The most anticipated wedding of the year takes place this Saturday, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Afterwards, the two travel lovers will jet off for their honeymoon – rumours are flying, but if reports by US magazine Travel+Leisure are to be believed, their first holiday as husband and wife will take place in Namibia.
The reasons for them (maybe) choosing this huge country in southwest Africa are many: not only is it still part of the Commonwealth, but we all know how much Harry loves Africa – he’s a frequent visitor (he even spent his gap year in Kenya), is passionate about animal conservation, is a co-founder of an African charity that honours the work his mother did, and has already taken Meghan on a romantic holiday to Botswana (which is also where he got the diamond for her engagement ring).
On top of all that, as one of the least populated places on earth, the chances of bumping into many tourists will be pretty remote – just like all of Namibia's points of interest and luxury camps.
But mostly, it’s because this stark, untouched corner of Africa is truly spectacular, offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are simply available nowhere else on the planet.
Here are some of the things you should see and do on a trip to Namibia:
The famous Skeleton Coast in northern Namibia is so named due to the fact that it's littered with shipwrecks. Take a helicopter or small plane ride to witness the Atlantic Ocean battering a coastline that abruptly rises to epic sand dunes.
Sossusvlei (vlei means marsh; Sossusvlei means ’dead-end marsh’) is a large, white, salt and clay pan in the southern part of the Namib Desert, surrounded by huge red dunes that are some of the highest in the world (and a photographer’s dream). Attractions include Dune 45 and Big Daddy dunes, Sesriem Canyon and Dead Vlei – where the skeletons of twisted Acacia trees, thought to be around 1,000 years old, are one of Namibia’s most iconic sights.
There's epic stargazing to be had here, in one of the least light-polluted areas in the world. The lack of moisture in the desert air also makes for a crystal-clear night sky in which the stars are very visible (especially if you go during a new moon).
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Located in the northern part of Namibia, this is the country's premier game park where, if you're lucky, you'll see anything from elephants and giraffes, lions and even rhinos drinking from the waterhole.
Etosha National Park is also home to an enormous salt flat. It stretches for 130 kilometres and is up to 50 kilometres wide in places. Apparently, it was formed more than 100 million years ago and is visible from space!
This granite rock formation – known locally as the Matterhorn of the south – is 1,784 metres tall and an incredible 120 million years old.
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This ghost town in the Namib Desert was once a small but prosperous mining village. In the early 1900s it was home to hundreds of German families who came here in search of diamonds, but has been overtaken by time and sand.