Our 25 Top Spots For Photography In Africa

Africa offers a rich tapestry of photographic opportunities, from its stunning landscapes to its diverse cultures and wildlife. The experiences offered on Nomad’s tours give photographers a unique and personal perspective to be able to capture the vibrant colors of its scenery, the majesty of wildlife while on safari, and the warmth of its people. If you’re a wildlife, people or landscape photographer looking for the best spots in Africa, Nomad lays the path to get you there!

We carefully curate a selection of experiences at each destination on our tours, designed to provide you with the perfect opportunity to capture unforgettable memories, whether through the lens of a camera or in your mind’s eye. Whichever you choose, we guarantee that these bucket list moments will stay with you forever.

Below are 25 destinations that should be at the top of your photographic – and travel – bucket list when booking a Nomad Africa tour or safari:

1. The Kruger National Park

SOUTH AFRICA

The Kruger National Park can offer some exceptional photographic opportunities and wildlife viewing experiences. One of the best things about photographing wildlife in Kruger is the sheer abundance of animals. You’ll never be far from a photo opportunity, and you’ll have plenty of chances to capture animals in action, whether they’re hunting, playing, or simply going about their daily business.

The park boasts an incredible diversity of animals, from the majestic Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, and buffalo) to countless other species. As a photographer, you’ll have ample opportunities to capture stunning images of these creatures in their natural habitat.

Of course, photographing wildlife in Kruger isn’t without its challenges. The animals are wild, and you’ll need to exercise caution and respect their space at all times. However, the park’s vast size and varied landscapes mean that you can capture a wide range of images, from sweeping savannah vistas to close-up shots of animals in action. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, Kruger offers plenty of opportunities to hone your skills and capture incredible images.

Despite these challenges, however, wildlife photography in Kruger is an unforgettable experience that offers photographers of all levels the chance to capture stunning images of some of the world’s most iconic animals.

SOUTH AFRICAN EXPLORER

INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • KRUGER GAME DRIVE
  • ESWATINI & LESOTHO
  • THE GARDEN ROUTE
20 DAYS

2. The Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

TANZANIA

Photography in the Serengeti National Park is a dream come true for many photographers. The park, located in Tanzania, is home to some of the world’s most iconic and sought-after wildlife, such as lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest, all of which blend perfectly into the Serengeti’s vast plains, acacia trees, and rocky outcrops provide a stunning backdrop for wildlife photography.

Photographers can capture breathtaking shots during the annual wildebeest migration, when millions of these animals travel through the park in search of food and water.

The Serengeti also offers opportunities for close-up shots of predators and their prey, so phone camera’s are a must. Aerial shots of the park’s diverse landscape are also on offer from hot air balloons which using take-off at sunrise, providing an out-of-this-world perspective bathed in pink morning light.

Not far from the Serengeti sits the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, a thrilling and challenging experience for any type of photographer. Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly beautiful natural wonder. It is the world’s largest unbroken caldera, with a diameter of 17-19 miles and a depth of 2,000 feet. The crater is home to an incredible variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, zebras, and rhinos, making it a popular destination for safari enthusiasts.

With a variety of animals, including lions, elephants, zebras, hyena’s and flamingos, the crater offers unique opportunities for capturing stunning shots. However, the changing lighting conditions on the floor of the crater, and the need for a telephoto lens make it a challenging but rewarding endeavor.

The contrasting locations are sure to deliver a experience worth capturing (and remembering). 

ZANZIBAR & NGORONGORO CRATER

INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • SERENGETI SAFARI
  • HOT-AIR BALLOON EXCURSION
  • WALKING SPICE TOUR
10 DAYS

3. The MASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK

KENYA

The Masai Mara offers a thrilling safari experience to anyone who chooses to visit. It is a world-renowned national reserve located in Kenya and is known for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and cultural significance, and famed for its annual wildebeest migration.

The reserve is home to the Big Five – lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinos – as well as cheetahs, hyenas, zebras, giraffes, and many other species. The Mara River, which flows through the reserve, is famous for its crocodile and hippopotamus populations, making it a popular spot for wildlife photography.

Visitors to the park from July through to September can be lucky enough to enjoy the annual wildebeest migration, where over a million wildebeests cross from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in search of food and water. This migration is a spectacle to behold and provides opportunities to capture incredible shots of animals in motion.

Viewing the migration is spectacular, and can surface a variety of emotions as the route is not without its dangers and unscripted stories. These forward focused herbivores have to cross the crocodile infested Mara River to safely reach the richly covered grass plains of the Masai Mara, only to avoid the ever hungry eyes of waiting predators as they breathlessly chase the rain.

The Maasai Mara’s open grasslands provide an excellent backdrop for wildlife photography, and the diversity of wildlife allows for a range of shots – from close-ups of individual animals to expansive landscape shots.

THE MASAI MARA

& GORILLAS
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • MASAI MARA SAFARI
  • CHIMPANZEE EXPERIENCE
  • GORILLA TREKKING
14 DAYS

4. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

UGANDA

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a large primeval forest located in south-western Uganda in the Kanungu District, and offers one of the most unique and exciting wildlife experiences on the planet! The forest is home to the endangered mountain gorilla – as well as many other species of primates, birds, and mammals – but it is this majestic and alluring ape that draws in visitors to it home from all over the world.

Lying on the edge of the Albertine Rift – which is the western branch of the Great East African Rift – Bwindi sits at an elevation ranging from 1,160 to 2,607 meters. The forest contains around 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. The name Bwindi comes from the extensive stands of bamboo interspersed amongst the larger forest hardwoods. Bwindi is sometimes known as the “Place of Darkness”, because of the bamboo and thick ground cover of ferns, vines, and other plant growth.

Photographers – whether with a DSLR or phone-camera – can capture incredible shots of these rare and elusive animals in their natural habitat, with opportunities for close-up shots of their intricate social behaviors and interactions. The forest’s misty landscapes and dense foliage provide a stunning backdrop for wildlife photography.

However, gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is strictly regulated, and permits are required to enter the forest and photograph the gorillas. It’s important for photographers to follow ethical guidelines when photographing the gorillas, such as maintaining a safe distance and avoiding the use of flash photography, which can be harmful to the animals.

Nomad specializes in gorilla trekking tours, taking our guests to the beautiful mountains of Uganda – notably the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – to see these majestic giants in their natural habitats. These creatures are extremely endangered – there are approximately only 600 left worldwide – and they are incredibly difficult to get to; making seeing the mountain gorillas a real once in a lifetime opportunity. Observing these endangered animals in their natural environment is humbling and extremely rewarding as they’ll enlighten you to how simply life could be, and Bwindi is the perfect place to experience this.

GORILLA

ENCOUNTER
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • CHIMPANZEE EXPERIENCE
  • BUDONGO RIVER CRUISE
  • GORILLA TREKKING
7 DAYS

5. ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

NAMIBIA

Etosha National Park in Namibia is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike. The park, located in the northwestern part of Namibia, covers an area of over 22,000 square kilometers and is home to a vast array of animals, including elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, and more. The unique landscape of Etosha, characterized by salt pans, grassy plains, and rocky outcrops, provides an ideal backdrop for capturing stunning photos.

Photographic experiences in Etosha are unparalleled. The waterholes present a perfect opportunity to capture stunning images of animals interacting with each other and their environment as they gather to quench their thirst and socialize. The lighting conditions are ideal for photography, with the warm African sun casting beautiful shadows and highlights on the animals’ coats. The vast expanse of the park allows for wide-angle shots, capturing the animals in their natural habitat, creating truly breathtaking images.

These waterhole experiences are a highlight on any Nomad tour visiting Etosha. Visitors can sit and watch for hours, observing as different species approach the waterholes at different times of the day. The sight of a majestic elephant drinking from the waterhole, surrounded by a herd of zebra or antelope, is a truly unforgettable experience.

Etosha is a must-visit destination for anyone with a passion for wildlife and photography. The park’s waterholes offer a unique opportunity to witness an array of wildlife activity, making it a photographer’s dream. The sight of animals gathering around the waterholes is a memory that will stay with visitors for a lifetime.

BEST OF

NAMIBIA
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • OKAUKUEJO WATERHOLE
  • ETOSHA SAFARI
  • SOSSUSVLEI
13 DAYS

6. OKAVANGO DELTA

BOTSWANA

MOREMI - KHWAI - SAVUTI

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a world-renowned destination for wildlife and landscape photography. Famed for being one of the best wildlife experiences on Earth, the delta offers a unique mix of dry and wet landscapes, including floodplains, islands, and lagoons, provides a incredibly diverse backdrop for capturing wildlife photos.

Located in northern Botswana, is one of the largest inland deltas in the world, covering an area of over 15,000 square kilometers. It is home to an impressive array of animals, including lions, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and over 400 species of birds.

Exploring the Okavango Delta is a must for any Nomad tour visiting Botswana. Here, you’ll have a incredible list of activities to participate in. One way to explore the delta and capture its beauty is through scenic flights. These flights allow you to see the delta from high above, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the vast landscape and its intricate network of waterways. The aerial perspective can offer a unique and breathtaking view of the delta, giving visitors the opportunity to capture images of the delta’s distinctive channels, lagoons, and islands.

Another way to experience the delta is through mokoro rides. Mokoros are traditional dugout canoes that are used by locals to navigate the delta’s shallow waterways. Visitors can enjoy a tranquil and peaceful ride in a mokoro, which can offer a closer and more intimate view of the delta’s flora and fauna. Photographers can use this opportunity to capture photos from a lower perspective, capturing the delta’s natural beauty up close.

Finally, game drives offer visitors the opportunity to explore the delta’s diverse wildlife and capture stunning photos of animals in their natural habitats. Experienced guides can take visitors on a tour of the delta, allowing them to spot animals such as elephants, lions, leopards, and buffalos. Photographers can use this opportunity to capture images of the animals in their natural environment, with the delta’s unique landscape serving as a stunning backdrop.

With its diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife, the Okavango Delta is a must-visit destination for any nature photographer. The opportunity to capture stunning photos from both high and low angles gives these experiences a unique perspective to appreciate the delta’s natural beauty and capture unforgettable images.

CAPE TOWN TO

VICTORIA FALLS
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • KHWAI SAFARI
  • DELTA MOKORO EXPERIENCE
  • DELTA SCENIC FLIGHT
20 DAYS

7. SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

ZAMBIA

South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is a spectacular destination for wildlife and landscape photography. The park is located in the remote eastern part of Zambia, and is home to an incredible array of animals, including leopards, lions, elephants, and hippos.

South Luangwa is also known for its high concentration of Thornicroft’s giraffe, a unique sub-species found only in this part of Africa. The landscape is dominated by the Luangwa River, which creates a lush riverine habitat for wildlife flanked by enormous mahogany trees and provides a gorgeous backdrop for landscape photography, especially at sunrise and sunset, allowing photographers to capture images of animals in different lighting conditions.

A healthy lion population can allow visitors a chance to witness their hunting behaviors up close. If you’re fortunate enough, you may even see a pride hunting on the river’s flood plains, which they often use as their preferred hunting grounds due to the high concentration of herbivores around the waters edge.

With its diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes, South Luangwa National Park is a must-visit destination for any nature photographer

VICTORIA FALLS

& MALAWI
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • LUANGWA GAME DRIVE
  • SNORKELLING LAKE MALAWI
  • MIKUMI NP SAFARI
11 DAYS

8. CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

BOTSWANA

The Chobe National Park is a natural gem located in the north west of Botswana, renowned as the country’s most captivating and sought-after wildlife reserve. With one of the highest densities of wildlife in Africa, it’s the perfect destination for an authentic African safari experience. As the third largest park in Botswana – 10,000 square kilometers – it is surpassed in size only by the Central Kalahari game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

What sets Chobe National Park apart is its unique division into four distinct regions: the Serondela area, the Savuti Marsh area, the Linyanti Marsh, and the dry hinterland. These regions make it an explorer’s paradise, offering a wide array of opportunities to spot diverse wildlife and bird species. Whether your goal is to seek out a specific animal or simply immerse yourself in the park’s natural beauty, Chobe National Park promises a truly remarkable adventure.

One of the park’s most celebrated features is its remarkable elephant population. With over 120,000 elephants roaming the park, you are guaranteed to encounter these majestic creatures on your journey. To truly experience the magic of Chobe National Park, embark on a sunset cruise or game drive with Nomad, and you’ll witness incredible wildlife sightings and capture unforgettable photographs as you watch a family of elephants play in the river and be enchanted and amazed by the abundance of wildlife in the park.

It is a prime destination for wildlife and landscape photography.  The Chobe River, which offers stunning opportunities for capturing low angle images of animals drinking and bathing. With its abundance of wildlife and scenic landscapes, Chobe National Park is a must-visit destination for any nature photographer. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime with Nomad at Chobe National Park.

DELTA &

CHOBE TRAIL
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • CHOBE GAME DRIVE
  • CHOBE RIVER CRUISE
  • SAVUTI GAME DRIVE
7 DAYS

9. MURCHISON FALLS

UGANDA

The Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda is a remarkable destination for wildlife photography, and the park’s chimpanzees are one of its most sought-after subjects. With an estimated 800 chimpanzees living in the park’s Budongo Forest Reserve, it’s not difficult to find these intelligent primates in their natural habitat.

Photographers can capture images of chimps foraging for food, grooming each other, and interacting in their social groups, giving a personal encounter of these great apes.

Visitors can also get the opportunity to experience a different photographic angle on a river boat cruise. The scenic cruise takes you down the tranquil river, offering breathtaking views of the lush forest canopy and a chance to photograph chimpanzees and monkeys, as well as a variety of birds and the diverse wildlife that call the forest home along the shores of the river.

The peaceful and serene setting is an ideal way to connect with nature and unwind, making this a popular Ugandan highlight on any Nomad tour.

GORILLA

ENCOUNTER
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • CHIMPANZEE EXPERIENCE
  • BUDONGO RIVER CRUISE
  • GORILLA TREKKING
7 DAYS

10. ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH AFRICA

Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa is a breathtaking destination for wildlife and landscape photography.

The park, located in the Eastern Cape, covers an area of over 1,640 square kilometers and is home to a vast array of wildlife, including elephants, lions, zebras, and various antelope species.

As the name suggests, Addo is know for it’s elephants, and is home to over 600 individuals, making it one of the best places in the world to see and photograph these majestic animals in their natural habitat.

The landscape is characterized by valleys and hills, dense thickets, and grassy plains, which provide stunning backdrops for capturing photos. The low, short scrubveld offer opportunities to capture images of animals during different times of the day with little interference from shade and obstructions.

With its unique wildlife and diverse landscapes, Addo Elephant National Park is a must-visit destination for any nature photographer.

THE GARDEN

ROUTE
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • ADDO GAME DRIVE
  • CANGO CAVES EXCURSION
  • CAPE WHALE COAST
7 DAYS

11. NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK

NAMIBIA

SOSSUSVLEI - DUNE 45 - LUNAR LANDSCAPE

With its unique landscapes and stunning colors, Namib Naukluft National Park is a must-visit destination on any Nomad tour, for nature photographers, both professional and amateur, looking to capture some of the most awe-inspiring images in Africa.

Sossusvlei is a remote and awe-inspiring destination that is renowned for its sweeping sand dunes and stunning sunsets. Located within Namibia’s Namib-Nauklift National Park, Sossusvlei is surrounded by towering, vivid red dunes that are said to be some of the highest in the world. The area is named “no return marsh” in reference to the Tsauchab River’s natural endorheic drainage basin.

Despite being associated with drought, Sossusvlei’s harsh conditions have allowed a diversity of fauna and flora to adapt and thrive. The undulating dunes are adorned with fascinating and hardy plant life, while the vlei periodically fills with water, attracting both wildlife and people.

Sossusvlei is a photographer’s paradise, with the dunes at their most stunning during sunrise and sunset. The crepuscular rays of the sun cast the dunes in an incandescent flaming hue, while the wind carves complex ripples in the sand. The tallest of the dunes, known as “Big Daddy,” measures a remarkable 380 meters high and dominates the landscape.

Visitors can climb “Dune 45,” another obliging dune, to witness the Naravlei from above. Dead Vlei, a hauntingly beautiful spot named for its numerous dead camelthorn trees, some of which are over 800 years old, is also worth exploring. Sossusvlei is an otherworldly and unforgettable destination that showcases the beauty and resilience of life in one of the earth’s most hostile environments.

The lunar landscape in Namibia is a stunning natural wonder, with its rugged terrain and starkly contrasting colors. It is located in the southwestern part of the country, near the town of Swakopmund. This area is characterized by towering sand dunes, vast plains, and rocky outcrops, which make for a truly otherworldly experience.

DESERT

EXPLORER
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • SOSSUSVLEI EXCURSION
  • CLIMB DUNE 45
  • FISH RIVER CANYON/QUIVER TREE FOREST
7 DAYS

12. ZIMBABWE NATIONAL PARKS

ZIMBABWE

HWANGE & MATOBO NATIONAL PARKS

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is a fantastic destination for wildlife and landscape photography. Covering an area of over 14,500 square kilometers, the park is home to incredible wildlife, including elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and many bird species.

The park’s varied landscapes, which include vast grasslands, rocky outcrops, and forests, provide ample opportunities for capturing stunning images. The abundant wildlife also presents opportunities to photograph animals in this beautiful habitat during different times of the day, with the light conditions being best at dawn and dusk.

Further down the road lies Matobo National Park. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, rhinos, leopards, and many species of antelope, making it a photographer’s dream. The park’s stunning landscapes, including rugged hills and granite rock formations, provide a dramatic backdrop for wildlife sightings and photography.

The park is also known for its important cultural and historical significance, with ancient rock art and the burial site of Cecil Rhodes located within its borders. A Nomad safari experience at both Hwange and Matobo National Parks is a truly unique, enriching and unforgettable adventure.

BEST OF

ZIMBABWE
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • HWANGE SAFARI
  • GREAT ZIMBABWE RUINS
  • VICTORIA FALLS
6 DAYS

13. LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

KENYA

Lake Nakuru in Kenya is a stunning alkaline lake that is home to millions of flamingos and other bird species. The lake and its surrounding national park also provide sanctuary to endangered species like black and white rhinos, making it an important conservation area. Its is a different, yet picturesque wildlife safari destination located in the Rift Valley Province and covers an area of over 188 square kilometers. The abundant wildlife and unusual backdrop make it a popular destination for photographers and nature lovers.

As the park is more widely known for its massive population of pink flamingos, which are a sight to behold, their pink background make for interesting photography with some of it’s other popular creatures, namely lions, leopards, buffalos, hyena’s and various antelope species, all blending in harmony with a landscape dominated by the stunning Lake Nakuru herself.

Nomad’s tours and Lake Nakuru offer opportunities to capture images of animals in their natural habitat during different times of the day. With its unique wildlife and stunning landscapes, Lake Nakuru National Park is a must-visit destination for any nature lover and photographer.

DISCOVER

KENYA
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • MASAI MARA SAFARI
  • LAKE NAKURU GAME DRIVE
4 DAYS

14. MAKGADIKGADI PANS

BOTSWANA

The Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana are a series of salt pans that were once part of a vast lake that covered most of the Kalahari Desert. The pans are now some of the largest salt flats in the world and cover an area of approximately 12,000 square kilometers. The landscape is characterized by a barren expanse of white, cracked earth, which is both eerie and beautiful, which gives photographers and nature lovers an experience unlike anywhere on Earth.

Despite the harsh conditions, the Makgadikgadi Pans are home to a variety of wildlife, including meerkats, brown hyenas, jackals, and aardvarks. During the rainy season, the pans become an important breeding ground for flamingos, which flock to the area in their thousands to mate and raise their young. The surrounding grasslands also attract large herds of zebras, wildebeest, and other grazing animals, which in turn attract predators like lions and cheetahs.

One of the most unique features of the Makgadikgadi Pans is the annual zebra migration, which is one of the largest and longest migrations in Africa. Thousands of zebras migrate from the Okavango Delta in search of fresh grazing, crossing the pans on their journey. This incredible spectacle is a must-see for any wildlife enthusiast.

The pans themselves provide striking photographic opportunities, with their vast expanses of white salt contrasting with the blue sky and red sand. Additionally, the surrounding grasslands and palm trees offer unique landscapes to photograph.

In addition to the wildlife, the Makgadikgadi Pans offer a unique cultural experience. The area is home to the San people, one of the oldest and most culturally rich tribes in Africa. Visitors can learn about their traditional way of life, including hunting and gathering techniques, and participate in cultural experiences like dances and storytelling sessions.

The Makgadikgadi Pans offer a truly unique safari experience, combining breathtaking landscapes, abundant wildlife, and rich cultural experiences.

BOTSWANA

EXPLORER
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • KHWAI GAME DRIVE
  • MOKORO BOAT CRUISE
  • CHOBE GAME DRIVE
7 DAYS

15. WATERBERG PLATEAU NATIONAL PARK

NAMIBIA

Waterberg Plateau National Park in Namibia is an amazing destination for any nature lovers interested in either wildlife or landscape photography.

The park is located on the Waterberg Plateau, a unique geological formation that rises above the surrounding plains and is covered in dense vegetation, providing a stunning backdrop for photography. It is a protected area that covers over 400 square kilometers of rugged terrain on the massive sandstone plateau which is home to several endangered species, including the black and white rhinoceros, cheetahs, and Cape vultures. 

Visitors can enjoy guided hikes, game drives, and birdwatching in this beautiful natural setting. The park is home to various wildlife species, including rhinos, buffalos, and antelopes, however it is more well known for its leopards. It also offers numerous hiking trails that provide opportunities to capture breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

With its unique geological formations, diverse wildlife, and stunning landscapes, Waterberg Plateau National Park is a great addition to Nomad’s ‘Namibian Explorer‘ tour for any nature photographer looking to capture some of the most spectacular scenery in Namibia.

NAMIBIAN

EXPLORER
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • ETOSHA GAME DRIVE
  • SKELETON COAST SEAL COLONY
  • KOLMANSKOP VISIT
12 DAYS

16. SKELETON COAST

NAMIBIA

The Skeleton Coast is a desolate and hauntingly beautiful stretch of coastline in Namibia that stretches for over 500 kilometers. Its name comes from the hundreds of shipwrecks that litter its shores, a testament to the treacherous waters that have claimed so many lives over the years. Despite its ominous name, the Skeleton Coast is a fascinating and unique destination for photographers.

Visitors to the Skeleton Coast can expect to see stunning natural landscapes, including towering sand dunes, rocky outcrops, and rugged cliffs that plunge dramatically into the sea. The coastline is home to a large population of Cape fur seals, and their colonies can be found dotted along the beaches and rocky outcrops. The seals provide excellent photographic opportunities, with their playful behavior and striking appearance against the backdrop of the rugged and barren coastline. The area is home to other wildlife, brown hyenas, dolphins, and even desert-adapted elephants that have learned to survive in this harsh and unforgiving environment.

The Skeleton Coast is also famed for the eerie shipwrecks that dot the coastline. Many of these wrecks have been partially buried by the shifting sands, creating a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere that is both beautiful and haunting. The landscape itself is also otherworldly, with towering sand dunes and abandoned settlements providing dramatic and eerie backdrops for capturing the natural beauty of the area.

Despite its remoteness, the Skeleton Coast is a popular destination on our new ‘Namibian Explorer‘ tour. Whether you’re interested in wildlife, history, or simply immersing yourself in the raw beauty of this incredible coastline, the Skeleton Coast is a destination that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

NAMIBIAN

EXPLORER
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • ETOSHA GAME DRIVE
  • FISH RIVER CANYON/QUIVER TREE FOREST
  • KOLMANSKOP VISIT
12 DAYS

17. LAKE MALAWI

MALAWI

Lake Malawi in Malawi is a spectacular destination for wildlife and landscape photography. It is the third largest lake in Africa and one of the oldest in the world. Also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, it is the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system and resides mostly in the country of Malawi. It is approximately 580 km long (360 miles) and is 75 km at its widest point (46 miles).

The lakes vastness offers a variety of landscapes, local communities and wildlife. It’s said the lake has the world’s largest fish population and thus makes it a perfect destination for snorkeling, if not relaxing on its sandy beaches. The incredible array of fish species also make it a prime spot for underwater photography, and the surrounding landscape is characterized by sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and lush forests, providing endless opportunities for capturing stunning images, especially at sunset.

As you embark on a Nomad Tour and experience Lake Malawi en-route to Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, we offer exciting tour experiences that will allow you to see the best of this beautiful African country and get to participate in the “must do” bucket list activities while on your trip.

EAST AFRICA

& GORILLAS
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • SERENGETI SAFARI
  • MASAI MARA SAFARI
  • GORILLA TREKKING
35 DAYS

18. VICTORIA FALLS

ZIMBABWE

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is a must-visit destination for wildlife and landscape photography enthusiasts. The awe-inspiring waterfall, known as the “Smoke that Thunders,” is a dramatic subject for landscape photography, with its misty spray and stunning rainbows. The falls is also one of only 2 places in the world where you can see ‘moonbows’ when it is full moon.

The surrounding Zambezi National Park offers an abundance of wildlife photography opportunities, including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and several species of antelope. The park is also home to predators such as lions, leopards, and hyenas, providing the chance to capture thrilling wildlife moments. Photography tours and safaris are available, providing an opportunity to learn from knowledgeable guides and capture the best possible shots of the stunning scenery and wildlife.

Located across the Zambezi river on the otherside of the falls is Mosi oa Tunya National Park in Zambia. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, and several antelope species. Visitors can also take part in exciting activities such as game drives, guided walks, and river safaris.

CAPE TOWN

TO NAIROBI
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • OKAVANGO GAME DRIVE
  • SOSSUSVLEI EXCURSION
  • SERENGETI SAFARI
40 DAYS

19. ESWATINI NATIONAL PARKS

ESWATINI

MILWANE & HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

Milwane Game Reserve in Eswatini is a fantastic destination for wildlife and landscape photography, and their rhinos are among the most impressive animals to photograph in this reserve.

While rhinos are not as common in Milwane as they are in other parts of Africa, the reserve has a successful rhino conservation program, which means that visitors can get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures.

The landscape of Milwane, which includes rolling hills, grasslands, and forests, offers a beautiful backdrop for capturing unique and interesting images of the rhinos. To get the best rhino photographs, it is recommended to talk to the experienced guides who can provide you with insights into the behavior of these animals.

Hlane Royal National Park in Eswatini is a protected area that covers over 30,000 hectares of land. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, rhinos, and many species of antelope. Visitors can enjoy guided game drives, birdwatching, and cultural experiences, making it a must-visit destination in Eswatini.

KRUGER

& ESWATINI
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • KRUGER GAME DRIVE
  • PANORAMA ROUTE
  • ESWATINI RHINO SANCTUARY
8 DAYS

20. iSIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK & HLUHLUWE

SOUTH AFRICA

iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa is a fascinating destination for wildlife and landscape photography.

The park, located on the east coast of South Africa, covers an area of over 328,000 hectares and is home to a diverse range of animals, including elephants, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, and various bird species.

The park also boasts an incredible range of landscapes, including beaches, wetlands, coral reefs, and forests, making it a versatile destination for photography.

Boat cruises offering opportunities to capture images of animals in their natural habitat such as the many hippos that frequent the wetland. With its unique wildlife and diverse landscapes, iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a must-visit destination for any nature photographer.

Hluhluwe Game Reserve in South Africa is renowned for its wildlife and offers fantastic photo opportunities. Visitors can expect to see the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and buffalo), as well as other animals like giraffes, zebras, and antelopes. The reserve is also home to a diverse range of bird species.

KRUGER

ESWATINI & LESOTHO
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • KRUGER GAME DRIVE
  • DRAKENSBERG HIKE
  • ST LUCIA BOAT CRUISE
14 DAYS

21. PANORAMA ROUTE

SOUTH AFRICA

The Panorama Route in South Africa is a breathtakingly beautiful drive that takes visitors through some of the country’s most stunning scenery. This 250 km route winds through the Mpumalanga province and offers stunning views of the Blyde River Canyon, the third-largest canyon in the world. The route is also home to several other natural wonders, including Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, and the Three Rondavels.

The Panorama Route is a popular destination for photography enthusiasts, thanks to its spectacular vistas and numerous photo opportunities. Visitors can capture stunning images of the canyon’s rugged cliffs and deep ravines, as well as the lush vegetation and sparkling waterfalls that dot the landscape. At God’s Window, you can capture stunning panoramic views of the lowveld and the Kruger National Park.

Other photo opportunities along the Panorama Route include the Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls, and Mac Mac Falls, which are all easily accessible from the road. With its stunning natural beauty and endless photo opportunities, the Panorama Route is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting South Africa.

SOUTHERN

CIRCLE
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • OKAVANGO GAME DRIVE
  • KURGER GAME DRIVE
  • SOSSUSVLEI EXCURSION
42 DAYS

22. CAPE WHALE COAST

SOUTH AFRICA

The Cape Whale Coast in South Africa is an excellent destination for marine, wildlife, and landscape photography, with a particular focus on marine life.

This stretch of coastline is home to several species of whales, including Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, and Bryde’s Whales. The whales can often be seen breaching and tail-slapping close to the shore, providing ample opportunities for stunning photographs.

The coastline itself is rugged and beautiful, with towering mountain cliffs and white sand beaches, making it an ideal backdrop for capturing the dramatic spectacle of whales in the wild.

One of the unique features of this location is the opportunity to closely observe and capture photographs of whales from the shore. Female whales, along with their young calves, can often be spotted relaxing in the bays located just a few hundred meters away from the coastline.

Additionally, the area is home to a range of marine wildlife, including seals, dolphins, sharks and various bird species, providing further photographic opportunities for nature enthusiasts.

LESOTHO &

THE GARDEN ROUTE
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • ADDO GAME DRIVE
  • CANGO CAVES
  • CAPE WHALE COAST
13 DAYS

23. KOLMASKOP

NAMIBIA

This fabled ghost town of Kolmanskop is where the desert has reclaimed the old, abandoned mining town, leaving a unique frame of colourful buildings buried in desert sands.

Situated 15 km east of the harbour town of Lüderitz, Kolmanskop used to be a small railway station between Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop. As far as legend has it, the station derived its name from a Nama man named Coleman, who got stuck at the site with his ox waggon and consequently died of thirst.

The abandoned buildings and sand-filled streets make for a fascinating photography subject. The contrast between the decay of the structures and the stark beauty of the surrounding desert landscape creates a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere for photographers to capture. Its unique light conditions, with the sun casting long shadows and creating dramatic contrasts between light and shadow. This makes it an ideal location for photographers interested in capturing dynamic and evocative images.

 Additionally, the town’s history and the eerie atmosphere of its abandoned structures – the lost ambition, peeling paint, collapsing wooden arches, and suffocating desert sands – make Kolmanskop a fascinating destination for anyone interested in urban exploration or ghost towns.

NAMIBIAN

EXPLORER
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • ETOSHA GAME DRIVE
  • FISH RIVER CANYON/QUIVER TREE FOREST
  • SKELETON COAST
12 DAYS

24. BAZARUTO ARCHIPELGO ISLANDS

MOZAMBIQUE

The Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique is a paradise for marine and landscape photography. The crystal-clear waters surrounding the five islands of the archipelago are home to a diverse array of marine life, including dolphins, humpback whales, whale sharks, and a colorful variety of tropical fish.

The stunning coral reefs that surround the islands provide ample opportunities for underwater photography. Above the water, the landscape is equally breathtaking, with pristine beaches, sand dunes, and lush forests.

The archipelago is also home to traditional fishing communities, providing opportunities for cultural photography. To get the best photographs, it is recommended to take a guided photography tour with a knowledgeable guide who can provide insights into the area’s natural and cultural wonders.

One of the highlights on any Nomad tour to Mozambique, is a dhow excursion to the beautiful Magaruque Island. The island is part of the Bazaruto Archipelago and boasts crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, and abundant marine life. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and exploring the island’s sandy coves and coral reefs, making it a perfect destination for a day trip.

KRUGER &

MOZAMBIQUE
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • DHOW EXCURSION MAGARUQUE ISLAND
  • KRUGER GAME DRIVE
  • INHAMBANE SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELLING
14 DAYS

25. ZANZIBAR

TANZANIA

Zanzibar is a fascinating destination with a rich cultural heritage, stunning beaches, and plenty of photo opportunities. The island’s culture is a unique blend of African, Arab, and Indian influences, reflected in its architecture, music, and cuisine. Visitors can explore the narrow streets and bustling bazaars of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where they can see the intricately-carved wooden doors, mosques, and old buildings with their distinct Arab and Indian elements.

Zanzibar is also known for its pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, offering ample opportunities for water-based activities like snorkeling, diving, and sailing. Visitors can also explore the spice plantations and learn about the island’s spice trade history, as well as visit Prison Island a popular tourist destination known for its historical prison & giant tortoises.

As for photo opportunities, the island offers a wealth of options, from the colorful sunsets over the Indian Ocean, to the vibrant markets and street scenes of Stone Town. The island’s stunning natural landscapes, historic buildings, and cultural festivals also provide endless opportunities for photography enthusiasts.

VICTORIA FALLS

& ZANZIBAR
INCLUDED & OPTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • SOUTH LUANGWA SAFARI
  • SPICE TOUR & PRISON ISLAND
  • NUNGWI OCEAN SAFARI
14 DAYS

Please be aware: Nomad would like to highlight that it’s important to remember that wildlife photography should always prioritize the safety and well-being of the animals being photographed. Photographers should prioritize ethical practices and avoid disturbing the animals or their natural habitats.

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