Namibia is often referred to as the "Africa for beginners" for a number of reasons.
For one, the country boasts a low crime rate and is mostly malaria free, making it one of the safest in Africa.
Namibia also has little traffic, impeccable tar roads, and well maintained gravel roads. This, combined with the wide availability of well equipped camp sites, makes touring the country very convenient.
On the down side, Namibia is known for alcohol abuse and (consequently) having a high percentage of car accidents and road deaths. The country could also benefit from refundable surcharges, especially on glass bottles, to remedy the roadside littering.
And, while a dream come true for carnivores, Namibia's culinary culture might not always be as accommodating to vegetarians or vegans.
Yet, overall, Namibia is a beautiful and serene place with some very unique landscapes.
Namibia's most popular and recognized landscape is definitely the Namib desert, after which the country was named. This is probably the world's oldest desert, with some of the highest dunes on the planet.
The desert's most mystical area is Skeleton Coast, of which the name was derived from the whale and seal bones that were left across the desert by the whaling industry.
The name still holds, as today the coast is, somewhat ironically, littered with shipwrecks that lost their bearings in the thick fog belt which frequently envelops part of the coastline.
The combination of this humid fog, yet arid desert land, led the indigenous bushmen to call the region "The Land God Made in Anger", and was later referred to as "The Gates of Hell" by Portuguese sailors.
Besides shipwrecks and a curious climate, Skeleton Coast's Cape Cross Reserve also hosts the world's largest Cape fur seal colonies.
Other animals include the common jackal, baboon and bat-eared fox. You might see some brown hyena, local elephants, and if lightning doesn't strike you twice first, some desert adapted lions.
Namibia's most iconic region is definitely Sossusvlei; A salt and clay pan, besieged by high red dunes, of which the largest reaching up to 325 meters high.
Here, people travel from all over the world to visit the picturesque Deadvlei, where lifeless and blackened camel thorn trees stand seemingly frozen in time on the contrasting white clay pan surface, backdropped by rustic red runes and a deep blue sky.
Other notable Namibian landmarks include:
Etosha National Park, Namibia's prime wildlife location. The park is mainly comprised of an enormous salt pan visible from space, and hosts a variety of beautiful campsites each with their own waterhole and game observations deck.
And finally, Twyfelfontein, which literally means "the Uncertain Fountain", so named by an early settling farmer as he was unsure the spring would provide sufficient water. The area contains more than a dozen rock painting sites and tons of stone slabs. Twyfelfontein was also Namibia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2007.
To conclude, there's a Namibian proverb that goes:
The earth is not ours, it is a treasure we hold in trust for future generations
And Namibia holds true to this saying by being the first country to have incorporated "Protection of the Environment" into its national constitution. Thus protecting around 15% of Namibia's land area from commercial or agricultural development, and designating these areas as National Parks. If enforced and properly managed by their Ministry of Environment & Tourism, this legislation could ensure the future of Namibia's wildlife and tourism.
Given Namibia is the 5th least densely populated country in the world (after Mongolia), it's a perfect destination to get away from the human element of it all.