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NAMIBIA SAFARI

May 20 - June 3, 2017

May 19 - June 2, 2018

Safari, Travel, Landscape, Nature, Seascape, Wildlife and People Photography

Includes

  1. -15 Days

  2. -Workshop Adventure

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Photo Walks & Hikes

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Fine Hotels & Lodges

  7. -AWD Vehicles

  8. -All Meals (exclude a few)

  9. -3 Domestic Flights

  10. -Private guide and driver

  11. -National Park Entry Fees

  12. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Namibia Safari

Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund, Epupa Falls and Etosha

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Explore fine art, landscape and wildlife photography in this fascinating country.

Namibia Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Namibia has the world’s most spectacular and varied desert landscapes.  Nowhere else do you see families of desert elephant moving silently through desolate, beautiful valleys in search of life-giving oases. No other desert has a Skeleton Coast where the great Atlantic Ocean waves pound a burning shore littered with shipwrecks, often shrouded in fog where only giant seal colonies and hungry jackals live. These deserts have the world’s highest dunescapes, great “galleries” of Bushmen rock art, remote communities of Himba tribes people, the world’s second deepest canyon and the vast Etosha Saltpan where thousands of animals roam free. 

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. What better location to express your creativity than the magic of Namibia.


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Group Size



6-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by AWD and airplane

Moderate elevation changes and a reasonable amount of hiking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Mike Dexter and/or Michael Chinnici  |  May 20 - June 3, 2017

Mike Dexter and/or Michael Chinnici  |  May 19 - June 2, 2018


Weather | Sun



May - Temps 70/50 F  21/10 C  Sunrise 6:21 | Sunset 5:16 (17:16) 


Includes



Safari, wildlife, nature, travel, landscape, seascape, fine art and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Safaris, photo walks & discussions

Small group size (6-8 guests)

Fine hotel accommodations (except in remote locations)

All meals (except a few lunches)

AWD transportation

3 domestic flights

Private driver & guide


Accommodations



Hilton Hotel or similar - Windhoek (early arrival)

Okonjima Plains Camp or similar - Otjiwarongo

Onguma Tented Camp or similar - Etosha National Park

Okaukuejo Camp Waterhole Chalet or similar - Etosha National Park

Omarunga Lodge or similar - Epupa

Hoanib Skeleton Coast or similar - Skeleton Coast

Doro Nawas or similar - Twyfelfontein

Swakopmund Hotel or similar - Swakopmund

Sossus Dunes Lodge - Dune Chalet or similar - Sesriem


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Hosea Kutako Airport, Windhoek, Namibia (WDH) - Transfer time to hotel 1hr

Our adventure begins at noon on the first day and around 2 PM on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


Price



NAMIBIA 15-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE & SAFARI

Photo Safari Adventure Vacation | May 20 - June 3, 2017:  $12,695

Photo Safari Adventure Vacation | May 19 - June 2, 2018:  $13,495


Single Supplement:  $1300

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $300

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $300


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.






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Day 1 |  Windhoek - Otjiwarongo

On Sunday we meet our guests at noon at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia. We depart with our English speaking guide north towards Otjiwarongo. After settling in and resting we get together to discuss the itinerary, schedules and get to know each other. We will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique and how we will specifically apply it in Namibia. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner”. (D)

Day 2 |  Otjiwarongo - Etosha East

We depart early from the lodge for “Leopard Tracking”. Brunch at the lodge after the activity and depart to the North towards Etosha National Park. Our first game drive will be in the afternoon in Etosha with our guide and vehicle. All vehicles are open top Land Cruisers. Etosha National Park is one of the largest parks in Africa.  Etosha owes its unique landscape to the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression of approximately 5 000km². Etosha National Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then German government.  At that stage it covered a vast area of 93 240 km² and was then the largest game reserve in the world. Of the 114 mammals species found in the park several are rare and endangered, such as the black rhino, cheetah and black-faced impala. Dinner and night at Onguma Tented Camp. (B) (L) (D)

Day 3 |  Etosha East

Today is dedicated again to wildlife and safari photography. Depart early this morning for another safari in Etosha with your guide and vehicle of the tour. You will drive through the park, heading to different waterholes on the way. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, continue with the game drive in Etosha. Dinner and night at Onguma Tented Camp. (B) (L) (D)

Day 4 |   Etosha Est - Etosha South

Depart early this morning for another amazing safari in Etosha. We will drive through the park, heading to different waterholes on the way. Lunch in one of the camps inside the park. In the afternoon, we continue with the game drive in Etosha. Arrival at our camp and check-in at the end of the day. Dinner and night at Okaukuejo Camp - Waterhole Chalet. At sunset we will photograph the animals drinking at the waterhole. (B) (L) (D)

Day 5 |   Etosha South - Epupa (charter flight)

In the morning we transfer to the landing strip where we depart on our charter flight - Cessna 210 single engine (4 seater) to Epupa (stop over in Ondangwa for approximately 30 mins for refueling of the plane). Our guide and vehicle will meet up with us in Twyfelfontein. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, time at leisure to explore the area. Our guide will drive to Epupa and join us later in the afternoon. Dinner and night at Omarunga Lodge. (B) (L) (D)

Important Luggage restricted to 25 kg per person (BASE 2) or 20 kg per person (BASE 3) or 10 kg per person (BASE 4) in soft bags (including hand luggage).

Day 6 |  Epupa - Epupa Falls

We depart in a morning with a local guide from the lodge to visit a Himba village and focus on people photography including portraits of the Himba tribespeople. Lunch at the lodge. In the late afternoon we walk to the Epupa Falls for a sunset capture of this magical place. Dinner and night at Omarunga Lodge. (B) (L) (D)

Day 7 |  Epupa - Skeleton Coast (charter flight)

Early morning transfer to the landing strip where we depart on our charter flight - Cessna 210 single engine (4 seater) to Hoanib Skeleton Coast. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we depart for an activity of your choice with the lodge. Dinner and night at Hoanib Skeleton Coast. (B) (L) (D)

Day 8 |  Skeleton Coast

Amazing photography throughout the day including sand dunes, desert wildlife, watering holes and abandoned structures. Lunch, dinner and night at Hoanib Skeleton Coast. (B) (L) (D)

Day 9 |  Skeleton Coast - Twyfelfontein (charter flight)

Last morning photography at the lodge. Transfer to the landing strip and depart on our charter flight - Cessna 210 single engine (4 seater) to Twyfelfontein. Our guide will be waiting for us and will transfer us to the lodge. Late lunch at the lodge. Depart in the afternoon with our guide and 4x4 of the tour in the dry Huab or Aba Huab riverbed to discover breathtaking landscapes. Dinner and night at Doro Nawas. (B) (L) (D)

Day 10 |  Twyfelfontein

We visit the famous Twyfelfontein site to discover the rock paintings and engravings. Vast mountainous cirque dominated by a chaos of smooth rocks, red, fell from the sky as we remain engraved by Neolithic men, more than 3,000 rock engravings, showing all the constellations of the southern herd of headless animals, ostriches in hand and have four lions whose tail ends in a hand grabbing a giraffe. An amazing outdoor art gallery. You climb on the chaos overheated to read this primer engraved for eternity. Bushmen got where all naturalist wants to achieve. Lunch at the lodge. Leisure time to rest and enjoy the lodge or do a walk with our guide to discover the surroundings or return with our guide for anther drive to look for desert elephants. Dinner and night at Doro Nawas. (B) (L) (D)

Day 11 |  Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund

Today we travel to Swakopmund via the Skeleton Coast. Lunch on the way. We will also drive through the Namib Desert before reaching the coast. Arrival in Swakopmund at the end of the afternoon. Swakopmund is an example of German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbor for German South-West Africa. Today it is the main beach resort area in Namibia. Dinner in a restaurant. Night at Swakopmund Hotel. (B) (L) (D)

Day 12 |  Swakopmund

Today we have a FREE DAY in Swakopmund. Different activities are possible according to the guests’ interests and what they want to photograph: animals, landscapes, people, architecture… or just take a day to enjoy. Excursions can include...

- Dolphin Cruise (to see seals, birds, maybe dolphins…) on the Walvis Bay lagoon, with brunch served on board (morning only).

- Morning excursion to the dunes to look for all the small desert creatures: chameleons, snakes, beetle… (morning only).

- Quad Biking.

- Scenic flight in a small plane (5 seats) along the coast to Sossusvlei/Deadvlei and back through the Kuiseb river (or vice-versa) – different itineraries possible.

- Township tours, to meet people from different cultures.

- 4x4 excursion to Sandwich Harbour, where the giant dunes fall down into the ocean (can be combined with the boat in the morning).

Lunch is excluded today (included in some activities). Dinner in a sea side restaurant. Night at Swakopmund Hotel. (B) (D)

Day 13 |  Swakopmund - Sesriem

Today we travel towards the Kuiseb River, a very important dry riverbed in Namibia as it stops the progression of the dunes towards the North. Lunch on the way. We will cross the Namib Naukluft Park and check in at the end of the day at the lodge, located inside the park. Weather permitting, we will go with our guide to Elim Dune to photograph the sunset. Dinner and night at Sossus Dunes Lodge - Dune Chalet. (B) (L) (D)

Day 14 |  Namib Desert

Breakfast BEFORE SUNRISE. After breakfast we depart early towards the Sossusvlei and Deadvlei area where some dunes measure up to 300 meters in height. Depending on the time of day, they acquire diverse colors - from yellow to red, going through the different shades of orange. Climb one of the dunes and see how expansive the desert is. Return to the entrance of the park. Lunch. Explore the Sesriem Canyon: centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down 30 – 40 meters, are pools that become replenished after good rains. All make some some amazing photography. In the evening we celebrate with our “Farewell Dinner” back at the lodge. Night at Sossus Dunes Lodge - Dune Chalet. (B) (L) (D)

Day 15 |  Sesriem - Windhoek Airport

After breakfast we hit the road back to Windhoek where we will bid you farewell. Depending on the time of your flight, you may choose to visit the city of Windhoek with our guide, or free time for shopping. Book your outbound flight until the late afternoon. WE WILL NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 2 PM or 14:00). (B)

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Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Gift Certificates



Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email us for more information.




Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


Combination Tours



You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Click here to explore our wonderful selection of Combination Packages.


Travel Insurance



We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


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Loyalty Club**



All registered guests for 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 

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