Namibia: A travel photographer’s paradise
Namibia, in south-western Africa, is revered as one of the world’s most stunning nations. Photographers come from all over the world to snap a picture of its unique and mystifying landscape. The land is divided into six geographical areas, and each one is as intriguing as the next. With a beautiful desert landscape in the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Namibia is truly one of Africa’s most diverse countries.
Most Namibia holidays begin in its capital, Windhoek. Every national enterprise, governmental body and cultural and educational institution in Namibia is located here. With so much going on in one city, its status as the social, economic and cultural centre of the nation is unsurprising.
St Mary’s Cathedral is one of its architectural gems, as are the castles of Windhoek, Heinitzburg, Sanderburg and Schwerinsburg, built by architect Wilhelm Sander. Another Windhoek must-see is Christ Church – built in 1910 in the gothic revival style, it’s located right next to the equally beautiful Parliament Gardens and Tintenpalast.
You don’t visit Namibia, though, to stay in the city. The real wonder and breathtaking views lie outside Windhoek, deep in the desert.
If you want to see the wild game that roams the Namibian desert, the best way is to rent a car and drive north towards Okonjima. It’s about a two and a half hour drive from Windhoek, and the journey is absolutely gorgeous. Once you get there, take a drive to look at all the wild cats in the area. Okonjima is home to the Africat Foundation, a non-profit set up that aims to protect the wild cheetah, leopard and other carnivores in the area. Make sure you bring your camera, as you’ll want a keepsake from seeing these captivating creatures in the wild.
One of Namibia’s most scenic locations is Damaraland. Located in the northern part of the country, Damaraland has an incredibly diverse landscape. At its eastern end are open plains and grasslands, filled with granite koppies and deep gorges. As you head west, the grasslands turn into vast sand wastelands that accommodate a healthy population of elephants, black rhinos and giraffes. The fact there is life in this almost-waterless region is remarkable.
Some highlights of Damaraland include Brandberg Mountain, Namibia’s highest, and Twyfelfontien, where you can find thousands of prehistoric engravings and the Petrified Forest. It’s important to keep in mind while walking through the forest that the trees are over 200 million years old. When in the country, you’ll be able to find many different tours and guides to take you around the region.
Holidays to Namibia offer experiences that are never to be forgotten. There is a reason why so many photographers come to the country. The images and sights are simply breathtaking, and as you travel around, the most striking thing you’ll notice is the landscape’s diversity. Namibia has the cityscape in Windhoek, while the desert contains a multitude of different environments. From magnificent grasslands to the barren desert, Namibia is the perfect country to explore the African desert.