Where ocean meets dune: a journey to northern Namibia's Skeleton Coast

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March 2021
Namibia
by National Geographic Traveller (UK)
One of the most sparsely populated countries on Earth, Namibia is a byword for vast landscapes shaped by fierce elemental forces.
Photograph by Getty Images

The March issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK) focuses on Namibia, Africa’s new capital of adventure. The country’s offering to travellers is developing apace, with new camps, wildlife experiences, high-octane tours and living museums blossoming across the desert nation.

One of the most sparsely populated countries on Earth, Namibia is a byword for vast landscapes shaped by fierce elemental forces. From the blustery, shipwreck-strewn Skeleton Coast and wildlife utopia of Etosha in the north, through the central region — home to extreme sports hub Swakopmund and the capital, Windhoek — to the ochre dunes of Sossusvlei and the mighty Fish River Canyon in the south, Africa’s southwest corner offers the ultimate antidote to lockdown life.   

Elsewhere in the issue, we discover the dramatic landscapes and age-old legends on the Isle of Skye; a ride on Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer train between Vancouver and Banff; the great outdoors in Bansko, Bulgaria; and the hybrid, borderland cuisine of Alsace. Meanwhile, we look at how Australia’s Sapphire Coast is recovering one year on from the devastating bushfires. We cover the cities of Bangkok, Granada, east London and Cologne. Plus, we take a look at new ways to get outdoors in North Wales; Europe’s sustainable cities for 2021; a drive along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast; what not to miss in Byron Bay; and a quick guide to Windsor.
 

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The March 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveller
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