It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo in Namibia. The country may be sparsely populated, but it packs a whole lot of punch for Namibian photography. Every day we found ourselves eager to explore a new corner of the country. Whether it was the tantalizing sunsets, the unique and sometimes bizarre wildlife, or the captivating people Namibia never left us bored.
To many Namibia is a land unheard of, but it is rising as the new “hot spot” for international travel. Even with it’s rising popularity one can even find themselves completely isolated in a far off land. We traveled overland in our Land Cruiser and at points felt we were on a foreign planet.
This is our Namibia photography collection of a November spent around Namibia. Hope you enjoy these Namibia pictures as much as we do.
Our Guides To Namibia
- A Self Drive Guide Through the Wild Northern Namibia
- Namib Desert Exploring: A Field Guide To Driving Southern Namibia
- A Road Trip Through Namibia
- 15 Namibia Travel Tips to Know Before You Go
- Etosha National Park Safari Guide
- Experiencing Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, Boulders Camp, and Private Camp
Explore Namibia Through Video
Amazing Namibia Pictures that Will Make You Want to Visit
Sunset over the Kalahari
Who can make the funniest face?
Zebra Party in the Desert
Lonely Namibian Roads
Meet One of the Smiley Namibian Bushmen
Cape Cross Seal Colony
Overlooking the Great Zambezi
Hyena Bathing in Etosha National Park
Lesser Flamingos in Walvis Bay
Storm Over Etosha National Park
Watching the Mbunza Fish in the Okavango
One Shy Hornbill
Gymnastics in Deadvlei
Camping in Sossusvlei
Sundowners never get old
Watching the women weave in the Caprivi Strip
Storm rolling in over the Okavango
Traditional medicine used by tribal members
A herd of elephants in the Chobe River
Lion sleep time in Etosha
Reliving the old ways of living in the Caprivi Strip
The beautiful Secretary bird
The mighty Zambezi
Mum and pup fight at Cape Cross Seal Colony
Smiling is Contagious
A dehorned rhino in Etosha
Dancing and smiling along the Caprivi Strip
The smelliest place on earth
Sunrise over Sossusvlei
Faces of Namibia
Sundowners over the desert
Gearing up for dinner in the NamibRand Nature Reserve
White Mongoose eyeing us (and our food)
A walk through Deadvlei
Many tired hippos between Botswana and Namibia
Entering the abandoned town of Kolmanskop
Checking into the Canon Roadhouse near Fish River Canyon
The mysterious fairy circles in the NamibRand Desert
Inside the abandoned mining town near Luderitz
A bushwalk through the desert
Checking into Wolwedans Dune Lodge
The iconic Boulders Camp
Long dog days in the Kalahari
Wild horse fight in Aus
The surreal orange sand that makes up the Namib Desert
The wild horses of Garub checking out our car
Sunset at Gondwana’s Canyon Village near Fish River Canyon
The last of the Namib wild horses
Abandoned houses are always a sight to see
Camera Gear We Use
- Fuji X-T3 – Main Travel Camera // (on B&H)
- Fuji X Series Lenses
- Sony RX100 V // (on B&H)
- Fuji X-T20 – Backup Camera // (on B&H)
- GoPro Max // (on B&H)
- DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone // (on B&H)
- Lowe Pro Whistler 450
- Peak Design Camera Sling
- Peak Design Travel Backpack
- Peak Design Clip
- Rode Video Mic – For Vlogging
- For Cinematic Shots: Zhiyun Crane V2
- Peak Designs Travel Tripod
- For Storage: LaCie Rugged 4TB USB-C
- For Editing: Macbook 15″ Pro Retina
Book A Safari in Namibia
Traditionally if you wanted to book a safari you’d have to go to a travel agent and have them book your safari for you. They made suggestions for camps and lodges then presented you with a large bill. Most of the industry still operates in this fashion.
However, Timbuktu is a new platform that allows you to select the lodges you’d like and see the pricing per day that way you can select the best itinerary for yourself. They will then contact the lodges and help you through booking your safari. With experts on staff, they can also provide suggestions and arrange the little details much like a travel agent.
Check Out Some Lodges in Namibia
Wolwedans Dune Lodge
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge features ten chalets mostly constructed out of wood instead of canvas tents. Each room opens up to the east, offering incredible views of the sunrise every morning. We slept with the canvas tents rolled up and could gaze at the stars all night. We felt at one with nature while still having an extremely comfortable sleep.
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge has a massive pool attached to the pharmacy (or the “bar”) and continues to spill into one grand lobby area. This is where Cameron and I spent most of our day – basking in the intense Namibian sun surrounded by cool water and a good book.
Chobe Water Villas
Chobe Water Villas sits on the wildlife-filled Chobe River. It’s also the most modern accommodation we have seen in Africa. Walking into the main area transports you into a varying array of time zones and locations. The interior was decorated in chic white and gray décor and stark shapes.
Exploring the architecture and decoration of the hotel leads to sources of inspiration from around Namibia. From the skeleton of a whale, to the seasonal rains that bring life.
Gondwana Canyon Village
The Gondwana Canyon Village was set up in the form of a small village lost in the desert. Turning off the main road you wind 3km down a sandy track before arriving at the main lodge a low stone building with a massive thatched roof.
We arrived early in the day eager to explore the area. After checking in we wasted no time and took advantage of the cloud coverage before the sun was in full swing.
Plan and Pack For Namibia?
Overland Tour in Africa
Traveling Africa on your own can be daunting to many travelers. However, there is no need to fear with overland tour companies who will show the ropes and a great time. You can check out some of them here to compare the different companies and possibly score a discount.
Travel Water Bottle
Plastic pollution is a problem in Africa so it’s best not to contribute to the problem of buying plastic water bottles everywhere. The tap water in Tanzania is generally not safe to drink, but a water purifier, like the Grayl waterbottle, works well!
However, we also love filtered water bottles in areas we’re uncertain of the water supply. Read more about our favorite water bottle for travel in our post.
A good hat is both stylish and functional. In peak dry season there is little to provide shade, UV rays are intense and can easily burn the unsuspecting traveler. Check out our full break down of the best safari hats here!
Lightweight pants that are made from synthetic material are tremendous to have in your pack. It’s what we wear most days when traveling around Africa as they’re comfortable, antibacterial, and protect our legs from mosquitos (malaria).
We recommend neutral-colored pants as they’re great at hiding dirt and can match most shirt colors. What’s great is they’re useful beyond Africa as they are a travel staple and we pack a pair everywhere we travel.
You’ll want a safari shirt while on safari. They are lightweight and keep the bugs away. Plus they look ideal in photos and blend into the environment around you!
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. Are you going on safari? We always carry our Robert’s Southern Africa Bird Book and a good mammal guide.
- How to Plan a Safari in Africa
- Our Entire Africa Travel Adventure (What We Never Told You)
- Africa’s Best Safari Animals + Where to See Them
- The 11 Best Binoculars for Safari
- 10 Unforgettable Wildlife Experiences To Have In Africa
- 20 Africa Travel Tips to Help You Prepare
- Stop Being Scared To Travel Africa
- The Best Safari Bags to Take to Africa
- The Best Safari Destinations To Sport Wildlife
- Your Guide To Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
- The Magic of Kafue National Park
- A Masai Mara Guide For Safari Goers
- Africa’s Safari Animals And Where To Find Them
- Gorilla Trekking in Uganda – All You Need To Know
- Inside Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve
- A Week in South Luangwa National Park