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The Epic Beauty – 25 photos to inspire you to travel to Namibia

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The epic beauty of Namibia is something that has to be seen with your own eyes and it is almost impossible to describe it or to take a photo that represents what is in front of us. 

THE EPIC BEAUTY OF NAMIBIA IN 25 PHOTOS

 

Namibia is a country with epic beauty and has some of the planet's most astonishing landscapes, making the photos you see in books or on the internet inspire you to want to jump on the first plane and travel to see and explore Namibia for yourself!

Namibia is not a trip, it is an experience!

It is certainly one of the most stunning places I've ever seen - from driving the Namib desert without seeing another car for hours, to being surrounded by fossilized trees at Deadsvlei. Driving on the coastline where the desert meets the ocean, to the incredible wildlife and plains of Etosha National Park inspires awe at the majesty of nature.

Namibia is a massive country to explore, and it is nearly impossible to take a bad picture.

If you get inspired to travel to Namibia at the end of seeing my 25 photos, check my complete Namibia 11-Day Road Trip Itinerary. I put this self-drive together and enjoyed exploring and camping through one of the most beautiful places in Namibia, and this day-by-day itinerary will make your trip just as perfect as it was for me.

If you are not convinced yet that Namibia is a perfect destination for you, it’s time to feel inspired by these10 photos that will make you want to jump on a plane! 

LANDSCAPE PHOTOS to inspire you to travel to Namibia

 

It is almost impossible to describe the epic landscape of Namibia, even illustrated through photos.

The diversity on the landscape makes you wonder if the next stop will be as beautiful as the last, but it just continues to get more and more beautiful as you drive and explore different parts of the country.

There are no words to describe the feeling of standing in front of one of highest orange dunes in the planet in Sossusvlei, walk in the vast clay pan of Deadvlei and wonder how the petrified Acacia trees survived to 900-year-old of transformation, or just watch the wind shifting and shaping the oldest desert in the world - the Namib Desert.

Namibia has so many unique landscapes, such as the  Quivertree Forest, which are aloe plants and can grow as high as 10 meters, and they can be as old as 300 years.

The Namibian landscape is just stunning, surreal, and absolutely inspiring.

Namibia in 25 photos to inspire you to travel
The stunning beauty of the orange dunes of Sossusvlei
Tall dunes in Namibia in 25 photos to inspire you
The stunning ladscape of Namibia is so inspiring and it is impossible to take a bad photo
Walking in the vast clay of sossusvlei
Walking in the Deadvlei vast pan
namibia in 25 photos in Deadsvlei
Deadvlei and the petrified 900+ year-old Acacia trees
Namib desert in 25 photos of Namibia
Namib Desert is the oldest desert on the Planet and it is constantly shifting and shaping with the wind blowing
Namibia in 25 photos Quivertree Forest
Quivertree Forest is 10 meters or higher aloe plants that can be as old as 300 years-old

DESERTED COASTLINE PHOTOS to inspire you to travel to Namibia

 

The Skeleton Coast is littered with the wrecks of many ships, earning its marine reputation as “The Gates of Hell.” The coast is prone to dense fogs with heavy surf.

Another beautiful place to visit on the coast is Cape Cross, as it is home for thousands of Cape fur seals and is considered the largest aggregation in the world, and Walvis Bay is well known for its Flamingo's colony.

Sandwich Harbor is "Where the desert meets the ocean" and it is just an unreal experience to be able to drive over golden dunes nestled beside the Atlantic Ocean.

Swakopmund is the largest coastal town in Namibia and it is a great place to visit the colorful German architecture buildings.

On the way to the coastal town of Luderitz, you can see some of the only Wild Horses in Africa. These horses were brought by European colonials and found a new home in the Namib desert in an area known as the Garub.

Photos of Namibia in the Skeleton Coast
Skeleton Coast is littered with the wrecks of many ships and is prone to dense fogs with heavy surf
Namibia photos to inspire you to travel to Cape Cross
Cape Cross is home to the largest Cape fur seals colony
Walvis Bay photos of Namibia to inspire
Colony of pink flamingos at Walvsis Bay
Photos of Namibia to make you to travel to Sandwich Harbor
Sandwich Harbor is where the desert meets the ocean
Namibia photos to inspire in Swakopmund
Swakopmund is the largest coastal town in Namibia and it is the paradise for the locals summer vacation
Namibia photos to inspire you to travel and see the wild horses
Garub is one of the only places you can find wild horses in Africa

VAST AND ISOLATED PHOTOS to inspire you to travel to Namibia

 

The name of the country derives from Namib, which translates as “ vast place”.

Namibia is one of the least populated countries in the world with just over 2 million citizens – that is equivalent to 3 habitants per square kilometer, with hundreds of kilometers devoid of humans.

Imagine losing yourself in the vast and remote terrain, enjoying the beauty of the landscapes and nature and find in each stop a perfect opportunity for an amazing photo.

You can drive for hours on the long and straight roads without seeing another car along the gravel roads that criss-cross the country.

You can also find ghost towns in Namibia, and the most famous is Kolmanskop located near the Forbidden Zone. What was once a very rich mining town, was abandoned in 1936 and today sand dunes fill the town and the houses. A town filled with fortune and dreams turned into an intriguing place to visit and also, a paradise for photographers.

Namibia photos to inspire you to go on a road trip
You can drive for hours on the long and straight roads of Namibia without seeing another car
The vast roads of Namibia to inspire a road trip
Namibia translates as "vast place" and it is one of the least populated countries in the world
Kolmanshop makes we feel inspired to travel to Namibia
Kolmanshop is the most famous ghost town in Namibia
Kolmanskop inspires to take many photos
Kolmanskop was once a very rich mining town and today it is filled with sand dunes making a paradise for photographers
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DIVERSE WILDLIFE PHOTOS to inspire you to travel to Namibia

 

Because of the vast landscape and habitats, the animals of Namibia are able to roam freely without too much human interference

Namibia has very diverse wildlife, including the big five and a very rich marine life.

You can spot hundreds of animals in the National Parks, but they also roam freely outside the protected areas. You will start to see some animals such as springboks and ostriches simply driving out of the airport.

Etosha National Park is one of the top tourist destinations and also one of the most significant safari destinations in Africa, with more than 100 mammal and 340 different species of birds. The wildlife here is simply fabulous and spotting animals is as easy as parking your car at one of the waterholes and waiting for large numbers of zebras, elephants, springbok, oryx, giraffe, and many other animals to arrive to drink water.

Get inspired to visit Etosha in Namibia
Consider yourself lucky if you see the king right in front of you at Etosha National Park
Etosha is paradise to take photos of Namibia
Etosha National Park is one of the top tourist attractions in Namibia with more than 100 mammals and 340 species of birds
Get inspired to visit Etosha in Namibia
At 130 km’s long and up to 50km’s wide in places, the Etosha pan is the largest in Africa and is the park’s most distinctive and dramatic feature, visible even from space
The wildlife in Etosha inspires you to travel to Namibia
The wildlife in Etosha is fabulous and spotting animals is very easy and rewarding

PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA - Photos to inspire your trip

 

Namibia is home to 13 indigenous tribes and you can (and should) experience the diversity of these people and cultures. The people I encountered were very friendly and open. They encourage you to engage with them and share a moment learning about each other.

I got the chance to spend some time at a Himba Village and get to learn about their beautiful culture. They are semi-nomadic people recognized for their bare chest, a red ochre-paste covered skin and hair, and clothes made from cow skin.

I also had the opportunity to camp at another village with the San People also known as Bushmen -  They are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa, having lived there for at least 20,000 years. One of the most amazing things is their ability to survive in nature and in the harshest of climates, and they are renowned for their hunting and tracking skills.

Get inspired to travel to Namibia and visit te Himba people
The Himba people are semi-nomadic people recognized for their bare chest, red ochre-paste covered skin and hair, and clothes made from cow skin
Get inspired to travel to Namibia
I got the chance to visit the Himba village and to learn about their intriguing and beautiful culture
The San People inspires to travel to Namibia
The San People also known as Bushmen are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa, having lived there for at least 20,000 years
Namibia in photos inspires to travel to this epic beauty
The San People doing a traditional dancing for healing around the fire

THE BEST TRAVEL PHOTO GEAR FOR NAMIBIA

Here is a list of the photography gear I used during my trip to Namibia and I recommend:

  • Canon 70D  I have been shooting with this camera for a long time and I just love the quality of the photos and videos
  • Canon 18-135mm  lens is my favorite and my go-to lens for landscape, city, and street photojournalism.
  • Canon 70-300mm I use this lens when I go on safari and I just love how sharp and stable  and lightweight
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone takes great pictures, besides the amazing videos. It is not allowed to fly a drone in many places, therefore I only use it in very few places that allows it.
  • Samsung Galaxy 10 is the phone I use and also has an amazing camera for when you are far from your camera and still want to get great quality pictures.
  • SanDisk 128GB Memory Card - If you are like me and take many pictures and do videos, remember to have an additional memory card. You will need some extra storage capacity and it is the best way to protect the images transferring from your camera.

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20 thoughts on “The Epic Beauty – 25 photos to inspire you to travel to Namibia

  1. PATRICIA MARTINELLI FERNANDES says:

    Sem palavras para descrever tamanha diversidade e beleza, imagens valem mais que mil palavras, estas fotos são simplesmente únicas traduzidas em forma de vida. Me fez querer conhecer este lugar tão distante e impensável em nossos roteiros e viagens dos sonhos. O Mundo é vasto e lindo e possui muito a ser explorado. Parabéns pelo lindo trabalho. Que você possa voar cada vez mais alto. Sucesso.

    • Paula Martinelli says:

      Muito obrigada Patricia – fico muito feliz que tenha gostado das fotos e concordo com você. Nosso planeta é unico e tão precioso, tem muito a ser explorado e as oportunidades são infinitas. Muito obrigada pelos elogios 🙂

    • Paula Martinelli says:

      Thank you Cathia, I am so glad you liked the pictures. The Himba are just so beautiful, I have been wanting to meet with them for a long time and it was an amazing experience, much better than what I thought.

  2. Juliana Johnson says:

    Wow! Breathtaking photos!!!
    They’re all very special, but the one with
    Deadsvlei and the petrified Acacia trees was my favorite!
    It looks like a painting in a canvas!!!! Just Beautiful

    • Paula Martinelli says:

      Thanks Juju – I am glad you like the pictures and I agree with you, I think that Deadsvlei is one of the most beautiful places I ever visited and I still dream about this place.

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