In the south-west of the African continent, along the Atlantic Ocean, lies Namibia, one of the most recent countries in Africa to obtain independence, in 1990. Namibia’s climate is primarily arid or semi-arid and the human population density is one of the lowest in Africa. This opens the way for enormous expanses of land that are still wild and undeveloped. Closer to coast the Namib desert stretches from north to south, with its magnificent dunes and dry river beds. Here the climate is influenced by the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean, which causes low precipitations, misty mornings and generally lower temperatures than in the rest of the country. Proceeding inland, the habitat becomes more rocky and bushy. Wildlife thrives in the semi-arid bushes in the inland, in the western part of the Kalahari desert and in the Caprivi strip in the north-east. Also in the most arid areas of the country, certain species have adapted to survive despite the very scarce availability of food and water. Surprisingly, most of Africa’s large mammals can be found here, including the famous desert-adapted Elephants, Giraffes, Black Rhinoceroses, Lions and many others.
Namibia’s most famous national park is certainly Etosha. The many waterholes around the famous Etosha pan and the surrounding Acacia woodlands attract a large concentration of wildlife, certainly comparable to the plains of Eastern Africa. Most photography here is done at the waterholes, where all species are bound to visit frequently. At the peak of the dry season, some of the waterholes are extremely busy with animals movements and sometimes predations by Lions or Leopards can occur in this setting. Though it is certainly a very interesting park, we decided to focus our tour on the most unique and fascinating habitat of the country, the desert and its amazingly large quantity of animals that inhabit it.