Pico Iyer’s greatest vacation problem was ‘filling the times until they burst’. However 9 days within the desert of Namibia with nothing a lot to do was a liberating expertise

A dune in Sossusvlei. Photograph: Alamy

Dune 45, an 80 metre-high sand dune in Sossusvlei; Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa; historic rock carvings at Twyfelfontein; and Swakopmund, a city established by German colonists on the Skeleton Coast.

Alternate fee
£1 = 17 Namibian dollars (N$). Fundamental lunch (inc a drink): N$104. Beer: N$23