Namibia – through the country of the wide horizons
Itinerary on request for a minimum of 6 people – available between November and March
from € 4.990 per person sharing in dbl room
single supplement tba
min. 6 participants
max. 12 participants
Exciting photographic adventure through the country of the desert:
the red dunes of the Namib, the Etosha national park, the land of the bushmen and himba,
the skeleton coast, the abandoned diamond town of Kolmanskop…
professional travel photographer and Africa connoisseur
landscape, wildlife, macro and astro photography
enough time at the stops, sessions during the hours of the best light, visit of particularely photogenic places
among the favoured photographic locations in Namibia the tour includes many hidden gems
private reserves and selected lodges offer incredible wildlife encounters – perfect for close up pictures
- the Etosha NP – with great chances to sea lions, elephants, leopards and rhinos
- stay inside the Etosha park – for the greatest picture opportunities!
- stay in two private reserves – spectacular occasions of close-up-wildlife-pics!
- the skeleton coast – wild coast with seal colonies and ship wrecks
- the highest dunes of the world and the breathtaking scenery of the Namib
- the famous “dead vlei” with its dead trees in the middle of the red sand sea
- Namibia: certicifacted “dark sky reserve” for its clear night skies – phantastic location for creative night pictures
- stay at the Hakos farm to visit the important telescope
- the desert from above – during a balloon ride or a scenic flight (optional)!
- visit of a Himba village
- the accommodation in handpicked lodges – everyone unique. The perfect combination of luxury and closeness to unspoiled nature!
- walking and hiking through enchanting landscapes: the quiver tree forest, the red dunes of the Namib and the Kalahari, the dry landscapes of Southern Namibia and the Damaraland
- the “ghost town” Kolmanskop – surreal atmosphere in abandoned buildings: full of sand they however maintained their beautiful decoration of another time (during the optional extension)
- thematic workshops: landscape, portrait, wildlife and postproduction (lightroom and photoshop)
1st day: arrival in Windhoek
arrival and transfer to a very stylish Lodge, a private reserve in the middle of incredible sceneries – the perfect start to your Namibia stay!
optional tours in the afternoon
– meet a Bushman family (San) in their traditional village
– walk with a cheetah or a Caracal
– the carnivore feeding
During the evening presentation of the group members and dinner.
2nd day private reserve for great animal pics!
Drive to the Erongo mountains to reach a huge private reserve. It is home to more than 12 000 wild animals, among them many endangered species. This location is a perfect example of how nature conservation and tourism can be combined and it matches perfect into our photographic tour giving us lots of wonderful occasions to take close up wildlife pictures. Optional tours include the “sundowner”, game drives or the guided walks in the fascinating landscapes that take you, acompanied by an experienced San guide, to ancient rock paintings and give you an introduction into the nature, flora and fauna of Namibia.
included meals: breakfast and dinner (optional excursions not included)
3rd and 4th day ETOSHA NP
Drive towards the Etosha National Park which will be reached in the afternoon. The peculiarity of the Etosha is its vast salt pan, a huge white plain forming the background for the most stunning wildlife pictures. Infact, among professional wildlife photographers, this is one of the most favourite safari spots. Our travel period has been chosen with purpose: it’s the end of the dry period, water can be found only
in the waterholes and so chances are good for fantastic animal sightings. Among them the famous “white elephants and rhinos” whos pictures won several times the “Wildlife photographer of the year”! One of the most scenic waterholes is the one of our camp, Okaukuejo, where we observe animals during sunset and, who wants, even the whole night. We will stay here for the next two nights in the spacious chalets near the Waterhole. For optimal light conditions and sightings we get up very early and luckily we will meet groups of lions, elephants, giraffes and, of course, many antelopes. On these first two days in the Etosha Park we will explore the eastern part of the park.
included meals: breakfast. Lunch and dinner free.
5th day ETOSHA NP WESTERN PART
Safari in the Western part of the Etosha national park that only recently has been opened to the public. The landscape changes, becomes more hilly and the white background of the salt pan is replaced by the red soil and rocks of the Damaraland. This is the home to some different animals to those seen over the past days – here can be encountered, for example, the rare Hartmann-Zebra.
included meals: breakfast. Lunch and dinner free.
6th day THE BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES OF THE DAMARALAND
On the drive towards Kamanjab there is the occasion to visit a Himba village where the photogenic women will explain their live and showcast their particular jewellery and body decoration (optional stop). On the way to the next destination breathtaking landscapes, like the Grootberg-Pass, are crossed. In the afternoon our next lodge will be reached, a spectular accommodation created in harmony with nature. It is situated in the land of the desert elephants. In this place, especially chosen for our photographic journey you will enjoy different activities to explore the environment – one of the most beautiful and wild landscapes of the country. You’ll have the choice to join one of the hikes or the game drives. The sunsets should not to be missed and the location is also perfect for astro-photography.
included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner in Etendeka as well as all offered activities.
8th day SKELETON COAST – CAPE CROSS – SWAKOPMUND
Drive along the skeleton coast, so called because of the dozens of shipwrecks that grounded here over the centuries. Around midday we will reach Cape Cross to visit one of the biggest seal reserves of Southern Africa (the number varies but it can reach up to 250.000 animals). The cubs are born in november and we will have enough time to observe these animals and their little ones. We will reach Swakopmund in the late afternoon. Our accommodation is a charming, organic guesthouse very close to the town centre.
included meals: breakfast.
9th day SWAKOPMUND – OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Day for optional tours departing from Swakopmund. Among the numerous activities offered we particularly suggest the
- the “living desert”-tour: it takes us in the dunes directly outside town, which seams, at first sight, completely uninhabited. Our guide will show us instead, in a very funny way, how populated this habitat is. Find with him geckos, lizzards, spiders and with luck also a viper or a chamaeleon. That’s the reason to carry a Macro-Lens with you even in the land of the wide landscapes!
- “the scenic flight” over the Namib-Desert, the Kuiseb-Canyon and the skeleton-coast, about 40 minutes in a small aircraft.
- “Cruise in the Lagoon of Walvis Bay” where you can observe flamingos, dolphins, whales, cormorans and sometimes even penguins or sharks.
10th day DRIVE THROUGH MOON LANDSCAPE TOWARDS THE GAMSBERG
Drive through the incredible “moon landscape” and the Kuiseb Canyon at best light in the early morning towards the Gamsberg, famous for its observatory. Infact this night has been introduced for your astrophotography- fans. Hakos farm, where we will stay, offers two private observatories and guided professional tours about the night sky. Remember – Namibia is certificated dark sky reserve for its excellent possibilities to observe the night sky without any light pollution.
included meals: breakfast and dinner.
11th – 12th day TOWARDS THE ANCIENT NAMIB DESERT
Today we move to the Namib Desert. Complementing the magnificence of a red sand sea, our Lodge lies at the foot of ancient fossilised dunes. Make some space for wonder. A sunset or early morning drive through the red dunes exploring the sand masterpiece is breath-taking. Atop the ridge as the sand begins to glow deep rich sienna, a view of utter beauty is illuminated in gold, extending from the soft dunes around you to the green ribbon of riverine trees in the distance and the purple-blue mountains. Tolkien would be taken aback – and inspired, I’m sure, by such fantastical scenery!
inlcuded meals: breakfast and dinner.
13th day SOSSUSVLEI
Very early departure for a whole day of the exploration of the dune’s landscape of Sossusvlei: climb “Big Daddy” or “Dune 45”, walk to the death vlei with the picturesque dead trees and much more. In the afternoon possibility for the exploration of the Sesriem Canyon or the Elim Dune.
inlcuded meals: breakfast and dinner. Accommodation at the Sossusvlei Lodge.
14th day NAMIB DESERT (OPTIONAL BALLOONING) – WINDHOEK
Don’t miss the ballooning over the Namib Desert and the fantastic red dunes at sunrise – a unique photographic opportunity! (optional activity)
We continue our journey in late morning and reach Windhoek in the afternoon to catch the evening flights.
Included services: the trip will be accompanied by an experienced travel photographer, private bus with English speaking driver-guide for all transfers as by the program. All entrance fees for national parks and other sites as by the program. Accommodation in lodges, hotels or guesthouses in en-suite dbl rooms. Meals as by the program. certificate of participation.
not included: international flight, drinks, insurance. Optional tous and activities. Every other thing not mentioned under “included services”.
In addition to this itinerary we offer an extension to Southern Namibia. There you will find the ghost town of Kolmanskop, the picturesque and wild area of the Tiras mountains, the impressive Fish River Canyon and the red dunes of the Kalahari desert. Also the walk in the forest of the quiver trees and the “giants’ playground” (a geological landscape) should not be missed.
The price for this extension will depend on some factors such as the number of participants, the chosen itinerary and the accommodations.