Image to the left of a game drive in Etosha at Ongava Tented Camp. Photograph by Caroline Culbert

When you first catch a glimpse of remote Namibia from your airplane window, you might think you’re about to land on Mars. Much of Namibia is comprised of semi-desert terrain, which is not only breathtaking for avid photographers to capture on camera, but it’s also the perfect playground for adventurists.

From the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the fascinating Himba people of the haunting Skeleton Coast, to the exotic wildlife of Etosha National Park and the wetlands of the Caprivi Strip, Namibia is famed as one of earth’s most mysterious and riveting destinations. But more than that, it’s where adventurists go to get some adrenaline shooting through their veins.

Choose your adventure intensity level below to find the best adventure Namibia tours that are suitable for your particular preferences:  

For the modest adventurist

Game Viewing Safari: For an exhilarating look at some of Africa’s most riveting animals, insects, and reptiles, visit Etosha National Park in northern Namibia for an exciting game drive safari tour. Here, adventurists witness a spectacular assortment of large mammals, such as lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, zebra, and springbok, as well as the remarkable black rhino. Some smaller species found in Etosha include jackal, bat-eared fox, honey badger, and warthog.

Sossusvlei is another exceptional region that is ideal for Namibia safari tours. Thanks to its unbelievably stunning landscapes of rolling red dunes and valleys, Sossusvlei provides the perfect setting for game drives and walking Namibia safari tours. As you journey along this unbelievable geographic phenomenon, you’ll be presented with one of the most astonishing natural places on earth to show off your photography and videography skills. You’re also likely to observe desert-adapted creatures such as the ostrich, spotted and brown hyena, bat-eared fox, and porcupine, as well as exotic insects and reptiles.

Ballooning: One of the best places to go ballooning in Namibia is in Sossusvlei. This region is one of Namibia’s most stunning and is celebrated by famous photographers for its dramatic red sand dunes and color contrasts. As you sore above the vast landscape—which truly is breathtaking in every sense of the word—you’ll feel a rush of excitement as well as a sense of peace as you drift above the sprawling dunes. This is the perfect opportunity to take photographs—award winning ones!

Image below of hot air ballooning over Sossusvlei at Kulala Desert Lodge. Photograph by Gavin Lautenbach


Quad Biking: Also known as four-wheeling, quad biking is a brilliant way to see the vibrant landscape of Namibia while having a little fun! Namibia quad biking tours are the best in Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Hartmann Valley.

Image below of quad biking at Serra Cafema in Hartmann Valley. Photograph by Dana Allen


For the adventurist who likes to dabble in pushing the envelope

Kitesurfing: Want to try your hand at the artful sport of kitesurfing? It’s an exhilarating experience where your feet are on a surfboard and you wear a harness with a kite attached to it. The wind moves through the kite and can propel you at thrilling speeds across the water! The best places to go kitesurfing are in Walvis Bay and Luderitz. There is even a kitesurfing school in Luderitz, so even if you’re a beginner, you can try your hand at this exciting sport with some guidance!

Sandboarding: Love recreational activities in the snow? Then you’ll fall in love with sandboarding! With some of the tallest sand dunes in the world, Namibia offers adventurists the opportunity to feel the rush of high speed as they catapult themselves down these towering giants. Weather you want to lay on your stomach and luge down the slope on a traditional Swakopmund sandboard or would rather stand up on a device similar to a snowboard and carve your way down the dune, the choice is up to you!

Horseback Riding: Whether you’re looking to embark on a four-day horseback riding safari to explore the riches of Namibia’s riveting landscapes and biodiversity, or simply wish to enjoy a day tour on horseback, there are a variety of horseback riding safari options for travelers on a trip to Namibia.

For the adventurist who is looking to get crazy

Skydiving: Does the thought of jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet and freefalling for 45 seconds get your heart racing with excitement? Then, a Namibia sky diving tour is just what you need to satisfy that craving for insane adventure!

During these skydiving tours, you’ll embark on a beautiful, scenic flight about Swakopmund, Namibia, and enjoy the beautiful sights for 25 minutes as the plane reaches its jumping altitude. You’ll then be strapped to your guide (it is called tandem skydiving when you are attached to a guide) before stepping to the edge of the aircraft and jumping out to experience the adventure of a lifetime!

Paragliding: Soar high above the vast, rolling desert of Sossusvlei on a guided paragliding tour and soak in the beauty of Namibia with nothing but the revitalizing sound of the wind in your ears. Paragliding is definitely for the adrenaline seekers, but it also can be highly tranquil!

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  • Though both spotted and brown Hyena are found in the Sossusvlei area, any visitor to the region is highly unlikely to see them. I have never seen porcupine right down at Sossusvlei either, though in the east (near Sesriem) they are common.

    Spotted Hyena have largely been wiped out in the area. Brown Hyena are just such extremely shy animals that they are seldom seen at all. These days you actually have a better chance of seeing cheetah in the area than any hyena.

    That said, the animals that are the true wonders of the area are things like springbok and oryx.

    • Thanks for sharing your insight, Vernon. And yes, hyena are not largely populating the area; however, I have seen the spotted hyena several times at Wilderness Safaris’ Kulala Desert Lodge so I am certain they exist there! 🙂

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