Namibia is the land of shifting sand dunes and moving deserts; of colossal red rocks and mountains that go from the savannah to the sky. It’s a land of frothy and unforgiving Atlantic swells, doffing their cap to the storms of the Cape of Good Hope, or spraying salty sea over the seal-peppered bays of the Skeleton Coast. Unsurprisingly, it’s the landscapes and the backcountry that have helped to catapult this great slab of West Africa to the forefront of adventure tourism on the continent.
Since the fall of apartheid (which came to these parts on account of South African hegemony in the 80s), the country has been a rare picture of political stability – despite, that is, perhaps just a few nostalgic national socialists who pine for the ‘golden days’ of German rule. Come to Namibia with the sand board waxed, the walking boots primed and the prejudices well and truly abandoned, because you’re sure to leave awed by its wondrous, if little-championed, beauty!
Lets explore the best places to visit in Namibia:
1. Etosha National Park
If you can only stop by one of Namibia’s national parks, make it this one.
Yes sir, Etosha has been famed for its wealth of rare animal life for more than 100 years – it was first proclaimed a game reserve way back in 1907! Today, the region, which encompasses dry and cracked salt pans and the labyrinthine valleys of the Leopard Hills (stalked by their eponymous beast, of course), is the safari kingpin of the country.
Come and spy out the African bush elephants and plains zebras at the watering holes, get a glimpse of the uber-rare black rhino, or witness the springing springbok.