Straddling the border between two great deserts, Namibia is a land of astonishing scenery, spectacular wildlife and striking contrast. Whether viewed from land or air, this startling country will have you absorbed in its scenery and rich culture every moment that you’re there.

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1. See Namibia from a helicopter

For the ultimate in adventure, why not see one of Africa’s most striking countries from above? The landscape of Namibia is like no other landscape on Earth. Harsh, rugged and breathtaking, if you choose to see any country by air, make it this one.

Journeys By Design do tailored private heli-safaris that allow for both privacy and flexibility. Sights en route include the striking Skeleton Coast, the giant dunes of Sussusvlei, the colossal Epupa Falls and the Kunene River, plus stop offs at some of Namibia’s finest desert lodges. You’ll also be provided your own private experts to guide you throughout.

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2. Dune Hopper

The sky-high dunes of Sossusvlei might just be Namibia’s most breathtaking landscape. A photographer’s dream, shifting shadows adorn the slopes of the sand mountains, that stretch up as high as 325 meters. When there’s enough rain the large clay pans at the base of the dunes flood, attracting flamingoes and other rare aquatic birds, and creating a dreamlike backdrop like no other on Earth.

If your short on time, there are now fly-in, fly-out safari options that range from two to six days and include all of the magical sights of the great NamibRand desert, plus luxury lodgings just outside the Sesriem gate. Small private planes can be chartered through The Dunehopper Collection. Add a hot air balloon trip to the agenda to witness the surreal scenery from above.

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3. Land Rover Adventure

To get up close and personal with some of the world’s largest sand dunes and the desert-adpated wildlife that lives in them, jump in a Land Rover. Having your own state-of-the-art vehicle gives you freedom to plan your itinerary 100 percent on your own terms.

Abercrombie & Kent organise 11 night packages that include all of the country’s most important sights. You’ll drive through the country’s diverse terrain through the sky-high dunes of Sossusvlei and on into the complex landscape of Damaraland. The trip also includes a hot air balloon flight over the dunes, plenty of opportunity for game viewing and a marine safari in Walvis Bay where visitors can witness migrating whales, dolphins, seals and penguins.

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