Namibia, an arid country of surprising contrasts, is home to two great deserts. Along its length, the vast shifting sand sea of the Namib sprawls inland along the Atlantic coastline. In the interior, the plateau slopes away to the north and east to meet the Kalahari Desert. Over the years, there have been a number of cultural influences that have all added to the unique atmosphere of Namibia. At various times Germany, Great Britain and South Africa have all governed the territory, but it was with the eventual independence of Namibia in 1990 that the country was able to develop its multi-cultural character and reinvent itself.
For a place that at first glance may seem lifeless, the reality is astonishing: 650 bird species and 80 large mammal species, of which, 14 birds and 15 mammals are almost entirely endemic to the country. Reptile species total 240!
In the far northern reaches of the Kunene, wildlife is concentrated around the Kunene River where a large population of Nile crocodile dwells. Moving south, the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park is home to high densities of game. To the west the Kaokoveld’s dry, remote and isolated wilderness boasts desert-adapted wildlife: good elephant populations as well as giraffe, lion and brown hyaena amongst others. It is in this area that the largest free-ranging population of black rhino in Africa survive. As one moves further south, densities of large mammals are lessened, but do not disappear. Plains game such as springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland and endemic black-faced impala are seen.
Our Favourite Photographic Destinations in Namibia
Andersson’s Camp | Etosha
Nestled in mopane scrub on white calcrete soils, Andersson’s Camp is situated 4.5 km from Etosha’s Andersson Gate. The camp was named after Swedish explorer Charles Andersson – one of the first Europeans to “discover” Etosha, Africa’s largest saltpan. The highlight of this camp is the underground hide which overlooks a popular waterhole frequented by both black and white rhino, elephant and a variety of other game which occurs in this arid region. Read More…
andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge | Sossusvlei
Cradled against ancient mountains, the ten stone and glass desert villas of andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge blend the grandeur and solitude of the Namib with sophisticated elegance and comfort. Massive windows open up onto the endless vistas, framed in the background by the ever-changing colours of the dunes. The stars shine directly on your bed through a glazed skylight.
Precious water from an underground spring feeds the refreshing lodge pool, while wildlife gathers at a nearby waterhole. Dune dinners in dramatic desert locations reveal the wonders of the open spaces, and the mysteries of the star strewn skies are unlocked by a resident astronomer. More Info…
Kulala Desert Lodge | Sossusvlei
Situated at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes, a private entrance to Namib Naukluft Park makes Kulala Desert Lodge the closest location to Sossusvlei, while magnificent views of its famous red dunes, mountainous scenery and vast open plains make it the most spectacular.
Kulala Desert Lodge is the closest camp and has private gate access to the national park and Sossusvlei dunes and is ideally suited to self-drives and families. Photographically Kulala Desert Lodge provides incredible opportunities for landscapes, astro-photography and aerial photography when combined with a hot air balloon safari. Read More…
Little Kulala Lodge | Sossusvlei
Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated in the private 27 000-hectare (67 000-acre) Kulala Wilderness Reserve – the gateway to Namibia’s Sand Sea with its towering dunes and clear starry skies. Desert-adapted wildlife in the area is fascinating and is another dimension of this truly spectacular place.
From a photographic perspective, Little Kulala provides easy access to Sossusvlei and the famous dead Vlei as well as access to a raised hide situated in the Aob River bed. The hide is approximately 1.2 m off the ground; 6 m long and 3 m wide and overlooks a water hole which is about 30 m away. It is also the best place on the reserve to observe vultures and Gemsbok who visit daily to drink in the region. For the more adventurous, an early morning hot air balloon safari will provide incredible aerial photographic opportunities. Read More…
Chobe Princess Houseboat | Chobe
Based on Impalila Island, on the Namibian side of the Chobe River, these beautiful houseboats guarantees a tailor made holiday for every guest. The Safariboats provide the ultimate luxury cruising holiday on the Chobe River. Small and intimate, these houseboats provide guests with the opportunity to stay overnight within the Chobe National Park at the prime docking sites along the river.
From a photographic perspective, being able to dock inside the National Park makes a massive difference as guests are able to make the most of the early morning and late afternoon light that this region is known for. One of the main docking sites is directly across from the productive Elephant Bay. Add to this the fact that there is a custom built photographic boat and its no wonder that Chobe is high up on all wildlife photographers bucket list destinations. More Info…
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