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Namibia, Africa

We visited Namibia in August of 2021 for a period of almost 3 weeks. We traveled close to 5000 miles around the country, visiting Keetmanshop (Quiver Trees), Kolmanskop (0ld diamond mine ghost town), Sossusvlei / Deadvlei (Dead Trees and Sand Dunes), Walvis Bay (Flamingos), Etosha National Park (Safaris), The Himba Tribe, and the Sans Tribe. We also spent a couple of days on safari in South Africa’s Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on the border of Namibia and South Africa.

Overview

Namibia is a large country (about 20% larger than our state of Texas). It provides a variety of types of photography from wildlife and safaris, to landscapes, to architecture of ghost towns, to flora such as desert plants and very unique trees. The predominant language is English, and the roads are straight forward. Driving is on the right side of the road (opposite of the USA). Potential photography locations are spread apart and require significant driving. Although many roads are tarred, many are not. Namibia is largely desert. It is extremely dry and dusty. For some locations, a 4WD is required to drive in deep sand (e.g., Deadvlei, Sans Tribe). 

Internet is scarce as is cell reception. Accommodations are primarily in bush lodges. Food is German based and consists of lots of meat and root vegetables.

When to go?

Our summer (July /August) is their winter offers the driest and coolest time to visit. 

What to see?

Sand dunes – Sossusevlei

Dead Trees – Deadvlei

Quiver Trees – Keetmanskop

Flamingos – Walvis Bay

Safari / Wildlife – Etosha National Park 

Ghost Town – Luderitz

Native tribes – Sans Tribe, Himba Tribe

Gear?

Long lens for wildlife: minimum 400mm

Wide angle for architecture: Ghost Town and Quiver Trees, and star / Milky Way shooting

Tripod – can probably get away with a travel tripod

Consider a bean/sand bag for safari driving. We also used pipe insulation which was cheap and easy to pack and worked great going over the edge of a rolled down glass window. 

Clothing?

Northern Namibia (Etosha) was warm during the midday and cooled off at night. Kgalagadi was cold at night (freezing) and warmed to temperate during the day. Pack clothing that can be layered.  

Misc Tips?

Rent a vehicle with a refrigerator and enough gas for long stretches of unpopulated areas.