Amazing Photos of Southern Africa from Above

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Africa Photos

Six months ago we landed in Southern Africa with a plan to travel the continent far and wide. Now we have traveled through South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia capturing some of the best photos of Africa by air. Africa is a continent jam-packed with staggering natural beauty, so we never missed a chance to throw our drone in the sky. Here is what six months in Southern Africa (with a layover in the Seychelles), looks like from above. 


Photos of Africa from the Sky


Free State, South Africa

We spent three months in South Africa and one of our first stops was in the Free State. This was taken while we were exploring the Drakensberg mountains. 

High above over the Free State

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Mozambique may be one of the most underrated destinations in Africa. One of our most memorable days in the country was when we hired a local dhow to take us out to Bazaruto Island.

Mozambique by drone

Maletsunyane Falls, Lesotho

A must for me was seeing Maletsunyane Falls while we were in Lesotho. We drove all around the “Kingdom in the Sky” before ending up at the 192-meter high waterfall. If you want a waterfall all to yourself, head to Lesotho.

Maletsunyane Falls

Maputo Elephant Reserve, Mozambique

We had just entered Mozambique from Swaziland. We had no cash on us, no SIM card, and to make matters worse we didn’t have a 4×4 vehicle. Someone had to pick us up outside the Maputo Elephant Reserve to drive us through the sand terrain, but it was all worth it for this sunset.

Mozambique Coast at Sunset

Namib Desert, Namibia

We had briefly seen the Sahara while in Morocco. Regardless, when we saw the Namib Desert in the proper light for the first time we were absolutely speechless.

Namib Desert

Chapman’s Peak, Cape Town

I mentioned that we were in South Africa for three months out of the year. Can you believe that almost two of those were spent in Cape Town? The city was just so gorgeous we never wanted to leave!

tintswalo-atlantic Chapmans peak

Maputo Special Reserve, Mozambique

It may be hard to believe, but the only people we saw on the Southern Mozambique coast were local fishermen. No crowds of tourists or annoying beach vendors – just pure serenity.

Maputo Elephant Reserve

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park has over 50,000 elephants. We got to catch this herd taking a bath in the river.

Chobe National Park

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Another shot of the clear blue waters that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. Did you know this is one of the last places in the world you can spot Dugongs?

Bazarutu Island

Drakensberg Amphitheatre, South Africa

It was an exhilarating and almost terrifying hike to the top of Mont Aux Sources in the middle of Winter. However, this unreal view is what all the fuss is about.

Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa

Moremi National Park, Botswana

We got to Moremi National Park right as the rainy season began in Botswana. During the rainy season animals become difficult to spot as the bush becomes very thick and they don’t have to travel to watering holes to drink. We were lucky still got to see all the wildlife before they got too deep in the bush.

Moremi National Park

Sossusvlei, Namibia

We woke up at 4:30 am to race into the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Groggy eyes and weary heads we still said it was worth it to watch the sunrise all by ourselves.

sossusvlei

Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake in the world! It splits Zambia and Zimbabwe in the North and has a vibrant eco system.

Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Kalk Bay, Cape Town

To break away from the city life in central Cape Town we escaped to Kalk Bay for a weekend. Watching the fishermen and busy harbor never got boring!

Kalk Bay Harbor Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

If there was one thing I didn’t like about Cape Town it was weekend traffic. However, we used to live in NYC so traffic like this never seemed that bad.

What to Do in Cape Town

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

We were able to delve deep into the NamibRand Nature Reserve when we stayed at the luxurious Wolwedans for five nights. This shows just how isolated one of their camps are in the desert.

Boulders Camp, Wolwedans

Okavango Delta, Botswana

We had our morning coffee beneath a herony in the Okavango Delta. At first, they were skeptical of the drone – I think they got used to it after awhile though!

Heronry in the Okavango Delta

Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

The elephant populations in Zimbabwe are huge. This guy hung around our camp on the lake the entire time just grazing and loving life.

Lake Kariba Elephant

Zambezi River, Zambia

We spent a night at one of the top eco-lodges in Africa. Located right on the Zambezi River is the sublime Sindabezi Island.

Zambezi River

Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Fish River Canyon is the largest Canyon in Africa and is one of the most visited attractions in Namibia. We arrived midday at the canyon and almost melted away from the heat. We returned later with a couple of cold beers to watch the sun go down.

Fish River Canyon

Mahe, The Seychelles

Not Southern Africa, but we stopped here on a week long layover before landing in Johannesburg. I have never seen such a lush paradise before.

The Seychelles

Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

We wanted to avoid the police roadblocks while driving in Zimbabwe, so we went deep into the African jungle in order to reach our destination. Who knew Zimbabwe was so gorgeous?

Beautiful Zimbabwe

Moremi National Park, Botswana

I had to include this because of the Giraffes curious expression. He was neither scared or nervous of the drone – he just kept looking at it like this.

Moremi National Park

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Taken just after sunrise on the Okavango Delta – one of the most incredible places on earth for wildlife.

Okavango Delta Botswana

Sedudu Island, Botswana

Sedudu Island is situated on the Chobe River between Botswana and Namibia. The land has been disputed between the two nations and even led to an armed conflict. However, it now belongs to Botswana who keep preserved as part of Chobe National Park. Everyday we spent on the Chobe this massive herd of Buffalo was there to greet us.

Chobe National Park

Kalahari Desert, Namibia

Hi, Charlie! (That’s our awesome Land Cruiser). He is out gateway to Africa and takes us everywhere we need to be. Here he is just chilling in the Kalahari.
driving-in-the-kalahari

Southern Mozambique

This isn’t about a specific place in Mozambique. For all it matters, is somewhere along the coast in the south. It demonstrates another example of how untouched parts of Mozambique really are.

Mozambican Coast

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

That’s a dazzle of Zebra in the distance. It’s amazing how these animals adapt and live in such inhospitable environments.

NamibRand Nature Reserve

Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

This shot was taken on Christmas Day. A group of us took a “booze cruise” out to watch the sun go down. Not exactly a white Christmas!

Drone over Lake Kariba

Mahe, The Seychelles

My favorite drone shot from the Seychelles. To me, it really captures the essence of the islands and how badly we need to save places like these! 

Mahe, The Seychelles

Have we convinced you to buy a drone and fly to Africa yet?

All photography pictured was shot with our DJI Phantom 3 Advanced. We have no affiliation with DJI, but love their products and couldn’t wait to take our drone to Africa. Check drone prices here.

Plan Your Trip to Africa

We rely on a few trusted websites that help save us money and time when booking hotels, flights, and car rentals. Check out some of our preferred partners below:


Accommodation in Africa: We hear about many of the places we stay in Africa through word of mouth. However in big African cities, we always check HotelsCombined.com first.

Flights to Africa: Compare airlines, dates and prices all in one place with Skyscanner.

Look the Part: Our guide to the best safari clothes. 

Car Rental in Africa: Although we decided to buy a car to get around Africa we rented a car with Auto Europe for our first two months on the continent.

Travel Insurance: We never travel without travel insurance with World Nomads. We ALWAYS travel with travel insurance. Natasha is a bit of a worry wart and would rather stay safe than sorry. World Nomads offers incredible flexible and great plans!

Water: Much of the water in Africa is questionable at best. We always use our Lifestraw Go Waterbottle to ensure safe drinking water.

Guide Book: Sometimes it’s nice just to have a real book in your hands when traveling. We recommend picking up a Lonely Planet to get you through the wireless nights.

 

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