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A land of stark contrast


Traveller Astrid Diana Fernandes recently went on a photographic safari to Namibia with Africa Geographic Travel. Namibia has always been a bucket list destination for her, and she was so inspired by the harsh and contrasting beauty that she saw there, that she published a coffee table book with photos from her trip. Wow!


In this gallery, she shares some of those stunning photographs and excerpts from her trip to this desert wonderland. Here she tells us her thoughts about Namibia as a dream safari destination:


"Namibia, visually spectacular, is a land of contrasts, extremes and superlatives. Wedged between the Kalahari Desert to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, it gets less rain than any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. It has two spectacular deserts – the Namib and the Kalahari – each with distinctive wildlife and scenery. The Namib Desert is one of the world's oldest with powerful offshore winds sculpting some of the world's highest sand dunes.


Water – or the absence of it – defines life in Namibia. Where there is water, there is life. The interior is hot and arid while the coast is cool and moist, the product of the cold Atlantic colliding with Africa's warm and dry southern tip.


With approximately 2.5 million people, the country is sparsely populated and for much of our travels, we felt we had the country all to ourselves. Namibia's indigenous people (such as the San bushmen, Himba and Herero), astonishing wildlife and spectacular landscapes, make for a dream safari destination."


Travel to Namibia with Africa Geographic


Travel in Africa is about knowing when and where to go, and with whom. A few weeks too early / late and a few kilometres off course and you could miss the greatest show on Earth. And wouldn’t that be a pity? Read more about Namibia here or contact an Africa Geographic safari consultant to plan your dream vacation.


To view the images in the gallery Namibia: Simply Awesome, click on the arrow buttons next to each image.


On the cover: Gemsbok are an iconic species in Namibia and are featured on the country's coat of arms. They are one of the great survivalists of this harsh and arid land.