Namibia adventure itinerary: From hiking the Fish River Canyon to skydiving over Swakop

2020-02-11 11:45 - Marisa Crous
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Pack up the 4x4 and drive into the dreamy Namib desert for at least three weeks. Any less, and you'll just be disappointed. With so much to see and experience, building your itinerary around adventure activities is the ideal way to see this country made of dunes. 

Take a hike in the Fish River Canyon – 5 days

The world’s second biggest canyon, it is well worth a walk. Though it must be noted that this is no walk in the park.

The 5-day Hobas to Ai-Ais hike, which is open from 1st May – 15th September, is a must do for every adventurer. Prepping ahead of time is crucial as it’s strenuous, but utterly and completely awe-inspiring.

The heat pounds down on you throughout, but luckily the beauty of this place washes over you like a cool, cascading waterfall.  

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Chase wild horses in Aus – 2-3 days

Not literally, though.

Stargaze at night and go searching for wild Namib Desert Horses, known as Garub, that roam in this area by day. The best place to find them is at the Garub waterhole on the B4 between Aus and Luderitz. They are wild, but look very much like regular horses, so don't expect unicorns...

Visit during July and August for the best flowers as this is when they are all in full, desert bloom. Stay in the Klein Aus Vista, a farm surrounded by the epic Aus Mountains.

Go dune-hopping in the Namib Naukluft National Park – 3 days

Go dashing from dune to dune in the very heart of the desert to spike that heart-rate! Then so sunset on Elim Dune and sunrise on Dune 45. Be sure to take some sundowners or coffee with as sitting atop these sandy peaks is time very well spent. Climbing to the top will make you break a sweat, yet once you’re up there, it’ll be so worth it.

After getting your fix of dune climbing, dashing and views that seem to stretch on endlessly, go check out more dunes in Deadvlei.

This salt pan-filled vista offers you the sight of 900-year-old dead camel thorn trees and the biggest dune of them all, the Big Daddy. Yes, that’s right – you’re going to climb the tallest sand dune in Sossusvlei. The whole 800m of it!

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Skydive over Swakop – day activity

This might just be one of the best places on earth to do a bit of skydiving. Face your fears and go for the plunge as you’ll be granted the opportunity to soar high above while overlooking the sand dunes and the Atlantic Ocean all at once.

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Rock climb in Damaraland – 2-3 days

Known for its incredible rock formations, you must visit Spitzkoppe in the south. This remote location is popular with campers who love to sleep under the quiet stars.

Then head north where you’ll find Brandberg, known as the ‘Fire Mountain’. This is the tallest mountain in Namibia which attracts climbers from all over the world.


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