Namibia, located in Southern Africa, is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. This African nation might be low on people, but there’s no shortage of stunning sights.
Etosha National Park is a wildlife sanctuary that’s a popular safari destination for visitors, while Sossusvlei is famous for its dramatic landscapes and sand dunes. Namibia is also one of the best stargazing locations in the world due to its dark and clear night skies.
Namibia quick facts
- Population: 2.45 million
- Language: English (official), Oshiwambo, Khoekhoegowab, Afrikaans
- Currency: Namibian Dollar (NAD) and South African Rand (ZAR)
- Capital city: Windhoek
- Country size: 318,696 square miles
- High season: July through September
Top 10 things to do in Namibia
- Road trip you way around the country
- Witness the world’s largest sand dunes in Sossusvlei
- See the otherworldly desert landscape of Deadvlei
- Take in the desert landscape from above while sky diving
- Enjoy some of the best stargazing in the world
- Admire Africa’s largest canyon, Fish River Canyon
- Go for a game drive in Etosha National Park
- Visit the eerie deserted diamond mining town of Kolmanskop
- Go sandboarding in Swakopmund, Namibia's adventure capital
- See the “end of the Earth” on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast
Public transportation is very limited in Namibia. Trains and buses have limited routes and schedules, making it difficult to get around the country solely on public transportation.
The most popular option for exploring Namibia is by rental car. Another option for those who would prefer not to drive themselves is taking an overland tour.