THE EPIC BEAUTY OF NAMIBIA IN 25 PHOTOS
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. But I hope my photos can help to bring the stunning beauty of Namibia to you, and inspire you to travel to one of the most remarkable beauties on our Planet!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a 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.
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.
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 these 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 a 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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