Namibia is one of the most underrated destinations in Africa. Though poor, it has had stable politics for decades and boasts an excellent road network. Attractions range from the haunting Skeleton Coast, littered with shipwrecks where men who survived walked in a futile search for civilisation until they died, to the spectacular Etosha National Park, to the wild and remote Namib Desert - the world's oldest.

Sossusvlei has some of the world's highest sand dunes. Fish River Canyon is a popular scenic and hiking destination in the far south of the country. The Namib border is a 670km (416 mile) drive from Cape Town, South Africa.


Namibia flag

Why you should go:

Because you are fascinated by the desert.

Why you shouldn't:

All the major attractions are quite far from each other.

Map of Namibia