3 Hidden Gems of Namibia’s Desert Landscape

Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia. Photo by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash

Namibia is a land of stark beauty. While its famous Sossusvlei dunes are well-known, there are countless other spots that are less frequented but equally mesmerizing. Here are three hidden gems in Namibia’s desert landscape worth the visit. 

The Fish River Canyon

Situated in the southern part of Namibia, the Fish River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world, second only to the Grand Canyon in the United States. This massive rift in the earth is a breathtaking sight, with rugged cliffs dropping dramatically into a winding river below. Despite its grandeur, it remains relatively under the radar compared to other tourist destinations in Namibia.

The Quiver Tree Forest

Near the southern town of Keetmanshoop lies the Quiver Tree Forest, a rare and enchanting collection of Aloe dichotoma, or quiver trees, from which the forest gets its name. These trees, with their distinctive forked branches and golden bark, create a surreal landscape that looks like something out of a fantasy novel.

The Lüderitz Peninsula

The Lüderitz Peninsula is home to some of Namibia’s most desolate yet striking coastal scenery. Lüderitz offers a glimpse into Namibia’s diamond mining past and the relentless force of nature. Explore everything from the Atlantic waters and stark desert landscapes, to the ghost town of Kolmanskop.