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Sand dunes of Namibia | © Ryan Cheng / Unsplash
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14 Life-Changing Experiences You Can Only Have in Namibia

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Updated: 30 March 2018
Shifting sand dunes, desert adapted wildlife, desolate coastlines and barren deserts all add to Namibia’s distinct uniqueness with the landscape of the country lending itself to deep and thought provoking ponder. A visit to this strikingly beautiful country could change your outlook on life forever. Here are 14 reasons why.

Giant's Playground

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Giant’s Playground
Giant’s Playground | © Joachim Huber / Flickr
This surreal landscape of scattered stone and odd rock piles is located near Keetmanshoop and literally looks as if a few giants got together for a stone throwing party. The weird rock structures are in fact a result of natural forces and weathering over millions of years but do make for great photos. For those that want to get lost its rather easy to loose your bearings in between the imposing rocks. Take a moment while you are here to reflect on nature and its magnificent abilities.
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Kolmanskop

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An old bath in Kolmanskop
An old bath in Kolmanskop | © Tee La Rosa / Flickr
While this may sound quite normal at first the reality is in fact far from it. Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib Desert, not far from Lüderitz that was once a thriving diamond mining hive. After the gems dried up the occupants made a hasty retreat leaving behind an eerie, deserted town. While many of the buildings still remain, some have been damaged by the sands of time, with bits and pieces of former households strewn across the desert. Take a walk through its abandoned beauty and try out a bath for size.
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Ai-Ais Hot Springs

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Ai-Ais Namibia | © yeowatzup / Flickr
After a hot dusty day exploring the desert nothing beats relaxing in the Ai-Ais therapeutic hot springs. Their name means burning water and their thermal properties, said to be excellent for rheumatism, are particularly sought after in the winter months. It’s a rather awesome feeling sitting in the springs while you allow nature to treat you to some healing and feast your eyes on the scenic wonderland around you. The resort also offers outdoor and indoor pools of varying temperature.
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Solitaire

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Old car in Solitaire
Old car in Solitaire | © roelroelofs / Pixabay
Although not necessarily life-changing, it is nevertheless intriguing to discover the large number of old vintage cars that lie broken and neglected in the middle of the desert. These odd wrecks add an element of the twilight zone to the dusty desert landscape and one can spend hours guessing as to how they got there and why they stayed. Some sport bullet holes which makes the mystery even more interesting and thought provoking. Although scattered throughout the desert, Solitaire is one of the best places to ponder these old cars.
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Dune 7

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Stunning Namibian dunes
Stunning Namibian dunes | © thomaspedrazzoli / Pixabay
Dune 7 is not just awesomely inspiring to look at but also rates as the highest sand dune in the world. It is taller than The Shard in London and features attractive hues that range from sandy brown to shades of yellow and orange, depending on the position of the sun. Taking a hike up to its peaks is a mind blowing experience and truly unique. If you get to the top reward yourself with a moment to catch your breathe as you take in the epic beauty of mother nature.
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Desert Express

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Windhoek railway station
Windhoek railway station | © Alexander Johmann / WikiCommons
This luxurious train takes visitors on the trip of a lifetime as it ensconces them in ultra-modern surrounds and plush upholstery while travelling through Namibia’s central highlands towards Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast. It makes for a fabulous and unique weekend getaway while those looking for a longer trip can take the seven day option that includes game drives in the Etosha National Park. Rates include accommodation in the coaches, meals and selected excursions.
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