Southern Region of Namibia Tourist Information

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The Southern Region of Namibia spans two famous deserts - the Kalahari in the east and the Namib in the west - with rugged, mountainous terrain in between. It presents some of the principally spectacular landscapes in the entire Namibia.

Main tourist attractions in the southern region of Namibia include:
- Sesriem Canyon
- Sossusvlei
- Lake Oanob Dam - the highest dam wall in Namibia (55m)
- Fish River Canyon
- Ai-Ais Hot Springs Resort
- Duwisib Castle - south west of Maltahohe
- Hardap Game Reserve - west of Mariental
- Kolmanskop - near Luderitz
- Quiver Tree Forest - near Keetmanshoop

Namib Naukluft Park
The Namib Naukluft Park contains key features such as Sossus Vlei, Sesriem, Welwitschia Trail, Sandwich Harbor, Naukluft Mountains and the Kuiseb Canyon. There are a large number of private accommodation establishments adjacent to the park.

Sossus Vlei with its monumental dunes, Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge of about 1km in length and the massive and varied rock formations of the Naukluft Mountain ensures that the Namib Naukluft Park is definitely worth visiting.

Fish River Canyon Park
The incorporation of the Ai-Ais Hot springs Resort, Fishriver Canyon and Huns Mountains into one conservation area led to the establishment of the Fishriver Canyon Park. The main attraction is its isolated and otherworldly landscape and wealth of interesting xerophytes plants such as the "halfmens" or elephant's trunk.

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest natural gorge in Africa -160km long, 27km wide and a depth of 550m. The 90km Fishriver Canyon hiking trail is regarded as one of the major challenges of Southern Africa and takes about 4-5 days to complete.

Accommodation is available at Ai-Ais Hot Springs Resort.

Kolmanskoppe is situated 20km east of Lderitz, a coastal town along the Namib Desert that was established following the discovery of diamonds.

Within a span of 40 years Kolmanskoppe lived, flourished and died. It is its ghost-town atmosphere that is the main attractions for tourists visiting Lderitz. In 1980, the mining company Namdeb restored a number of buildings and established a museum.