15 Photos of Namibia to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Photos of Namibia - Guide at Brandberg Mountain

Namibia is pure magic.  As the 2nd least densely populated country on Earth (the 1st is Mongolia), wilderness is the defining character of this southern African nation.  These 10 photos of Namibia highlight this country’s stunning landscapes and unique character.  Bordered on the west by the frigid Benguela Current, Africa’s iconic arid savannas taper off into a tapestry of ancient desert, monumental dune systems, bizarre geologic formations, and a fog-inundated coastline harboring some of the most impressive ocean wildlife spectacles on Earth.  Pack your travel bags, we’re headed to Africa and you might not want to come back!

 

Sunset on the Auas Mountains

Photos of Namibia - Auas Mountains
As the sun sets over the Auas Mountains, Namibia’s ancient magic is revealed. Located to south of Windhoek (Namibia’s capital), the Auas Mountains are the country’s highest mountain range and home to a unique and diverse flora and fauna. Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

Dune Climbing at Sossusvlei

Photos of Namibia - Tourists at Sossusvlei
Tourists ascend one of the red-colored dunes at Sossusvlei. At 30 mllion year old, these are the world’s oldest dunes. They are also the tallest. The biggest of them all, dubbed “Big Daddy“, tops off at 325 meters, making it almost as tall as the Empire State BuildingPhoto: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

The Camel Thorn Tree ‘Graveyard’ at Deadvlei

Photos of Namibia - Ancient acacia tree at Deadvlei
700 years ago, shifting dunes of the Namib cut off the Deadvlei clay pan’s access to the Tsauchab River. The occupant camel thorn acacia trees died off, but due to the extremely dry climate did not rot away. Their skeletons are now one of Namibia’s most iconic landscapes.  Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

Life Adapts and Thrives in the Desert

Photos of Namibia - Gemsbok in Namib-Naukluft National Park
Gemsbok graze in Namib-Naukluft National Park. Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

Flamingos at Walvis Bay

Photos of Namibia - Flamingos
Shifting from the dunes of the Namib to the Atlantic Coast changes the color palette and climate dramatically. Greater and lesser flamingos abound in the Ramsar designated wetland at Walvis Bay, Namibia’s most important shipping port. Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

Shipwrecks of the Skeleton Coast

Photos of Namibia - Skeleton Coast
Referred to as the Skeleton Coast, the northern coastline of Namibia is considered one of the most treacherous regions for ship navigation in the world. More than a thousand shipwrecks litter the shore of this remote region.  Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

Ocean Abundance at Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Photos of Namibia - Cape Cross fur seal colony
The Cape Cross Seal Reserve is home to over 200,000 Cape fur seals, making one fantastic wildlife spectacle on land and sea. Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

Photos of Namibia - Cape fur seals at Cape Cross
Cape fur seals resting in the desolate desert coastline of Cape Cross. Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

African Wildlife at Etosha National Park

Photos of Namibia - Wildebeest at Etosha National Park
Etosha is the landscape that comes to mind when most people think of African wildlife. Vast savannas, dotted with salt pans and acacia groves, teem with herds of wildbeest, antelope, elephant and zebra. Lions, rhinos, hyenas and cheetah are also in abundance. This is Africa at its best. Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

Photos of Nambia - Male Lion at Etosha
A male lion prowls the savanna in Etosha National Park. Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.



Photos of Namibia - Hyena
A spotted hyena prowls in the early morning light of Etosha National Park. Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

Photos of Namibia - Elephant in Etosha
The elephants of Etosha are the tallest in Africa, but lack large tusks due to the lack of essential minerals in their diet. Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

Photos of Namibia - Impalas fighting
Black-faced impala square off in an early morning feud in Etosha National Park. Photo: Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby.

 

Time to Visit Namibia

Seen enough?  Namibia is not only stunningly beautiful, but it’s also very safe and affordable on a budget.  If you get a chance to visit, do it.  This is one of the true gems of Africa.

 

Header Photo (top of page): 30 million year old sand dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, Namib-Naukluft National Park. 

Featured Photo (top of post): A local guide hikes at Brandberg Mountain in Namibia’s remote Damaraland region.

Both Photos – Arlo Hemphill, The Green Gatsby





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