If you’re after wide-open spaces, endless isolation and the kind of stark beauty that will stop you in your tracks, Namibia is the place to escape the crowds. Remote and extraordinary, it’s where desolate natural wonders, wildlife and people (although few) exist harmoniously in an untamed, harsh and striking land. Home to the plains of Etosha and the towering orange dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia is contemplative and enigmatic. Often described as Africa’s final frontier, the country’s allure lies in its quietude, from the rugged Skeleton Coast to the isolated Kaokoland.
Where to Stay
Omaanda, a 9,000-hectare private camp near the capital, Windhoek, is the perfect spot to combine wilderness, wildlife and relaxation, with ten traditional-style round huts, inspired by the architecture of the local Owambo people. Relax and enjoy distant mountain panoramas, head to the spa for a massage or have a cocktail by the swimming pool overlooking the African plains. By dawn or dusk go wildlife spotting with your guide, specifically tracking for elephant and cheetah or seeking out playful meerkats. There is also an opportunity for a private tour of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary (founded in part by Angelina Jolie), and see the work done by anti-poaching units.