Nature that has been largely untouched by man becomes art says photographer Jurgen Wettke. He shares some of the spellbinding images from his latest book The Namib Desert – Art Structures, Colors with us

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The degradation of carbonate scree and local lime creates theses fantastic colours in the Namib Desert.

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The Sossusvlei sand dunes have a sandstone base that is due to the underlying pre-Cambrian mountain range. So unlike wandering dunes, these dunes may change shape, but their position stays the same.

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Even though the Namib desert is a harsh landscape, some of the trees in the Namib desert have managed to survive for more than 500 years.

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As you approach Sossusvlei, the rocky landscape of the Naukluft Mountains yields to the yellows and rusty reds of the sandy sea in the Namib-Rand Nature Reserve. While the desert is vast, people are only given access to a few dunes in the national park.

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An oasis at Conception Bay near the Atlantic coast. The area is famed for diamonds, humpback whales.

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The Namib Desert – Art, Structures, Colours by Jurgen Wettke (teneues.com), Euro 59.90

Suggested Itineraries

The Best of Southern Central Namibia

Sossusvlei Swakopmund Namibia Africa

  • Spot hyenas, jackals, antelopes and wild cats at NamibRand Reserve, Africa

  • Watch the sunrise near the red dunes of Sossusvlei

  • Discover the avenues and colonial architecture of Swakopmund

  • Explore Deadvlei, a white, salt claypan, dotted with ancient trees

  • Visit Namibia’s wetlands, and see flamingos and springbok in a 4X4

When to go:

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ideal length 8 nights

Tiger Safaris In India

Central India India

  • Visit Delhi, the capital of India that offers a sedate blend of culture, art, modern architecture and eccentric cuisines.
  • Explore Kanha, the prettiest park in Central India, tracking the Royal Bengal tigers
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon nature drives looking for jackal, jungle cat and 200 species of bird
  • Search the forests of Bandhavgarh for the dhole (Indian Wild dog)
  • See the famous Dhobi Ghat doing their washing in public during a city tour of Mumbai

When to go:

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ideal length 9 nights

Wild Bush Luxury

Okavango Delta Botswana Mozambique Africa

  • Experience thrilling game drives in the Okavango Delta
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the bush under a canopy of trees
  • Witness great herds of elephants along the Savuti Channel
  • Snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Relax over sundowners while witnessing the famous African sunset

When to go:

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ideal length 12 nights
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Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia, Africa

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