Namibia’s desert scenery is unlike anywhere else in Africa, an undulating sandscape of dunes like mini mountains and spectacular rust-red rock formations. This arid habitat is anything but lifeless, however, populated by a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife that roams across some of Africa’s biggest national parks. Along the coast you’ll find wetlands rich in birdlife, wild beaches where lions stalk the sands, and quirky Germanic towns that serve as a reminder of Namibia’s fascinating colonial history.
The country takes its name from the rolling sands of the Namib Desert, an otherworldly landscape that reaches its zenith at Sossusvlei, where the dunes stand several hundred metres tall. The red rocks of Damaraland conceal prehistoric rock art and petrified forests, as well as wildlife including the rare black rhinoceros. Etosha National Park is the country’s prime safari location, where waterholes attract lions, elephants and springboks, and the rainy season creates vast lagoons that teem with birdlife. The desert meets the sea along the wild Skeleton Coast, where the beaches are littered with shipwrecks, and Walvis Bay is home to one of southern Africa’s largest concentration of flamingos.