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Top ChoicePan in Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei, a large ephemeral pan, is set amid red sand dunes that tower up to 325m above the valley floor. It rarely contains any water, but when the Tsauchab River has gathered enough volume and momentum to...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Dorob National Park

Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Cape Cross Seal Reserve

The best-known breeding colony of Cape fur seals along the Namib coast is in this reserve, where the population has grown large and fat by taking advantage of the rich concentrations of fish in the cold Benguela...

Top ChoiceNatural Feature in Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Deadvlei

Although it's much less famous than its neighbour Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is actually the most alluring pan in the Namib-Naukluft National Park – it's arguably one of Southern Africa's greatest sights. Sprouting...

Top ChoiceHarbour in Dorob National Park

Sandwich Harbour

Sandwich Harbour, 56km south of Walvis Bay in Dorob National Park, is one of the most dramatic sights in Namibia – dunes up to 100m-high plunge into the Atlantic, which washes into the picturesque lagoon. The...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Windhoek

Penduka

Penduka, which means ‘wake up’, operates a nonprofit women’s needlework project at Goreangab Dam, 8km northwest of the city centre. You can purchase needlework, baskets, carvings and fabric creations for fair...

Top ChoiceCafe in Lüderitz

Diaz Coffee Shop

The cappuccinos are strong, the pastries are sweet, and the ambience wouldn’t at all seem out of place in Munich. Patrons sit in a large room with some comfy seating and receive quick service; the food, such as...

Top ChoiceCanyon in Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Sesriem Canyon

The 3km-long, 30m-deep Sesriem Canyon, 4km south of the Sesriem headquarters, was carved by the Tsauchab River through the 15-million-year-old deposits of sand and gravel conglomerate. There are two pleasant...

Top ChoiceBistro in Windhoek

Stellenbosch Wine Bar & Bistro

When well-to-do locals want an enjoyable night out with the guarantee of good food, this is their number-one pick. With a classy outdoor-indoor setting and thoughtfully conceived international food – beef burger...

Top ChoicePub Food in Windhoek

Joe’s Beerhouse

A legendary Windhoek institution, this is where you can indulge (albeit with a little guilt…) in flame-broiled fillets of all those amazing animals you’ve seen on safari! Seriously. We’re talking huge cuts of...

Top ChoiceInternational in Walvis Bay

Anchor @ The Jetty

The food is good at the Anchor but the real attraction is the location overlooking the water. It makes a particularly lovely spot for breakfast, and if you’re tired of eating stodgy food, it does a pretty mean...

Top ChoiceBakery in Outjo

Outjo Bakery

Opened in 2016, this stylish place wouldn't look out of place in Windhoek or urban South Africa. All of the international staples are here – pasta, steaks, burgers and open sandwiches – but it's the clean lines,...

Top ChoiceInternational in Grootfontein

Purple Fig Bistro

In the heart of town, the Purple Fig gets good reviews from travellers. Eat under the eponymous fig tree or in the cafe. Light meals take the form of salads, wraps and toasted sandwiches, but there are also...

Top ChoiceInternational in Windhoek

Leo’s

Leo’s takes its regal setting in Heinitzburg Castle to heart by welcoming diners into a banquet hall that previously served the likes of royalty. The formal settings of bone china and polished crystal glassware...

Top ChoiceCafe in Lüderitz

Garden Cafe

The garden setting, white-wood furnishings, great coffee and filled rolls add up to one of our favourite little haunts in town. The baked treats, Black Forest gateau among them, are also highlights. Travellers...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Walvis Bay

Raft

This Walvis Bay landmark sits on stilts offshore, and has a great front-row view of the ducks, pelicans and flamingos. Here you can expect high-quality meats and seafood in addition to spectacular sunsets and...

Top ChoiceItalian in Swakopmund

22° South

Inside the ground floor of the lighthouse, this atmospheric place is run by an Italian-Namibian couple who prepare Swakopmund's best (and homemade) Italian food. It's a slightly more formal option than the many...

Top ChoicePub Food in Swakopmund

Kücki’s Pub

A Swakopmund institution, Kücki’s has been in the bar and restaurant biz for a couple of decades. The menu is full of seafood and meat dishes alongside comfort food, and everything is well prepared. The warm and...

Top ChoiceNatural Feature in Sesriem & Sossusvlei

Hidden Vlei

This unearthly dry vlei (low, open landscape) amid lonely dunes makes a rewarding excursion. It's a 4km return hike from the 2WD car park. The route is marked by white-painted posts. It’s most intriguing in the...

Top ChoiceCafe in Omaruru

Main Street Cafe

Quiche, hazelnut cheesecake, white-wood furniture...what's not to like about this fine little lunch and breakfast spot that makes a priority of fresh ingredients and friendly service? Oh, and there's great...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Windhoek

Namibia Crafts Centre

This place is an outlet for heaps of wonderful Namibian inspiration – leatherwork, basketry, pottery, jewellery, needlework, hand-painted textiles and other material arts – and the artist and origin of each piece...