Before visiting the country of Namibia, I had no idea what to expect. The only thing I knew was that most of Namibia is covered in desert. I had travelled through deserts before and they always intrigued me. What I discovered in Namibia however was truly breathtaking and definitely unexpected. Without a doubt, Namibia can be described with such superlatives as ‘surreal’, ‘awe-inspiring’, ‘stunning’ and ‘out of this world.’


35 Photos to inspire you to visit Namibia and travel to Namibia while looking at oryx grazing in red dunes of Sossusvlei

Photos to inspire you to visit Namibia


Have you ever asked yourself ‘Is Namibia worth visiting?’, I would say have a look at photos of Namibia. Photos can often say more than words and this is certainly true for Namibia. It is hard to make a selection of the most special photos, especially if you have travelled to a destination very often. I have so many photos of Namibia, but I managed to make a selection of photos that will for sure inspire you to book your flights and discover the pristine beauty of the Namibian desert. Any trip to Namibia should come with a bit of advance planning. Read these 13 great things to know before visiting Namibia as well as our Namibia travel guide.


35 Photos that will inspire you to travel to Namibia


The vast open and colourful landscapes of Namibia


It is difficult to make a bad photo while travelling in Namibia. The desert unravels its colours during the golden hour of sunrise and sunset when the whole area gets a deep orange glow. For miles around there is open space, there is silence, there is a lot of sand and in the distance you might hear the call of a jackal.

Did you know that Namibia is the 2nd least densely populated country in the world?


Skeleton Trees in Deadvlei Namibia with red dunes of Sossusvlei

The eerie trees of Deadvlei


Red dunes of Sossusvlei in Namibia Naukluft during sunrise

Dunes of Sossusvlei at sunrise


Gravelroad to granite boulders of Spitzkoppe in Namibia

Vast open road to the Spitzkoppe

Red granite outcrops in Spitzkoppe community in Namibia during sunrise

Red granite outcrops of Skitzkoppe









The Fish River Canyon is the worlds 2nd largest canyon and is located in the southern part of Namibia. It’s a stunning place to visit, without large crowds and definitely a hidden gem in the Namibian desert that is well worth making a detour for.


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Fish River Canyon in Namibia

Fish River Canyon


Camping at Sossus Oasis campsite in the desert landscape of Namibia at Sossusvlei

Camping in the vast open desert


GravelRoads in Namibia

Long open roads in the south of Namibia


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Wildlife of Namibia


Namibia is renowned for its diverse wildlife. Etosha National Park in northern Namibia is one of Africa’s premier safari parks. A visit to Etosha National Park is highly recommended for any safari lover. I could spend hours by the various waterholes in the park to watch and observe wildlife in its natural surroundings. What makes Namibia so unique is that you can also see lots of wildlife while driving through the country. This does not mean that there will be lions, elephants and leopards lurking behind every bush. There are some desert elephants in the northern regions of Namibia, lots of antelopes and ostriches in the southern parts and what most people do not know a lot about is all the smaller wildlife living in the desert. The Namib desert is a living desert, with lots of geckos, snakes, spiders, little rodents, smaller predators like jackals and so much more.


two Zebras with nose towards eachother in Etosha National Park in Namibia

Zebra hug in Etosha National Park


Male Lion with large yellow mane in Etosha National Park Namibia

Male lion taking a break in Etosha National Park


Web-footed Gecko very colourful in the Namibian desert

Gecko living in the dunes of Namibia


Yellow billed hornbill sitting on the rubbish bin in Namibia

Yellow Billed Hornbill birds are very common in Namibia


Herd of Elephants taking a bath during sunrise at Namatoni waterhole in Etosha National Park Namibia

Breeding herd of elephants in Etosha National Park

Elephants taking a mudbad at Nebrowni waterhole Etosha National Park Namibia

Elephants by the waterhole in Etosha National Park








Two cheetahs staring at a prey in Namibia


Oryx Gemsbok climbing up a red dunes in Sossusvlei dunes Namibia

Oryx climbing up the dunes of Sossusvlei










The People of Namibia


Namibia has a very small population but nonetheless has in total 13 different ethnic groups. The most well known of the Namibian tribes are the Himba, famous for the women who cover their body in red ochre. The Himba tribe have a very interesting culture and if you would love to know more, you can find more information in this post about the Himba people of Namibia.


Himba child sitting on mothers lap in Himba village in Kamanjab Namibia

Himba familiy


The closest relatives of the Himba are the Herero. They are very recognisable by the large victorian dresses worn by the women. You can often find both the Himba and the Herero together at the side of the road selling their home made crafts.


Herero woman with Victorian dresses and himba women selling handicrafts in namibia

Himba and Herero Women


What many people do not know is that the first inhabitants of Namibia were the Bushman or the San people. They have roamed the area of Southern Africa for tens of thousands of years as hunter gatherers. Nowadays, there are still the descendants of the San people, but they have more or less integrated into the modern African and Western worlds. It is worthwhile taking a tour where Bushman explain all about their culture.

The Nama is another tribe that is closely related to the Bushmen, they share the same linguistic family and have very similar features. Especially in the Southern part of Namibia, in most of the villages and towns you can meet people from the Nama tribe.


Bushman people are hunting in Namibia and are part of the San tribe

Bushman tribe


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Women from the Nama tribe in Stampriet


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The Nature of Namibia


What makes Namibia so surreal is not only the bizarre and special landscapes, but also the diverse nature. Most of the plants and trees are entirely adjusted to the harsh and barren climate of the Namibian desert. Did you know that the Namib desert is the oldest desert in the world?


Kokerboom or Quiver Tree with blue sky in Namibia

Kokerboom or Quiver Tree

Yellow colour Sociable weaver birds nest hanging in a tree in Namibia

Sociable weaver birds nest










Quiver Tree or kokerboom on the road between Sossusvlei and Walvisbay overlooking the desert Namibia

Lonely Quiver Tree with an amazing view


Bush with Moon Landscape in the background Namibia close to Walvisbay

Moon landscape between Walvisbay and Solitaire

Quiver Tree Forest in Keetmanshoop Namibia with lots of Kokerboom

Quiver Tree Forest










The things you see in the desert


Not all the things you see in Namibia are what you would expect to see in a desert. You have the vast open spaces and the contrasting nature, with some wildlife. But here are some things we discovered while road tripping through Namibia:

Read here for more information about the vintage cars in the desert and why they are there.


Vintage cars in the desert by Solitaire Namibia

Vintage cars in the desert by Solitaire

Vintage car wrecks in the desert by Solitaire Namibia

Vintage cars in the desert by Solitaire










Solitaire International Airport Namibia with broken red plane and yellow grass

Solitaire International Airport


Namibia is not only inland desert. Namibia also has around 1500 kilometres of coast line. Now don’t expect tropical beaches with palm trees, as a large part of the coastline is named the Skeleton Coast for a reason. Basically the Namibian desert and the Atlantic ocean meets on the beach.


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It’s not all about the desert


There are some green areas in Namibia, like the north western region around Epupa falls as well as the south along the Orange or Gariep river.


End of Fish River Canyon hike by Ai-Ais hot springs Namibia

Fish River Canyon by Ai-Ais



View of the Orange River or Gariep river in Namibia with blue water and desert mountains

View over the Orange River in Namibia

Orange River Canoeing and kayaking on the Gariep river in Namibia

Canoeing on the Orange River – Border between South Africa and Namibia











Rural settlement Orange river Namibia

Rural settlement on the Orange River



Shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast Namibia

Shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast


Hundreds of pink Flamingoes on shore of the ocean in Walvisbay Namibia

Flamingoes in Walvisbay


The Sunset and Sunrise of Namibia


And last but not least, to see the sunset and the sunrise in Namibia is a unique experience. In this case, a photo will speak a thousand words but nothing beats sitting in the Namibian desert and experiencing this event first hand.


Sunset in Spitzkoppe Namibia with areal around the sun

Sunset in Spitzkoppe


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