Namibia enjoys a huge diversity of cultures and landscapes, and has often been described as a photographer's dream destination. Bordering South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and the Atlantic Ocean, you'll find towering sand dunes, plentiful wildlife, rugged mountains, wild seascapes and vast deserts. Here is a quick guide to some of the country's top attractions...
Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world. Nearly all of the canyon is managed as part of the Nature Reserves and hiking does have restrictions. However this rough 52 mile trail is still one of the most popular treks in Africa.
Sossusvlei is the main entry point for tourists visiting the Namib Desert. The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and has a surprising diversity in terms of colours, climates and flora and fauna. Dunes range from 100m to over 450m and there's plenty of opportunity for hiking and sandboarding. Just remember not to go wandering in the desert without a guide.
The Skeleton Coast is named for the dozens of shipwrecks that occurred because of the dense fog. This is an impressively desolate area, often with more seals than people.
Windhoek is Namibia's capital and largest city, and has an elevation of 1,600m. The National Galley, Paliament buildings and Christuskirche (an old Lutheran church) are the city's must-sees, although many travellers also like to seek out the street names of dictators (Fidel Castro St. and Robert Mugabe Ave are both downtown).
Swakopmund is the country's largest coastal town and contains lots of beautiful, colonial era German buildings.
Etosha National Park is the second largest game reserve in Namibia. It's also one of Africa's most unusual national parks, where vast herds of animals congregate on the white and greenish tinged Etosha salt pan. The park protects 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 16 reptiles and amphibians, one fish species and countless insects.