An ageless realm of sand dunes, petrified forests, salt pans, and grassy savannas, Namibia is a land beyond imagining. Namibia was the first country in the world to include environmental protection in its constitution, and today 14 percent of the landscape is safeguarded as designated natural areas.
Thanks to these efforts, Namibia is the world’s most abundant arid land. It houses the largest populations of free-roaming cheetahs and black rhinos. Oryx, Cape buffalo, lions, leopards, black-faced impala, zebras, and both desert-adapted and bush elephants are also plentiful. Along the coast, enjoy whale-watching—the southern right whale is making a comeback—or enjoy seal colonies, dolphins, and plentiful birdlife.