A Tribute to Africa: Beyond Dunes, Deltas and Falls

Posted on December 24, 2011 by

I’ve just returned from a month of travel in Southern Africa and I’m still struggling to find the right words to describe my experience.  It’s been an amazing journey of dramatic proportions – one that has given me rare experiences, shown me the beautiful sights of Africa and blessed me with lifelong friendships.

On my previous travels, I often found myself digging deep beyond a country’s surface; although I barely scraped the surface this time, I felt like I’d gone deeper on a different level. I’d gone deeper into human relationships and I’d learned alot more about friendship, teamwork and looking at life from different perspectives.  This trip taught me about life beyond travel.

And there’s no better setting than Africa. I’ve long known about its raw beauty and wilderness, but it’s a whole different story coming here and actually immersing in the vast savannahs, rich wildlife and intriguing cultures. As I take a step back to absorb all that I’d experienced over the past few weeks in Africa, I’ll leave you with  some photos of my favorite moments during the journey. I’ll be back with more stories from Africa in the new year, enjoy!

A surreal sight: the Dead Vlei in Sossusvlei, Namibia.

Catching sunrise atop sand dunes in Sossusvlei.

Atop the Waterberg Plateau in Namibia.

A rare moment of affection: a teenage lion and its mother in Etosha, Namibia.

My favorite animal, the elegant oryx, grazing along the grasslands of Etosha National Park, Namibia.


 Sunset over the savannah of Etosha National Park, Namibia.


Exploring the Okavango Delta in Botswana on a mokoro.

A hippo pokes its head above the water as we glide past it in the delta.

Meeting the bushmen (San people) in Ghanzi, Botswana.

Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia.

Getting upclose and personal with a white rhino in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

 A buffalo looking straight into my lens. Kruger, South Africa.

We camped out under starry skies and had barbeque around the campfire every night. Absolutely loved it!

 Special thanks to this great group of people and G Adventures for making this trip special!

This experience was made possible by G Adventures ( Dune, Deltas and Falls touras a part of their Wanderers In Residence program. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Read more about my travels in Southern Africa here or follow me on Twitter with the #gadv and #WJAfrica hashtags.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

10 Responses to “A Tribute to Africa: Beyond Dunes, Deltas and Falls”

  1. Marieke December 24, 2011 5:26 am #

    awww… loved this. And your pictures of the Rhino and the Buffalo are amazing. And thanks for including the picture Joe and I took on the dunes.. its one of our favorites. Getting to share our African adventure with has been a real pleasure. Happy holidays Nellie – all the best in 2012

    Marieke ( & Joe)

    • Nellie December 29, 2011 3:29 am #

      hey Marieka, so good to see you here! Thanks for leaving a note here. Glad you didn't mind me using your photo in this post – all the rest are my own photos, but I didn't get the chance to take a group shot so I had to use one of yours. I miss Africa and you guys terribly! Hope our paths cross soon.

  2. Paige Rutherford February 2, 2012 10:27 pm #

    I live in Cape Town South Africa, and honestly I have travelled but this place, africa is really a hidden gem!! I love this country and all its beauty,the pictures are great but if you have not been here as Nellie said it best "words cannot describe it" .

  3. techincal writer August 4, 2012 9:17 pm #

    Oh my God, this is the kind of Africa i want to see someday. those are really, really amazing photos. people who don't travel do really miss out alot.

  4. Simon September 4, 2012 3:08 pm #

    I'd love to visit Southern Africa one day! It's so beautiful, so exciting, so vast… I'm very jealous! I especially like the photo atop the Waterberg Plateau.

  5. Agarwals October 15, 2012 12:17 am #

    South Africa’s scenic wonders are legendary. From Table Mountain to God’s Window, our mountains, forests, coasts and deserts will feast your eye and lift your spirit…

  6. Allensharon October 17, 2012 2:50 am #

    Africa is really a hidden beauty,the pictures are great but if you have not been here as Nellie said it best "words cannot describe it".

  7. hemanth October 17, 2012 11:25 am #

    Hey very beautiful photos—Seeing the animals in the travel blogs is very rare … When come to Africa , About animals is quite common –because Africa consists of different kinds of species

  8. Amy April 15, 2013 9:43 am #

    Beautiful photos. Did get a chuckle of the sunrise dunes picture where it appears a water starved person is crawling over the dunes!

    • @WildJunket April 15, 2013 7:19 pm #

      hi Amy, thanks for the kind words! I didn't notice it until now hah! I remember now, he was actually just rolling around the sand and having fun. :)

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