A photography holiday in Namibia

ongava tented camp Etosha National Park offers fantastic photo opportunities | Credit: Ongava Tented Camp

Namibia is a photographer’s dream destination. The country’s spectacular desert landscapes of soaring sand dunes, vast horizons and cracked pans, its rugged mountains, dramatic canyon and startling Skeleton Coast and the unpolluted night skies, along with striking wildlife and unusual flora (quiver trees are a particular highlight) make couldn’t be more photogenic.

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Namibia’s top photographic destinations are Etosha National Park for wildlife – especially in the winter months, when you’ll be able to capture the park’s animals from up close as they congregate around waterholes, the dunes around Sossusvlei for those quintessential desert scenes, the petrified trees of Deadvlei, the deserted ghost town of Kolmanskop in southern Namibia for images of old houses being swallowed by sand, and in Damaraland, the herds of desert elephants against a backdrop of arid mountains and stony plains.

Make sure you have all the batteries and memory cards you need, as you won’t be able to find them in most of Namibia. Namibia has such diverse landscapes and attractions that you’ll want to be travelling with a range of lenses, from wide-angle for the vast desert horizons to super telephoto for those wildlife shots. A tripod is essential for landscapes, wildlife photography where you can set up at a waterhole (such as in Etosha’s camps) and night sky photos. Namibia is very dusty, so be sure to protect your gear in closed boxes while you’re travelling in the car and clean lenses carefully to get rid of dust.

sunset damaraland Don’t forget to photograph one of Namibia’s famous sunsets

Different seasons in Namibia offer varied photographic highlights. In the rainy season from November to March, foliage in some areas (such as Etosha) will be lush and green. These months are also best for bird photography. The rains have stopped by April and May and these months are best for clear, dust-free skies. However, for the best chance of getting close up to wildlife at waterholes in Etosha, June to October is the time to travel.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)

day 1

Namibian hospitality
  • Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)
  • Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)
  • Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)
  • Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)
  • Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)
  • Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)

day 2

Sossusvlei

day 3

Space...lots of space

day 4

Plenty of perspective

day 5

Fly Home

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Popular Namibia Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Namibia Safari on Board the Rovos Rail (9 days)

Namibia Safari on Board the Rovos Rail (9 days)

Immerse yourself in the luxury and old-world charm of this train journey through a land as old as time...

 | Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days)

Nambian Desert to Coast Self-Drive Road Trip (9 days)

From the famous Sossusvlei, quaint Swakopmund, historical Damaraland and on towards Etosa National Park, this road trip through Namibia is an authentic and different take on a safari......

 | Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)

Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)

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 | South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

This is a great adventure, travelling up the West Coast of South Africa and visiting iconic destinations in southern Namibia...

 | Exciting Family Safari in Botswana and Namibia (11 days)

Exciting Family Safari in Botswana and Namibia (11 days)

Enjoy both Botswana's Okavango Delta and Namibia's Caprivi Strip on a safari holiday filled with fun ...

Scenery | Namibia’s Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Namibia's Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Experience Sossusvlei's red dunes glowing in the early morning light, find desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland and meet the Himba nomads in Namibia's far north-west...

Red dunes | Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)

Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)

Reconnect with nature in Namibia's southern desert and marvel at Sossusvlei's high red dunes glowing in the early morning light...

 | Unforgettable Namibia Safari Adventure (11 days)

Unforgettable Namibia Safari Adventure (11 days)

Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness...

 | Affordable Luxury in Namibia (11 days)

Affordable Luxury in Namibia (11 days)

From the capital of Windhoek to the pristine Ongava Private Game Reserve, this Namibian adventure has all the elements of an unforgettable safari into the untamed wilderness...

 | Etosha National Park Road Trip Adventure (8 days)

Etosha National Park Road Trip Adventure (8 days)

Drive yourself through the majestic landscapes of Namibia en-route to Etosha and spend your days searching for, and finding the wildlife that Etosha is known for...



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