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

Photos to inspire you to visit 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.

 

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?

 

Deadvlei Sossusvlei Namibia

The eerie trees of Deadvlei

 

Sossusvlei dunes Namibia Namib desert

Dunes of Sossusvlei at sunrise

 

 

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.

 

Fish River Canyon Namibia

Fish River Canyon

 

 

Camping in Namib desert Namibia

Camping in the vast open desert

 

Roads in Namibia

Long open roads in the south of Namibia

 


Inspiration: Top 10 Highlights of Southern Namibia


 

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.

 

Zebra Etosha National Park Namibia

Zebra hug in Etosha National Park

 

Lion Etosha National Park Namibia

Male lion taking a break in Etosha National Park

 

Gecko Namibia

Gecko living in the dunes of Namibia

 

 

 

Cheetahs safari Namibia

Cheetahs

 



 

The People of Namibia

 

Namibia has a very small population but nonetheless has in total 13 different ethnic groups. The most well known tribe are the Himba, famous for the women who cover their body in red ochre. They 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 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 and himba women 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 Tribe San Namibia

Bushman tribe

 

Nama tribe Stampriet Namibia

Women from the Nama tribe in Stampriet

 

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.

 

 

Quiver Tree desert Namibia

Lonely Quiver Tree with an amazing view

 

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.

 

 

Solitaire International Airport Namibia

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.

 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.

 

Orange River Namibia

View over the Orange River in Namibia

 

Fish River Canyon Ai-Ais Namibia

Fish River Canyon by Ai-Ais

 

 

Shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast Namibia

Shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast

 

Flamingoes 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 Spitzkoppe Namibia

Sunset in Spitzkoppe

 

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