Namibia - Out-of-this-world landscapes and panoramas make Namibia a photographer's dream destination. While not as much of a wildlife destination as other countries, Namibia makes up for this with phenomenal scenery, cultures and activities.
Namibia is a desolate and largely uninhabitable country, well-known mainly for its deserts and coastline. However, there is far more to the destination.
Namibia is home to some fascinating people, and in the right season, can provide you with some of the best game viewing on the continent.
When travelling Namibia, the distances are vast, and often you will go without seeing another vehicle, or person, for hours.
Around every bend of the road awaits another breathtaking landscape, with wide open spaces and incredible colours giving you photo opportunities at all times of day.
Below are a few of the popular areas frequented by travellers to Namibia, and they are places which will remain in your memories forever:
One of the driest places on earth, and the desert with some of the highest sand dunes in the world, the Namib desert is an unforgettable location.
Watching the sunrise over the dunes, sleeping under a canopy of stars, or drifting over the sands in a hot-air balloon, the Namib will enchant you in many ways. Sossusvlei and Deadvlei are must see areas of the beautiful yet harsh Namib.
Etosha National Park is a park which needs to be visited in the right season. When timed correctly though, the game viewing on offer rivals any location in Africa, and some scenes have to be experienced first hand to be believed.
Etosha provides great sightings of the endangered black rhino, and also plays host to other animals not found easily in other reserves in Africa.
Together with amazing wildlife sightings is the experience of driving onto an enormous salt pan set in the midst of Etosha National Park.
Named after the Damara people, and now broken up into the southern Erongo region, and the northern Kunene region, Damaraland is one of the most scenic parts of Namibia. The area has been carved by ancient rivers, and boasts enormous and granite outcrops, as well as vast sandy plains and grasslands.
Highlights include the desert rhinos and elephants, as well as petrified forests, bushmen paintings, Brandberg, Spitzkoppe and adventurous activities.
Although the entire coastline of Namibia was formerly called The Skeleton Coast, more commonly today it refers only to the Skeleton Coast National Park.
This fascinating region is famous for shipwrecks, and offers beautiful terrain, as well as a wealth of activities and experiences.
An old German town located on the coast, at the mouth of the Swakop River, Swakopmund makes for a refreshing break from the harsh conditions of the Namib Desert.
Offering great restaurants and accommodation, as well as a fascinating history and a large number of desert activities, an extended stay in Swakopmund is highly recommended.