by Matthew Sterne
on January 23, 2017
2 min read

Namibia is like an exposed gem, just sitting out there in the desert waiting to be discovered and explored. It’s the remoteness – Namibia is one of the least densely populated places in the world – that makes it such a unique and stirring place to visit. But of course, there is more to it than just vast open spaces and hauntingly beautiful scenery. In fact, we can name seven things that make Namibia a place worth exploring…

1. The LandscapesView of Fish River Canyonsunset view of Namibia's wildernessSunset in the Namib DesertUntouched, untamed and simply amazing, Namibia is all about the landscapes. It’s alien-like terrain will make you think of Mars or the moon. Expect massive dunes, remote valleys and huge gorges.

2. The Drives On the road in NamibiaAn actual zebra crossingNamibia is a driving adventure through remote areas. Because it’s so sparsely populated, it sometimes feels like you have the entire country to yourself. It’s the ultimate road trip destination and one you’ll never forget.

3. The Sossusvlei Dunes
walking-dunes-sossusvlei-namibiaFootprints in Namibian dunes
Deadvlei-treesThese are the biggest dunes in the world and reach up to 325m in height! They are shaped like stars and have a red and orange hue best seen at sunrise and sunset. And while you’re there, don’t forget to make the short trip to the eerily beautiful Deadvlei, to see this ancient tree graveyard.

4. Etosha National ParkGemsbok-fight elephant-and-zebra-at-waterhole zebras-drinking-at-waterholeEtosha Pan gemsbokEtosha, in the north of Namibia, has a five thousand square kilometre pan that was once an ancient inland sea. Now it’s a haven for wildlife and adored by all who visit this park, the most popular reserve in Namibia.

5. Skeleton Coastshipwreck-on-the-skeleton-coast-namibia skeleton-coast
The Skeleton Coast is a seemingly endless expanse of dunes home to fascinating landscapes and the bizarre mix of desert and ocean.

6. Desert-adapted animalsNamibia's desert lion - Flip Stander Black Rhino in Nambia - John and Karen HollingsworthNamibia’s deserts are home to some amazingly resilient animals adapted for survival. There are elephants with longer trunks to dig deeper for water, rhinos with longer horns to forage better and even lions that feed on seals.

7. Digital DetoxCouple sundowners in the desertA dirt road in Namibia
Namibia is the perfect place to switch off. Just enjoy the open road, take in the landscapes and reconnect with nature.