NAMIBIA: A PHOTOGRAPHER’S DREAM

In this proposed group safari we will cover the main photographic highlights of Namibia, from a landscape, cultural and wildlife perspective. This page will provide all the information you need to decide whether you would like to join a small group adventure to this amazing country.

Please click through the various tabs to get more information on the safari and if it interests you please get in touch and let us know what your travel window is. Ideally we would like to make this trip happen between May and August to avoid the hottest times of the year. We need a minimum of 4 participants to proceed with the trip.

About This Safari

Namibia-Sossussvlei

Sossussvlei dune by Pepe Jones

Safari Leader: Pepe
Spaces available: max 8 persons
Dates: TBC

Namibia is a fascinating ‘Land of Contrasts’ – from the dramatic dunes of the Namib Desert and the Skeleton Coast to the world-famous Etosha Pan, teeming with large game and remarkable birdlife.

Beginning and ending in Windhoek, this tour includes the spectacular Sossusvlei (with some of the highest sand dunes in the world), the mysterious Swakopmund coast, some of the fascinating rock formations which make Namibia famous, a Himba community visit, the Etosha National Park as well as the world-renowned Africat Foundation at Okonjima, a unique wildlife experience where we encounter cheetahs and leopards in their natural habitat.

This photographic safari aims to capture the beauty and diversity of Namibia and includes an optional balloon trip over the Namib Desert.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sossusvlei Dunes
  • Deadvlei
  • Namib Balloon trip (optional)
  • Swakopmund
  • Living Desert Tour
  • Walvis Bay Lagoon
  • Spitzkoppe
  • Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings
  • Organ Pipes
  • Burnt Mountain
  • Damaraland Himba community visit
  • Cheetah tracking Leopard tracking
  • Okonjima’s Africat Foundation
  • Etosha National Park

 

 

Primary Photographic Subjects

MG_1721One of the biggest draw cards of visiting Namibia on our safari is that you get the best of most worlds, photographically speaking. The amazing landscapes, culture and wildlife are all present on this 2 week adventure and you will see many varied things worth photographing, including:

  • Sossussvlei dunes & the Deadvlei
  • Small creatures living in the dunes at Swakopmund (snakes, spiders, chameleons, etc)
  • Alien like landscapes of Damaraland
  • Lions, rhinos, elephants, antelope, birdlife
  • Cultural elements including the Himba tribe
  • Ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein
  • An optional hot air balloon trip over the dunes in Sossussvlei

Photographer Skill Level

DALL5700_webIt’s important to note that while this safari is designed for photographers it isn’t a photographic workshop and there is no restriction on the level of photographic knowledge required to enjoy this trip.

We welcome everyone from novices to experts and we’re fairly sure that you’ll enjoy the company of other photographers too. On all our trips there is always an abundance of knowledge and participants share freely with one another.

Suggested Gear

Equipment used by Dallas on the 2013 safari to Namibia.

Equipment used by Dallas on the 2013 safari to Namibia.

Because of the varied nature of the photographic opportunities on this trip you will want to bring equipment that will allow you to photograph everything from wide angles to telephoto. Our recommendation for 35mm DSLR users is as follows:

  • Bodies x2
  • 14-24mm 2.8
  • 24-70mm 2.8
  • 70-200mm 2.8
  • 200-400mm 4.0
  • 2x teleconverter
  • speedlight
  • tripod
  • landscape filters (ND grads)

The above lenses will give you everything you need to get amazing photographs in just about every situation. If you have some specialist fixed focal length lenses like fisheyes you might want to pack them in too. We highly recommend the use of a hard case like those made by Storm/Pelican to travel with as you may need to gate check your gear if flying into Windhoek from Johannesburg or Cape Town.

Getting There

P9040121When booking flights you may want to fly to Windhoek from either Johannesburg or Cape Town. Both are short 2 hour flights and there are several flights daily from South African Airways. If you like we can book these flights for you and add them to your safari invoice, just let us know.

Also, if you would like an additional night in Windhoek either before or after the safari ends we can arrange that too.

About The Accommodation

We will be staying in a variety of different levels of accommodation, ranging from 5 Star to 3 Star. Some of the camps in Etosha are basic but offer everything you will need. If you have any specific requirements on the accommodation and/or dietary elements, please let us know when booking and we will attend to same.

Namibia: A Photographic Journey

Basic Itinerary

“Deadvlei at Dawn”  © 2013 Dallas Dahms

 

Day | Place | Date | Accommodation

01 – Windhoek – Olive Grove Guest House
02 – Sesriem – Sossus Dune Lodge
03 – Sesriem – Sossus Dune Lodge
04 – Sesriem – Sossus Dune Lodge
05 – Solitaire – Rostock Ritz
06 – Swakopmund – Beach Lodge
07 – Swakopmund – Beach Lodge
08 – Okonjima Game Reserve – Luxury Bush Camp
09 – Okonjima Game Reserve – Luxury Bush Camp
10 – Damaraland – Camp Kipwe Luxury Lodge
11 – Damaraland – Camp Kipwe Luxury Lodge
12 – Damaraland – Grootberg Lodge
13 – Etosha National Park – Okaukuejo Rest Camp
14 – Etosha National Park – Okaukuejo Rest Camp
15 – Etosha National Park – Onkoshi Luxury Camp
16 – Etosha National Park – Onkoshi Luxury Camp
17 – Flight Home 

Please note that itineraries are subject to changes. While we take great care to ensure that everything runs according to plan, sometimes we do need to make adjustments on-the-run.

Price

Per person sharing:TBC

Single supplement: TBC

Optional hot air balloon trip: TBC

Deposits

  • R10,000 space reservation deposit per person (your spot is not guaranteed until this is received and confirmed)
  • 30% of the final price is due 9 months before the safari
  • 100% of the final price is due 4 months before the safari

 

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation from start to finish on arrival in Windhoek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All entrance fees, listed activities, game drives, guide fees
  • Airport to lodge transfers

 

Excluded from the price:


  • International flights to and from Namibia
  • Telephone calls
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities

Photos from our 2013 Namibian Safari

Interested?

If this sounds like a trip you’d like to do please click the button to send us an email, letting us know your preferred dates and the number of people in your party. We will reply within 48 hours so if you have not seen a reply after that time you should definitely check your spam folders for our response.

Main banner image © Pepe Jones

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