Namibia’s Dunes and Desert-Adapted Wildlife

Emily Goodheart Kautz February 2, 2020 0

Namibia is otherworldly, a land of endless dunes and rare desert-adapted wildlife. Many long to travel to this remote region, and with good reason. Brad Josephs is a seasoned Expedition Leader and photography instructor with Natural Habitat Adventures. He captured many awe-inspiring images while guiding Nat Hab’s Wild Namibia Photo Safari⁠—here are a few of our favorites:

A rhino mother and calf in Namibia

A gorgeous sighting of a rhino mother and calf.

Lions nuzzling in Namibia

Lions nuzzling

Oryx in Namibia

The oryx is the national animal of Namibia.

Desert-adapted elephants in Namibia

Desert-adapted elephants trek across the dunes.

Sand dunes in Namibia

Sand dunes in Namibia are a photographer’s dreamscape.

A lion drinking in Namibia

Water is a welcome sight for this desert-adapted lioness.

Endless dunes at sunset in Namibia

Walking along the endless dunes at sunset in the Namib Desert.

Hot air ballooning in Namibia

Adventurers have the remarkable opportunity to go hot air ballooning at dawn.

Hot air ballooning in Namibia

Nat Hab travelers are spellbound by the breathtaking views at sunrise.

Horned adder in Namibia

Horned adder

Stenocara gracilipes beetles harvest water vapor with their bumpy outer wings in Namibia

The Namib Desert beetle harvests water vapor with its bumpy outer wings—when it is thirsty, it tips its back at an angle so that the collected droplets fall into its mouth.

The night sky is spattered with stars—a testament to the remoteness of this desert region

The night sky is spattered with stars—a testament to the remoteness of this desert region.

Nat Hab travelers have an intimate look at desert-adapted lions as they prowl past the dunes

Nat Hab travelers have an intimate look at desert-adapted lions as they prowl past the dunes

Lion in Namibia

King of the Desert

Safari guide with a lion in Namibia

A safari guide’s intimate knowledge of the terrain allows them to seek out amazing wildlife encounters.

A kudu in Namibia

Kudus are famous for their long, spiraling horns.

A desert-adapted elephant and a Nat Hab traveler make eye contact in Namibia

A large desert-adapted elephant peeking in.

The gleam in a cheetah's eye is beautiful to behold

The gleam in a cheetah’s eyes is beautiful to behold.

Rhino in Namibia

Rhinos are a rare sight these days—and the protected rhinos in this part of Namibia have unusually pronounced horns.

A lion family in Namibia

A lion family lounges in the shade on a hot desert day.

Caked earth in Nambia

Dry riverbed

A springbok in Namibia

Springbok

Nat Hab travelers in Namibia

Nat Hab travelers were enraptured by the stretches of white sand on their way to the Skeleton Coast.

A rare brown hyena in Nambia

A rare sighting of a shaggy brown hyena on the Skeleton Coast.

Sand in Namibia

Sand, shells and stones on the Skeleton Coast—the red hue comes from crushed garnets.

A bull cape fur seal on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia

A bull cape fur seal poses in front of mammoth waves.

Desert-adapted lions in Namibia

A pair of desert-adapted lions blend into the golden landscape.

Rhino in Namibia

Another striking shot of a desert-adapted rhino.

Desert-adapted elephant feeding in Namibia

Desert-adapted elephants get much of their sustenance from plants such as thorny acacia.

Photographer in Namibia

Nat Hab travelers have access to photography expertise and guidance throughout their trip.

A herd of oryx in Namibia

A herd of oryx in the sunlight.

Black-backed jackal in Namibia

Black-backed jackal

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