Namibia has some truly magnificent landscapes. In fact, it’s hard to take a bad photo in this place! But some people manage to capture something truly special when documenting the natural beauty of Namibia. We’ve been rummaging through all the great videos posted on Vimeo over the years to bring you five of the best from all corners of our land. Sit back and enjoy.
A hauntingly good video through the barren winter landscapes of Namibia. The dry months accentuate the desperation and desolation of the land. Catch a glimpse of the animals searching out what little food and water they can, trying to make it through to spring.
Deadvlei is littered with the skeletons of 900 year old camelthorn trees that were left to the mercy of the sun after the Tsauchab river flood waters retreated. Find out more about “Why the Deadvlei is Dead”
Deadvlei is a photographers paradise – just a quick browse of Deadvlei photos on Flickr is enough to get those lenses excited...
Winter is our dry season, and in Namibia it coincides with summer in the northern hemisphere. So, when is a good time to visit? Every local will give you a different answer. Truth is, Namibia is a treat any time of year. Read here to find out more about weather in Namibia.
Rain isn’t usually what you wish for on a holiday. But our rain is very different! Find out why Namibians love the rainy season.
Think about Namibia and the desert almost immediately comes to mind. But there is a part of Namibia that is home to a wet wonderland where scores of wildlife meet around the mighty rivers. This video flies you in a microlight over the vast open plains of the Etosha pan, up to the Caprivi strip to finally dangle precariously over the raging Victoria Falls... Adventure at its finest.
Hungry for more great aerial shots of Namibia? Watch these crazy paragliders from dizzying heights over the Spitzkoppe, Sandwich Harbour and Sossusvlei. Take a look at this video shot from a hot air balloon as it sails across the vast land. Or a look at a work of art from this flying safari photo series.
Why not try the skies for yourself with a fly-in safari, a helicopter safari, or a scenic flight tour. Here are some operators roaming the Namibia skies Bataleur Aviation, African Bush Bird Tours, Scenic Air, Pleasure Flights Safaris
Namibia is a country geared towards aviation. Not only does it have top-class flight schools and aviation engineers, almost every guest farm and lodge in the country has its own landing strip. There are more than 300 known airfields in Namibia. Read more about flying and gliding in Namibia here
Formed over 500 million years ago, The Fish River Canyon is the second largest natural gorge in the world, and the largest in Africa. Set in a harsh, stony plain dotted with drought resistant succulents, such as the distinctive quiver tree or kokerboom, the canyon is a spectacular natural phenomenon. Watch as Ultra-Runner Ryan Sandes returns to the Fish River Canyon to run the 5 day, 84km, Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail in the fastest time possible. Be moved by both the scenery and the story.
More about the Fish River Canyon and extreme sports in Namibia:
If extreme sports is your passion, then Namibia is your place. Try the The Windhoek Lager Fish River Canyon Ultra, the 24 hour cycling endurance of The Desert Dash, the Namib Desert Triathlon for a 1.9m swim, 90km cycle and 21km run, or a 250km run in the Desert Ultra Marathon.
Want to hike the Fish River Canyon yourself (and in your own time..)? Read here for more information
Instead of speeding through the canyon, you could take it slow. Canyon Mule Trekking is a great way to really soak up all the sights and sounds.
Read more about Ryan’s record breaking run on our blog.
You may have seen this before, but it is one of our all time favourites, so we had to post it! It is a timelapse video of “the fairytale-like quivertrees and the eery, dead camelthorn trees” of the Deadvlei. Each second contains 30 photographs from a total of 16,000 images shot by Marsel van Oosten over a two year period – and it was worth it! The video won First Prize in the 2012 Travel Photographer Of The Year Awards, top Vimeo staff pick, and a special place in our hearts.
More about how to experience Namibian nights for yourself:
Visit the Namib Rand Nature Reserve, Africa’s first official Gold Tier International Dark Sky Reserve
Do some of your own stargazing in the desert, with astronomer, Dr. Gaedke, from Stargazing Adventures
Take a self-drive 4x4 safari trip and camp under the night skies - read this post about camping in Namibia for some tips
Read more about the magic of the Namibian nights and all that lurks in the darkness here
Hit play and be transported through the deserts, grasslands and skies of Namibia. Watch as the sun dances across the land and turns the clouds into a technicolour spectacular...
More about the deserts and landscapes of Namibia:
Read more about the world’s oldest desert and the weird and wonderful plants and animals that live there
Here’s a list of adventure activities in the Namib region