Wedged between the Kalahari Desert and the Atlantic Ocean, Namibia has some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet. As such, it’s a photographers dream, boasting wild seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, colonial towns and endless wide-open spaces. In addition, it has a striking diversity of cultures, from former German colonials to the ochre-smeared Himba people of the northwest.
Namibia is an arid country and can be divided into four main topographical regions: the Namib Desert and coastal plains in the west, the Central Plateau, the Kalahari along the borders with South Africa and Botswana and the wooded bushveld of the Kavango and Caprivi regions in the far north. Namibia has some of the world’s finest reserves, ranging from the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park in the north, to the spectacular dune fields of the Namib-Naukluft Park and Skeleton Coast in the west. Windhoek, in the Central Highlands, is the country’s neat and well-ordered capital with an ethnic mix of people, while beach-lovers shouldn’t miss Swakopmund, the coastal town that looks like a piece of Bavaria plonked in the desert.
It’s also the adventure capital of the country with everything from sandboarding and quad biking to 4×4 tours and desert flights on offer.