (Sesriem campsite) you need to book in Windhoek and/or...

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