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Come face to face with your wild side. 

Namibia is a land of contrasts and extremes. Situated between the Namib and the Kalahari deserts, Namibia gets less rain than any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. Namibia’s Coastal Desert is one of the planet’s oldest, with powerful offshore winds sculpting the highest sand dunes in the world. Water—or more to the point, its absence—defines life in Namibia. Hot and arid in the interior, Namibia’s coast is surprisingly cool and moist, the product of the cold Atlantic colliding with Africa’s warm and dry southern tip. Seals and sea birds come by the thousands to congregate in this narrow temperate zone. In the rest of the country, only where there is water is there life. Join us to create your own vision of this untouched and primal land, with its towering red dunes and stunning wild animals.  

2017 Wild Namibia Photo Tour

May 12-24, 2017 (tour leader: Richard Bernabe)

Cost: $6495 USD (includes shared occupancy lodging, transport during workshop, and meals)

Single Lodging Supplement: $1000 USD (subject to availability)

Deposit: $300 USD

Class Size: 12
Highlights: Stunning desert and mountain landscapes, massive red sand dunes, and some of the best wildlife photography on the planet. We'll get a chance to photograph lions, elephants, zebras, Cape fur seals, flamingos, and much more!

Registration

To register or to be placed on the wait list, or if you have any questions, please email our operations manager Daniel Portal (dportal@gmail.com). Please check with us before purchasing airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed. We also highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.   

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The Destination

There are a number of stunning locations we will visit on our tour of Namibia, including a mix of areas with landscape and wildlife opportunities. There's no shortage of things to do! The photos on this page should give you a great idea as to what you'll be photographing on our tour. To see more, please download our free eBook Namibia: Two Photographers, One Vision.

Itinerary 

Here's our general schedule, including a list of the photographic highlights we will see along the way:

Day 1—Guest arrival in Windhoek, Namibia. Transportation will be provided from the airport to the hotel. We have an opening reception and dinner in the evening, allowing us to get to know each other, discuss the schedule for the workshop, and answer any questions.

Day 2—We leave in the morning by private bus and drive to the quiver tree forest near Keetmanshoop, where we stay overnight. Quiver “trees” aren’t really trees at all, but rather a species of aloe, a flowering succulent plant. Their evocative shapes make great photographic subjects. We'll photograph the trees at sunset, and (conditions permitting), at night as well.

Day 3—After photographing sunrise in the quiver tree forest, we drive to the coastal town of Luderitz, where we will spend the night. We photograph the nearby Kolmanskop ghost town in the afternoon. Kolmanskop is an old deserted German mining settlement. Abandoned in the 1950s, the desert has been reclaiming it ever since. With its colorful painted walls and sweeping sand dunes engulfing entire rooms, the decaying remnants of the ghost town make fantastic photographic subjects. With dozens of buildings to explore, we have plenty of room to spread out.

Day 4We photograph Kolmanskop again in the morning. We then drive to  Namib-Naukluft National Park (the famous Sossusvlei area), where we spend several nights. Namib-Naukluft contains some of the biggest dunes in the world, which are composed of red sand. We head into the dune field for an afternoon of photography. Note that walking in the dunes can be strenuous, especially if you wish to climb one of the high dunes (which are over 1000 feet tall). The dune field is enormous, so we have plenty of room to spread out and explore.

Days 5 & 6We spend both days in the Sossusvlei area, heading out in the morning and afternoon to photograph the dunes and the famous Dead Vlei, a large salt pan with stark looking camel thorn trees which have been dead for centuriessome almost 1000 yearsbut are saved from decomposition by the extremely arid climate. The trees rise from the salt pan, sticking out at odd angles and allowing for some exceptional photography. Please note that the hike into Dead Vlei is the most strenuous one on the trip; although the walk is not long, it is over loose sand and involves a climb of two or three hundred feet over a dune. Anyone in decent shape shouldn't have any problems, but if you have concerns about reaching this location, there are plenty of alternative places to photograph within easy reach of the vehicle.

Day 7—We depart for Dorob National Park at Walvis Bay, where we spend the night. Dorob is famous for its extensive dunes and tidal flats, where thousands of wading birds gather to feed. In the afternoon, we'll head to the lagoon and photograph flamingos and white pelicans, as well as other wading birds feeding in the shallows.

Day 8After photographing dunes and birds in the morning, we drive to Cape Cross, where we spend the night. We'll photograph the incredible Cape Cross seal colony in the afternoon, where thousands of seals gather to raise their pups. There is a boardwalk that takes visitors right into the heart of the seal colony. We'll be surrounded by thousands of seals in what is one of the most incredible mass wildlife events on the planet. The sights and sounds (and smells) of the colony are an experience you won't soon forget!

Day 9, 10 & 11We drive to Anderson’s Camp at the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, where we spend the next few nights. Anderson’s Camp has a sunken hide at the camp waterhole, which allows us to get unique shots. Etosha is a premier destination to observe large game such as lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, and other species. We'll do game drives in the morning and evening, photographing the stunning wildlife of Etosha. We'll be looking for "charismatic megafauna" such as lion, cheetah, elephant, wildebeast, giraffe, ostrich, springbok, oryx, antelope, red hartebeast, and zebra, but we'll also keep an eye out for mongoose, Kori bustard (a large bird native to Africa, the heaviest bird capable of flight), warthog, jackal, and the many bird species which call Etosha home.

Day 12After packing up and checking out, we leave Etosha and drive to Windhoek. We have a final celebratory dinner as a group.

Day 13The workshop officially concludes. Transportation to the airport will be provided for participants who are departing on international flights.

Focus on making great images

Our goal is to make sure participants get the best photographs possible. We keep the group out shooting as much as possible during the best light. We stay flexible to ensure we match the light with the subject we are photographing.  

Getting there

The workshop begins and ends in Windhoek, Namibia (Hosea Kutako International Airport, airport code WDH). Many international flights to Windhoek go through Johannesburg, South Africa. An overnight stay in Johannesburg may be necessary; we're happy to recommend lodging near the airport.

Physical requirements

This is an outdoor nature photo tour, so general good health and fitness will help maximize your comfort and enjoyment. That said, the activities we have planned should be well within the ability of people in moderate to good shape. Most shooting locations can be reached by road and do not involve difficult hiking or walking. The most strenuous hiking will be in the dunes at Namib-Naukluft National Park; although you don't need to hike far into the dunes to make great images, hiking in sand can be difficult, and hiking up the taller dunes is strenuous, involving up to a thousand feet of elevation gain (and is, of course, entirely optional). Decent physical fitness will certainly facilitate your enjoyment of this tour. Every participant must complete and sign a standard liability waiver and medical form before participating in this workshop.  

What's included

  •  Accommodation during the tour.

  • All transportation during the tour.

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals during the tour.

  • Guide services.

  • Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.

  • Mineral water on board the safari vehicle. 

What's not included

  •  International flights to Namibia, any applicable entry fees, and airport taxes.

  • Personal travel and emergency medical evacuation insurance (recommended)

  • Any meals not included in the above itinerary.

  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.

  • All beverages with the exception of mineral water on board the safari vehicles.

  • Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).

  • Gratuities.

  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).

Deposit, tuition, and cancellation policy

A non-refundable deposit of $300 USD is required to secure a space on this tour. Final payment is due 90 days before the tour starts. If you wish to cancel after final payment has been made, our refund policy is stated below:

  • Between 90 and 30 days: 25% refund (minus your initial deposit)

  • Less than 30 days and no-shows: 0% refund

If we can find another customer to take your place, we will give you a 100% refund (minus your initial deposit).

To register, or if you have any questions, please email our logistics manager Daniel Portal (dportal@gmail.com). 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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