Discover Namibia on this 11-day journey to one of the most breathtaking destinations in Africa! Explore this land of diversity and contrasts, characterised by desolate salt pans, vast stretches of remote desert, and savannahs just teeming with wildlife.
Immerse yourself in the oldest desert on the planet as we capture the unforgettable sights that this unique, untamed wilderness has to offer. From the skeletons of thousand year old dead trees to abandoned mining towns buried in sand, Namibia is an ideal destination for photographers seeking a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This photography workshop is the perfect extension to our Namibia Wildlife Photography Tour. Consider combining the two workshops for a spectacular insight into the landscape and incredible wildlife of Namibia!
Total price: 8900 USD
24 Mar – 4 Apr 2020
The Quiver Tree Forest
The quiver tree is Namibia’s national tree. These magnificent marvels of nature have withstood the tests of time and can live for up to 250 years. The forest where they are found is protected and has been declared a national monument.
During the evenings, we'll photograph these beautiful specimens beneath a blanket of stars in the night sky, silhouetted by moonlight. There are two locations only a short drive from where we will be staying, making for easy nights.
Once the location of one of the largest diamond rushes in human history, Kolmanskop is now a ghost town being slowly reclaimed by the sand dunes of the Namibian Desert.
Its once vibrant architecture makes for eerily haunting images, as the sunset light pours in through the windows upon deep sands engulfing abandoned rooms.
We'll secure a permit for our group to have access to the town outside of normal visiting hours, ensuring that there will be no one else around as we capture this mysterious place.
Sossusvlei & Deadvlei
Located in the heart of the Tsauchab Dune Valley, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park, these salt and clay pans are some of Namibia's most spectacular landmarks. They offer incredible photographic opportunities, with ancient dead trees dotting the barren landscape, surrounded by towering, endless sand dunes.
Some claim that these dead marshes make up some of the largest sand dunes in the world.
During this tour, we'll take our time capturing the skeletons of these trees, seemingly frozen in time.
The adventure begins on day one, when we meet as a group at the Hosea Kutako airport. From there, we will be collected by our private driver, who will transfer us to our hotel in Windhoek.
There will be some time to relax and settle in, before we meet for a delicious welcome dinner. Over the meal, you'll get to know your fellow travellers a bit better as your guides go over the itinerary for the days ahead.
Day 2 and 3
Over the next couple of days, we'll explore the Quiver Tree Forest, hunting for compositions as the light changes from morning to night. It will take us about five hours to reach this location, though there will be opportunities to shoot along the way as we journey into this spectacular landscape.
From sunrise to sunset, we'll capture these uniquely-shaped trees that seem to belong to another world. The forest brims with wildlife, including rehabilitated cheetahs, so we'll have a lot on our plates to focus on!
When the sun goes down, we'll get some shut-eye, waking up early at 4am to shoot the stars. You'll be amazed at how bright the stars seem with such little light pollution in this incredible place.
Day 4 - 6
On these days, we'll head out towards the west coast, setting up base at a hotel in Luderitz Bay. It will be the perfect location from which to reach the legendary town of Kolmanskop, which lays half-buried beneath the sand dunes. We'll have a permit that will allow us exclusive access to this abandoned town outside of normal hours, which will ensure that you'll be able to take enchanting photos without the clamour of other tourists.
Day 7- 10
From days seven to ten, we'll make our way through the remote Namibian landscapes to Sesriem, a town at the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. There will be magical opportunities to photograph the sand dunes and salt pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, with options ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty.
For those who are so inclined, you'll be able to climb to the top of sand dunes, for breathtaking views of the surrounds. Otherwise, there will be opportunities to photograph the sand dunes from the road with a telephoto lens.
Although difficult to access, the salt pan of Sossusvlei offers a range of diverse and impressive compositions.
This will be the final day of our tour in Namibia. After breakfast, we'll make our way back to Windhoek and bid each other farewell.
** Note: Please arrange your flight home or onwards to your next destination for the following day.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ABOUT THE INTERNET?!
At the various hotels we stay at during the tour, WiFi will be available. So there’s no excuse not to make your friends back home incredibly jealous with your best shots.
DO I NEED VACCINATIONS?
Southern Namibia is all clear as far as your standard vaccinations are concerned, but you should check before with your doctor just in case. We advise everyone taking part in the tour to bring a basic medical bag with essentials such as painkillers, antihistamine, insect repellant, disinfectant, and plasters. It’s also important that you pack sunscreen and lip balm - it’s going to be hot and dry.
I HAVE ALLERGIES OR DIETARY PREFERENCES
This won’t be a problem. Our lodgings will be able to cater for standard allergies and vegetarians. If you have any particular requirements regarding allergies or your diet, let us know as soon as possible so we can plan ahead of time.
ARE THERE LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS?
We’re not going to put a limit on luggage, but we do ask that tour members pack with consideration. Ne large back, along with your camera bag and tripod, should be more than enough. The majority of our lodgings have laundry services, so don’t worry about having a different outfit packed for every day!
WHAT ABOUT SPENDING MONEY?
Most of your expenses are included in the tour price, but if you want to buy snacks on the road or souvenirs, it’s a good idea to have some spare cash with you in the local currency.
DO I NEED MY LAPTOP?
Laptops are not essential, but there will be times during the trip when our photography guides are giving post-processing tips and workshops. You’re welcome to simply watch on another’s laptop, or just remember everything you have seen and apply it once your memory cards are unloaded back home.
All Meals starting with dinner on the 7th of March and ending with breakfast on the 18th
All beverages, except for premium/imported liquor and wine
All permits, park and entry fees, including special access permit for Kolmanskop and one night time outing to Deadvlei
All Transport, fuel and drivers, including transfers to/from airport
Bottled water in cars
All expenses for all guides and drivers
Additional Activities like helicopter/balloon flights. Helicopter flights are super cheap in Nam - about €250.00pp/hour if three people sharing in a R44. I have provisionally booked all the sunrise and sunset flight slots for our stay at Sossusvlei. My clients usually can't get enough.
Items of a personal nature
Non-meal time snacks and drinks
Single room supplement (900 USD)
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.