Where might you want to photograph in Namibia
Namibia has a variety of options for the photographer.
Here is a list of places that might interest you.
What's it about
Etosha is Namibia's premier high profile game national park.
The park is mostly flat and has a number of big open pans, including the Etosha pan itself.
There is white all over from the dust of the pan and the white limestone soils.
This white is somewhat unique when compared to other African great game reserves.
Etosha hosts a number of Africa's evocative wildlife species, including
African Elephant, Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, a large number of giraffe and plains zebra.
Springbok numbers can be really impressive sometimes.
A local special is the black-faced impala.
When to photograph Etosha
The traditional ‘best time’ to visit Etosha is the late dry season.
The drier it gets, the more wildlife congregate near water sources.
The dry season is usually at it's most dry in about October.
This is the best time for most people, but there are some alternatives
October can be really busy in the park, and the bush is dry and
without much color.
If you really have your heart set on seeing a lot of wildlife and having
a good chance at the iconic species, it's still the best time for you.
However, the greener season has a few advantages despite less game.
The bush can be stunningly beautiful when it's green.
Clouds also make Etosha so much more beautiful...provided it isn't raining!
And some of the early season you might have the park to yourself.
Just understand that you might not see many lions or elephants, and my
need to focus on such species as Zebra for your photography.
Accommodation and travel in Etosha
Etosha offers some nice lodges on the margins of the park, both on the
eastern side, and in the southern side of the park.
There is comfortable upmarket establishments, and a few other alternatives.
Inside the park there are also the park rest-camps, offering everything form camping through
to nice accommodation.
When traveling to Etosha it's worth moving through the park, staying two or more days on the south-west,
and two or more days in the east.
I'd recommend at least three nights in the area.
Etosha is worth adding to your list of Namibia destinations to visit.
What's it about
Sossusvlei is the iconic photography stop for any photographer visiting Namibia.
Sossusvlei is a region in the Namib desert where a ephemeral river system cuts it's way
between the dunes of the Namib Sand Sea.
On the margins of this river valley one finds massive towering red dunes.
Where the river is finally cut off by the dune system there are a number of pans,
Sossusvlei itself is just the very last of these pans that the river can still reach
in exeptional rainfal years.
Deadvlei is a massive pan that has been totally cut off from this river
system a few hundred years ago.
It still has some living vegetation on it's margins, but on the one side of the pan
some 70 dead trees stand in the clay pan.
When to photograph Sossusvlei
You really can't go wrong, Sossusvlei is worth a visit any time of year.
Perhaps the light is best after the rains have finished in May, but this
is very variable.
The late dry season can be very hazy, but I've found most photographers have no issue with this,
provided you get into the park early.
Accommodation and travel in the Sossusvlei area
Sossusvlei is in the Namib Naukluft National Park, and the only
access to the area before sunrise and after sunset is from accommodation
within the park.
This includes the campsite at Sesriem and the Sossus Dune Lodge.
For many a photographer these places are a must just to get the early morning light, but
they are far from the nicest places to stay in the area.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve is also highly recommended if you're in the area,
where the eastern margin of the dunes are also worth exploring for any photographer.
Photography at Sossusvlei really is a treat for any serious photographer!
What it's about
Luderitz is best described as 'strange'.
A little town situated far from almost everything.
But area near Ludertiz is important for one prized commodity...diamonds.
In 1908 a railway worker, probably familiar with diamonds from his days
as a worker in South Africa, found Namibia's first diamond.
This gave rise to a diamond rush.
The aluvial diamonds could be picked up right from the sand!
Soon outside Luderitz a little diamond operation grew into a small town named
Komanskop (or, more correctly, Komanskuppe in German).
For the day, Kolmanskop soon had many modern trappings and a vibrant
The town operated until the mid twenties, when diamonds were found in
greater abundance further south.
From then on the operations at Kolmanskop grew to a holt, and the
last people finally moved away in the 1950s.
From then on, the strange town was left to the desert.
These deserted houses make for some really fun photography.
Sand is blowing through many of the houses.
Ludertiz itself offers a few points of interest for the photographer.
It can be fun, but rather tricky, to do photography from some of the boat trips
on offer out of the town's harbor.
Most notable is the chance to view the only Penguin colony you can view in Namibia.
When to visit Luderitz area
You can really visit Luderitz any time of the year.
It can be foggy, and there are frequent sandstorms, so you might
want to organize a couple days, just to increase the chance that
you've got decent weather.
Accommodation and travel in the Luderitz area
Some people visit Kolmanskop by staying at a town further east called Aus,
but for photographers this isn't advisable.
So the only option is to stay in Ludertiz itself.
The main hotel most people stay at is the Nest hotel, which is
the ideal base from which to visit the area.
Visitor times to Kolmanskop are limited to a certain period in the morning.
The exception is visitors who have acquired photographic permits beforehand, which we do standard
on any photographic trip.
Komanskop is certainly worth spending almost the whole day at, since some of the houses are most interesting
when the sun comes through the roof.
There are a number of other areas that are also worth a visit by photographers.
These include the quiver tree forest, Twyfelfontein, the north-west where desert elephants are found, the Caprivi strip,
Swakopmund and the central coast, and many smaller places in between.
For more specifics, please contact us.
What’s a basic photographic kit
You'd be much better off asking proper photographers this question,
but I can make a few suggestions.
The first crucial thing to think about is how much space you'll have.
If you're flying, it's not going to be much unless you're on a photographic trip that
has extra space booked for gear.
For camera bodies, I'd suggest bringing two bodies at least.
One big thing you want to avoid is changing lenses in dusty or sandy
conditions, and having two camera bodies allows you to have at least two different lenses
ready to go.
If you’re doing wildlife, it’s fairly obvsious that you should bring a long lens.
You’ll want at least a 400mm.
Just remember that even if you’re doing a landscape trip, you will often encounter some wildlife,
even if it’s only desert Orxy.
But those animals can make fantastic photographic opertunities.
You’ll want a good selection of other lenses.
You should also bring along a good solid tripod.
Desert conditions can be very windy and often you’re taking
images from very unstable positions.
For game drives, also bring along a photography
You can travel with them empty, and buy rice in
Namibia while you're here.
The rice can be donated afterwards provided it didn't get to dirty.
A good cleaning kit is also vital.
You’ll want to be well prepared for days without power.
In remote lodges it’s possible to have power cuts even at
places that usually have power, so be prepared.
Good bags are a must.
You want something lightweight since you'll often need to carry it.
You also need to make sure you have something that's tough, since you'll
often be packing it into vehicles as you travel.
make bags that are favored by many
photographers we've encountered.
You can bring a laptop, but also bring enough memory cards, especially
if you shoot raw.
On a good photographic trip there is often some time set aside for comparisons and
Who we work with
We’re keen photographers, but far from professionals.
However, we do work with a number of really professional operators, and
we’re happy to refer them for those who would like the best help available.
We've worked frequently with
Shem Compion and C4Images.
Shem is on of South Africa's young up and coming photographers, and runs
a very professional operation.
We also run some tours for
Check out this
page for tours and workshops they will run to Namibia.
One of our past guests who took some great images at Sossusvlei was
kind enough to recommend us on his