Sunset, Halali, Etosha National Park, Namibia (I)

NOVEMBER 2006 – Sunset at the Moringa waterhole viewpoint which can be accessed from the Halali Camp in Namibia’s Etosha National Park. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We had been in Namibia for five days by now. We had already seen kudus, zebras, antelopes, and giraffes. Plenty of them. And this night we would stay at the Halali Camp – inside an African National Park! For the first time, ever. Exciting.

We went to the Moringa viewpoint and just admired what was happening right in front of us – the sun was going down and illuminated a few tiny clouds. We had seen a lot on that day already. Okay, elephants were still missing, and lions, and cheetahs, but the National Park is roughly 23,000 square kilometers (8,900 square miles) so they have some room to hide. And tomorrow was yet another day in the park.

So we sat there with a dozen of other tourists, enjoying the sunset and the incredible silence. Five minutes later, I suggested to Petra to go for dinner as nothing seemed to happen any more. She suggested to wait for just a few more minutes. It was still quite warm, and there was no hurry. “Let’s enjoy the scene for a few more minutes, okay?”

(To be continued in part 2.)

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time29-NOV-2006, 19:05
LocationHalali Camp, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/200 sec at f/22
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4833 x 3222 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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