Namibia boasts the world’s largest dunes at Sossusvlei and the desolate Skeleton Coast with its eerie solitude. Add the immense salt pans of the Etosha National Park and these are only three good reasons to add Namibia to the travel bucket list.
An often-overlooked destination, Namibia offers a range of first class lodges and hotels in spectacular settings. An exciting country to drive, Namibia delivers stunning landscapes and remote beauty for both cost-aware and larger budgets.
Namibia is located between the Namib and Kalahari deserts, making it the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa. Nonetheless, this sparsely-populated country is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in southern Africa. It is an atypical African travel destination that features a mix of geological, cultural, historical and wildlife activities.
The coastal desert along the Skeleton Coast is one of the oldest deserts in the world. Furthermore, strong onshore winds have swept the sand into some of the highest sand dunes in the world. The Sossusvlei dunes have become one of Namibia’s most familiar attractions, along with the hiking trails of the Namib Rand.
Namibia’s cultural diversity is one of the country’s compelling tourism strengths. Large groups of Damara, San and Nama represent the Khoisan, the original inhabitants of southern Africa. The pastoral Herero and Himba people have become synonymous with Namibia. The tragic Herero genocide has attracted historical attention to Namibia that was largely ignored until recently. Meanwhile, modern Himba communities capitalise on tourist interest in their nomadic lifestyle. In addition, many tourism enterprises are developing community-driven initiatives to benefit local communities.
While wildlife viewing is not the primary reason for visiting Namibia, the Waterberg and Etosha offer excellent game viewing and conservation experiences. Similarly, national parks and conservancies in the Caprivi Strip protect this important game corridor and river system.
We recommend Namibia as the ideal destination for visitors who want to explore something different in southern Africa. For travellers with diverse interests that include wildlife, geology, culture and a keenness to explore off the beaten track, this is the perfect country to visit.