From chic safari, to hot air ballooning over the desert, to visiting local villages, to seeing the ancient rock engravings first hand at Twyfelfontein… this really is a remarkable region!
Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, was built in the very centre of the country, so it is the most integral part of this region; however, in the surrounding areas, visitors will find a vast array of sights and sounds to experience as part of a vacation of a lifetime!
Central Namibia is not particularly wild compared with other areas in Namibia – it is unlikely that you will need an off-road vehicle in order to visit some of the tourist hotspots or to drive to your accommodation, as the majority of the region’s boutique hotels, luxury lodges and bush camps are accessed via well-maintained roads and highways. However, the area does boast some superb viewing spots for wildlife, especially birdlife. So if you are a keen birder, do not forget your binos.
For a unique stay in Namibia where you can get up close to big cats and learn about the leopard and cheetah conservation, consider a short stay in Okonjima to see the important work that conservation-focused AfriCat foundation is carrying out.
Regions to visit
In the immediate area surrounding the capital city, there are a number of private and public wildlife reserves. You can book to stay here and take guided tours into the bush, to see all the animals in action up close and personal! Gamsberg Mountain offers a dramatic focal point to the inland plateau in Central Namibia, as part of the Khomas Hochland. Hot springs can be discovered here too, providing a relaxing dip in steaming water! The area also plays host to the beginnings of two deserts – the Namib to the west of Windhoek, and the Kalahari to the east. So whichever direction you choose to take from the centre, you are guaranteed to find something spectacular!
The central region of Namibia is a fantastic base from which travelers can explore some of the finest cultural and natural experiences this country has to offer.