Although it has its fair share of wildlife, the best reason to visit Namibia is for its unique desert scenery. Between rugged mountains and towering red sand dunes (the tallest on the planet), Namibia must rank as one of the most photogenic countries in the world. Be sure to bring lots of memory cards for your phone or camera!
Wonderful as the people and wildlife are, it’s likely to be the landscapes of Namibia that impress you the most. Caught between the cold Atlantic waves and the desert, shipwrecks loom out of the mists, with only seal colonies and seabirds for company. Between beaches and dunes, sand is a recurrent theme in Namibia, as you’d expect. You can hike up the dunes and slide down them, or soar over them in a hot-air balloon. Perhaps best of all is to get to the iconic Sossusvlei before dawn and then watch as the rising sun makes the dunes glow with fire.