27 More Pretty Photos From My Trip to Africa (Plus a Video!)

By Nomadic Matt | Published February 14th, 2013

Last December, I went to Africa with G Adventures and it was life changing. Africa is beautiful, breathtaking, and as I said before like “God’s zoo.” I took over 800 photos during my short three week trip. I put up some photos last month and since I had so many, I wanted to share some more today. There are just too many good ones. So without further rambling, here’s 27 more photos to kick start your day:

An elephant keeping himself cool in NamibiaAn elephant keeping himself cool in Namibia

A lone tree in the savannah in Namibia
A lone tree in the savannah in Namibia

Zebras and a giraffe out for a stroll in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Zebras and a giraffe out for a stroll in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Sand dunes outside Swakopmund, Namibia
Sand dunes outside Swakopmund, Namibia. I didn’t touch this photo up. This is what they actually look like! Crazy, huh? It’s like a painting.

Some ducks hanging out at the watering hole during sunset Namibia
Some ducks hanging out at the watering hole during sunset

The watering hole in Etosha, Namibia Africa
The watering hole in Etosha, Namibia

the stars and night sky in Namibia, Africa
The night sky. My camera doesn’t have a very sensitive lens but you get the idea – you can see a lot of stars in the sky in Africa.

a happy bush guy from botswana
A wise bushman from Botswana. He was always happy and energetic in his explanations about the plants.

Giraffes lounging in the shade in Etosha
Giraffes lounging in the shade in Etosha. My guide said that this sight is rare because if they sit down, it makes them easy targets for predators. If they are sitting, it means they feel very safe.

The red dunes of Deadvlei Africa Namibia
The red dunes of Deadvlei, Namibia

The Okavango Delta in Botswana
The Okavango Delta in Botswana

An elephant at the Chobe River
An elephant at the Chobe River

a red sunset in Africa
I have no idea where this sunset was but pretty huh?

A lazy water buffalo in Chobe River
A lazy water buffalo in Chobe River

The cracked earth of Deadvlei, Namibia
The cracked earth of Deadvlei, Namibia

Fighting (or kissing?) monkeys in the Chobe River, Botswana
Fighting (or kissing?) monkeys in the Chobe River, Botswana

A crocodile in the Chobe River, Botswana
A crocodile in the Chobe River, Botswana

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

The Okavango Delta in Botswana
The Okavango Delta in Botswana

Sandboarding in outside Swakopmund, Namibia
Sandboarding in outside Swakopmund, Namibia

A giraffe posing for the camera
Somewhere in Namibia…

Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon in Zimbabwe
Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon…

Victoria falls<br /><br />
Victoria falls

a sunset in Africa at the watering hole in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Sunset at the watering hole in Etosha National Park, Namibia

More elephants in Chobe
More elephants in Chobe

Zebras at the watering hole
Zebras at the watering hole

Lion in Etosha National Park
A lioness in Etosha National Park

And here is a video of some dancing in Damaraland, Namibia (it’s a bit cheesy but they have great voices):

I can’t wait to get back to explore more of Africa. I only scratched the surface but in my short time I saw such diversity that I look forward to going back…sooner rather than later I hope.

P.S. – I went to Africa with the company G Adventures and you can get 10% off all their tours with the code “2014GONOMADIC“. Use it when you visit their website to save hundreds when you book a tour (to Africa or anywhere). It’s an exclusive discount for us.

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Wow love these pictures!

breathtaking, make me want to go there, badly

Thank you for these pictures…read your book – great job…is the longer term plan with future editions of your book to add breakdowns of additional destinations – e.g. Africa?

NomadicMatt

Yes, future editions will have more destinations in them.

ashliey

im so inspired by your travel guide …. great adventure

Matt Willett

Great pics Matt keep it up

NomadicMatt

Thanks!

Wow! Cant agree more with the Namibia desert. It sure looks surreal! By the way, it is a rare coincidence that both you and WanderingEarl posted on Africa on the same day!

NomadicMatt

Ha really? I’ll check it out!

AWESOME pictures Matt! Too hard to pick out a fav.

Keep us posted on how the tour is going as well!

Wow it’s beautiful there! I can’t wait to make it over to Africa some day.

sooo nice! this made me want to visit Africa some day. :)

Gunther

Very beautiful pics, how long have you been there?

NomadicMatt

I was there for 3 weeks.

Emma

love it!! tks for share!

Stellar photos Matt! Looks like the adventure to Africa was amazing!

Your pictures are absolutely beautiful, especially the sand dune ones in Namibia, my folks did a trip there this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. A country that is a truly beautiful and largely untouched natural destination.

NomadicMatt

It was my favorite country on the trip.

We can hardly wait til it’s our turn! Thanks for sharing, Matt!!

SG

Love the patterns with the giraffes and zebras

I love the photo of the lone tree in the savannah. When I picture Africa it looks exactly like that. Can’t wait to do some exploring there myself.

Great photos!! It’s not hard to take amazing photos when traveling to Africa.
We went to Kenya and it is so beautiful as well.

Jemille

Gotta go back to Africa! I spent 4 months there many years ago. Now yopu have me yearning to return. Thanks for the gorgeous photos!

Michael

Love the pics. I did a G Adventures tour in 2010 from Zambia – Botswanna – SA. All it did was make me need to go back again in 2012. Tanzania and trekked Kili….Africa is truly life changing.

Veronika

WOW night sky is amazing!

I love the sunset and Victoria Falls shots. Good idea with these photo posts!

Amazing pics Matt. What camera do you use? Seems like you had an amazing trip again…

What stunning photos! The sand dunes must have been breathtaking. Sandboarding is hard right?!

NomadicMatt

It was actually pretty easy! And a lot of fun!

I went to many of the same places last year. We spent a week in Etosha and that was not only my highlight of the trip, one of the highlights of my travels!

no doubt amazing photos – can you please share some details about where to stay, how to get to most parts and what to avoid?

NomadicMatt

I went on a tour with G Adventures (gadventures.com)

Excellent photographs! I’ve wanted to go to Africa ever since the second grade when I wrote a book about going to Kenya. When I studied in Spain I managed to make it to Morocco, but my African roommate from Ghana kept telling me that Morocco did not truly count and that it wasn’t “real Africa.” I do count Morocco for having been to Africa, but I still want to explore more of the diverse continent including hiking Kilimanjaro.

Amazing photos, Matt. Curious….how close were you to the animals? It’s always been my dream to go to Africa…maybe one day.

NomadicMatt

We were in vehicles a lot so not that close.

Wow, love the lone tree! Great composition.

NomadicMatt

Thanks! It’s actually one of my favorites!

Matt – Wow! Those photos are amazing. We’re inspred – planning our own African adventure. Thanks for the inspiration.

NomadicMatt

You’re welcome!

Great post Matt. I am actually headed over to Namibia in two weeks to do a road trip around the country on a motocross bike. I can’t wait! I’m hoping to get some good shots of the dunes, check out some wildlife in Etosha and do some white water rafting up near the Angolan border.

Makes me want to start planning a trip to Africa. Great shots!

Your pictures are fantastic! I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, and I definitely want to save every penny to travel as much as possible!

Matt, I’m headed to Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa this summer. I remember seeing posts from your trip back in December, but I just looked back and realized that I’m doing almost all the same places you visited. The only difference is that I’m just renting a car with my brother and going on my own. These photos got me so excited! Do you have any one particular highlight from Botswana and Namibia that may not be really obvious?

Thanks!

Ellen

oh Africa my ultimate dream!! love those sitting giraffes!!

eve

The stars…. really…. while I was at Bwindi, I stared at the sky for about 3 hours…. The late to bed, late to rise person that I am, I woke up that night at 3 am to stare into the sky…. and counted like about 500 stars… Astonishing Africa :)

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