I am often asked what my favorite country that I have visited is. This is of course impossible to answer as it is like picking a favorite child. However, there are a couple of countries that stand out as ones that I suggest people visit and recently I have been guiding people to visit Namibia. Here is why:
Want to see the big game wildlife of Africa?
Want to experience otherworldly landscapes that have graced the pages of National Geographic?
Beautiful sunsets and sandy beaches?
Villages and towns who will welcome you and share their unique culture?
I found Namibia to be safe. I traveled alone, in a rented 4×4 and aside from a couple flat tires in the middle of nowhere, didn’t have a single problem and felt safe the entire trip even while camping.
Namibia is popular, but really hasn’t broken out into the global tourism mainstream. I have no idea why. Seriously. Everyone seems to gravitate to South Africa and Kenya. But this is good news for you because it means you get to explore a country that remains under people’s radars and doesn’t have tour busses zooming camera clicking tourists everywhere. You can drive yourself through Etosha NP and feel like you are truly on a wild safari as opposed to paying to go into a fenced off game preserve (aka a big open zoo).
So you can see Namibia really does have what it takes to make for an epic and memorable adventure. Wildlife, landscapes and culture. It’s the complete package.