Namibia is a land of wide-open spaces, where desert sands meet the sea, yet the seemingly unforgiving landscapes have been inhabited for thousands of years, evidenced by ancient rock paintings in the desert at Twyfelfontein. Today, Himba tribespeople still live in remote desert regions and keep alive their traditional way of life: they’re famed for the red ochre butter which is applied to the ladies’ skin and for taking smoke baths rather than using water.
Animals too eek out an existence here, most notably in Etosha National Park. The park is centred around a large salt pan; the lack of vegetation in the dry season and the concentration of animals around a small number of water holes makes spotting elephants, giraffe, zebra, black rhino and lion highly likely.
Away from the national park, Namibia delivers some unique landscape highlights that you can experience on a walking holiday; the towering, wind-sculpted sand dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are some of the highest on Earth and deliver eye-popping views of an arid land that’s out of this world. Sit on the sun-warmed sand at sunset for a magical experience watching the sun sink below the horizon.