Visiting a San village will remain etched in my memory forever. Connecting with the ancient secrets and wisdom of our shared Southern African ancestors, is not an experience one has every day. I was immediately welcomed into the community like a local, and taught the traditional ways of life such as hunting and foraging. My visit finished with thousand-year-old medicinal songs performed around a glowing fire deep in the African bush. It doesn’t get more authentic than that.
He worked in a mine in northern Namibia, and while he was rather shy, I could tell he appreciated the encounter and my curiosity about his country and culture. He's photographed standing outside of a mall that would rival any shopping centre in Canada, enjoying an afternoon of shopping and socializing. The difference in work-life balance between Africa and the west is staggering. Across the continent, successful professionals enjoy more freedom and less stress than western counterparts.
The Himbas are an indigenous people from Northern Namibia. The women are notable for covering themselves with otjize paste, a mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment used for protection from the hot and dry climate, and to cleanse the skin. Hairstyle and jewelry also play a significant role. To signify she’s been married for over a year, or has had a child, this woman wears an ornate headpiece called the Erembe, and has braided hair, coloured and put into shape with otjize.
Since mainstream media in the west portrays only one side of Africa, the continent’s rapidly growing middle class goes on unnoticed. If one visits a country in Africa whose politics have stabilized, poverty ratio decreased, and modern infrastructure developed, they will be shocked at what they didn’t know. Meeting people who don’t match the long-held stereotypes of the west, like the man in this photo who works as an attendant at a gas station I was stopped at, was a liberating experience.
Discover the renowned Namib desert, friendly villages of the San and Himba cultures, and one of Africa’s largest populations of wild elephant and giraffe.
Driving the dry riverbeds of Namibia is a journey many overlanders, backpackers and Africa travel enthusiasts yearn for. Encounters with wild elephant, giraffe and zebra, and mile upon mile of untouched land lay waiting to be discovered. In the dry season when there's no risk of flooding, riverbed landscapes like the Hoanib or Messum Crater become free to roam. Sleep under the stars next to an ancient cave dwelling, cook over a crackling fire with the warm desert wind at your back, and interact with the Himba people at a traditional settlement camp.
Whether on a self-drive adventure or tour with a trusted overlanding guide, the Namib Desert and it's renowned Sandwich Harbour excursion will wow even the most discerning traveller. In the protected Namib Naukluft Park, a seemingly endless stretch of dunes lines the wild Atlantic Coast, creating one of Africa's top driving routes of all time. It's a landscape well known by photographers, who seek out the chance to capture the towering dunes merge abruptly with a weather-beaten ocean.