I’m sure you’ve been asked what your favourite place is. Maybe you always give the same answer, or perhaps it varies depending on your mood or who is asking. I fell into the second category until recently - I’ve been lucky enough to visit a load of brilliant places and so picking one above all the others was tricky.
But then I went to Namibia. Now that question is easy as you like and the answer is always the same. Inevitably, the next question is usually, ‘why?’. Well, here are my five best responses to why everyone should visit Africa’s least densely populated country:
1. There are awe inspiring landscapes wherever you look, although the jewel in the crown has to be Fish River Canyon. It is second only to The Grand Canyon in size and is impressive and desolate in equal measure.
2. Just a short drive from Namibia’s arid interior you arrive on the Skeleton Coast, so named as a result of the many ships which lie rotting on the shoreline, seized in the unforgiving grasp of a wild, remote, barren and windswept coastline. I doubt you’ve been anywhere like it in your life.
3. Etosha National Park is a vast, arid expanse set around the shimmering mirage of Africa’s largest salt pan, pretty impressive in its own right. However, Etosha is also home to some of the continent's finest wildlife, including great herds of elephant, jackals, hyena, lion and even the rare black rhino.
4. Namibia has by far and away the best camping facilities I’ve ever come across. I don’t mean they offer all the latest mod-cons but they are set in the most spectacular locations. Nothing beats sitting out, enjoying an African sunset, whilst watching the local wildlife going about its business. We even had a giraffe confusing our green roof tent for a tree one night, all part of the African experience!
5. And finally, the image you’ve no doubt seen on all the tour brochures is that of Sossusvlei, the salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes in the heart of the Namib desert. Words don’t do it justice, so just scroll down to see what I mean.
Of course, the old saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words, so here are 5 photos from my trip to Namibia to prove my point…
Fish River Canyon
Namibia's Unforgiving Skeleton Coast
Drinking at the Waterhole, Etosha National Park
Admiring the Wildlife from our Campsite at Dusk