A place of otherworldly landscapes, Namibia has a mystique even its stunning neighbours Botswana and South Africa struggle to match. The coastal Namib Desert is an empty, achingly beautiful place. Its rolling sand dunes are the second largest in the world, making this the ultimate spot to try out the extreme sport of sandboarding. The Skeleton Coast plays home to sweeping vistas and arid landscapes where wildlife ekes out a precarious existence, while Etosha National Park is perfect for those looking for a premium safari. Come during ‘green season’, from December to March, to see it at its majestic best.