The second most sparsely populated country in the world offers widely contrasting landscapes, each wilder and more thrilling than the last. From the legendary Skeleton Coast “the land God made in anger,” through the towering red dunes of the Namib (the only desert in the world that is home to elephants, rhinos, lions and giraffes) to the Bushveld and the silent plains of the Kalahari, this land offers a different sort of sea, sun and sand. At Etosha National Park, an arid semi-desert is flooded yearly to become a vast watering hole that attracts endless big game. Yet the sea-lions, ostriches and springbok are not the only attractions: humans have also left their mark, whether in Damaraland’s Bushmen wall paintings or in the ghost towns built by German settlers during the diamond rush and now half swallowed by the sands. Discover the colonial charm of coastal cities like Swakopmund and Luderitz or visit the last surviving Herero villages. Luxurious lodges offer a comfortable starting place from which to explore the thrilling wilderness of Namibia’s National Parks.