Walvis Bay, a city in Namibia, offers some of the most stunning spots for tourists. Picture: Protea Hotels by Marriott Walvis Bay.

Sub-Saharan Africa has plenty to offer. Countries like South Africa, Mauritius, Cape Verde, Tanzania, Kenya are popular destinations due to their well-developed tourism industries.

But there's just something different and magical about Namibia, one of the region's most breathtaking locations. Many of its most interesting places are easily accessible and many people choose to experience its majestic landscape and natural beauty by road, and even by foot.

Namibia's capital, Windhoek, is probably the most popular destination, but other cities including Lüderitz, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, have plenty to offer.

Its reputation is generally that of a dusty, hot country - which is understandable given the blistering heat it experiences throughout the year and the fact that it is home to the oldest, driest desert in the world. 

Swakopmund, in particular, offers an escape from the heat of Namibia's interior. For adrenaline junkies, there's plenty to get up to in the surrounding desert, including quad-biking, sand-boarding, sand-skiing and parasailing.

There are also some incredible game reserves across the country, like Etosha National Park, which offers guests sightings of a range of wildlife including 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species and 16 amphibian species. 

In her glowing review of the country, Never Ending Footsteps blogger, Lauren Julif, wrote, "Head to Etosha National Park and you’ll get to drive alongside elephants, giraffes, lions, black rhinos, and more. You can hit up the Namibian Desert for sand dune climbing at sunrise. There are beaches and coastlines full of shipwrecks to explore. The darkest skies are in Namibia, so the Milky Way is always shining brightly above your head at night. Oh, and there’s a ghost town in the middle of the desert. Badass."

The official language of Namibia is English, so for those worried about the practicalities of travelling through the remote areas of the country (and there are plenty), worry not. Namibians are known to be friendly and very helpful.