Photos from the Namib Desert
I am not a morning person. Nor very patient.Those two facts should have meant that in theory, I would deeply dislike travel in Namibia.
Particularly during our time in the Namib desert, because to see the animals that roam freely, to avoid the crushing heat, and to see the shadows fall at just the right angle on the massive dunes of Sossusvlei, we were often on the move before dawn. And getting anywhere in Namibia, with roads largely covered in sand and loose gravel, meant hours and hours of driving.
At times I got cranky. Mostly when I was hangry of course, which is perfectly reflected in my notes that say the outcrops of mountains sometimes looked like well-marbled steak or large crumbs of chocolate cake.
But ultimately it was those variations – from the deep red of the steak to the rich brown of the chocolate and the brilliant orange of the tallest dunes – that kept me buoyed on those long days and anxious for more. It was, more than any other place we’ve visited, that which so truly holds to the title of otherwordly. And thus all of those things that should have distracted me from enjoying our time were barely a factor.
(And as I learned, whining isn’t allowed anyway.)
Here is the best from our several days in this magical part of Namibia…
Sossusvlei, a clay and salt pan surrounded by high dunes, is the reason we were drawn to Namibia in the first place.
The dunes are sensual, I said to Pete as we neared them. Can I call piles of sand sensual?
No two curved the same. The seduction was in their simplicity.
Wow.. what a surreal place. I can see how much fun it would be to write about and to photograph! I may have to add another item to my bucket list thanks to you two!
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Beautiful pictures! I love the circling stars!
Thanks Liz, that one took a while to do 🙂
wow the colors are unreal. I’m not a desert person but I’m stunned by the views. Talk about having the world to yourself. So open and vast. The hotel looks amazing.
One of the best hotels/tents we’ve ever stayed in.
Yup, those are definitely some sensual sand dunes.
You have me totally convinced – I’m SO going to Africa next year!
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Beautiful! I’m always amazed by pictures from Namibia. 🙂
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Me too!! I can’t wait to get back.
Yes you can call dunes sensual 🙂
Great pictures thank you for sharing , I enjoyed them for real.
Cheers Ibrahim, I appreciate your comment for real 🙂
I have not seen much of Africa’s desert. What a thrill to look at your pictures and enjoy a part of Africa that is so beautiful in a different way.
Thank you Wanda. I had not seen much of it either before arriving. It sure left an impression though.
Just wow guys! Stunning doesn’t really do these photos justice. Also, very jealous (but in a good way:)
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Thanks Jenia, really appreciate it.
Really stunning photos! I may have to add Namibia to my travel list now!
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Thanks Leigh, I can’t wait to return!
Never mind about the sunset… don’t think am anyway going to get out of this beauty-trance your pictures have left me in, anytime soon.
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Very kind Arti, thank you 🙂
Definitely “otherwordly”!! One of my dream destinations and now, with you holding back on that photo from the lodge, I’ll have to go and see it for myself!
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I have a feeling a few people are going to be heading there now 🙂
Great, exactly why I’ve always wanted to see the dunes of Namibia.Sensational shots – except for the swirling night sky. I think I suddenly have a touch of vertigo 🙂
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Lol, thanks Frank. It was my first attempt at the swirling stars and I think it came out ok 🙂
Just stunning images! It’s like the sunset-coloured version of White Sands in New Mexico, which I couldn’t believe existed in all of its simplicity of forms until I saw it for myself! But on top of all its beauty, this is also AFRICA! ‘Nuff said.
Wow, those colours! And such vastness – makes you feel kind of small, doesn’t it? I think i’m going to have to add Namibia to the list…
Amazing pictures!!! and this place is beautiful
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Loving this post. We just spent time doing a road trip through Namibia and it was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had. It looks like you guys had the same wonderful experience!
Mark and Mim x