Celebrating Etosha ~ by Simone Basini
Etosha National Park in Namibia is the perfect year-round destination, with each season having its particular charm and beauty. It is one of Africa's top safari destinations and a photographer's dream – probably one of the best places in Africa to photograph wildlife, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. Elephants, zebras, black and white rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, herds of springbok, giraffe, and wildebeest all call Etosha home in plentiful numbers. The landscapes are also spectacularly photogenic with wide, vast vistas, and barren salt pans under stunning blue skies. In this gallery we are celebrating Etosha in all its glory with a selection of some incredible photos taken by Simone Basini – a guide, wildlife photographer, and a Photographer of the Year competition entrant – from his time spent in Etosha.
Simone Basini is a guide and wildlife photographer based in Cape Town. His passion and his profession allowed him to travel widely across the most remotes parts of Africa, where he has accumulated an impressive portfolio of images. Growing up in Italy at the foot of the Alps, at 19 he went to work in Zambia where, armed with an old Nikon FM reflex camera, his love for wildlife photography was ignited and grew to be his lifestyle. For the past 20 years he has been leading some of the best photographic safaris across Africa. Now he has his own travel company that specialises in tailormade photographic safaris.
"We are stunned into silence, and the atmosphere on our game drive vehicle as we leave is one of contentment and wonder, brought about by the shared experience of fabulous game viewing, unexpected surprises, breathtaking scenery of contrasts and colours, wide open spaces and the smells and sounds of the African bush. The is the essence of Etosha."