Namibia

If Namibia is ‘Africa for beginners’, as is often said, what a wonderful place to start.

Be left speechless by the highest sand dunes on Earth, be left in awe of the 192 species of mammals, 250 species of reptiles and 645 species of birds, and be impressed by the community commitment to wildlife conservation… these are just some of the marvels that await visitors to Namibia. A staggering 50% of the country’s wildlife live freely and abundantly within its several conservancies, which is why a safari to this special portion of the continent is guaranteed to be unforgettable.

Few countries in Africa can match Namibia’s sheer natural beauty. The country’s name derives from its (and the world’s) oldest desert, the Namib, and there are few more stirring desert realms on the planet, from the sand sea and perfect dead-tree valleys at Sossusvlei to the otherworldliness of sand dunes plunging down to the sea at Sandwich Harbour and the Skeleton Coast. Inland, running through the heart of the country, a spine of mountains creates glorious scenery – the Naukluft Mountains, the Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, Damaraland and the jaw-dropping Fish River Canyon. With rivers and wetlands in the Caprivi Strip and the endless gold-grass plains of the Kalahari, it’s difficult to think of an iconic African landscape that Namibia doesn’t possess.