Moon landscapes Namibia
A short drive outside of Swakopmund will take you to what looks like another world. The Moon Landscapes of Namibia look as their name suggests like the surface of the moon. The dusty barren hills full of craggy holes and stones look like something a lunar lander would encounter. The moon’s landscapes stretch on for miles and miles in central Namibia.
Once a big mountain range, erosion has reduced it to rolling, low-lying hills.
For the past two million years, the Swakop River and its many tributaries flowed through this valley, giving it life and shaping the natural phenomenon you see today. According to geologists, the group of hills was pushed up through the earth’s surface about 500 million years ago.
The area is a photographer’s heaven. On misty mornings, when the coastal fog penetrates between the hills, the valley can be described as ghostlike. But once the sun has raised high in the sky and the fog has dispersed, the lunar landscape can be seen in all its colors and contours. Be sure to spend some time at the lookout point.
How to get to Moon landscapes Namibia
Moon landscapes are located about 40 km from Swakopmund town and using a 4×4 the drive is about an hour and Swakopmund town is located 360 km from the main capital Windhoek
Where to stay while visiting Moon landscapes Namibia
Blue pearl hotel Swakopmund
Located 5-minute walk away from Mole, Blue Pearl – Situated Right On the Beach provides guests with free private parking and WLAN connection. The accommodation will provide you with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, and 4 bathrooms. A back patio can be found at this accommodation, along with a private balcony.
Windpomp 14 Sea Side Camp
Situated in the Dorop National Park, 25km outside Swakopmund on the way to the Skeleton Coast, Windpomp 14 (Windmill 14) is one of the only full self-catering campsites located right on the beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.
This coastal camping retreat on the Namib coastline offers the iconic Windpomp 14 Restaurant and Bar, set in rustic nautical décor and famous for seafood dishes, fresh fish, and live music every other weekend. Next to the wilderness of sea, rocks, and sand blending into perpetuity are the campsites, each with their own private toilet, kitchenette, fridge, hot shower, 220V electricity, and built-in BBQ.
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