With rolling fiery dunes and opportunity for adventure and romance around each corner, Namibia is a bucket list destination full of beautiful and remote spaces. Here are some of our favourite things to do in this mystical place, each one perfect for celebrating a special occasion…
1. Wonderful wildlife
Home to both the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, as well as Africa’s second largest desert, the Kalahari, Namibia is a unique environment in Southern Africa. Vast landscapes boast the highest sand dunes in the world, many of them coloured vivid pink and orange, while a diverse range of wildlife wanders the plains – cheetah, zebra, springbok, ostrich, giraffe, elephant, the endangered African wild dog and the country’s national animal, the native oryx. Prepare to explore surreal scenes such as the dunes of the Southern Namib meeting the Atlantic Ocean in a dramatic, misty sweep.
2. Adventure activities
Taking advantage of these truly unique landscapes is easy with so many exciting options available to explore. Take a romantic scenic flight near the Skeleton Coast where the desert meets the ocean, go quad biking over the dunes or take a back seat in a jeep that ramps down the face of a dune and jump starts your adrenaline. Enjoy star gazing with your loved one by night or a romantic dinner for two as the sun sets over the burnt orange dunes. Whichever activity you choose to celebrate with, it’s bound to be unforgettable.
3. Lodges to suit every budget
From safari tents, luxury guesthouses and desert eco camps surrounded by the Tsaris Mountains to private air-conditioned chalets and bush stays in Etosha, there is something for every type of traveller in Namibia. Maybe you’re longing to get in tune with nature or you’re on your honeymoon seeking exclusivity and seclusion. Namibia offers it all in some of the most unique locations on earth.
4. Diverse landscapes
From the bustle of the city of Windhoek to the cascading cliffs flanking the Fish River Canyon, all the way to the Sossusvlei dunes and the white desert of Etosha Pan, your wanderlust will be sated in this diverse country. Wildlife enthusiasts can go game viewing at one of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations, Etosha National Park. If you’re a thrillseeker, you can climb on a sandboard and slide or sand buggy your way through the dunes. Traipse through the forgotten ghost town of Kolmanskop and explore the moon-like landscape. Venture into Kaokoland in the Northern West, a region so remote and untouched that the silence is complete.
5. Desert dunes
Whether you’re going on honeymoon or celebrating a big anniversary or special occasion, Namibia will draw you in with its alluring dunes, truly remote places and the spectacular light that shades the dunes and mountains in different hues throughout the day. Get whisked away on a private charter flying safari, dine beneath the stars in the middle of nowhere with sand beneath your feet and candlelight to illuminate the night. There’s nothing quite like secluded dunes and exclusive lodging to mark a special occasion and make memories for years to come.
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