In a continent of almost infinite natural beauty, Namibia is a country that is renowned as one of the most visually striking. The vast dusty mountains blend with arid desert, which in turn saunters into sparse towns with simple, colonial architecture.
Namibia’s landscape is eerie and other-worldly, boasting breath-taking settings of soaring sand dunes, barren horizons, and even rugged coastline. There are many highlights on a Namibian self-drive adventure, all offering a unique kind of beauty.
Sossusvlei, for example, is unlike anything we’ve seen before. Gigantic salt and clay pans stretch out as far as the eye can see, the unfruitful landscape framed by the bright orange hue of jaw-dropping sand dunes, and adorned with the stark silhouettes of 550-year dead trees.
The Skeleton Coast is spookily quiet, seemingly a graveyard for unfortunate shipwrecks and a home for seal colonies. Encompassing the northern half of Namibia’s Atlantic coastline, this stretch of beach has only recently been made accessible, turning it into one of the most coveted hidden gems in the world.
If it’s wildlife encounters you’re searching for, Etosha National Park is the home of a huge population of big cats and rhino, including the elusive black rhino. Venture here in the dry season and you’re guaranteed to see mammals jostling to get to the last of the waterholes, or you could opt for the low season to see the plains come out in full bloom.
Damaraland is ideal for those seeking even more active adventure, with thousands of miles worth of hiking and cycling trails – with the added excitement of ancient rock art to discover, too. Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, is your main gateway, a modern city with great food, a fascinating arts scene, and cultural attractions.
For a unique getaway filled with incredible vistas and unforgettable experiences, this is one location that's not to be missed.
Please note: When travelling to Namibia, you must have a valid yellow fever certificate with you for inspection by Namibian customs or health authorities, otherwise you could be refused entry or quarantined.