Over two weeks, photographer Gordon Donovan traveled across nearly 4,000 kilometers of deserts, grasslands and mountains throughout Namibia … alone.

Armed with only two camera bodies and an assortment of lenses, he trekked up the Skeleton Coast to see shipwrecks and a seal colony at Cape Cross. He turned inland toward the rustic hills of Damaraland, where wild animals roam free outside the Palmwag nature reserve. Several times, he had to sign waivers acknowledging the risk of being eaten alive.

The final nine days of his journey were a one-man road trip through the vast landscapes of Etosha National Park, where Donovan was able to capture the region’s thriving wildlife and natural beauty.



The valley of death along the desert road from Walvis Bay to Windhoek Namibia. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)


A young lion peaks out from behind a tree in a wooded area at the Olifantsbad watering hole. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)


Road signs on a highway heading west towards Walvis Bay in Nambia. (Photo: Gordon Donovan)


A leaning dead tree in desert near Kriess Rus in Namibia, Africa.

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Photos taken Dec. 4 to Dec 17, 2017 using a Canon EOS-1D X II, EOS-1D X DSLR with a EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens