This series of posts on Namibia contains a lot of information, so here is an index which will hopefully help you better navigate and find what you are looking for:
Part 1: Preparations
Part 2: Camera Equipment
Part 3: NamibRand (Wolwedans)
Part 4: Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
Part 5: Damaraland (via Walvis Bay and Swakopmund)
Part 6: Etosha National Park (Dolomite and Okaukuejo)
Preparing for a trip like this takes a bit of time as it is a long, expensive journey. It is money and time well spent as Namibia is an absolutely beautiful country.
I wrote about our general preparations for this trip in this post, however, here is a summary of the salient points:
In this post, I outlined in detail my camera equipment preparations for this trip. The following is a summary of what I found to be most useful:
Africa in general, is a beautiful place. I was told the first time I visited that I would not be able to get it out of my system and that I would return time and time again. Whoever told me that was right and having said that, Namibia is an even more special place than I ever imagined.
Geographically, it is a large country with really diverse landscapes. To say it is beautiful is a major understatement. The population is quite small (2 million) but the people have really big hearts to make up for it. Just about every Namibian we met was incredibly kind to us and they were genuinely excited that we were there visiting.
Namibians are proud of their country and they have good reason to be – there is stunning scenery, the people are friendly and it is very safe. I know I wrote about a few rotten apples during our trip, but they are an extremely small minority and they exist everywhere, no matter where you travel on this planet. The key thing is that almost everyone we met went out of their way to make us feel welcome. They care about their country and it shows.
My wife and I did not want to come home when our visit ended – there was so much more to see in this wonderful place and we seriously thought about changing our return flight and staying longer. That is the first time I have ever considered that. We are already trying to figure out when we can return to Namibia as it was such a positive experience for us.
Namibia is an undiscovered gem in Africa. We don’t hear about it much here in North America as it is a young country and yet as a photographer, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Since I have been to over 70 countries to date, I think that says something.
I look forward to the day when we can return to Namibia. Until then, I will remember our first visit fondly.
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