Photos showing the beauty of deserts

Kolmanskop Ghost Town – Diamond Fever in the Namib Desert

Against the background of the imperial endeavours of Great Britain and France, Germany’s colonial adventures started late. One of those liaisons, that even today sparks a yern to see distant places, is German South-West Africa, nowadays Namibia, where at the turn of the century diamonds got found.… Read More

Lüderitz – Germany at the Edge of Namib Desert

A city in the middle of nowhere, being surrounded by millions of tons of desert sand and directly at the shore of the Atlantic. A city that braving the elements preserves the architectonic heritage of the Wilhelmine era and standing for world-class oysters.… Read More

Epupa Falls and Kunene – The Land of the Himba

Where Kunene River plunges some 40 metres down at the Epupa Falls and where it gently fondles southern Angola, there begins the land of the Himba tribe. Their homeland’s ruggedness and drought has a bizarre mysticism being likewise exotic as the nomad tribe that is living half naked but always adorned under the scorching African sun… Read More

A hot Night in Hukuntsi… Stories from Kalahari Desert

Magic Kalahari, a land of contrasts – up in the north, where Okavango River seeps away, it can be as green and lush as it can be red brown and dry in the south. Being spread over several ten thousands of square kilometres it is home to one of the world’s largest game population.… Read More

Dusting pointless… On the go through Danakil Desert

The debate about the hottest place on Earth is presumably as old as humanity itself. People believing their bedroom among the top 10 of those places will be disappointed when hearing about places like Ethiopia’s Danakil desert, where the sun begins to singe everything having a heartbeat while at 9:30 in the morning West Europeans get ready to enjoy their second breakfast.… Read More

Lava Deserts and perpetual Ice – Iceland’s Southeast

In the East of Vik the roads seem to become endless. The lush lupines-spangled meadows partially blend abruptly into deserts of black sand easily reaching the horizon. The ring road becomes more and more interrupted by small single lane bridges, spanning the small rivers and glacial runoffs of the Mýrdals- and Skeiðarársandur plains.… Read More

In den Sand gesetzt – Marokkos Wüste

Wenn die eigene Hand vor Augen nicht in lauter Sand und im gelben Nichts verschwindet. Wenn die Lunge nicht von innen mit Staub paniert und der Planet nicht das letzte Tröpfchen Flüssigkeit aus einem rausbrennt. Wenn der Kamelrücken einem nicht die Männlichkeit wund und die Oberschenkel blau scheuert, ja, dann kann die Wüste richtig Spaß machen… ;-)… Read More

Colourful Petra

One of the few things you’re not about to expect in the Jordan desert between Dead Sea and Wadi Rum is definitely snow. Climate change is unstoppable, but fortunately the sun melted the white stuff and Jordan’s jewel, the unique mountain city of Petra could unfold it’s colourful visage… Read More

The ancient Roman Ruins of Palmyra

Some thousands of years ago already the mighty Romans appreciated the oasis of Palymra (‏تدمر‎), nowadays Syrian Tadmur, as a place amidst the desert to refuel mind, body and soul. They developed the oasis into becoming a city. When their empire collapsed they left us behind a place where the disappearing of an ancient power couldn’t be more alive.… Read More