Endless Desert Horizons
The domestic infrastructure in this windswept corner of southwest Africa is significantly less developed than that of neighboring South Africa or Botswana, but for eco-tourists, that’s just part of the draw. Flights are expensive and bus service is almost nonexistent, so the most popular options for visiting Namibia are renting a four-wheel drive vehicle or joining an overland tour out of Cape Town. Travelers who like to make their own way might balk at the idea of joining a group, but Namibia’s barren expanses make a guide (and a comfortable seat) almost mandatory. Safari enthusiasts will enjoy Etosha National Park, where elephants, rhinos, and cheetahs are among the game on display. However, the real highlight here is the desert landscape; travel southwest from the capital Windhoek and you’ll soon find yourself among the massive red dunes of Namib-Naukluft Park. Activities here include sunrise hikes, dune-surfing, and, for the well-heeled, biplane flights to take in the scenery from above.