Situated in southern Africa, Namibia is known for surreal natural landscapes and phenomenal flora and fauna. Visitors from around the world travel to Namibia to experience the otherworldly red clay sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the variety of vegetation in the Kalahari Desert, and various other unique landscapes that span the country.
With only 2.6 people per square kilometer, Namibia is a haven for wildlife who thrive in the isolated terrain. Black rhinos, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, elephants, and other large mammals roam freely in the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert, as well as in other wildlife preserves around the country.
Namibia is also known for its cultural diversity with nine recognized languages and a variety of ethnic groups. Windhoek, the capital and largest city, features museums, a university, and craft markets aplenty. The town has a thriving nightlife, and wine bars, breweries, and eateries make Windhoek a great destination for foodies.
Now that you’re thoroughly inspired to visit the country, here are some geocache suggestions to introduce you to the natural beauty of Namibia:
Ghosts of Time
The iconic Sossusvlei sand dunes are the setting for this Traditional Cache—the most favorited cache in all of Namibia. To earn this smiley, you’ll need to travel by car to the desert’s edge, grab a 4×4 or shuttle to the center of the desert, and then hike about 1km to the cache. Your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views of some of the highest sand dunes in the world and access to the Camel Thorn Trees that emerge from the parched soil. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, hike to the top of Big Daddy, the highest dune in the Sossusvlei area.
Trees of Africa – Roof of Etosha
In the north of Namibia lies the Etosha Pan, a 120-kilometer (75-mile) long dry lakebed coated with salt from regular rainfall. Although the pan is typically dry, heavy rains create waterholes that attract great varieties of wildlife who congregate in herds around the water. Zebras, wildebeests, rhinoceroses, lions, and other large mammals can regularly be seen at the Etosha Pan, which is so large that it can be seen from space. This cache is located on a hill, providing a prime viewing spot of a waterhole below.
Fish River Canyon, Namibia
This EarthCache will introduce you to Fish River Canyon. At a length of 160 km (100 miles) and a depth of 550 meters (1800 feet) in some places, the canyon is the largest in Africa. Study up on Namibian geology, head to the southern end of the country to visit the canyon firsthand, and then send in your answers to log the cache.
Fun fact: Six of the seven most favorited geocaches in Namibia are EarthCaches!
We announced five new Geocaching country souvenirs on Monday, December 4th. If you’ve already found a geocache in any of these countries, you’ll automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Check out all of the geocaching souvenirs here.