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Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings such as Windhoek’s Christuskirche, built in 1907. In the north, Etosha National Park’s salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes.

Best Places to Visit in Namibia

Lets explore the best places to visit in Namibia:

1. Etosha National Park

If you can only stop by one of Namibia’s national parks, make it this one.

Yes sir, Etosha has been famed for its wealth of rare animal life for more than 100 years – it was first proclaimed a game reserve way back in 1907! Today, the region, which encompasses dry and cracked salt pans and the labyrinthine valleys of the Leopard Hills (stalked by their eponymous beast, of course), is the safari kingpin of the country.

Come and spy out the African bush elephants and plains zebras at the watering holes, get a glimpse of the uber-rare black rhino, or witness the springing springbok.

2. Sossusvlei

Set deep in the territories of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the scorching African sun beats down and sidewinder snakes drift over the undulations of sand, the salt pan known as Sossusvlei is the Namibia of travel brochures.

Beset by huge, hulking dunes – some of the highest in the world, in fact – it’s a place that rarely fails to take the breath away.

These great sculpted sections of desert shift in the winds, and some parts – like the colossal mound of Dune 7 – clock up whopping heights of more than 350 meters above sea level.

4X4 tours are the most popular way to see the sights, and visitors can expect to spy out the likes of antelope and oryx, springbok and ostrich as they delve into the wilds.

3. Kaokoland

There are few places in all of Africa like the carved lands of Kaokoland.

Bisected by winding river ways that meander like desert snakes through the rock-ribbed mountains and the great Grand Canyon-mimicking escarpments of the north, the region is remote and untouched.

Today though, it’s slowly becoming more open to tourists, who flock in after safaris in nearby Etosha.

They mainly come to encounter the perennially-smiling Himba folk, who’ve scraped a living from the wilderness here as nomads for centuries.

Kaokoland is also the home to the fascinating mountain elephant; specially adapted for life with little water.

4. Swakopmund

Between the Saxon half-timbered facades that line the exterior of the Altes Gefängnis jail, the ochre-hued Woermannhaus and the other clutch of indelibly European architecture that peppers the downtown of this beachside resort on the Atlantic coast of Namibia, it’s easy to see and feel the German influence.

And it doesn’t end there, because beer halls and hops-scented pubs all spill onto the wide sands of the Swakopmund beach (one fringed with a lovely, lively promenade), and there are even dubious Nazi trinkets and lederhosen aike still available in the craft markets. Weird.

5. Skeleton Coast Park

There are few landscapes that define the wilds of Namibia as well as the Skeleton Coast Park.

This great stretch of endless sand dunes and crashing Atlantic waves runs for no less than 500 kilometers from top to bottom.

It’s delineated by the spot where the arid deserts of the inland meet the ocean, and famed as one of the most dangerous sections of shoreline in the world.

There are countless rusting carcasses of old tankers and skiffs, fishing boats and convoy ships to testify to this.

Tales of perished sailors still abound too, making this very much the domain of the wandering Namid elephant and the stalking hyena – not humans.

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