Travel up Namibia's Skeleton Coast and into Damaraland.
Namibia's Skeleton Coast is a tortured landscape of red rock canyons and sliding sand dunes that the local Bushmen believe was made by God in anger. Home to remote tribal villages — and littered with shipwrecks and whalebones — it's hauntingly beautiful and increasingly visited by intrepid tourists (often on guided tours). After visiting the protected Skeleton Coast Park on Namibia's northern Atlantic Coast, head inland to Damaraland for some of Southern Africa's most under-appreciated wildlife-watching. Here, you can view desert-adapted elephants and lions, as well as Africa's largest population of free-roaming rhinos. Namibia cools down and dries out between June and August, making it the best time for a visit.