Namibia

Location: Southern Africa

Total Area: 825,419 sq km

Border countries: Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.

Climate: desert climate

Popularity rating:

8/10

Soulful Namibia with its desert climate is distinguished by rough land full of contrasts, vast open spaces, and breathtaking scenery. Along the coastline is the wondrous Namib Desert – the oldest in the world sporting dunes higher than those in the Sahara. Visit the Namib Naukluft National Park and marvel at the great red dunes, the startling Dead Vlei and vast space as you travel through some of the most mind-blowing desert landscapes. In the north the great Etosha National Park is dominated by a great salt-pan – and wildlife adapted to the water-scarce conditions is abundant here. There are so many extraordinary places to see in Namibia – from the Fish River Canyon and boulders of the Spitzkoppe to the Brandberg and petrified forest. The people are a gem – see the indigenous Himba Tribes of the north, or the proud Herero in their traditional garb, all alongside a modern society. Experience camping out under a thousand stars, or travel in luxurious style – but go, and see this amazing country for yourself.

Namib Naukluft National Park

The Namib-Naukluft Park is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Escarpment. It encloses part of the Namib Desert, the Naukluft mountain range and the Sandwich Harbour. From Clay Pans to dunes and canyons – there’s so much to explore.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund has long been hailed as Namibia’s adventure capital and for good reason. Nestled along the coastline north of Walvis Bay, the town has grown from a small German colonial outpost to a busy tourist hub. 

Highlights

Sossusvlei & Dune 45

There are no two photos of Dune 45 that are the same, with the time changing, as does the colour of the sand. The sand is over 5 million years old and is located 45km from the Sesriem Gate.

Skeleton coast

At 500 kilometres long and approximately 40 kilometres wide, the Skeleton Coast stretches along the northern Namibian coastline. Often referred to as a ship graveyard, it is here that many wrecks can be seen jutting out of the coastal waters and along the beaches.

Etosha National Park

The vast Etosha National Park is Namibia’s most well-known reserve and is home to over 100 species of mammals and 340 species of birds. Located in the north of the country, the park is fenced to protect the wildlife and natural fauna and is explored by navigating several predetermined roads, mainly on the eastern side of the park.

Himba Tribes

An indigenous tribe with an estimated population of approximately 50,000 people. They live in Northern Namibia in the Kunene Region. The dress in traditional attire which depicts their social status and age.