The Top 10 Sights of Namibia

Travel to Namibia completely without tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 attractions of Namibia! What are the highlights and attractions you can't miss when vacationing in Namibia?

Namibia is the ideal country for Africa beginners. Completely safe, the impressive steppes of Namibia can be explored with your own car. The winding paths lead through green valleys, impressive gorges, petrified forests, the foothills of the Kalahari and the largest dunes in the world.


Etosha National Park

Zebras in Etosha National Park, the country's largest and most famous national park in the northwestern region of Kunen, Namibia - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

Etosha National Park is the most famous national park in Namibia. It offers a protected habitat for hundreds of different animal species, which guarantee unforgettable safari experiences. Around the gigantic Etosha salt pan live over 100 different species of mammals and reptiles as well as about 350 species of birds.

All of Africa's "Big Five" are represented in Etosha National Park except for the buffalo. On guided tours and at illuminated waterholes of Etosha National Park you can also discover the nocturnal inhabitants of the African steppe.

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Fish River Canyon

View into the Fish River Canyon in the south of Namibia - with a length of 160km and up to 27km width it is the second largest canyon in the world - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
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The spectacular Fish River Canyon lies on the river of the same name and is the largest gorge in Africa. Worldwide, it is only surpassed by the Grand Canyon in the USA. It is located in the Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfontier Park on the border with South Africa and can be hiked through on guided tours. Numerous viewpoints along its rims offer breathtaking views into the over 500m deep Fish River Canyon.

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Namib-Naukluft National Park

The landscape in the Namib-Naukluft National Park is extremely diverse and impresses the visitor again and again, Namibia - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
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The Namib Naukluft National Park covers about two thirds of the area of Austria and impresses not only with its exotic wildlife. The Namib, the oldest desert in the world, is also home to the highest sand dunes in the world. The so-called Sossusvlei is located very close to the tourist center Sesriem and also the imposing Sesriem Canyon is easily accessible right next to the park entrance.

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One of the more than 2,500 rock paintings at Twyfelfontein - mostly depicting hunting scenes with people using bows and arrows to hunt, Namibia - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

The historic site of Twyfelfontein has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The reason for this are the numerous rock drawings at the "source of doubt". The approximately 2,500 images of symbols, animals and people date back to the Stone Age and are among the oldest rock drawings in Africa.

Nearby, the bizarre "Burnt Mountain" and the basalt "Organ Pipes", which look like man-made, are two more testimonies of times long past, but not created by humans.

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Petrified forest

Witnesses of a bygone era in the petrified forest in Namibia - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
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The petrified forest of Namibia is also very close to the petroglyphs of Twyfelfontein. Almost unique in the world, this impressive relic from the dinosaur age can be found near Khorixas in northwestern Namibia. The giant trees in the petrified forest are up to 30m long and up to 300 million years old, but still look as if they had just fallen over. With the gigantic Welwitschia mirabilis, a living fossil can also still be found among the petrified trees.


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Skeleton Coast

Like rotten teeth, the remains of the wrecked ships rise from the sands of the Skeleton Coast in Namibia - © Valdecasas / Shutterstock
© Valdecasas / Shutterstock

The uninviting-sounding Skeleton Coast actually gets its name from the numerous skeletons that are slowly swallowed up by the sand between the sea and the desert. The lonely landscape and its hidden wildlife can be explored by four-wheel drive vehicle or on fly-in safaris by helicopter.

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In the ghost town of Kolmanskop in southern Namibia, magnificent mansions were once built on the German model, here the mine manager's house - © Reinhard Tiburzy / Shutterstock
© Reinhard Tiburzy / Shutterstock

In the south of Namibia lies probably one of the most extraordinary sights in the world. The settlement of Kolmanskop was built at a diamond mine that brought great wealth to its inhabitants. Since the mine dried up and the settlement was abandoned, nature is reclaiming its buildings - from the magnificent villa to the hospital.

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Walvis Bay

A seal colony in Walvis Bay, Namibia - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
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Especially hobby ornithologists are right in the idyllic Walvis Bay. In winter, hundreds of thousands of migratory birds gather here after their long journey from Europe. Dolphins and seals can also be seen here. By the way, the approach to the dreamlike bay is one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Namibia.


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Castle Duwisib on the Maltahöhe

The whimsical Duwisib Castle is located in the south of Namibia and is probably the most unusual sight in the entire country - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

As a medieval castle, Duwisib Castle seems somewhat out of place in the African steppe. Perhaps that is why it is one of the most visited sights in Namibia and is now considered a national monument. Built by a German colonial master, it now serves as a museum that tells the tragic story of its owners and is considered the possible origin of the mysterious desert horses of the Namib.

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Plateau Mountains and Finger Cliff in Ugab Valley

In addition to the blocky plateau mountains, the prehistoric Ugab Valley in northern Namibia is also home to the famous Finger Cliff - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

Between Khorixas and Otujo, the stone plateau mountains grow out of the flat and sparsely vegetated Damaraland like huge building blocks. The most striking among them is the 35-meter-high Vingerklip, which protrudes from the rectangular terraced mountains like a raised index finger.

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