At BAD NORWEGIAN, we love Africa. The very first conception of the brand was born on the dark continent, and we continue to be fascinated by, and interested in, so many incredible things and places across Africa, especially the less mainstream options. One of these places is most certainly Namibia; the wild, largely inhospitable, endlessly fascinating lesser-known South African nation bordered by South Africa, Angola and Botswana.
Some of Namibia's landscapes are as close to Martian as any you'll find on earth- vast deserts and mountainous sand dunes, shallow lakes and rocky plateaus rising from dusty steppes. One of the best things to do on a visit to Namibia, is cover as much as you can on foot- it is the perfect trekking destination, and numerous companies offer organized cross-country treks of various duration. We've picked some of the most spectacular places to visit in this country of contradictions and eerie beauty.
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The Sossusvlei Sand Dunes are amongst Namibia's most famed attractions. These huge, photogenic red sand dunes are located within the largest conservation area of the entire African continent- the Namib-Naukluft National Park, and attract visitors from all over the world.
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Kolmanskop is also unmissable on a trip to Namibia. An abandoned former German colonial town, it is one of the best preserved and most photographed ghost towns in the world, with grand mansions filled with undulating namib sand.
The nearest larger settlement to Kolmanskop is the coastal town of Lüderitz, a charming town with brightly colored Germanic art nouveau houses. Lüderitz' biggest selling point is actually its unique location, wedged in between the Namib Desert and what is considered one of the most inhospitable coastlines in the world; the Skeleton Coast.
Photo: Panoramio, Goerke House, Lüderitz
For one of the best wilderness camps in Namibia, and perhaps the world, try Hoanib Camp, also on the Skeleton Coast.
Photo: Hoanib Camp
Another definite highlight on a trip to Namibia will be the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the largest wildlife conservation zone in Namibia, and offers world class game viewing and easily accessible, well-facilitated camps.
Photo: Etosha National Park
Namibia also has an interesting history, having been populated since the early beginnings of humanity by influxes of various nomad tribes, but remains one of the least populated countries in the world. Unlike so many of Southern Africa's other nations, Namibia is considered a safe travel destination, and boasts a stable economy and government.