Four Adventures in the South of Namibia


The south of Namibia is a rugged and exquisitely beautiful part of the country. It is vast, under-populated and yet incredibly diverse. As such there are a lot of adventures to be had in the Land of the Brave's southern region. We have picked four popular attractions and given you all the information you need to start planning your next trip...


1. Exploring Pomona and the Bogenfels

What it is

This tour, exclusively operated by Luderitz tour operators Coastways, takes travellers on an amazing journey through some of the south of Namibia’s most isolated and beautifully vast landscapes. The entire tour takes place in the “Sperrgebiet” (“forbidden zone”).

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You need Coastways to enter the Sperrgebiet.
The area is totally off-limits to the general public.


It was in this area that a large part of Namibia’s diamond mining was conducted more than fifty years ago. Today the region is almost completely deserted. The only remnants of the area’s diamond heydays are the abandoned settlements of the once bustling town of Pomona.

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An abandoned loading bay at the train station just outside the site of Pomona.


You may have heard of Namibia’s most well known ghost town Kolmanskop (which is nearby), but it is likely you have not heard of Pomona. This ghost town is absolutely stunning for pictures as the only people who will be with you on this tour will be whomever else is part of the small once-a-day tour group.

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Some ruins of the abandoned mining town.


After visiting the abandoned towns and satellite settlements of Pomona, your Coastways tour will take you to one of the greatest geological wonders in Namibia: The Bogenfels Arch. Extending from the land to the sea the Bogenfels stands at an impressive 60 metres at its highest point. With waves crashing at on end of the arch, while the other side slopes into the desolate Sperrgebiet, it is truly an impressive sight to behold. 

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The mighty rock arch that is the Bogenfels.


This tour is a must for anyone interested in history, photography and getting off the beaten path. Not only will you be given a unique historical insight into Namibia on this tour but you will also be able to spend some time in one of the most abandoned places on earth, far away from the crowds of tourists and bustle of the city.

To read a first-hand account of this adventure read our blog on the tour through the Sperrgebiet.

Where to stay

There is really only one realistic accommodation option if you want to do this tour and that is Luderitz. Coastways operates out of the small town and the tour is a full day so you will be spending the night in Luderitz.

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Luderitz, one of the friendliest places you are likely to visit.


The Nest Hotel in Luderitz has a good relationship with Coastways and they will be able to book you a tour if you ask at reception. To find out more click here to go to the Nest Hotel's website.

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The Nest Hotel.

There are several other places to stay in Luderitz as well, here’s a list of the various options available to travellers:

Bayview Hotel: Tel: +264-63-202-288
, bayview@namibnet.com

Kapps Hotel
: Tel: +264-63-202-345
, pmk@mweb.com.na

Kratzplatz B&B
: Tel: +264-63-202-458

Haus Sandrose
: Tel: +264-63-202-630

Hansa Haus Self Catering
: Tel: +264-63-203-581

Obelix Village B&B
: Tel: +264-63-203-456

Island Cottage Self Catering
: Tel: +264-81-292-298

 

2. Finding the wild horses of Namibia

What it is

Namibia’s southern region is home to one of the few feral populations of wild horses in the world. Near the small town of Aus these majestic animals roam freely along with ostriches, gemsbok and whatever other migrating herds of animals traverse through the region.

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A herd of wild horses on the move.
(Photo by Cheryl Korff, via Panoramio)

 

It is widely believed that the current horse herds are a result of animals having escaped from the German military during World War I. These horses then interbred with other abandoned horses from nearby stud farms that used to operate in the area. If you are interested in a more thorough history of these animal you can read it here

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The horses have had to adapt to their harsh envrionment.


The great thing about these animals is they offer wonderful photo opportunities for photographers as you have a chance to take some quite surreal snaps of these usually domesticated animals living in the wild.

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Two horses in full flight.
(Image courtesy of Vincent Grafhorst)

 

There is an observation point from which you can watch the horses. It is a shelter that has been constructed so that visitors can sit on benches and under shade while they watch the horses and various other game interact at the nearby watering hole.

 

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An unusual gathering of horses, ostriches and Oryx is common place at this watering hole.


Where to stay

The best place to stay if you want to spend an afternoon with the feral horses is in the village of Aus. Aus has several accommodation options that can account for everybody’s needs.

Klein Aus Vista is a collection of different accommodations that range in price and size. Check out their website here to make a booking.

The Banhof Hotel is also a good bet if you want to stay in the charming little village. Visit their website by clicking here.

 

3. Kitesurfing in Luderitz

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This is Kitesurfing.
(photo courtesy of Geesche Neuberg)


What it is

Luderitz is undeniably one of the best places on earth to do Kitesurfing. This is not an exaggeration as every year the best kitesurfers flock to this tiny coastal town to get in on the action at the Luderitz Speed Challenge (read more about this event here).

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Kitesufer at the Luderitz Speed Challenge.
(photo via KitesportsKitesurfaris)


Of course the Speed Challenge only last a few days every year but that is not when the kitesurfing ends. Element Riders, who operate out of both Luderitz and Swakopmund, offer a variety of options to visitors who want to get on a board.

Element Riders can provide you with all the equipment you will need to cruise atop the Atlantic waves just off the shore of Namibia. They offer lessons and local advice for people who have never gone kitesurfing before and for those who are more experienced and are in search of the perfect conditions.

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Element Riders have a large variety of equipment.
From small scale kites to the big ones pictured above.


The weather in Luderitz is remarkably consistent and there is almost always a good strong wind blowing to make sure your kite stays up in the air. The swell rarely becomes dangerous and remains consistent; it is these factors that make Luderitz a must-visit for kitesurfers.

Where to stay

The great thing about kitesurfing with Element Riders is that they have their own backpackers that you can stay at. Check out their website here for more info on their accommodations.

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Element Rideris is also centrally located in Luderitz, making it easy to find.


For those of you looking to stay in a hotel The Nest Hotel (mentioned above) comes highly recommended, you can book a room here.

Here, once again, is the list of guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and backpackers in Luderitz:

Bayview Hotel: Tel: +264-63-202-288
, bayview@namibnet.com

Kapps Hotel
: Tel: +264-63-202-345
, pmk@mweb.com.na

Kratzplatz B&B
: Tel: +264-63-202-458

Haus Sandrose
: Tel: +264-63-202-630

Hansa Haus Self Catering
: Tel: +264-63-203-581

Obelix Village B&B
: Tel: +264-63-203-456

Island Cottage Self Catering
: Tel: +264-81-292-298

Shark Island Camping & Bungalows
: Tel: +264-63-202-752

Backpackers Lodge
: Tel: +264-63-202-000

 

4. The Fish River Lodge Five Night Hike

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A guide surveys the long trail ahead.


What it is

This adventure is an absolute must for anyone who is interested in hiking. The multiple day scenic trek will take you through the world’s second largest canyon. Along the way you will be treated to superb scenery and clear blue skies. You are also more than likely going to catch glimpses of Oryx, mountain zebras, and if you are lucky, rhinos.

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Unfortunately sometimes the only trace one finds of the rhinos on the trail are their spoor or droppings.


The Fish River Lodge offers guided tours of this amazing canyon, but take note, this hike is not for young children and should only be attempted out of summer by individuals in sound health. If you want more specific information on this hike then check out the Fish River Lodge’s activity page here.

The hike on offer is astonishing and if you want to get a small taste of what it is like to hike through the canyon then check out our post on hiking through the canyon. From the amazing terrain and wildlife, to the brilliantly clear night sky this journey through one of Namibia’s natural wonders comes highly recommended.

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Hikers in the late morning sun.


Where to stay

On arrival you will spend your first night in the Fish River Lodge once your hike is complete you are free to book a few more nights at the lodge or move on to the next destination.

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The lodge is luxurious- just the thing you want after five days of hiking!


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These are just four adventures in the south of Namibia. There are many more to be had, and if you must decide which adventure is best for you. Happy planning and happy exploring!

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