On the Road Again: Anette Travels to Namibia, Africa in March 2019
“Namibia is the hidden jewel of Africa. This is why I visit often, and I also lead photo adventure tours here as well. It is still pristine territory – an experience that no one will ever forget!” – Anette
Have you heard of Namibia?
This beautiful country lies in the southern one-third of the African continent. It is to the northwest of South Africa, where I currently call home, and to the west of Botswana.
I have traveled here many times due to its extensive natural resources and wildlife.
Here you will find amazing landscapes including the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, and the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes to name a few.
The wildlife here is diverse and plentiful. For the photographer, it is significant to realize that Namibia holds a significant cheetah population. It is really something to experience a cheetah in full stride while on the hunt. There are also plenty of other game including rhino, giraffes, lions, zebras, and elephants to name a few.
Namibia is an ever-evolving story, which is why I return often to photograph.
After every trip, I plunge through my images, and inevitably, I believe that I can find better light, or a better angle, or a more dramatic moment.
In truth, I really just want to go back and take more pictures!
I will be spending eight days in the Etosha National Park, where I hope to photograph several new species.
I will also spend time in Hoanib River Bed. Here, among other animals, I will search for the allusive Desert Elephant and Desert Lion. They are extremely difficult to spot in the harsh landscape.
I love to drive up through the riverbed. To both sides, left and right, mountains jut dramatically up into the sky. Dust is everywhere. In all of my trips this spot, I have never witnessed any water in the riverbed.
If you dream of Africa, this is the place. Off road for sure, it is desolate and remote. Wildlife here is not used to human interaction, and will occasionally become aggressive towards vehicles.
It is a good idea to travel with company here!
Next, I will be off to Swakopmund
Swakopmund is a beautiful coastal city that is home to a number of tiny creatures that I wish to photograph: Namaqua Chameleon, Sidewinder snake, Shovel-snouted lizard, the Cartwheeling spider, and the Palmetto gecko.
Don’t be fooled by their diminutive size. These creatures are elusive. Despite previous attempts, I have never captured a single frame of any of them.
I see this as a challenge, and I think this may be my lucky trip! Will you keep your fingers crossed for me?
Wildlife is always a primary interest in my personal travels, as well as my photography workshops, and my privately led photo adventure tours.
However, I am always keen to capture unique landscape photography as well.
The areas of exquisite landscape that I will be visiting on this trip include; Epupa Water Falls and Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft National Park.
While in Swakopmond, I plan to photograph from the air. I will rent a small plane and capture a bird’s eye view of the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Naukluft National Park.
Aerial photography is so much fun. If you’ve never tried it, you must join me on a tour, and I will teach you the ropes to these exciting images from above.
My last stop will be the Sossusvlei Landscape
My last stop on this trip will be the Sossusvlei landscape. This landscape is stunning! The area is surrounded by blood red sand dunes. Many of the black dead Acacia trees, which dot the Clay & Salt Pan (sometimes referred to as “Camel Thorn Trees”), are over 900 years old.
I sometimes refer to this area as “Dead Shot” – meaning it has been over-photographed.
However, this is the thing about Africa. Nothing stays the same. Every day can offer a new composition never before seen.
So… Off, I go!
See you next time – when I am “On the Road Again”.