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South Namibia What to Do and See

Southern Namibia Sightseeing Attractions and Things to Do


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The canyon’s name originated from early settlers dependent on the canyon’s rock pools as a source of water.

They tied a bucket to six (ses) thongs (rieme), hence the name. Making your way down, you are transported 15-18 millions of years back in time when alternating layers of gravel, sand and pebbles were deposited during a wetter phase and later cemented into calcrete conglomerate.

Two to four million years ago the erosional force of the Tsauchab River incised a gorge about 1 km long and up to 30 meter deep into this conglomerate floor, enabling the geologist to read the history of the entire area like a book.

Sesriem Canyon map

Sesreim Canyon


Sossusvlei's rich ochre sand dunes offer one of the most mind-blowing sights you will ever experience.

Their oscillating crests rise to an astonishing 320m and, with their air of timelessness, create an unforgettable wilderness in the heart of the world’s oldest desert.

Dwarfed by the sheer size of the highest dunes on earth, your ascending footprints look like insect trails leading into infinity.

The solitude is immeasurable and your place in the great scheme of life takes on a curious insignificance.

Sossusvlei map

dunes at sossusvlei

A castle in the bush, south west of Maltahöhe. Financed by the American wife of the eccentric Baron Hans Heinrich von Wolf, it was built as a reminder of his ancestral home in 1909.

Stocked with an array of priceless antiques of eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe and Russia, including furniture, firearms, paintings, crystal and porcelain.

These valuables, still found in the castle today, had to be shipped from Germany to Lüderitbucht and then laboriously transported by ox-wagon across hundreds of kilometers of the rugged desert – a remarkable logistic feat!

Duwisib Castle

duwsib castle


The Quivertree (Aloe dichotoma) is a tree version of the common aloe lily – a remarkable variant fashioned by the combined forces of nature and Namib.

The most striking characteristic of the Quivertree is the flared trunk armoured with coarse, drought resistant scales and the multi-branched candelabra topped with fleshy, tapered leaves that jab skyward.

In winter these aloes carry a striking spike of rich yellow blossoms that attract a vast variety of nectar-eating birds and insects.

Quiver Tree Forest

Quivertree forest keetmanshoop

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