So someone once told me that the most beautiful continent in the world was the African Continent. I wasn’t sure i agreed with this as i was still yet to see what other continents looked like. And even though Africa was home to me, i still knew i had to explore other parts of the world to be able to say for sure what i already think i believed in.
With its expansive landscapes and formidable animal life, Africa is the world’s second-biggest continent and has been arguably the best for photographers.
Its a ‘world of its own’ that hasn’t changed for centuries and even millennia, and has some of the most inspiring, and inspired, spots on the planet.
Of all the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia is the most comprehensively tourist-friendly. Not only does it have exceptional wildlife – including a quarter of the world’s cheetahs and the last free-ranging population of black rhino – and a well-developed network of parks, reserves and safari lodges, but the landscapes of its coastline and deserts are some of the most photographed and gasped over in the world, meriting a visit in their own right.
A way to maximise your time in Namibia is to take a plane for some of the long distances. Plenty of visitors opt for a combination of flying and driving to pack in as much as possible (a bonus, incidentally, being the opportunity to see wildlife from the air); but this is, of course, more expensive than driving yourself.
The other option, if your pockets really are deep, is to fly everywhere. And the climax of any holiday by air has to be a Skeleton Coast Fly-In Safari, which promises to unlock the secrets of this haunting region on a series of flights and vehicle excursions, with accommodation in private tented camps.
When to travel?
Namibia is made up of desert and most areas receive little rain so it is suitable to visit at any time. April and May are warm and clear, June to August can be cold at night, and September and October are good for game-viewing as the vegetation has thinned out, and animals gather at water holes. The rainy season runs from November to March.
How to go?
South African Airways and British Airways fly daily from Heathrow to Windhoek via Johannesburg. Air Namibia flies from Frankfurt. Expect to pay around £1,000 for a return flight. Visas are not required for citizens of EU countries. Listed below are a sample of holiday options available from British tour operators, and advice on how to arrange a trip yourself.