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Photo story - Namibia: A desert Eden

Updated: Oct 6, 2019

Namibia is a land of harsh environments, from its Sand Sea in the South to its vast Salt Pans in the North. It is a miracle that anything survives in this land, but it does. Not only does Namibia have a thriving history in diamond mining but it also has a plethora of wildlife wonders. Here is my visual journey through this desert Eden.


A blanket of mist descends on the dead trees of deadvlei.

The sun rises through the trees.

Light and sand ebbing and flowing through the houses in Kolmanskop is a breathtaking example of nature slowly taking back the land we borrowed.

Moving through a sea of sand oblivious to my presence. It is impossible not to feel like a stranger in this environment that we are not equipped to survive in. Sossusvlei, Southern Namibia.

An Oryx portrait as it snakes it's way between the large dunes that surround sossusvlei.

The descent. The Oryx's existence in the deserts of Namibia is an incredible adaption, they are a true desert Nomad. These animals may never taste water on their lips, instead the antelope get most, if not all their water content from the wild flora. Sossusvlei, Southern Namibia.

An Oryx climbs to the top of a giant dune as it crosses the dry desert for food.

The Oryx are not the only animals that call the desert home.

Zebra make their way through the baron desert.

A Giraffe makes its way across a dry pan as a storm approaches. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

A young cheetah cub at full sprint in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Chacma Baboons soaking up the morning sun.

A Black Rhino silently drinks at a waterhole in Etosha National Park.

Thank you for taking the time to view a selection of my favourite images from Namibia. I will end this photo story with a fitting quote from Joy Harjo;


"I don't see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn't need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty."


Feel free to see more of my images from Namibia in my Wildlife section of my website.

- William

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