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. 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 are 27 more photos to kick-start your day:

An elephant keeping cool, Namibia

An elephant keeping cool, Namibia

A lone tree in the savannah, Namibia
A lone tree in the savannah, 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 up this photo. This is what they actually look like! Crazy, huh? It’s like a painting.

Ducks hanging out at the watering hole during sunset, Namibia
Ducks hanging out at the watering hole during sunset, Namibia

Watering hole in Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Watering hole in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Stars and the 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 there.

A happy bush guy from Botswana
A bushman from Botswana. He was happy and energetic in his explanations about the local plants.

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

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

The Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta, Botswana

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

A red sunset in Africa
No idea where this sunset was — but pretty, huh?

A lazy water buffalo at the Chobe River
A lazy water buffalo at the Chobe River

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

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

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

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta from the air, Botswana

Sandboarding outside Swakopmund, Namibia
Sandboarding outside Swakopmund, Namibia

Namibia
Somewhere in Namibia…

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

Victoria Falls<br /><br />
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia border

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 taking a stroll in Chobe, Botswana

Zebras at the watering hole
Zebras at the watering hole in Etosha

Lioness in Etosha National Park, Namibia
A lioness in Etosha National Park, Namibia

And here’s 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 and explore more of Africa. I only scratched the surface, but in my short visit, I saw such diversity that I look forward to going back…sooner rather than later, I hope.

comments 44 Comments

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!

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 :)

NomadicMatt

Ha really? I’ll check it out!

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