Namibia Adventure Tour 2019 Sold out!

From stunning landscape scenes, to fascinating travel portraits and amazing wildlife shots. Namibia is a photographer's paradise!

DATE:

13.09. - 29.09.2019

DURATION:

17 days

PRICE:

Sold out

LOCATION:

Namibia

LANGUAGE:

English

GROUP SIZE:

minimum 3 maximum 4

Photography adventure in Namibia's unforgettable landscape

There is no other way to say it – Namibia is a country that's simply made for photography. From the gargantuan red sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the wildlife utopia of Etosha National Park – there's a plethora of amazing subjects to capture in this vast and captivating African country! Our fifteen day itinerary takes us to some of Namibia's most spectacular locations. Participants on this adventure will have equal opportunity to capture stunning landscape scenes, fascinating travel portraits and amazing wildlife shots while exploring some of Namibia's best and most remote locations.

WINDHOEK - SOSSUSVLEI - SWAKOPMUND -SPITZKOPPE -TWYFELFONTEIN - ETOSHA WEST - ETOSHA SOUTH - ONGUMA GAME RESERVE - WINDHOEK

 

Tour Highlights

Spectacular landscapes, stunning wildlife and captivating cultural subjects.

Career safari guide & award-winning wildlife photographer provide enriching natural & knowledge.

Great accommodations, luxury safari camping and quality dining. Great access to photography hot spots. 

On-site tips to prepare you for the specific challenges of wildlife, travel and landscape photography.

Impression Gallery

 

Tour Overview

 

September 14th

Day 1

Welcome to Namibia!

  • Arrival in Windhoek, private transfer to accommodation.
  • Explore several of Windhoek’s most interesting historical sites.
  • Tour briefing from safari guide on the journey ahead.

September 15th

Day 2

  • Depart to Sossusvlei, site of the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib desert.
  • Photographing the ancient trees surrounded by the white salt claypan of Deadvlei.
  • Optional hike up “Big Daddy,” one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes.
  • Explore Sesriem Canyon.

September 16th

Day 3 

  • Optional morning helicopter flight over the vast and captivating landscape.
  • Mid-morning shoot in dunes near Deadvlei
  • 2nd night "glamping" in comfortable safari style.
  • Astrophotography with desert foregrounds.

September 17th

Day 4

  • Afternoon/evening boat cruise, photographing flamingos, pelicans, seals & dolphins. 
  • Dinner at one of Swakopmund’s best-known seafood restaurants.
  • Explore town and relax independently.

September 18th

Day 5 

  • We'll stop on our way down the cost to photograph some smaller desert creatures living in the coastal dunes.
  • After lunch we’ll carry on to Spitzkoppe, for the chance to photograph sunset at this iconic landmark.
  • In Spitzkoppe our group will camp in well-appointed style.

February 19th–20th

Day 6 & 7

  • The next leg of our journey is based out of the renowned Doro Nawas Camp (two nights).
  • Doro Nawas is known for its sweaping views of Damaraland's rugged & beautiful landscape.
  • Explore in search of elusive desert elephants, desert lions & other species like Oryx and Ostrich.
  • Side trip to Twylfelfontein which features one of the largest concentrations of ancient rock art in Africa.

September 21st

Day 8 

  • We'll head further north into the remote & culturally unique Kaokoveld region.
  • Night drive in search of the elusive "shy five" (aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, African wild cat & bat-eared fox).
  • Possibly encounter pangolin, brown hyena, honey badgers, genets, serval cats, and various nocturnal reptiles.
  • One more night of "glamping" in well-appointed safari style.

September 22nd–24th

Days 9–11

  • We'll explore and photograph the secluded western reaches of spectacular Etosha National Park. 
  • The expansive and flat landscape boasts numerous waterholes attracting elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, kudu and a variety of other antelope.
  • We'll be based at a comfortable guesthouse for three nights, located just outside of the Etosha park boundary.

September 25th–26th

Days 12 & 13

  • Onguma Game Reserve, our next location, is one of Namibia's best-kept secrets.
  • Seasonal rains attract thousands of migrating birds to the Fisher’s Pan wetland area.
  • The neighbouring Etosha National Park is home to a rich array of wildlife, including four of the Big 5.
  • We'll be treated to two nights of luxurious safari-lodge accommodation in an absolutely tremendous atmosphere.

September 27th

Days 14

  • After five amazing days exploring the Etosha Pan and Onguma Game Reserve, it will be time to turn our convoy south toward Windhoek.
  • After arriving in Windhoek we'll check into our hotel where guests may enjoy a dip in the pool, some time to edit images and enjoy a cold beverage, or take a relaxing bath in their handsome rooms.
  • All good things come to an end, but we'll celebrate our Namibian adventure together with a memorable last evening and dinner in beautiful Namibia.

September 28th

Day 15

  • After breakfast it'll be time to transfer out to Windhoek International airport for the flight home. Airport transfer is provided.
  • Transfer to connecting flight at Johannesburg International airport.

TOUR OBJECTIVES

  • Spectacular variety of landscapes, stunning wildlife and captivating cultural subjects. Incomparable travel experiences in some of Namibia's most remote and spectacular locations.
  • Locally based, professional guide (tour host throughout trip), partnered with his friend, an award-winning wildlife photographer and documentary film maker who provides photographic instruction.
  • On-the-spot tips to strengthen your landscapes compositions, capture more emotive wildlife photos, create engaging cultural portraits as well as personal support on enhancing your images in Adobe Lightroom.
  • Repeated opportunities to photograph golden sunrises and sunsets in an otherworldly landscape, plus multiple astro photography opportunities as well as a coastal boat cruise and much more!

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Open to all skill levels. Foundational photography skills, such as those covered in our popular Digital Photography 1-2-3 series are strongly recommended for this photo tour.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS & PROFESSIONAL GUIDES

Participants of our Namibia Adventure Photo Tour will enjoy unique accommodations from Boutique Hotels to Luxury Safari Lodges and high-standard tented camps. These locations have been selected for their excellent geographic locations, unique facilities, fantastic service and top-quality cuisine.

EQUIPMENT

  • Wide angle lens (zoom or fixed), e.g. the 24mm 16-35mm range.
  • Medium length lens (zoom or fixed) e.g. a 50mm or 24-70mm range.
  • Long lens (min. 200mm, but preferrably up to 400mm), e.g. 100-400mm zoom.
  • Sturdy tripod. If you don't already own a sturdy tripod, you could read this blog post that we published on the topic.
  • Backpack (rather than a shoulder bag) with room for photo gear, a water bottle and a few other sundries or accessories which you may be carrying.
  • Registered participants will receive a full packing list and complete tour itinerary two months before the tour dates.

ACTIVITIES & PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS

For the duration of the tour, Will Jansen will be your professional African tour guide and assisting photographic expert with assistance from Wim Vorster. Will and Wim know Namibia's best locations like the back of their hands. Traveling with them, you will be constantly learning about the wildlife, the cultures of Namibia, the history of the region and interacting with locals in a way which would otherwise be impossible.

Instructor

WILL JANSEN

Will has been guiding since 1998 and in 2009 made the change to photographic safaris. With years of experience in horse and field guiding the focus shifted towards capturing the wild in its most raw form and creating tours that enable his guests to capture the power and beauty of Africa's unique wildlife and scenery – through their lenses. Will is not solely focused on wildlife but also strives to help his guests interact with cultures across the whole Southern Africa region.

WIM VORSTER

After finishing school in South Africa, Wim undertook his national diploma in nature conservation at the Tshwane University of Technology. Keen to continue with his studies Wim then completed his B-tech degree in Nature conservation and chose to study the secretive brown hyaena as the topic for his research project. Wim went on to work at the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. During his time at Sabi Sabi Wim also completed his FGASA (Field Guides Association of southern Africa) level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications and discovered his true passion for predators and wildlife photography.

Princing Information

Price per person (single accommodation) including flight from Zurich to Windhoek is CHF 10'285. A non-refundable 30% deposit is required to register.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • International flight from Zurich to Windhoek and all ground transportation during the tour.
  • All meals during the tour are included, except for two nights in Swakopmund.
  • Laundry services are included – where available.
  • All local soft drinks and alcohol beverages (excluding premium imported brands, champagnes, etc.).
  • Photography tips, personal camera assistance and Adobe Lightroom support from Will Jansen and Wim Vorster.
  • All park entrance fees, local tour fees, guiding fees, tourism levies.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Flights to Zurich to make the connecting flight to Windhoek.
  • Two dinners in Swakopmund.
  • Additional transfers, excursions or activities which are not planned in the itinerary.
  • Any visa fees (if applicable), travel and cancellation insurances, immunizations, or other unforseen travel or cancelation costs.

FURTHER DETAILS

  • A complete tour itinerary (including names of all accommodations) will be provided to registered guests two months before the trip's start date.
  • We'll provide a packing list for the trip, which includes clothing recommendations as well as camera equipment suggestions.
  • Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world's driest deserts, Namibia's climate is generally very dry and pleasant. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. By September it warms up; game-viewing in most areas is at its best, although there's often a lot of dust around and the vegetation has lost some of its vibrancy.
  • This tour is open to all skill levels. Foundational photography skills, such as those covered in our popular Digital Photography 1-2-3  series are strongly recommended for this photo tour.