Wild Namibia Photography Tour 2019
June 9 – 21, 2019 | $6995
Wild Namibia Photo Tour Details
EVENT: Namibia Photography Tour 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Bernabe
CLASS SIZE: Maximum of 13
PLACE: Meeting place is Windhoek, Namibia.
AIRPORT: Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)
DATES: June 9 – 21, 2019
COST: $6995 double occupancy. $1000 single supplement.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Mostly easy with some moderate walking in and through the sand dunes.
Namibia is a land of contrasts and extremes. Situated between the Namib and Kalahari deserts, Namibia gets less rain than any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. The coastal desert is one of the planet’s oldest, with powerful offshore winds sculpting the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei.
Hot and arid in the interior, Namibia’s coast is surprisingly cool and moist, the product of the cold Atlantic colliding with Africa’s warm and dry southern tip. Seals and sea birds come by the thousands to this narrow temperate zone. In the rest of the country, only where there is water is there life. Etosha National Park is a world class wildlife destination where elephants, lions, rhinos, and more congregate at the many water holes spread out across the park.
And in addition to the massive sand dunes and world class African wildlife, there is the surreal desert ghost town, wild horses, giant flocks of flamingos, seals, and the iconic Quivertree Forest for night photography. For the landscape, wildlife, or travel photographer, Namibia has got it all!
Wild Namibia Photo Tour Itinerary
Day 1 – Everyone arrives in Windhoek, Namibia via the Hosea Kutako Airport, located 40 km outside of the city where you will be met and greeted by one of our representatives who will transfer you to the Avani Hotel in Windhoek. We will have a short introductory meeting in the evening, a question and answer session, and group dinner.
Day 2 – In the morning we travel from Windhoek to Keetmanshoop and the Quivertree Forest for sunset and night photography. The Quiver Tree is one of the most interesting and characteristic plants of Namibia are very hot and dry southern regions. The name Quiver Tree refers to the traditional use of the branches by Bushmen and Hottentots tribes to make quivers for their arrows. Overnight at the Quivertree Forest Rest Camp.
Day 3 – We make the short ride to the lovely coastal village of Lüderitz and spend the afternoon and evening photographing the famous Kolmanskop Ghost Town. The houses of Kolmanskop have been slowly overtaken by the desert and the floors are sand but are in good shape otherwise. Overnight at the Lüderitz Nest Hotel.
Days 4, 5 and 6 – After a morning shoot at Kolmanskop once again, we drive north into the Namib Desert, traversing through spectacular scenery of the Tiras Mountain Conservancy and a section of the NamibRand Nature Reserve before entering the Namib Naukluft National Park to reach the Sossus Dune Lodge. For the next three days we will explore the remarkable Namib Desert with your guides. Sossus Dune Lodge is the only lodge that affords you prime location within the boundaries of the Namib Naukluft National Park and the largest sand dunes in the world. Namib Naukluft National Park is also the home of Deadvlei and the dancing dead camel thorn trees.
Day 7 – After a sunrise shoot and breakfast at Sossus Dune Lodge, we drive further north to Walvis Bay. Walvis Bay is the main harbour town in Namibia and is visited by many fishing boats, cargo vessels and an increasing number of passenger cruise liners. The main attraction here is photographing the many thousands of flamingos that call the area home. Overnight at the Pelican Bay Hotel in Walvis Bay.
Day 8 – In the morning, we will drive along the coastal road into the Skeleton Coast National Park to reach Cape Cross Lodge, passing through the towns of Swakopmund and Henties Bay and stopping at shipwreck remnants. Cape Cross is the location of giant colony of Cape fur seals and we will spend the afternoon photographing these fascinating creatures.
Days 9, 10, and 11 – The morning journey takes us northeast into Etosha National Park, traversing scenic countryside and passing small towns and communities along the way. With the Okaukuejo Camp as our base for the three days, we will embark on photo safaris each morning and evening with guided game drives through Etosha. In addition, the camp has an active floodlit waterhole for photography and wildlife viewing through the night. We can expect to see lions, zebras, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs, and much more in the way of wildlife. Etosha is a world-class African wildlife destination.
Day 12 – After a morning shoot in Etosha, we will make our way back to Windhoek and the Avani Hotel. Group dinner in the evening.
Day 13 – Airport transfers and departures.
- Etosha National Park, a world class African wildlife photography destination with lions, elephants, rhinos, zebras, giraffes and a lot more. Guided morning and evening safari game drives in the park for some of the best wildlife photography in Africa.
- Namib-Naukluft National Park and the Namib Desert, home to the tallest sand dunes in the world.
- Deadvlei and the dancing dead camel thorn trees.
- Kolmanskop, the abandoned desert ghost town.
- The iconic Quivertree Forest for sunset and nighttime photography.
- Cape Cross and the largest Cape fur seal colony in the world.
- Massive flamingo flocks at Walvis Bay.
- Photography instruction with world-renowned landscape, wildlife, and travel photographer, Richard Bernabe.
- Professional English-speaking safari guides and hands-on photography instruction.
- Lightroom and Photoshop instruction.
- All lodging and meals (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 13).
- Local transportation during workshop.
- Airport Transfers to and from Windhoek hotel.
- Mineral water on board the safari vehicle.
- Local beverages (water, beers, ciders, juices, soft drinks, house wines and local spirits) throughout safari.
- Entrance fees to National Parks
What’s Not Included
- International flights to and from Windhoek.
- Trip Insurance (recommended).
- All premium and import brand beverages
- Tips and gratuities
Final payment is due 90 days before the tour starts. To cancel after final payment has been made, 25% refund (minus initial deposit) between 90 and 30 days. No refund within 30 days. If we can find another customer to take your place, we will give you a 100% refund (minus your initial deposit).
To register for the Wild Namibia Photography Tour with Richard Bernabe, or if you have any questions, please email our logistics manager, Daniel Portal.