Come face to face with your
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:
Cost: $6495 USD (includes shared occupancy lodging, transport during workshop,
Single Lodging Supplement: $1000 USD (subject to
Deposit: $300 USD
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!
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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
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
We'll photograph the trees at sunset, and (conditions
permitting), at night as well.
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.
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
Days 5 & 6—We
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 centuries—some almost 1000 years—but
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
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.
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
Day 9, 10 & 11—We
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
Day 12—After packing
up and checking out, we leave Etosha and drive to Windhoek.
have a final celebratory dinner as a group.
workshop officially concludes. Transportation to the airport
will be provided for participants who are departing on
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
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.
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.
Accommodation during the
All transportation during the tour.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals
during the tour.
Entrance fees and excursions as
described in above itinerary.
Mineral water on board the safari
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
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).
Items of personal nature (telephone
expenses, curios, medicines etc).
Deposit, tuition, and
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:
If we can find another customer to
take your place, we will give you a 100% refund (minus your
register, or if you have any questions, please email our