Climb the world’s largest sand dunes. Visit the wrecks of ships along the Skeleton Coast, or the wrecks of gold rush towns at Kolmanskop.

Claimed until 1990 by South Africa in defiance of international consensus, the country is one of the only German-speaking nations on the continent. Namibia has opened up to eco-tourism in a big way since independence, as a destination on its own, or as part of a longer Southern Africa circuit for more adventurous travelers.

Matadorians who have been to Namibia offer advice on learning to sandboard, hitchike and make the most of the alien scenery in their writing below.

Namibia Articles

25 must-have experiences in Windhoek, Namibia

by Martha Mukaiwa

25 places we’re dying to explore right now

by Matador Team

15 famous movies and the *actual* countries they were filmed in

by Alex Scola

8 adventurous ways to explore Africa

by Hal Amen

How to get started sandboarding

by Harriet Potter

I can feel Namibia calling me back

by Katja Schilling-Bayley

What I learned about indigenous tourism in Namibia

by Shannon Dell

This is how Namibia is nailing sustainable tourism

by Shannon Dell

9 side effects I had as a traveler living in Namibia

by Alexandra Peard

Is this the first woman to ever surf the long barrels of Namibia’s Skeleton Bay?

by Rory Moulton

Namibia from the air and ground

by Blaze Nowara

I went to Namibia and didn’t see any of the big five. Here’s what I saw that was even better

by Shannon Dell

How filming Mad Max damaged a fragile desert in Namibia

by Erin Conway-Smith

Check this incredible time lapse of Namibia’s dramatic skies

by Morgane Croissant

25 photos from Namibia we can’t stop looking at

by Jorge Henao

30 signs you’re living through January in Windhoek

by Martha Mukaiwa

The incredible things you’ll see on a road trip through Namibia [pics]

by Scott Sporleder

40 signs you were born and raised in Namibia

by Martha Mukaiwa
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