Vast empty spaces, wild and fog-shrouded South Atlantic coast, enormous red sand dunes, surreal rock formations and mountains, remote cultures with mysterious ways—all are part of the southwestern African nation of Namibia, one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever traveled.
Along with parts of South Africa and Botswana, Namibia is home to the Kalahari Desert, quite likely the cradle of humanity. A perhaps ironic side note to this can be found in the fact that Namibia today is third least densely populated nation in the world. Only two other nations have fewer people per square mile: Greenland and Mongolia.
In the north of Namibia is one of Africa’s great wildlife parks, Etosha. To the west is the infamous Skeleton Coast, so named for the skeletal remains of countless shipwrecks that lost their way in fog-shrouded waters. Also situated in Namibia’s northwest is Damaraland, a mysterious, wildly colorful land of mountains and desert that’s home to the Herero and Himba people.