Taking a different view
Issue 3 (November 2008) Award-winning photographer George Steinmetz has spent 20 years flying high over Africa strapped  in a flimsy motorised paraglider, taking pictures that are difficult to obtain on the ground. He says: “There is a magic to Africa — its sounds and smells, the wonderfully positive spirit of its people and, of course, the unparalleled beauty and expanse of its landscape”. His new book, African Air, contains many images of Namibia that capture that beauty; views that have rarely, if ever, been photographed before.


Image Meteorite crater, Sperrgebiet, Namibia
Roter Kamm, a 3.7-million-year-old meteorite crater is raked by wind and sand in the remote diamond-mining area of southwestern Namibia. It is strictly forbidden for anyone to enter the diamond-mining district, leaving this deep impact crater (2.4km wide and 120m deep) in pristine condition.






Image Seal colony, Cape Fria, Namibia
A colony of more than one hundred thousand Cape fur seals frolics on the beach near Cape Fria, Namibia. This northernmost colony of Cape fur seals congregates here to feed on the abundant fish caused by the upwelling of the Benguela current in the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the most remote sections of the Skeleton Coast, and access is tightly controlled to protect its fragile environment.




Image Zebras and fairy circles, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Burchell’s zebras run wild across the plains of NamibRand Nature Reserve. The thin grasses here have a rare speckled pattern known as ‘fairy circles’ – a phenomenon of stunted growth that is poorly understood. NamibRand, covering 665 square miles, is said to be the largest private nature reserve in southern Africa.

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