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Namibia

Namibia may be the aridest African country south of the Sahara, but it is home to an impressive diversity of species and ecosystems, from parched coastal deserts to subtropical wetlands and savannas, as well as 1,500 kilometres of coastline and some of the richest coastal seas in the world. 

It is also the country with the second lowest population density in the world (after Mongolia), meaning relatively low human impact on the environment and large swathes of wide-open, pristine landscapes. 

Populations of Black Rhino, Elephant, Oryx, Springbok and Kudu, as well as rare and endemic species like the Hartmann’s Zebra and Black-Face Impala, have increased in many parts of Namibia over the last 30 years. 

While most people come to Namibia to see the Big 5, it is also an excellent birding and fieldherping destination–particularly the Namib Desert (the only arid biodiversity hotspot in the world).