Mitchell Krog

The Matterhorn of Africa - Spitzkoppe in Infrared

This image of Spitzkoppe (The Matterhorn of Africa) was captured in Infrared and then converted using some slight sepia toning. This was captured from the well known Rock Bridge of Spitzkoppe from a trip there in 2011.

This landscape offers the most fantastic contrasts and textures for a photographer to play with.

Spitzkoppe is German for "pointed dome" and the area is also known as The Groot Spitzkop or The Matterhorn of Namibia. Spitzkoppe is a large granite outcrop said to be over 700 million years old and stands out dramatically from the surrounding flat plains of the Namib Desert.

Spitzkoppe is situated halfway between Usakos and Swakopmund and accommodation there is limited to camping sites and a few bungalows which are managed by the local community. The area is riddled with mosquito's and I can promise you these mosquito bites sting worse than any you've had before and the mosquito's there seem totally immune to most mosquito repellants.

The Rock Bridge is a popular attraction at Spitzkoppe, if you catch the setting sun just at the right moment it turns the rock formations a fiery red which is quite spectacular. The area is frequented by climbers who tackle some of the many big rock faces, the highest sitting at about 700m above the surrounding desert.

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