Namibia

Namibia is unlike any other country in Africa.

​One day you can be standing on top of the world’s highest sand dunes, the next at the bottom of the world’s second deepest canyon.  

Despite its vast size Namibia makes for an ideal self-drive holiday with many of the most popular attractions within striking distance of the capital, Windhoek.  The Namib Naukluft Park is the oldest desert in the world at over 80 million years of age and is home to the famous dunes of Sossusvlei which reach to over 1,000 feet.  Further south is Fish River Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon in the USA in size.

Travelling north along the coast you find the coastal resort of Swakopmund just before you reach the southern edge of the Skeleton Coast (the Skeleton Coast and Kaokoland, near the border with Angola, are best visited by light aircraft given the distances involved).  Damaraland and Etosha National Park complete the classic Namibian self-drive circuit which can be done at a reasonably leisurely pace in about 3 weeks.

The lasting impression is one of contrast and spectacular scenery.