By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis

A PHOTOGRAPHER has captured a bird’s eye view of the stunning Namib Desert from a PARAGLIDER

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A herd of zebras seem to blend into the pockmarked plain

Theo Allofs travels the world taking stunning pictures of untouched landscapes from a unique perspective.

Theo travels with his paraglider with him at all times in case he spots a good location

Soaring 300 metres above ground, Theo shot the yellow sand dunes, dry red river beds and remote townships in Namibia.

The zebras' shadow make the animals look bigger than they are

His use of a paraglider, which can soar to 1400m above ground, also allowed him to follow a flock of ostriches and a herd of zebras.

A small township is one of the few settlements in the dry desert

Theo’s unusual method of transport meant he could explore the far reaches of the desert and minimise the disruption to wildlife.

A herd of oryx cross the acrid landscape

He said: “Sometimes animals already run away when I am still far away.

“Other times animals are nervous first and then quickly get used to this big bird and the noise it makes.

A flock of ostriches keep close together as they cross the featureless landscape

“I try to fly high enough not to disturb any wildlife.”

He first started to paraglide five years ago in the midst of a self-confessed mid-life crisis – and despite being afraid of heights.

The dry creek beds near Messum Crater make stunning tracks on the red dirt

He said: “I started at an age when most guys being punished by the midlife crises find comfort in buying a Harley Davidson and hanging a heavy gold chain around their necks.

Theo's shadow can be seen on the dry dirt next to a herd of zebras

“I decided to go up into the air despite my extreme fear of heights.”

Theo researches his chosen landscapes on Google Earth and makes sure he always carries his paraglider with him when he is driving across the remote regions.

An aerial view of a livestock enclosure of the Himba people

He said: “All I need is an open area the size of a football field and no to little wind in order to fly.

Waves pound the shipwreck Zeila which was stranded in 2008

“Take offs are the most difficult part as one has to run with over 50kg on your back plus camera gear hanging on your chest.

A herd of zebras kick up dust as they gallop across the desert

“If there is no wind at all take-offs can be a real challenge and the runs can be very long.”
Once he is in the air the snapper can take pictures for up to two hours.

Bird's eye view: Water in Sandwich Harbour sparkles in the sun

He added: “I have a fascination for deserts. And especially for the Namib Desert, the most diverse and beautiful desert I have encountered so far.

“The Namib Desert does not only offer a diversity of spectacular landscapes but also much wildlife.”