The Best Romantic Activities for Couples in Namibia
Dreamy sunsets, rare wildlife, Instagram-friendly landscapes and luxury lodges: Namibia is the undisputed gem of Southern Africa.
Not only does this inspiring nation attract thrill-seekers desperate to climb the famed sand dunes of Sossusvlei or witness the majestic wildlife in Etosha National Park, but more and more couples have recently jetted off to Namibia in search of some much-needed quality alone time together.
Whether you’re a newly-wed couple looking for the ideal honeymoon spot, or a budding duplet looking for the perfect destination to help true love blossom, it’s hard to find a more romantic place anywhere on the entire African continent than Namibia.
From sunset strolls to waterfall picnics, here’s the Secret Namibia guide to the best romantic activities for couples in Namibia:
Take a Sunset stroll in Swakopmund
Surrounded by the Namib desert on three sides, and hugged by the Atlantic to the west, Swakopmund, one of Namibia’s largest towns, is the ideal destination for couples seeking fun-filled activities and relaxation.
One of the more romantic activities in Swakopmund is to hire fat bikes and cycle along the promenade or over the dunes at sunset.
For a date that certainly usurps a trip to the cinema, book a hot air balloon ride and glide above the colonial German-inspired buildings and deep-blue coastline with a glass of bubbly in hand.
If you’re a more adventurous couple, you can even head to the Swakopmund airstrip and take part in the skydive of a lifetime.
Finally, if heights aren’t your thing, explore the town on foot, discover the plethora of cute antique shops and sample some scrumptious local street food. Finish the day with a drink at the luxury Strand Hotel Swakopmund before taking a sunset stroll across the stunning beach.
Sail the Coastline in Style
Nothing conjures up images of romance and luxury more than sailing in a catamaran! The good news is that Nambia’s coastline provides the perfect opportunity for couples to hit the high seas in style.
Book a catamaran trip and sail along the majestic Namibian shoreline as you head to Pelican Point, Walvis Bay or Namib-Naukluft National Park. On this epic voyage, you’ll encounter several special friends, including pelicans, whales and even Heaviside dolphins.
Whilst on board, kick back with your shades, sip on some incredible wine, and enjoy oysters or any other fresh catches of the day!
The best time to sail the shores of Namibia is during the dry months, May-October, but don’t worry if you can’t travel then because the ‘wet’ season isn’t overly rainy- and Namibia has a comfortable and warm climate all year round.
Embrace history at Twyfelfontein
Take a break from cocktail sipping and embrace local history by taking a trip to Namibia’s famed UNESCO recognised rock art site: Twyfelfontein.
Archaeologists and historians estimate that this north-eastern region of Namibia was home to a Stone Age population around six millenniums ago. Today, you’ll find over 2,000 intricate rock carvings and paintings that lend insight into how abundant the wildlife was thousands of years ago.
Marvel at ancient drawings of giraffes, lions, antelope and more- and after you’re finished, retreat to one of the exceptional luxury accommodation options in the area, including Mowani Mountain camp in Damaraland.
They say Twyfelfontein means ‘Fountain of Doubt’, but they’ll be a little doubting the strength of your relationship after an inspiring trip here!
Take a picnic at Epupa Falls
Is there anything more romantic than perching by the side of a waterfall with a picnic and admiring the incredible views?
Epupa Falls, located on the border of Angola and Namibia, is one of the most romantic places to visit in all of Namibia.
Although the area can be challenging to reach if you don’t have your own vehicle, couples who have made the journey often declare that this was one of the highlights of their entire getaway.
Once you’ve finished absorbing the spectacular waterfall and picked up your picnic basket, you can even try a spot of rafting at the Kunene River, which serves as the origin of the fall.
Or how about visiting a traditional Himba Village close by and learning about the culture of these fascinating semi-nomadic peoples?
Whatever you decide, your snaps from Epupa falls will make the scrapbook!
De-stress in Windhoek
After all that sailing and picnicking, you’ll likely be tired, so what better way to relax, unwind and de-stress than by visiting the Namibian capital Windhoek for a spa day.
Windhoek is home to some fantastic rest and relaxation facilities, including Nomad spa, which has been voted the Best African spa for two years in a row. Choose from a range of traditional couples’ treatments, including deep tissue massages and facials, or why not try something completely different? Nomad spa offers the ‘knopkierie’ special, a treatment that involves a rub down with a stick historically used for fighting enemy tribes.
If massages with antiquated war weapons aren’t your thing, how about a dip in the pool at the Hilton Sky bar? Enjoy incredible views of the capital as you kick back in the water with your better half. It’s the perfect way to start or end your romantic Namibian adventure.
If this article has inspired you to book an idyllic couples getaway to Namibia, then get in touch with our expert team here at Secret Namibia today. We offer a range of luxury private guided safari holidays and self-drive tours that are perfect for couples!