Insiders View on Namibia

By Grant Oliver

Everything the guide books or tourism websites won’t tell you about the place

One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Namibia

Namibia has the highest concentration of Cheetah (2000-3000) in the World, as well as the highest sand dune (980ft)

What is a must buy when in Namibia

Wood-carvings, diamonds and semi-precious stones (leather shoes are also a great find)

One take-away after a visit to  Namibia

The variety in topography that makes up Namibia’s landscape is breath taking to say the least!

What is your advice to first time travellers?

Do not try to squeeze as many places/destinations in a short space of time, rather enjoy a few places for longer (i.e. do not stay shorter than 3 nights at any destination

One thing to definitely pack when travelling to  Namibia

Sun cream, hat and scorpion-viewer torch

One activity anyone travelling to  Namibia should not miss.

Dune climbing, hot air ballooning & quad biking through the dunes. Also the scenic flights that fly over the Skeleton Coast is a must!

Where should anyone, travelling to Namibia, definitely get their picture taken?

Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park

Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo?

Fish River Canyon and the Namib Desert Dunes

Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?

Sunrise from the top of a dune, and Sunset sitting on the beach as the sun sets over the Atlantic ocean (with a gin & tonic in hand)

Most romantic place to take a special someone to?

Request a private dinner when staying in Sossusvlei, either on a dune or in a fairy circle surrounded by lanterns

Best place to have local food?

The Tug Restaurant on the beach in Swakopmund has amazing food and is very popular amongst the locals! We also highly recommend Joe’s Beer house in Windhoek.

Your favourite local dish and drink that you would recommend.

Namibia is well known for its locally brewed beers. On the food front, we recommend trying the German dishes, potjie-kos (stew made in cast-iron pot) as well as locally grown Calamata Olives and Oysters!

One place only the locals would know?

Gaia is a natural spring in Damaraland. Nearby there is also a petrified forest to be seen. Very view guides know about these natural occurrence.

The best pub and best place to catch up for a drink..

Tiger Reef Beach Bar in Swakopmund

A local festival you feel more travellers should come and see?

Octoberfest (Beer fest) and WIKA (Windhoek Carnival) both held in Windhoek

The things guide books will not tell anyone about Namibia?

Lions, Brown Hyena and Jackal can sometimes be seen strolling along the beaches of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. If you are up for a challenge, go in search of the desert-dwelling Elephants in the North-West of Namibia!

Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to  Namibia what would that reason be?

November – February is very hot in Namibia. These months also receive rain which means wildlife in areas such as Etosha scatter.

In one sentence,  Namibia will not fail to impress with its magical desert landscape paired with great culture.

Grant Oliver is the Botswana Expeditions and Under Canvas General Manager with &Beyond. In the past, Grant has played provincial Rugby in South Africa and Italy and is well known for his adventurous nature.

Check out our latest package on  The Overlanding in Namibia.

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