• William Steel

Photo story - Namibia: A desert Eden

Namibia is a land of harsh environments, from its Sand Sea in the South to its vast Salt Pans in the North. It is a miracle that anything survives in this land, but it does. Not only does Namibia have a thriving history in diamond mining but it also has a plethora of wildlife wonders. Here is my visual journey through this desert Eden.


A blanket of mist descends on the dead trees of deadvlei.

The sun rises through the trees.

The characteristic textures of the dead Camel Thorn trees.

Light and sand ebbing and flowing through the houses in Kolmanskop is a breathtaking example of nature slowly taking back the land we borrowed.

One of the houses consumed by sand. Kolmanskop, Namibia.

Moving through a sea of sand oblivious to my presence. It is impossible not to feel like a stranger in this environment that we are not equipped to survive in. Sossusvlei, Southern Namibia.

The descent. The Oryx's existence in the deserts of Namibia is an incredible adaption, they are a true desert Nomad. These animals may never taste water on their lips, instead the antelope get most, if not all their water content from the wild flora. Sossusvlei, Southern Namibia.

An Oryx portrait as it snakes it's way between the large dunes that surround sossusvlei.

An Oryx climbs to the top of a giant dune as it crosses the dry desert for food.

The Oryx are not the only animals that call the desert home.

A Giraffe makes its way across a dry pan as a storm approaches. Etosha National Park, Namibia.

A young cheetah cub at full sprint in Etosha National Park, Namibia

A Black Rhino silently drinks at a waterhole in Etosha National Park.

Thank you for taking the time to view a selection of my favourite images from Namibia. I will end this photo story with a fitting quote from Joy Harjo;


"I don't see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn't need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty."


- William

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As a born and bred South African, I've grown up along many coastal towns across the Western and Eastern Cape (Yes, this means I eat pineapple on my pizza). I have always had a niggling sense that I was born to explore and travel but up until now,have constantly squished that feeling. Mainly due to getting caught up in the ''rat race;'' university, move to a big city and work, work, work. For the first time in a long time, I'll be fully focusing on my passion for writing, designing,photography and of course, travelling. 

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From a young age I was captivated by the wildlife that surrounded me. Raised in Botswana, I was able to explore and discover the beauty of untamed wilderness, and it sparked in me a love for nature and travel. That is where my photographic journey began. As my hobby blossomed into a passion, and then became an income. ​I am fortunate enough to call photography my career, but first and foremost it is my passion. 

WILLIAM STEEL

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