Namibia is twice the size of Germany, the colonial power that annexed it for only 31 years (1884-1915) yet left an indelible imprint on its architecture, cuisine and language. It’s a looping, scenic journey that takes you via Okonjima, home of the Africat Foundation, to Etosha, Namibia’s greatest wildlife sanctuary, then west to the sculptural massifs of Damaraland. From here you head south to the coastal town of Swakopmund, home to the best surviving German colonial-era architecture. The place leaves you admiring its fierce beauty from a private plunge pool.
This is a holiday that requires a fair amount of driving but, with arrow-straight gravel roads through vast and empty scenery, this is not driving as you know it. This is a transformative, meditative journey into an inner world that will deliver you home feeling – dare I say it again – spiritually touched, and fully regenerated.