What can you expect from Namibia as a destination? Namibia is mainly a destination for nature lovers. The landscapes are incredibly varied and although it’s the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, it is much more than just desert. Etosha National Park is a popular safari destination and The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon worldwide. The country has a rich German colonial history and indigenous culture.
The Namib and Kalahari Deserts
The country got its name from the Namib Desert, which is a combination of gravel plains and dunes that stretches along Namibia’s entire coastline. A popular areas within the Namib is the Skeleton Coast. The size of the desert results in Namibia being overall one of the least densely populated countries in the world with only 2.55 million people.
Namibia’s Coastal Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world and its sand dunes are the highest in the world.
The Kalahari Desert that extends into South Africa and Botswana, is also very well-known. The Kalahari, has a variety of environments, including some non-desert areas. The Succulent Karoo is home to over 5,000 species of plants and approximately 10 percent of the world’s succulents.