Desert Experiences from Windhoek
Home to the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, as well as a significant portion of the Kalahari, Namibia offers travelers unique opportunities to explore otherworldly landscapes. From hot-air ballooning to wildlife watching, here are our top ways to experience the desert from the capital.
Thrill seekers can rumble across the expansive terrain with ease in a 4WD off-road vehicle, and enjoy panoramic views of the almost alien landscape on an intimate tour of desert dunes and canyons.
Hot-Air Ballooning and Scenic Flights
Take to the air for a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking terrain. You’ll get a unique glimpse of scenery that is inaccessible by land, as well as an appreciation of the desert’s vast scale.
Evolved to thrive in arid environments, camels are a symbol of nomadic culture across Africa and beyond. Experience traditional desert life on a camel ride across the Namibian sands.
Hiking and Wildlife Watching
Climb Sossusvlei’s iconic red dunes on an active sightseeing excursion, or set off in search of native desert flora and fauna. The Namib’s Atlantic coastline also offers surreal opportunities to observe sea life thriving beside the arid desert.
For a truly immersive experience, spend a few nights camping under the stars. You’ll enjoy memorable views of the sunset and sunrise over the ancient sands. Take advantage of tours that include camping along with other outdoor activities for a comprehensive desert experience.