Runaway Photo: The Namib Desert

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Runaway Photo: The Namib Desert

Namib Desert

Namib Desert


Exploring the oldest desert on Earth

From a list of thirty amazing Pre-Summit Adventures, I chose the Namib Desert trip. Although I felt that going on a safari would be an appropriate choice for my very first trip to Africa, I couldn’t pass up a chance to spend time in one of the most beautiful deserts in the world. In case I haven’t mentioned it a thousand times already, here I go again; deserts and glaciers are two of my most favorite places on earth.

We started our journey from Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. For the next five days, we drove a lot. Our drivers were highly skilled. They conquered the dunes with their rough 4WD vehicles. It was very much a roller coaster ride. We made the sand sing, sliding down the dunes with no clear path. The entire drive was full of sand and hills, but the scenery gradually changed. We started with green patches (some animals live around the bush: zebras, oryxes, springboks, ostriches…) and bright-red dunes, and ended up swimming in a great ocean of sand dunes. To name a few places we went: the Kuiseb River and its valley, Tsondab valley, the Long Wall in the Sperrgebiet, and the Sandwich Harbour (please see the photos below).

I brought half of the desert back with me, in my shoes, socks, clothes, and even in my ears, and it was one of the most amazing travel experiences I’ve ever had. I can still vividly recall the bright southern Milky Way and Venus soaring high above the sand dunes at night.


the red-color sand dunes of Namibia

Petrified sand dunes

Namibian desert plants

Driving through the sand dunes

Red sands of Namibia


The Kuiseb River

The Kuiseb River and valley


Sun rising over the sand dunes

The morning sun shining the red dunes redder

Sunrise over the camp

A zebra ran across the car!

Beautiful sands and the buds

Hiking to the Kuiseb River, and its ‘moonscape’

This kind of plant only exists in Namibia

Skiing on the Long Wall

The moonscape of Namibia

The moonscape of Namibia

Diverse sides of Namibian desert

Camping on the desert

The Long Wall, a coastal area of the Namib Desert in the Sperrgebiet

Skiing on the Long Wall

The coastline of Namibia – looking toward the Sandwich Harbour

Namib Desert

A shipwreck on the shore

A shipwreck on the shore

Flamingoes on the Sandwich Harbour

Flamingoes on the Sandwich Harbour

Namib Desert

The bright southern night sky of Namibia

This is the African sunset

The bright southern Milky Way and our camp at the Sandwich Harbour

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Namibia looks awesome. I love the desert, but have never been there. Your photos that have captured the essence of those places a superb way. Congrats!

  2. Alex says:

    WOW Juno those sky photos are out of this world! I wouldn’t even know how to begin to take a photograph like that. Fantastic!

  3. These photos are truly remarkable, Juno. I’ve had this odd fascination with Namibia for awhile now, and you only added to it with this post!

  4. Federico says:

    The last three shots are superb! Was it pitch black when you took the last one (minus camp lights)?

  5. SnarkyNomad says:

    Pretty gorgeous photos. I really like the bright orange sand against the strong blue of the sky. And the stars, of course. I think I need to get out of the city so I can finally see them like that.

  6. Cam says:

    Great photos! Looks like and incredible experience

  7. Some great shots there Juno. I especially like the sunset one, it just screams Africa, and was very well captured. The nightsky photo is quite impressive, what was your exposure out of interest?

    Although I know little of Namibia, the photos remind me a lot of Mongolia which I spent some time photographing. One thing that struck me, and that I still remember well, was the sound of silence after sunset each evening, it was incredible to witness first hand, the sheer emptiness of it all. Did you have the same experience in Namibia?

    I’d love to take a ramble round Namibia with the camera, it seems like a really photogenic place.

  8. Charu says:

    These photos truly rock, especially the one with the starry mantle.

  9. Razia Sheikh says:

    Amazing Pictures of Nambia Desert Juno..
    its the one of the world Desert Destinations in World. thanks for sharing lovely pictures

  10. Claudia says:

    What a great photo essay! Namibia is high on my list and you have just reminded me why 🙂 Thank you so much!

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