Namibia – An African Gem

Positioned in between the Kalahari Desert and the Skeleton Coast in the South Atlantic, Namibia, one of the youngest countries in Africa offers travellers the striking diversity of cultures and national origins. The country is a photographer’s dream. From fantastic seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, the African wildlife one would expect on an African safari and more importantly; the elbow room photographer’s desire so they are not stacked one on top of another. You should seriously consider putting this country on your bucket list.

Namibia can be divided into four main topographical regions: (1) the Namib Desert and coastal plains in the west, (2) the eastward-sloping Central Plateau, (3) the Kalahari along the borders with South Africa and Botswana and (4) the densely wooded bushveld of the Kavango and Caprivi regions. Namibia has some of the world’s most awe inspiring national parks, ranging from the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park in Northwestern Namibia, to the dune fields and desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft Park in Western Namibia. Windhoek, in the Central Highlands, is the country's geographical heart and commercial nerve center, with an ethnic mix of welcoming people.

Lonely Planet said, “Namibia is one of those dreamlike places that make you question whether something so visually orgasmic could actually exist. Time and space are less defined here. Landscapes collide. Experiences pile up. Watch a lion stalking its prey on a never-ending plain in Etosha. Fly down a giant dune on a sandboard. Spend a night alone in the desert under a sky so thick with stars you can’t differentiate between constellations.”

The stunning desert landscapes of Sossusvlei (at the southern end of Namib-Naukluft National Park) produce sensuous, undulating sand dune images. The towering Sossusvlei Dunes are the worlds highest—several world famous photos of gemsbok (oryx) walking across these rolling red dunes were made here.

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: