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

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.

44 Comments
  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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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