We have our own castles and fairytales…

Long, long ago a German soldier saw a piece of land in the Southern part of Namibia, perfect for horses and he had a dream…
Meanwhile in America a rich girl inherited a fortune and started her journey to look for a husband who is willing to build her own castle somewhere in the middle of nowhere, not in America and not in Europe…
He bought 55000 hectares from the Namibian Government and called the farm Duwisib. Brought his wife here and it took him two years to build the castle as she wished, shipped everything they needed from Europe to Luderitz, traveling 14days through the desert with every batch that arrived.
Five years later they went back to Germany to buy his horses while the WWI started and he had to serve his country in war, stepped on a landmine and died of his injuries.
His young widowed wife never returned and sold the castle to a guy that also never moved here…

Years later the Government of Namibia divided the land into smaller farms and kept the Duwisib castle as a National Heritage and museum.

Who cares if it is facts or fairytales, I love the story and am in love with our castle. Do yourself the honor to pay it a visit. You can sleep there, or on the farm next door, Farm Duwisib, where thestables used to be.

We spent a lovely family Christmas there this past season.

List of 10 main attractions in Namibia

Namibia in its diversity and open spaces is full of hidden gems. Most Namibians haven’t even seen them all and because of the distance between places, we rather choose one or two to visit, but the rest is most certainly on our bucket lists.

I’ve made a list of 10 of the most popular attractions in no particular order with suggestions of where to stay…

-Fish River Canyon (- Ais Ais Resort)
The Fish River Canyon is the second biggest Canyon in the world and a very popular attraction, especially for hikers from all over the globe. A hike through the Canyon take you about 5 days. For the not-so-active… it is definitely worth it to wait for the rest at Ais Ais Resort.

-Etosha National Park (- Safarihoek Lodge)
Our biggest National park in the Northern part of Namibia is an ideal family getaway where you either can do a self drive through the park or relax at the watching points near the water holes and see the Big Five (if you are lucky) and other animals and birds as they come to drink water. Safarihoek Lodge is a new destination and very classy for those who don’t like camping that much.

-Erindi Private Game Reserve (- Old Traders Lodge)
See our article on Erindi for more detail, Erindi a highlight to your stay…
Erindi is Namibias biggest and most famous Private Game Reserve and I personally prefer Erindi over Etosha, because it is smaller and thus easier to spot the wildlife.

-Sossusvlei (- Desert Quiver Camp)
Also one of the most visited areas in Namibia is Sossusvlei with the largest sand dunes in the world and most probably the most peaceful place you will ever visit.
There are very expensive upperclass lodges and castles in Sossusvlei to stay but Desert Quiver Camp serves more than enough for what you need for a nights stay.

-Caprivi (- Caprivi Houseboat Safaris)
Caprivi is the most North Eastern part of Namibia in the Kavango Region, where Namibia, Botswana, Angola and Zambia kiss each other.
Comparing the rest of Namibia’s nature, you won’t believe that its the same country. Do book at Caprivi Houseboat Safaris and enjoy a sundowner, while watching Hippos…

-Dune 7 (- Protea Hotel Pelican Bay)
Just outside of Walvisbay is the famous Dune 7, you’re not on a real Namibian trip if you don’t make time to climb to its top! Protea Hotel in Pelican Bay are a nice place to stay with restaurants nearby so you can live like a local in Walvis.

-Skeleton coast (-Terrace bay camp)
The Northern coastline of Namibia, from the Swakop River to the Kunene River is known as the Skeleton Coast due to thousands of shipwrecks and skeletons of various species lying on shore. This may be the most harsh and dangerous area in Namibia and I read somewhere that the Bushmen people calls it “The place God made in anger”, but its mystic and thus one of the most beautiful nature gems to be ever seen.

-Kolmanskop (- The Cormorant House)
In the Namib Desert just 10km outside of Lüderitz lies this ghost town with its hidden gems of historical German architecture. It was a very wealthy diamond mine for about 50 years in the early 1900’s. Now it is one of Namibia’s most visited tourist attractions run by DeBeers Namibia. The Cormorant House is self catering units in Lüderitz, each with a balcony and sea view, perfect for having your coffee in bed and watching the ocean.

-Kaokoland(- Epupa Camp)
The North Western part of Namibia is known as Kaokoland, and home to the native OvaHimba tribe… my personal favorite part of the country. Its rural with the most amazing open spaces like the Hartmansvalley and Marienfluss…You need a 4×4 vehicle to drive there, and its better to tour in a group of more than two cars. Near Epupa Falls on the Kunene riverbank is Epupa Camp with fixed tents and much appreciated cold beers at the bar. When you drove through Kaokoland for a few days you will understand why I say much appreciated beers 😉

-Dessert Elephants in Damaraland (- White Lady Lodge)
Another one of my favorites are these gentle giants of the big five, the Desert Elephants. They dwell around in Damaraland, South West of Kaokoland, mostly on the banks of the Ugab River. Near a small settlement, Sorris Sorris (about 30km from Uis) lies the beautiful Brandberg with its famous rock painting of a White Lady and therefore the name to the White Lady Lodge, home of the Desert Elephant at it’s foot.