One of the most sparsely populated places on the planet, Namibia offers otherworldly landscapes and travel’s rarest luxury – wild, unspoilt spaces. From well-known safari wildernesses like Etosha National Park, and remote rhino tracking along the starkly beautiful Skeleton Coast, to charming historical (and adventure sports) hotspots like Swakopmund, or the iconic orange dunes of the Namib, Namibia’s attractions are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike.
Namibia has a largely subtropical desert climate, which experiences low rainfall and humidity, and marked differences between day and nighttime temperatures (especially in the lower-lying desert regions). The peak travel season is July to October (also the dry season, which corresponds with the southern hemisphere winter), when the temperatures during the day are milder and the chance of rain is low.
Namibia’s currency (the Namibian Dollar) is linked to the South African Rand, and provides great value as a safari destination. The country also offers a lot of scope in terms of lodging – from luxury hotels to no-frills campsites. The safety and navigability of the country and excellent variety of self-catering facilities make self-drive holidays in a rental vehicle a very affordable and accessible option. On the other end of the spectrum, high-end lodges, private planes and hot-air balloon rides are often charged in USD.