As we gaze out across the Namib desert the vista before us is startlingly immense. The horizon pleats and folds through desert sands to the distant purple escarpment. The magnitude of it all is engulfing and at once we feel reduced down to an inconsequential spec in this vast sea of sand.
Our road trip starts in the south, crossing the Orange River then venturing off the beaten track we travel northwards to reach Kunene River bordering Angola.
For a photographer it is a dream location – the colours, light and form unfold in superlatives. The stark, arid landscapes which so captivate have a compelling rhythm where wind sculpts sinuous sand dunes and water carves meandering pathways. As we travel northwards the land transforms to savannah, green mopani and woodlands.
It’s a strange and wondrous land: mesmerising and surreal at times. My field of interest – the interconnection between land, people and it’s wildlife is revealing in it’s complexities here.
I’ll be posting when WiFi is available, why not come along and read about our adventures ……
33 thoughts on “Road Trip: Namibia”
I like the landscape and the view
Thanks for your comments Siam. Hope you check back for further posts.
Enjoy! Namibia is such a beautiful country. Hope you see the lions of the dessert.
Thanks Jacques. Yes what a country – so full of diverse ecosystems and landscapes. We’ve been close – Palmwag and Grootberg. Went out on the trail and spoor all around at Grootberg – come down to the lodge swimming pool to drink. Not such a good scene with the human/wildlife conflict and drought conditions. Taking cattle and goats.
Looking forward to tagging along – have a great trip!
Thanks Eliza, think as a virtual traveling companion you will be intrigued by the adaptive vegetation. Next post coming up will have some of the weird and wonder succulents and lithops (stone plants).
I wish, I could see Namibia, too, one day – have fun and bring great images and memories home.
Thanks / yes cameras are clicking! For me generally using telephoto lenses – this experience calls more for wide angle and my 12 -24mm is most suited for the expansive horizons 🙂
This is such an evocatively written introduction to what is bound to be a wonderful adventure.
This country can really get a grip on the soul. Have you visited Anne? So many different aspects delight – yes quite the adventure.
I have been to Namibia, albeit many years ago, and loved every aspect of it.
Much looking forward to it! The starting photo is gorgeous in colour and landscape. Enjoy!
Thank you AC- knowing you as a traveller this adventure unfolds with much anticipation.
I hope you are having a great time as well!
This is going to be awesome!
Exploring colour is quite the theme here! So blown away with the exquisite spectrum of colour this country reveals. Thanks for your interest!
Such an enormous country with the varied landscapes and animals. I look forward to your adventures through this land, I am sure they will bring back memories of my trip there back in December 2000 when it was very hot!
I remember reading you account in Windhoek, – crime is still a problem in the towns – and targeting tourists. Thankfully off the beaten track we’ve had no issues and the people are welcoming and generous. What a fabulous country for it’s diversity and as it unfolds we’re enjoying so many different aspects.
Do you have a space in the back seat for me as well, Liz!?
Enjoy the trip!
We’re packed to the hilt!! Mind you our Subaru is doing well on the punishing gravel roads. One tyre puncture to date – mended and spare still in the waiting. Guessing you know all about rough trails! This is some country though, Africa to the core.
Sounds like heaven! Be safe and enjoy it to the ful!
Thanks Cynthia. There is so much beauty – in the arid starkness, the people and how the wildlife fits with the environment. Love this trip of discoveries.
Looking forward to more about this trip!
Thanks Alison, amso hooked by this extraordinary country. The unfolding revelations are inspiring 🙂
Have a great trip Liz!
Thanks Maurice, i know from your experiences that a good wish 🙂
Wow, I’m looking forward to see this as well :p
Here we go Samuel! Rugged scenery, off the beaten track and hungry carnivores.
Have a wonderful trip. Sounds awesome. ant to come along.
This is another stunning image with beautiful colours and light, Liz!
I would love to go to the Namib, take lots more photos please!
This is all so exciting… the anticipation of your travels is accentuated by the comments that precede mine. Have a magnificent adventure, god speed.