Adventure and Activities

Namibia’s vast landscape provides the perfect platform for a range of activities from the extreme to the relaxing including water sports, sand skiing, golf, diving and hiking to name just a few.

Safari Jeep

Ballooning adding an exhilarating dimension to a visit to the Namib Desert is a trip in a hot-air balloon.

Skydiving for those individuals who enjoy nature best by taking their lives into their hands and having adrenaline pumping through their veins, skydiving over land and sea is the answer.

Paragliding enthusiasts occasionally undertake powered paragliding excursions along Namibia’s stunning coastline.

Dune Adventures Namibia is one of the best places in the world to enjoy sand skiing; the best venue for sand skiing is the 30 km coastal dune belt between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Abseiling is one of the most spectacular rock sports. Once you have overcome the fear of stepping backwards into the void, it is a surprisingly fun experience!

Mountaineering and rock climbing Spitzkoppe - This vast granite dome rises about 1 000 m above the desert plains between Windhoek and Swakopmund. Also referred to as ‘Namibia's Matterhorn’, the Spitzkoppe with its almost perpendicular slopes is one of the great mountaineering opportunities in Africa.

Brandberg is a sought-after area for both mountaineers and backpackers. Due to the extremely rugged terrain and limited water, excursions should only be undertaken by experienced and fit backpackers.

Horse riding, Namibia has the perfect conditions for horse riding with routes crossing mountains, bush and wooded areas to desert plains and dunes. In and around Windhoek there are also several stables in the capital that offer bush rides into the surrounding mountains.

Activities

Hiking

Owing to high summer temperatures, tough terrain, and scarcity of water hiking in Namibia requires careful planning and preparation. Hiking is not advisable in the summer months when temperatures often exceed 40-C. Fish River Canyon is by far the most popular hike in Namibia, and one of Southern Africa's top five, the route takes hikers through an ancient landscape. The Namib-Naukluft Hiking Trail traverses the rugged Naukluft Mountains. Hikers have several options ranging from a tough 120 km long circular route over eight days to a less strenuous 60 km circular four-day trail demanding a high degree of fitness. Ugab River Hiking Trail In the south of the Skeleton Coast Park hikers follow the course of the Ugab River on this 50 km long three-day route, and explore the fascinating granite rocks on the windswept plains adjoining the river. The Feral Horse Hiking Trail a 28 km route on a farm bordering the Sperrgebiet provides hikers with viewpoints along the trail overlooking the seemingly endless Namib plains, home to the famed wild horses of the Namib. Dassie Trails The Dassie trails network meanders through granite outcrops, secluded little valleys and the undulating plateau. Along the 50 km self-guided trail hikers are rewarded with far-reaching views over the Namib plains and the Gamsberg. Sweet Thorn Hiking Trail Situated in the Daan Viljoen Park, 24km west of Windhoek, this is a 34 km self-guided trail navigating the undulating hills of the Khomas Hochland. Tok Tokkie Trails This is a 17 km guided trail, alternating between the gravel plains, sand dunes and inselbergs of the Namibrand Nature Reserve. Waterberg Hiking Trail The Waterberg trail is a self-guided 50 km trail with the possibility of an unforgettable face-to-face encounter with a black rhino or a buffalo. Waterberg Wilderness Trail On this trail, hikers will gain a valuable insight into the complex and fragile nature of the environment, with the added attraction of stalking game on foot. Hardap Trail Visitors to the Hardap Resort can explore the game park on foot by following the Hardap Trail, with 15 km and 9 km options.

Birding and Golf

Namibia is home to over 630 bird species. While the majority of these occur in the water-rich north-eastern regions of Kavango and Caprivi, a considerable number are found in the desert, such as Dune lark and Hartlaub's francolin. Birding at the coast, especially at Walvis Bay Lagoon, is a particularly rewarding experience. Stargazing Namibia's climate, altitude, minor light and air pollution offers stargazers sights of the southern as well as the northern hemisphere missing only a few degrees around the celestial north pole. The Hess Telescope is situated 100 km west of Windhoek, an area well known for its excellent optical quality. Golf Windhoek The Windhoek Country club on the outskirts of Windhoek offers a fantastic18-hole golf course for enthusiasts and amateurs alike. Henties bay Besides being visited by anglers from all over Southern Africa; Henties Bay is also frequented for its unusual nine-hole golf course with its well-tended greens and fairways of virgin desert. Swakopmund Rossmund is a grass golf course at the edge of the Namib Desert, some ten miles from the coastal town of Swakopmund, where golfers are invariably greeted by a herd of springbok quietly grazing on a fairway, or by a gaggle of Egyptian geese.

Fishing and Water Sports

Water Sports White-river rafting has taken off in a big way on the Kunene River. An irresistible attraction of the Kunene is the Epupa Falls with its scenic surroundings and interesting vegetation and bird life. Canoeing safaris are offered on the Orange River, departing from Noordoewer or Aussenkehr and ending at Aussenkehr or the mouth of Fish River. Coastal Angling Aspects that make angling from the beach especially enjoyable is the peaceful desert environment and uncrowded beaches. Freshwater angling in central Namibia’s dams offers several options for those wishing to try their hand at freshwater angling. Fly-Fisherman’s paradise The far-eastern tip of Caprivi, at the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, is regarded as a fly-fisherman’s heaven, second to none! Scuba diving Namibias coast presents a daunting challenge, as sea temperatures vary from 9-C to 17-C and visibility is often as little as half a metre to no more than three metres. Dragon#039;s Breath The largest known subterranean lake in the world is in the cave referred to as Dragon's Breath on the Harasib farm, diving here requires valid cave-diving qualifications. Lake Otjikoto Situated 24km northwest of the town of Tsumeb is Lake Otjikoto which is 76m deep. Qualified divers can explore an incredible underwater museum of armament and weaponry from the First World War. Harasib Cave and Lake Close to the Dragon's Breath is the Harasib Cave and Lake, entered via an opening on top of the Ghaub Mountain. A special feature of this lake is the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.

4x4

The Dorsland Trek 4x4 route Stretching from the Marico Region of the western Transvaal and ending in Humpata in Angola, is an adventurous 2 000-km self-guided 4x4 route following the tracks of the epic 1878 Dorsland Trek from South Africa through Namibia to Angola. Kalahari-Namib Eco 4x4 route The Kalahari-Namib Eco 4x4 Route is an action-packed adventure through a vast landscape which ranges from the ancient red dunes of the Kalahari to the oldest desert in the world, the Namib. Uri Desert Run Follow a desert-to-desert circular route, which starts and ends in Keetmanshoop exploring terrain from the Kalahari across Namibia's south to the Namib Desert. The Isabis 4x4 Trail, part of the Gamsberg Trails, runs through the 40 000 ha catchment area of the Gaub River, a tributary of the Kuiseb, where plenty of game is seen throughout the year. Saddle Hill A 430km guided Trail, with a spectacular terrain varying from gravel plains to dunes. Highlights include a visit to the wreck of the Otavi and the remains of the Arcona, a shipwrecked vessel that ran aground with a clandestine cargo of ammunition. Topnaar 4 x 4 Trail This is a guided tour between Windhoek and Walvis Bay. A highlight of the Conception Bay route (725km) is the wreck of the Eduard Bohlen, while the shorter Sandwich Harbour route (542km) offers a bird's eye view from the dunes over the lagoon.