Dead camel thorn tree and dune, late afternoon, Sossusvlei, Namibia

Wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic, Namibia enjoys vast potential as one of the youngest countries in Africa. In addition to having a striking diversity of cultures and national origins, it boasts wild seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning wildlife, colonial cities and nearly unlimited elbow room.

The capital city of Windhoek and the seaside towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay have a charm of their own. In stark contrast, is the Etosha National Park, a vast oasis in the semi-desrt, offering the most extraordinary game-viewing experiences. In turn, the lush Caprivi Strip has a network of rivers, forests, swamps and waterways.

Take the aerial route in a hot air balloon over the massive sand dunes of Sossulvei, a photographer’s dream backdrop of the parched pan of bleak, cracked mud, and a landscape marked by the occasional skeletons of ancient thorn trees. Gaze at the Skeleton Coast graveyard of huge rusting shipwrecks or marvel at the enormous Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon.