A journey through barren lands: the epic beauty of Namibia in photos

Shadows fall on the dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia

Namibia is best seen with your own eyes; so stark, and wild, and achingly beautiful that it's impossible to describe. We hope our Namibia photo diary helps to bring this stunning country to life for you, or inspires you to visit for yourself.

For sheer natural beauty, not many countries can rival Namibia. It's home to some of the most unique and stunning scenery you'll ever see, from the Mars-like landscapes of Sossusvlei to the barren plains of Etosha National Park, from the rugged and dramatic coastline to the frozen-in-time towns.

Rolling through the Namib desert, having not seen another life for hours, surrounded by fossilised mountains, stark coastlines, and sand dunes as far as the eye could see, we'd never felt more insignificant. In this day and age, when all the information you could ever want is available at the scroll and click of our phone screens, it seems, sadly, as though it's rare that a new place will completely blow us away. After all, by the time we get there we've generally seen it, liked it, shared it a million times already. But Namibia is the exception, not the rule - and standing amongst its ancient plains simply blew. our. minds. It was the most exhilarated and free we've ever felt on our travels. 

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It wasn't long ago that Namibia was only famous for being the birthplace of famous for being the birthplace of Brangelina's child Shiloh. Now, it's the go-to destination for adventure junkies, photographers and those looking to get off the beaten track.  we think these photos might inspire you to make the long journey to Namibia to explore these landscapes for yourself. 

Behold, the epic beauty of Namibia in photos. 

Namibia photo diary - a journey through barren lands


It's impossible to describe how it feels standing before a towering, 300m burnt orange sand dune, walking amongst 900-year-old fossilised Acacia trees in the vast clay pan of Deadvlei, or traipsing across the shifting sands of the world's oldest desert, the Namib. Then there's the jaw-dropping Fish River Canyon, the rocky mountain peaks of Spitzkoppe and Naukluft

The natural beauty is otherworldly, mind-boggling, and awe-inspiring.

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A man walks through the barren plains of Namibia - Namibia photos
Rock formations at dusk in Namibia - best Namibia photos
The cliffs of Fish River Canyon, Namibia
A man overlooks Fish River Canyon, Namibia
An Oryx grazing in Namibia, Namibia photos
A woman cups a full moon in Namibia
Deadvlei clay pan in Sossusvlei, Namibia
Dune 45 - the tallest dune in Sossusvlei, Namibia - Namibia photos
A man jumps off a dune in Sossusvlei, Namibia
The famous arch in Spitzkoppe National Park, Namibia - Namibia photos
A female jumps in between the arch in Spitzkoppe National Park, Namibia


A country so sparsely populated, this stat is hard to comprehend: Namibia is almost twice the size of Spain, yet has 5% of Spain's total population. You won't see a soul for hours, which makes driving here strangely appealing, yet mostly worrying. They're also perfect to stop as often as possible and take in the surrounding landscapes. 

These long, straight roads forever stretching towards the horizon will be forever etched in our memory. 

Driving along a long, straight road in Namibia - Namibia photos
A woman sits atop a car in the Namib desert, Namibia
A street vendor in the middle of the Namibian outback, Namibia
A car driving along a long dirt road in Namibia
A man waits for a train that never arrives in Holoog, Namibia



In the south of Namibia lies Kolmanskop, a formerly wealthy diamond mining community, now a long abandoned ghost town slowly being reclaimed by the Namib desert. 

Even the small towns dotted throughout the country are slightly eerie, especially as dusk settles over the time-worn streets. 

A dilapidated house in Kolmanskop ghost town, Namibia
The colourful interior of Kolmanskop ghost town houses, Namibia
The bathroom of a former mansion in Kolmanskop ghost town, Namibia
A man photographing an abandoned house in Kolmanskop, Namibia
Namib Garage at night, Aus, Namibia
Sunset over Aus, Namibia
Children walk past Aus church, Aus, Namibia
Golden hour over Karibib, Namibia
An old Germanic home in Aus, Namibia
Christuskirche in glorious afternoon light, Windhoek, Namibia


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Namibia is best seen with your own eyes; so stark, and wild, and achingly beautiful that it's impossible to describe. We hope our photo diary helps to bring this stunning country to life for you, or inspires you to travel to Namibia yourself. | Namibia photography | Namibia travel | Africa travel | backpacking Africa #namibia