Namibia is a land of bewitching variety: from the warm, rust-red sands of the Kalahari to the wild waves that pound the formidable Skeleton Coast; from the elegant German architecture of Swakopmund to the simple mud huts of the Himba people. Its endless roads make it eminently accessible to independent travellers. Equipped with a car, they can explore deserted diamond-mining towns, ponder ancient engravings at Twyfelfontein, marvel at herds of zebra at Etosha's great saltpan, and tuck into ultra-fresh oysters at Walvis Bay. Now in its fifth edition, this is the most established guide on the market, with in-depth coverage of wildlife, environment, history and culture, plus invaluable practical advice for Namibia veterans and Africa vices alike.
Chris McIntyre went to Africa in 1987, after reading physics at Queen's College, Oxford. He taught with VSO in Zimbabwe for almost three years and travelled extensively, before co-authoring the UK's first guide to Namibia and Botswana for Bradt Travel Guides.