Colonial Coast, Remote Wilderness
A further five-hour drive takes you north through Kuiseb Canyon to the German colonial coastal town of Swakopmund, where distractions include camel rides and shopping at colourful craft markets. Curious displays about precious local melons and old-style apothecary shops mean the peculiar Swakopmund Museum also merits a visit. Detour to Walvis Bay for cruises or kayaking escapades – ideal ways to spy Cape fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, flamingos and a wide variety of seabirds.
Continue into the semi-desert wilderness of Damaraland, a rugged and wild northern tract. Here you can take an exciting 4×4 excursion along the seasonal Huab River valley to search for the elusive desert-adapted elephant. Prefer educational activity? The nearby Damara Living Museum reveals fascinating local cultures, while Twyfelfontein houses the largest collection of prehistoric rock art in Africa. Being so empty, this remote region also delivers superb stargazing opportunities.