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Wilderness Damaraland Camp Elephants, Credit Olwen Evans

The Coastal Strip, Namibia

The stunning Namib Desert makes up most of the Western part of the country, along the Atlantic coast. The oldest desert in the world it is characterised by enormous red sand dunes, open gravel plains and rugged valleys.

Wilderness Damaraland Camp Elephants, Credit Olwen Evans

Heading North along the coast, Swakopmund is Namibia's coastal playground with desert in the background and blue ocean views. The town itself is full of old-world charm with lush green gardens and palm trees, not to mention the excellent coffees shops selling delicious German cakes and pastries. Adventure activities abound- from sand boarding and quad-biking to sea kayaking and hot air balloon trips. Nearby Walvis Bay features a lagoon with prolific bird life including flamingos and a resident seal reserve.

The desolate northern coastline, strewn with shipwrecks and whale bones, is known aptly as the Skeleton Coast. The landscape includes long-ranging vistas of windswept dunes to rugged canyons with walls richly coloured by volcanic rock and extensive mountain ranges. Aventure-lovers will be in heaven here with quad-biking, ocean cruises, paragliding, skydiving camel rides into the desert on offer.

Inland you will find Twyfelfontein, an extensive open-air gallery of rock-art featuring thousands of engravings, all protected by World Heritage Status. Close by is the Petrified Forest where a cataclysmic event millions of years ago deposited giant tree trunks which subsequently turned to stone.

Damaraland is a true wilderness with scenic desert vistas and dramatic mountain views- even the resident elephants have adapted to survive on the stark plains.

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