One of Africa’s newest countries, having fairly recently gained independance from South Africa, Namibia is still a relatively unknown destination that offers visitors the opportunity to experience a more authentic Africa. It’s also an incredibly varied part of the continent encompassing the seemingly never-ending expanse of the Namib Desert, after which the country is named, the eerily captivating Skeleton Coast, the lofty sand dunes of Sossusvlei, and the vast white Etosha salt pan.
Namibia’s range of climate and tiny population make it ideal for an intimate safari experience that offers excellent viewing of wildlife adapted to this stark desert landscape.
Visit the Etosha salt pan for dense herds of large game, drawn here during the dry season for the waterholes. If you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of the endangered black rhino or the rare gemsbok, and be prepared for a spectacular gathering of flamingos.
The north-west of the country is home to the desolate Skeleton Coast, a vast coastal wilderness of decaying shipwrecks and whale bones, and the location of Cape Cross and Mowe Bay, one of the largest seal colonies in the world.
In the south, the show-stopping scenery of the Namib-Naukluft National Park is home to the magnificent red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, best viewed from the air by balloon in the still of the morning.