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Camelthorn trees in front of sand dunes in Deadvlei, Namibia

A photographer’s guide to Namibia

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I have traveled all over the globe to witness the wonders of nature. I aim to capture images conveying the emotion I felt when I clicked the shutter. I do this for my family and friends back home who are not lucky enough to do what I do for a living. I want them to experience the world through my eyes.

Very few photo destinations offer that emotion and amazement at every stop. Namibia is one of those locations where the beauty that surrounds me is apparent every day of the trip – enormous sand dunes that seem to touch the sky – intimate wildlife encounters – buildings that are being swallowed up by the sands of time – night skies that reveal more stars and planets that are visible to the naked eye.

Here are some of my favorite destinations on my photographic journies through Namibia.

Namib Desert

The swirling desert sands, pink granite mountains, and famous desert dunes have some of the world’s best scenery to explore. Watching the sun dance on the curls of the dune edges creates a stunning visual. While you can explore this by the ground, a helicopter flight early in the morning and late in the day with the doors off offers some of the world’s most incredible opportunities for abstract dune photography.

Sand dunes in the Namib Desert
Sand dunes in the Namib Desert


The abandoned diamond-mining town of Kolmonskop is the holy grail for enthusiasts of abandoned sites. This once-thriving town pulled more diamonds out of the earth than anywhere. Now, sand slowly creeps through the windows and doors, building dunes from the inside out. Nature is gradually reclaiming the town.

Abandoned building in Kolmonskop
Abandoned building in Kolmonskop.

Early morning and late evening light cast stunning, three-dimensional shadows on these surreal structures. I never get tired of visiting this location. Each visit brings a unique light and perspective to this fantastic location.


Deadvlei is a magical and otherworldly place. The first couple of times I visited Deadvlei, I did what every photographer did. I went right for the Frans Lanting photo of the orange dunes behind silhouettes of the dead camel thorn trees.

As my photography matured, I started to admire how the sun painted the landscape with its winding shapes that seemed to draw the eye through the clay pan. The ethereal beauty that unfolds is mesmerizing. But it takes patience, and the photographic gift is one that you will indeed never forget.

Camelthorn trees in Deadvlei, Namibia
Camelthorn trees in Deadvlei, Namibia

Quiver Tree Forest

The Quiver Tree forest is home to alien-looking trees scattered in a lunar landscape. Until I visited Quiver Tree, I had no idea you could see so many stars with the naked eye. And the camera’s view is even more spectacular. Photographing these unusual trees as a foreground element, framed by some of the darkest skies on the planet, is breathtaking.

Milky Way galaxy over quiver tree forest in Namibia
Milky Way over quiver tree forest in Namibia

Etosha National Park

Game drives in Etosha and nighttime game viewing in Etosha National Park are all about quality over quantity. Game drives are not like they are in East Africa. During the day, you must work to find your target species, but the reward is photographing them in a stunning desert landscape. If you are at the right resort, you can sit and safely admire the animals at night. There is nothing quite like listening to the sounds of rhinos and elephants walking, breathing, and drinking at the watering hole under the silence of the night skies.

White rhino in Namibia
An endangered white rhino in Namibia

Himba Tribe

I have photographed people all over Africa, Asia, and Canada. Visiting the indigenous Himba tribe remains one of my favorite times behind the camera, capturing and enjoying their dancing, singing, and culture. Getting to know these people on a personal level is what makes the experience memorable. Their beauty and personalities seem to emanate from my images of them. This is the photoshoot I look forward to the most when I arrive in Namibia.

Himba woman taking a smoke bath in Namibia
Himba woman taking a smoke bath in Namibia.

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We typically go to Nambia every year and would love for you to join us. Check out our Nambia photo workshops.

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