From the Kalahari desert to the Okonjima Nature Reserve: a 10-day itinerary in Namibia with some advice on what to see and eat.
Are you thinking of leaving forAfrica? Namibia is a destination not to be missed if you want to experience an unusual and at the same time unforgettable trip. From the Etosha National Park to the Kalahari Desert to the Sossusvlei dunes: there is no shortage of spectacular points of interest in this nation in the south of the black continent. To guide you in planning your trip, in this article we describe an itinerary in detailNamibiaof 10 days, with some information on what to see and what to eat.
Itinerary in Namibia: what to see in 10 days
Tra deserti e parchi naturali, la Namibia è un Paese africano ricco di meraviglie e bellezze. Per esplorare tutte le sue attrazioni in sicurezza, vi consigliamo di affidarvi a specialisti, vivere un’esperienza come il fly&drive o partecipare a un tour organizzato. Se vi state chiedendo se sia difficile guidare ed orientarsi in Namibia, la risposta è no. Questo Paese ha poche strade e tutte estremamente dritte, motivo per cui è difficile perdersi (a meno che non si decida di abbandonare il sentiero tracciato). In questo articolo vi lasciamo tutte le informazioni utili per organizzare un itinerario in Namibia di 10 giorni, tappa per tappa e con i consigli su cosa vedere e cosa mangiare!
Day 1: Kalahari Desert
Dopo essere atterrati all’aeroporto di Windhoek, capitale della Namibia, partite per il deserto del Kalahari, a circa tre ore di distanza in auto. Un aperitivo immersi nel rosso delle dune che si mischia ai colori del tramonto è un’esperienza imperdibile e soprattutto molto rilassante. Inoltre, in questo deserto avrete modo di vedere animali come zebre, struzzi e se siete fortunati anche leoni.
Day 2: Namib Desert
On the second day of this "self drive" itinerary in Nambia you can leave for the Namib desert, the oldest in the world. It extends for 400 km from south to north and is washed by the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The landscapes in this region of the country are incredible: mountains, rocks and yellow or red sand alternate. As a base for sleeping, you could opt for Sesriem.
Day 3: Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
Around Sesriem there are two attractions not to be missed: Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. In Sossusvlei the warm colors of the sand dunes contrast with the blue sky, so much so that it seems like being in a fantasy film. Deadvlei, or "the dead lake", has white sandy soil with tree trunks: it is a place full of charm as well as one of the most instagrammed places in the country (the true symbol of almost all the postcards of Namibia and in top of the list of things to see). In addition to seeing "Big Papa", the highest dune in the area, we advise you to stop and look for the well-known fossil plant Welwitschia mirabilis.
Day 4: Swakopmund and Walvis Bay
On the fourth day of this self-drive itinerary in Namibia you will leave Sesriem behind and travel along the "Welwitschia Drive", inside the Namib Naukluft Park. After five hours of travel, you will arrive atSwakopmund, a charming town overlooking the ocean, near the mouth of the Swakop River.
Among the things to see in the area around Swakopmund in Namibia, we recommend the Walvis Bay area with its salt marshes rich in animal and plant species. For example, with the excursion to Sandwich Harbour, 56 km south of Walvis Bay, you can admire pink flamingos, pelicans and fur seals. If you love outdoor sports, you will be comfortable knowing that this is the perfect place for boating, surfing or parachute jumping.
Day 5: Cape Cross
Your 10-day itinerary in Namibia can continue with the exploration of the Damaraland region, full of attractions and things to see. Starting from Walvis Bay and passing through the Skeleton Coast, known as the "skeleton coast" due to its inhospitable appearance, you will arrive at Cape Cross. In this location there is a large colony of seals.
Day 6: Twyfelfountain
On the sixth day you can go to Twyfelfountain to admire the paintings and rock carvings made by the San and the geological formations at Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes, also in the top ten things to see in Namibia.
Day 7 and 8: Etosha National Park
After admiring the historical and artistic testimonies of the Huab Valley, you can leave for Etosha National Park, a well-known base for safaris. In this park you can stay for two nights, so as to be able to admire the wild animals that populate it: lions, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, wildebeests, kudus, elephants and zebras.
Day 9: Okonjima Nature Reserve
The next day you can go to the Okonjima Nature Reserve where big cats, such as cheetahs and leopards, are cared for. In the evening you can finally set off for the capital Windhoek.
Day 10: Windhoek
The last day of your 10-day Namibia itinerary should be dedicated to visiting Windhoek. Among the things absolutely to see in the capital of Namibia, the three castles and the German colonialist-style Lutheran church stand out. If you want to go shopping or buy some African souvenirs, you can't miss a stop in the boutiques in the centre.
10-day itinerary in Namibia: what to eat
Africa is a continent rich in very particular flavors and tastes, very far from our Western culinary habits. As in the other central countries, in Namibia too there is no shortage of gastronomic specialties to taste and now we will see what things are absolutely worth eating!
If you are not a vegetarian, we recommend the Potjie Kos (a preparation of chicken or lamb slow cooked with vegetables in a large outdoor pot) and the Braaivleis (a grilled meat with a very strong and decisive flavour). For the bravest, it is worth trying the Mopane worms: a specialty based on fried worms and caterpillars typical of the Owambo ethnic community.
Among the other things to eat in Namibia, some typical products of certain regions stand out: in the coastal area you can find Luderitz oysters, while north of Okahandja the Kalahari truffle and, near Otjiwarongo, a wide range of cheeses.
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