The country’s premier national park is chock-full of large mammals and colourful birds, and has a vast, shimmering saline pan at its centre.
7 Craft shopping
Windhoek and Swakopmund offer plenty of choice when it comes to souvenirs, from soapstone and wood carvings to textiles and basketry.
Namibia boasts an abundance of ancient rock art tucked away in caves and among boulders, or spread across bare rock faces.
Not your average seaside resort, with palm-lined boulevards fronting freezing seas, and some excellent food accompanied by German-style beer.
Namibia’s least hospitable landscape is home to desert-adapted lion, black rhino and elephant.
Learn about the ancient traditions, and modern-day challenges, of the San or the Himba, by spending time in a rural settlement.
An unforgettable way to appreciate the vastness and beauty of the desert: catch sunrise as you float above the dunes.
13 Wilderness lodges
An array of desert lodges, like Little Kulala near Sesriem, affords you the chance to get close to nature without sacrificing home comforts.
14 A sunset cruise
There’s no better way to end the day than with a magical sunset cruise along the Zambezi.
Southern Namibia’s most emblematic and distinctive plant makes a splendid photo – whatever the angle.
Namibia’s scenically situated capital offers a chance to unwind in one its many homely guesthouses, restaurants and vibrant bars.
Towering above the surrounding plains, this impressive sandstone plateau offers varied, lush vegetation, great birdwatching and superlative views from the top.
18 Lüderitz and Kolmanskop
Thanks to its isolated coastal location, Namibia’s best preserved colonial town is relatively tourist free. Don’t miss the abandoned mining town of Kolmanskop, partly submerged in sand.