With beaches, mountains and wildlife like you only see in the pages of National Geographic, Namibia has the makings of a practically perfect travel destination. On top of the beautiful scenery, Namibia outclasses many of its south African neighbors in terms of infrastructure and transportation. It all adds up to give Namibia a high "visitability" factor.

Unfortunately, the comforts and conveniences that make Namibia an attractive destination for travelers are the same that have kept the country in debt and its people in poverty. The country uses more fuel than it can afford and unlike North American countries with similar problems, Namibia does not have the same credit line to extend to other countries.

What to do

Namibia's attractions lie in the varied terrain of the country. There are beach resorts up and down the coast, as well as mountains between the coast and the Savannah. At Walvis Bay you can kitesurf, fish or even ride the dunes like you're snowboarding on a mountain.

You can also try to get up close and personal with the wild game at Etosha National Park, Namibia's largest game reserve. Or yell for your echo at Fish River Canyon, the world's second largest canyon.

Getting there

There are the usual South Africa flights between Namibia's capital Windhoek and Cape Town, as well as flights from Frankfurt, Germany, and London, England. There are also buses running from Botswana and South Africa and trains from Upington, South Africa to Windhoek.

Where to stay

The government is renovating campgrounds near popular attractions like Etosha National Park and while the prices will increase, the facilities should improve greatly. This is following a general trend in the hospitality industry in Namibia, facilities are getting nicer for travelers to the point that cities like Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund all have top of the line hotels and several budget hostels for backpackers.