Backpacking in Namibia on a Gap Year

Countries  »  Namibia

Work with Desert Elephants
Volunteer with Namibia's rare elephants
Sandboarding in Namibia
Finding adrenaline kicks in the dunes of Namibia
Big Cat and Carnivore Conservation
Help out on this volunteer project
Volunteering in Africa
Read about gapper Maria's experiences

When you think of Southern Africa, naturally enough, the first country that comes to mind is South Africa. Just to the North West of South Africa, however, is Namibia. Home to the second largest canyon in the world - Fish River Canyon, the vast, eponymous Namib desert, the oldest in the world, and some of the rarest, most beautiful wildlife in Africa. A destination not to be missed for any traveller.

Namibia's wildlife is unique, with specially desert adapted species like the desert elephant, desert lion and Hartmann's zebra. Etosha National Park, one of Africa's finest game parks, is home to these animals and many, many more. Long a key stop on tours of Southern Africa, this national park is gaining the recognition it deserves and is on more and more gappers radars.

Home to some of the oldest tribes on Earth, Namibia has been inhabited by the San people for longer than anyone cares to know or remember and by various different more recent tribes since the 14th century. Despite a troubled colonial history, Namibia now enjoys a stable economic and political environment and has is rich in many rare and valuable minerals giving it a solid base from which to develop its economy.