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NAMIBIA

Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund, Epupa Falls and Etosha

Explore fine art, landscape and wildlife photography in this fascinating country.
Namibia has the world’s most spectacular and varied desert landscapes.  Nowhere else will 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 salt pan 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.

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.

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by AWD and airplane
  • Moderate elevation changes and reasonable amount of hiking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

May/June – 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 (4 – 8 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels and lodges (except in remote locations)
  • All means (except a few lunches)
  • AWD transportation
  • 3 domestic flights
  • Private driver and guide

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 Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Windhoek  – Hilton Hotel or similar – Windhoek
Otjiwarongo – Okonjima Plains Camp or similar
Etosha National Park – Onguma Tented Camp and Okaukuejo Camp Waterhole Chalet or similar
Epupa – Omarunga Lodge or similar
Skeleton Coast – Hoanib Skeleton Coast or similar
Twyfelfontein – Doro Nawas or similar
Swakopmund – Swakopmund Hotel or similar
Sesriem – Sossus Dunes Lodge, Dune Chalet or similar



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NAMIBIA SAFARI | MAY 16-30, 2020 From: $14,995 Register
NAMIBIA SAFARI | MAY 15-29, 2021 From: $15,995 Register
Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Johan Siggesson

May 16 – 30, 2020
May 15 – 29, 2021

*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.

ITINERARY

NAMIBIA SAFARI 15 DAYS

Day 1 | Windhoek - Otjiwarongo

Welcome to Namibia! We meet at noon at our 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 5000km².

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 overnight 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 overnight at Onguma Tented Camp. (B) (L) (D)

Day 4 | Etosha East - 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 overnight 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 the 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 overnight 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 overnight 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 overnight 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 4×4 of the tour in the dry Huab or Aba Huab riverbed to discover breathtaking landscapes. Dinner and overnight at Doro Nawas. (B) (L) (D)

Day 10 | Twyfelfontein

We visit the famous Twyfelfontein site to discover the rock paintings and engravings. There are more than 3,000 rock engravings, showing all the constellations of the southern herd of headless animals, ostriches in hand, and four lions whose tails end in a hand grabbing a giraffe. An amazing outdoor art gallery. 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. Overnight 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, beetles… (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.

– 4×4 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. Overnight 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 overnight 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 amazing photography.

In the evening we celebrate with our “Farewell Dinner” back at the lodge. Overnight 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 for the late afternoon. We will not arrive before 2 PM (14:00). (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

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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