24 Stunning Photos from My Trip Around Southern Africa

By Nomadic Matt | Published January 14th, 2013

My recent trip through the southern portion of Africa with G Adventures was simply mind blowing. My tour group was a blast, the guides were super fun and knowledgeable, and the land itself was…well, more beautiful than words can describe. And the locals (except the guy who duplicated my credit card and went on a shopping spree in multiple countries) were as warm as people had said they would be.

Africa is God’s zoo. The most eye-opening part, of the trip was watching the animals up close in their natural habitat. It makes you realize how raw life and nature really are and how insulated from them we are in our modern lives. My appreciation and reverence for nature drastically increased because of this trip. And since I’ve already spoken about how Africa changed me, I think it’s time to let nature do the talking. Here are 24 stunning photos from my trip through Africa:

Sunset at Fish River Canyon National Park, Namibia

Sunset, Fish River Canyon National Park, Namibia

A lone tree in the savannah in Namibia, Southern Africa
A solitary tree in the savannah, Namibia

A stunning lion cub in Namibia
A lion cub, Namibia

Hippopotamus peaking out of the water in Botswana, Southern Africa
Hippopotami peaking out of the water, Botswana

Playing with perspective with my tour group in Deadvlei, Nambibia
Playing with perspective with members of my tour group, Deadvlei, Namibia

The moon from the Namibian desert in Southern Africa. Amazing how clear the sky is at 9 am!
Amazing how clear the sky is at 9 am! Desert moon, Namibia

Stunning rock paintings in Namibia, Southern Africa
Rock paintings, Namibia

Stunning sunset in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Sunset in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Photo of a wise bushwoman from Namibia, Southern Africa
A bushwoman from Namibia. She taught me a lot about the uses of native plants.

A lone zebra on the savannah in Namibia, Southern Africa
A lone zebra on the savannah

A photo of an elephant in the Chobe River, Botswana, Southern Africa
An elephant in the Chobe River, Botswana

A photo of an elephant, hippo, and water buffalo in the Chobe River in Southern Africa
An elephant, hippo, and water buffalo in the Chobe River, Botswana

A photo of camel thorn trees and dunes in Deadvlei, Namibia
Camel thorn trees and dunes, Deadvlei, Namibia

A hptoo of a bushwoman and child in Botswana, Southern Africa
A bushwoman and child, Botswana

A photo of an elephant in Namibia
An elephant chowing down, Namibia

The famous Dune 45 in Namibia, Southern Africa
The famous Dune 45, Namibia

A stunning giraffe posing for the camera in Southern Africa
A giraffe posing for the camera

Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side in Southern Africa
Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side

A photo of a stunning lizard in the African desert
A lizard in the desert

A sleeping lion cub in Namibia, Africa
A sleeping lion cub, Namibia

A beautiful herd of zebra at the watering hole in Africa
Thirsty zebra at the watering hole

A sunset somewhere in the Namibian bush, Africa
Sunset in the bush

The stunning red dunes of Deadvlei, Namibia
The red dunes of Deadvlei, Namibia

The Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, Africa
The Okavango Delta, Botswana

A stunning double rainbow over Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe
Double rainbow at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe side

This is just a small sample of my Africa photos. I took so many that I’ll be doing one more photo post next week. There’s just too many good ones to share. But something tells me you probably won’t mind.

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What beautiful photos, Matt! I can’t believe what happened with your credit card though. Was it easy to sort out? Looking forward to seeing the next set of photos!


Yes, just a pain to have to get a new one.

Angela O.

Really amazing photos Matt!! The one of the moon is really awesome because you captured all those craters!! Dune 45 looks super cool too.


Amazing how clear the sky is, huh? Definitely don’t see that in NYC!

Great photos, Matt! I especially like the photos of the zebras and the one of the rock paintings.



there’s nothing I could say except… AWESOME!! These photos make me wanna go to Africa!


It makes me want to go back!

Amazing! We can’t wait to get to Africa on our RTW trip! We are over-landing from Nairobi to Johannesburg for 29 days! Hope we get amazing photos like you!


Amazing! Looks like I need to consider Africa as my next adventure.. :)


This makes me want to go to Africa right now! Perfect double rainbow over the waterfalls!

But, no honey badgers? :(


Sadly, no honey badgers at all! :(

We did a self-drive safari in Namibia in 2012, and these photos bring back some great memories. Was that you we saw at the Newbrowni Water Hole at Etosha? :)

Wow, great pics in this post. I will feature it in my blogs review tomorrow, thank you!


Amazing photos Matt! Reminds me of my trip to Tanzania and Kenya a year ago. It’s an amazing continent that many people totally forget about. Hope to go back soon!

I love the photo of the tree in the savannah, especially the way the sunlight is hitting it.

I love the Elephant who looks like he is vacuuming the Chobe River, Botswana. Night skies and clear skies in the wilderness reinforce my wonder of nature – and how about that sand dune!

Wow definitely stunning! Wow!!!

Ooooh I love the moon shot. It’s the hardest to get good photos at night. Tell me your secret.


One of my favorite too. It’s so clear.

These are absolutely amazing! I especially love The Okavango Delta photo.

Wow Matt, these are gorgeous pics! Can’t wait to see the next lot!

Such great photos, amazing how reflective nature can make you.

Wow, nice photos Matt. I really like the perspective picture and the sleeping lion cub. There’s some good fine detail on the elephants skin too. Good work!

Marisa Bisping

W O W !!!! Stunning…. You really know how to tell a story with
Your pictures! What kind of camera do you use?


These were taken with a Canon Powershot.

Trude Jermstad

Amazing :-) A lot of beautiful pictures. And a perfect way to reminisce :-)
We did the 24 days of safari tour with GAP adventures. Starting in Cape Town – Namibia – Botswana – Zimbabwe – Durban…. Is it the same route?
I was travveling for three months, that one was on my top three favorite :-)
Love your pictures. Thank you so much for sharing :-)

I have a picture of that same bushwoman… i didn’t make it all the way up dune 45 (that thing is huge!) and glad you liked Vic falls! It’s pretty amazing!

Patrick Smith

Great photos! I have always wanted to go to Africa- I think it is time to actually start making the plans:-) Thank you!

These photos have made me seriously consider going to Africa, they are incredible. I especially like the people photos! Thanks for sharing

Wow great photos! I had seen some of these animals when I was at Busch Gardens in Florida but I bet that is experience is nothing compared to seeing them truly alive…in the wild! :-)

Man, this is totally our Dream Trip! Great photos, and I’m glad to hear the experience fired your passion for nature. Ever since I visited South Africa in 2000, I’ve been addicted to that type of ecotourism-oriented travel experience.

Wow, those are some great pics Matt! My favorite is the lion cub sleeping. Either you have a nice telephoto lens or you were close enough to be eaten!


Wow! Beautiful pictures… my favorite is of the rock paintings!

Wow (just to be original here) That is just stunning! I’ve always wanted to visit Africa. Love the waterfall and lion ones most. What an amazing trip that must have been. Lucky you, thanks for sharing. Nienke

Travel Cat

I did this exact trip two years ago. It brought back so many great memories of sights and sounds of this beautiful continent.


Beside the tickets ( coming from FL , USA) is traveling in Africa affordable ? I heard its quite inexpensive while you there, is there any truth to it?
Let me know, thanks


Once you are there, it’s actually quite cheap as long as you avoid the big, high end resorts. Local food, buses, guesthouses are all very inexpensive.

William Peterson

Hello Matt,

Thank so much for making these beautiful heartfelt connections to Africa, my home ….our home……since time began!

Thank you and may it go well with your latest book.

Warm Regards
From Cape Town…South Africa

Wow! Sunset in the bush and Dune 45 are my favorites. Thanks for sharing… We are in South Africa now and thinking about doing Kruger. Did you make it there?


No, I didn’t get there. I’ll have to do it on another trip.

Really Wonderful Pictures from Africa…

Thanks for Sharing

Great photos, the lion cub one is definitely my favorite.

Great photos mate. Man I want to bungee jump at Victoria Falls so bad, but more importantly I cant wait to explore Africa.

Lovely photos. I like the moon and the tiger cub ones the best. Southern Africa is a place I would love to visit one day


Those are my favorites too. Good choices.


juste merveilleux!!!

These are some magnificent Africa pictures. I’ll have to add this to my bucket list.


Amazing photos! I met those same bushwomen and the child when I was in Botswana! Brilliant to see them on here.

Nice shot… Where’s the crocs?


Next round of photos!

Awesome shots! We have some really good ones of Eastern Africa but we didn’t make it to Namibia or Botswana. After seeing your photos and reading your posts, we’ll have to make a trip back to Africa I think!


Beautiful pictures!!! Love the 3rd picture with the lion cub, how close were you to it? Looks a bit dangerous.


I had a good zoom!

What stunning photos! You really seem to have captured the magic and awe of Africa. Love the pictures of the lion cub and zebras! Can’t wait to one day make it to Africa and get to experience such amazing sights.

Awesome pics which camera do u use ???


A Nikon s8200

Amazing photos Matt !!!, Congrats, it’s on my list of next places to visit. Would you recommend there going with kids? (12 and 8 years old). Thanks Matt


Yeah! There are plenty of hotels around if they aren’t into camping.


Gorgeous pictures! I went on a G Adventures trip in Kenya and Uganda last year and it was by far my highlight of my whole East Africa trip. I’m hoping to take my 12 year old brother on another next year.

Awesome shots. It seems that Southern Africa is a hot destination this year, and I can totally see why! I’m hoping to climb Kilimanjaro later this year and of course, tack on a safari too.

Hey matt!

amazing pictures from that trip. South Africa is still high on my “to-do” list. But first we are heading for a year to Canada in 2014.. not too bad either, just diffrent.

Have you ever tried surfing? Been to Indonesia / Bali?

Well I guess I will find out.. It has been a while since I last checked your blog :-/

Enjoy your time on the bahamas (if you still there) or where ever you just are :)


Hi Matt, I’ve just started travel blogging this past week and came across your amazing site. What an inspiration. Your blog is awesome (not that you need me to tell you that).

Regarding this post specifically, the photos are truly stunning. I want to go to Africa and this has just cemented that.


Thanks for joining the community here!

Nice photos. . . . I just the sleeping lion & Rock paintings. . .

Dreaming Nomad

Hope you got the experience of an African rainstorm Matt?

Where the days are long and hot and then suddenly… The heavens open with thunder and lighting and just like that, over night the savahana is green and life seems to be everywhere you look…

Awesome pictures! My fovorite are the bushwoman and the one from Deadvlei, Namibia – it looks really funny.

These pictures are amazing! Now,I really want to be anywhere in Africa :)

Awesome pics Matt! Africa is amazing…and defenitely a must visit!

Awesome pictures, Matt. Good to see you got to see the Falls from the Zim side:)

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