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Namibia – A Photographer’s Dream Destination

Namibia – A Photographer’s Dream Destination

If we had to pick just one place in Africa to photograph, it would have to be Namibia. Or as Trump would say, ‘Nambia’.

With its limitless horizons, stark landscapes, surprising wildlife, and surreal views, Namibia holds endless visual treasures for the landscape photographer. A land of contrasts and extremes, few other countries can match Namibia’s sheer beauty.

From the abandoned houses of Kolmanskop, to the dramatic sand dunes and dead trees of the Sossusvlei, to the jaw-dropping Fish River Canyon, the variety of otherworldly scenes seems endless. With so many iconic photography locations on offer, it’s no surprise that Namibia can claim a lofty spot on a photographer’s bucket list of awe-inspiring photographic locations.

Here are a few of our favourite landscape photos taken in Namibia that will make you want to book your next trip to Namibia.

Sobering solitude at Swakopmund:
Namibia – A Photographer’s Dream Destination

 

Giraffes at Etosha National Park:
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Two-toned sand dunes of the Sossusvlei:
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A stunning sunset sky over the Namib Desert:
Photo © Bold Travel

 

White, orange and blue. The iconic colours of the perfect Sossuvlei scene:
Photo © Bold Travel

 

These footprints up the dune won’t last long in the swirling desert sand:
Photo © Bold Travel

 

One of the many shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast:
Photo © Bold Travel

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In addition to being an idyllic location for landscape photography, Namibia is also the perfect place for adventure travelers. From skydiving to hot air balloon rides, rock climbing the Spitzkoppe, sandboarding down dunes, and kayaking with seals and dolphins, there is no excuse to be bored while visiting this diverse and spell-binding country.

If Namibia sounds like your kind of safari destination, then get in touch with us! We’ll help you plan your perfect holiday.

Africa’s Paradise Islands

Africa’s Paradise Islands

Boasting some of the best coastlines in the world, if you travel to Africa and don’t visit a beach, you’re seriously missing out.

While Africa may be most famous for its bush and wildlife experiences, the tiny islands speckled just off the coast of this continent also deserve some attention. That’s right! Bali and the Caribbean aren’t the only places with dreamy island destinations. Africa has its fair share too!

These are a few of our favourite African islands for a relaxing beach getaway:

Maldives

Africa’s Paradise Islands

Thriving coral reefs, white-sand beaches, and fascinating underwater world make the chain of islands that makes up the Maldives. This is the obvious choice for those wanting to experience a little piece of paradise. Find out more here: https://www.africaodyssey.com/maldives

Seychelles

Scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is made up of 115 idyllic islands. Set against a backdrop of lush hills; the powder white beaches are lapped by turquoise waters, providing a postcard-perfect destination for a tropical escape. Find out more here: https://www.africaodyssey.com/seychelles

Mauritius

Around 1,200 miles from the east coast of Africa, Mauritius is best known for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, reefs, and rainforests. As the island is ring-fenced by one of the largest unbroken barrier reefs in the world, scuba diving here is a magical experience. This little piece of heaven is very popular for honeymoons and romantic breaks. Find out more here: https://www.africaodyssey.com/mauritius

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of the most well-known islands in not only Africa but the world. And for good reason. Situated just off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is steeped in culture and history, and the beaches are just the beginning of what’s on offer in this archipelago. It is a brilliant ‘all-round’ destination for travellers offering unique combinations of activities. Find out more here: https://www.africaodyssey.com/tanzania/zanzibar

Stay Where the Wild Things Are

Stay Where the Wild Things Are

Photo © Bushcamp Company

Part of the wild and adventurous appeal of going on a safari in Africa, involves the possibility of having up close encounters with wildlife.

Game drives, bush walks and boat rides are all great methods of searching for animals in the wild. However, what if you didn’t need to leave camp in order to experience an intimate wildlife sighting? What if the animals came to your doorstep?

Imagine waking up to see a pride of lions outside your window, or having your breakfast interrupted by a herd of elephants. While this may sound too good to be true, this is in fact the reality of many lodges in Africa where they have chosen to forego the fences and allow the wildlife to roam freely throughout the camp. Although just because a lodge doesn’t have a fence, doesn’t necessarily guarantee any wildlife visitors. By nature, animals are wary of humans and will avoid unfamiliar structures. However, there are a few places that are lucky enough to experience regular visits from their wild guests.

These are some of our favourite lodges where the wildlife roams free and animals are known to visit on a regular basis:

Mfuwe Lodge:Stay Where the Wild Things Are

Situated in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, Mfuwe Lodge plays host to a very special wildlife spectacle. Each year between late October and mid-December, staff and visitors at Mfuwe look forward to a special visit from elephant families that have been regular guests at the lodge for three generations. The elephants walk directly through the lodge’s reception lobby, to feast on the fallen fruits from the large Wild Mango (Cordyla Africana) tree in the lodge grounds.

Kanga Camp:

Renowned for the ‘Armchair Safari’, Kanga Camp is located in the most remote part of Mana Pools National Park – Kanga Pan. This pan is the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and Kanga Camp is perfectly placed to offer you a front row seat to the wildlife action. From the comfort of the deck chairs, guests might be lucky enough to see elephant, lion, wild dog, buffalo and even leopard drinking in front of the lodge.

Royal Malewane Private Game Lodge:

Royal Malewane is located in Thornybush Private Game Reserve within the greater Kruger region, South Africa. One of the best amenities at the Royal Malewane Private Game Lodge is their private plunge pools that come with each room. It is not that uncommon for an elephant or two to drop by for a drink of water while you’re taking a dip and soaking up the sunshine.

Staying in an unfenced camp is an exhilarating and authentic bush experience, however, due to the obvious safety concerns, these lodges generally have very strict child policies. Guests also need to be accompanied by a member of staff when walking from one area of the lodge to another, especially at night.

Secret Safari Destinations you MUST See

Secret Safari Destinations you MUST See

There’s no denying that Africa’s main attractions such as the Serengeti, Victoria Falls, Masai Mara and Cape Town are all well-worth experiencing. However, if you’re anything like us then you enjoy getting off the beaten track every now and then and seeing what there is to be discovered.

Luckily for us, with a continent as large as Africa, there are countless lesser-known safari gems just waiting to be explored by travelers. Here are just three secret spots worth seeing while on safari in Africa:

Quirimbas, Mozambique

Secret Safari Destinations you MUST See

Photo © Daniel J Allen

Stretching for 400km along Mozambique’s northern coast, the Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 32 coral islands rising from the depths of the Indian Ocean. Due to the remoteness of the islands, they were previously inaccessible however regular flights that have opened this magical world to travelers. Each island has just one lodge, ensuring the ultimate ‘private island’ experience. With its pristine beaches, rich marine-life and unsurpassed exclusivity, we consider this to be one of Africa’s finest beach destinations.

Sossusvlei, Namibia

From beach sand to desert sand, the Sossusvlei in Namibia is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Forming part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossuvlei is a large salt and clay pan surrounded by towering sand dunes. The dunes are some of the largest in the world and form a dramatic backdrop to the stark white pan. During sunrise and sunset, the dunes transform into brilliant shades of orange and red, making the area a photographer’s dream destination.

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar

Photo © Cool Hunting

One cannot visit Madagascar, without going to explore the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ‘Tsingy’ translates to ‘where one cannot walk barefoot’, which is an apt name seeing as the reserve consists of razor-sharp limestone pinnacles. Travellers wishing to explore this area can do so using the steps, boardwalks, ladders, cables and suspension bridges have been installed with phenomenal expertise allowing adventurers to explore the Tsingy close up and in safety.

Are your feet tingling for an adventure yet? Get in touch with us for help planning your safari to one of these off-the-radar destinations.

3 of the Best (Ethical) Animal Encounters in Africa

3 of the Best (Ethical) Animal Encounters in Africa

When in Africa, it’s tempting to try and cross off as many bucket list encounters as possible. After all, it’s the trip of a lifetime. Why not make the most of it?

Personal wildlife interactions tend to be quite high up on the list for many travellers. Lion cub petting, walking with big cats and elephant rides are just a few examples of popular wildlife encounters. Sadly, these activities are all highly unethical and rely on the profits of misinformed tourists to keep them going.

It’s always important to do your research before supporting an organisation, but here a few basic tips for choosing ethical wildlife encounters:

• Any facility that breeds wild animals, and offers petting/touching, is not a sanctuary.
• Never ride an elephant. This is never ethical.
• Animals living in captivity should be kept in appropriate enclosures that mimic their natural environment and offer enrichment activities.
• Avoid all circuses that involve animals in their acts.
• Hands-off encounters that benefit both the wildlife and the public are an example of an acceptable activity e.g. reputable sanctuaries.
• Game drives and guided bush walks are a good example of non-intrusive ways to observe animals in the natural habitat.

Fortunately, however, awareness on the issue is spreading like a wonderful wildfire through the world and more and more travellers are starting to reject these unscrupulous activities in favour for more conservation based wildlife experiences.

Here are a few examples of ethical wildlife encounters to add to your bucket list:

Wildebeest Migration:
When in full swing in East Africa, the Wildebeest Migration is an extremely exciting event to witness and can be done from the safety of a game vehicle.

3 of the Best (Ethical) Animal Encounters in Africa

 

Gorilla Trekking:
Encountering the last remaining wild gorillas in Uganda, Congo or Rwanda is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding safari experiences in Africa. The treks are carefully managed and contribute directly to the conservation of these endangered animals and their rainforest habitats.

 

Turtle Hatching:
One of the cutest wildlife encounters there could be is watching baby turtles hatch. Kosi Bay in South Africa is one of the best places to witness this. While a sighting of the hatching can never be fully guaranteed, if you’re in the right place at the right time, watching baby sea turtles emerge from their eggs and escape to the ocean can be an amazing encounter.

If you would like to experience these incredible encounters or discuss what else you can do, get in touch with us!

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