Namibia is a land of stunning contrasts. From the largest sand dunes in the world (and they are ORANGE!) to people still living in the stone age, the land is incredibly unique and endlessless fascinating. We will have the opportunity to interact with and photograph the Himba people and the remarkable Bushmen, and you will treasure the images you’ll be able to take. The landscape photography is second to none, and we’ll take advantage of sunrises and sunsets so we can capture the quintessential S curves that have made this place so famous among photographers. The contrast in color between the intense orange sand and the blue sky is amazing. You will also be able to have a close encounter with cheetahs, leopards, lion, wild dogs, caracals, and more, and get pictures that usually take serious telephoto lenses. We also include on this trip the Etosha Pan and visit water holes at the end of the dry season. This means that the animals have to drink, and there is an incredible parade of wildlife right before your eyes. This trip will surpass your expectations, and the pictures you take will be among the best of your life.
Tour cost: $7850. Includes: 9 nights accommodation, all meals, ground transportation, English speaking experienced guide, interior flights in chartered aircraft, Living Desert Tour in Swakopmund, wildlife shoots, Himba village, refreshments during the day on board, 15 % VAT, tourism levy, instruction in photography and Photoshop, critiques.
Single supplement: $880
Price does not include: international flights, all beverages in restaurants or lodges, optional scenic flight for aerial photography in Swakopmund, items of personal nature.
DAY 1, Mon. June 22: Depart US or Canada and cross the Atlantic Ocean and arrive in Johannesburg to connect with flight to Windhoek, Namibia (it is recommended to arrive in Johannesburg one day early to rest and recover from jet lag).
DAY 2, Tue. June 23: Arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek, where your guide will greet you and transfer you to your first night’s accommodation in Namibia. Jim will give you an orientation of the trip, discuss landscape and wildlife photography, talk about our photo session with the Himba, and answer any questions you may have. From the rooftop bar you can photograph the beautiful Christ Church built by German settlers in 1910. Overnight Hilton Hotel. Bed and breakfast.
DAY 3, Wed. June 24: After breakfast we drive via the scenic Remboogte Pass in a southerly direction to Sossusvlei in the famous Namib Naukluft Park, and after we check in to our lodge and have lunch, we photograph the largest and most impressive sand dunes on the planet. The orange dunes are indeed awesome, and there are classic S-curves everywhere. Puntuated by dead trees and illuminated by low angled sunlight, this is a place you'll never forget. At the same time, you will take some of the best landscape photography ever. Overnight Sossus Dune Lodge. B L D
DAY 4, Thur. June 25: We get up early and drive to Deadvlei in the heart of the dune for the early morning light on dead trees in an ancient dried lake bed. The graphic designs are remarkable. It is very much an alien landscape but a highlight of the trip. After lunch we photograph sunset on the dunes, and the only challenge is that we can't be in more than one place at a time! There is just too much too shoot. Overnight Sossus Dune Lodge. B L D
DAY 5, Fri. June 26: We have a sunrise session on the dunes this morning, and then after breakfast we drive via Solitaire and the Kuiseb and Gaub Canyons to Walvis Bay situated on the Atlantic Coast. We bring with us a box lunch and arrive about 3pm. We check into our hotel located right on the Walvis Bay lagoon, and you will be able to photograph flamingos, pelicans, and other water birds in the late afternoon sun. Dinner will be at a lovely restaurant built on wooden stilts in the lagoon. Overnight Pelican Bay Hotel. B L D
DAY 6, Sat. June 27: We have an early morning wakeup call for a boat cruise starting at 6am from the yard harbor, walking distance from the hotel. Enjoy the sunrise on the boat while you have the opportunity to take great shots of sea birds, flamingos, pelicans, cape fur seals at very close range (you won't believe HOW close . . . sea lions will most likely jump on board and give anyone willing a hug!). We return to the harbor at 9am and have a leisurely breakfast. We then check out at 10am and drive the short distance to Swakopmund. After lunch, we have a most unique experience -- the Living Desert Tour with Tommy who takes us to see the 'Little Five' -- small, unique creatures that inhabit the coast dunes. The dunes themselves are exquisite and very different than the orange dunes of Sossusvlei. We end the day with sunset over the Atlantic from the height of the dunes. Overnight Swakopmund Hotel. B L D
DAY 7, Sun. Jun 28: We depart the hotel early this morning for Cape Cross. We bring a box lunch, and we visit a huge fur seal colony of as many as 100,000 animals. A boardwalk allows you to get extremely close to the seals, and with the ocean in the background it's a great opportunity to capture frame-filling portraits as well as all kinds of interactions. We return to the hotel around 1pm, and the rest of the day is at leisure to explore Swakopmund, shop, organize your pictures, or swim in the beautiul hotel pool. Overnight Swakopmund Hotel. B L D
DAY 8, Mon. June 29: We transfer to the Swakopmund Airport for our charter flight to Epupa Falls which lies on the border between Namibia and Angola. Upon arrival, we have a short drive to the lodge. In the afternoon, we will shoot the stunning falls (it's actually many falls) as well as some Himba people who come to wash clothes in the shallow pools of water. Overnight Omarunga Lodge. B L D
DAY 9, Tue. June 30: This morning we visit a Himba settlement, and we are welcomed into the village and given full access to photograph the people, their houses, and their activities. The women and girls smear themselves in ochre and goat fat, which is why they appear red. It is like going back in time thousands of years, yet the Himba are friendly and willing to pose for our cameras. Later in the morning we board our charter flight again and arrive at Windhoek Eros Airport. We then transfer to Na'ankuse Lodge not far away, and in the afternoon we have the opportunity to get incredible closeups of African animals -- lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, wild dogs, and more. Although these animals are captive (they've been protected from being killed by local farmers), they live in the bush and the environments are entirely natural. In some cases we go into the enclosures for ground-level shots, but with the leopards and lions we shoot through photographer-friendly fencing. Overnight Na'ankuse. B L D
DAY 10, Wed. July 1: We have both morning and afternoon photo sessions with the animals at Na'ankuse. You will get some of the best shots ever because you can shoot from ground level which is impossible in all of the game parks in both East and Southern Africa. Overnight Na'ankuse. B L D
DAY 11, Thur. July 2: We have another photo session with animals, and then in the afternoon we drive a short distance to an encampment of Bushmen. These stoneage people are intriguing, very friendly, and very photogenic. It is a magical encounter, and in beautiful afternoon light we can do indivudal portraits of adults and children, photograph them dancing, and learn about their unique culture and how they survive in such a harsh environment. Overnight Na'ankuse. B L D
DAY 12, Fri. July 3: Today we transfer to the international airport in Windhoek for our journey home, knowing that we've taken the most amazing pictures of landscapes, people, and animals.
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