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. Those who join the adventure will have equal opportunity to capture stunning landscape scenes, fascinating travel portraits and amazing wildlife shots. Participants of this trip will maximise their time exploring, shooting and enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime journey through Namibia's otherworldly landscapes, unique cultural visits and captivating wildlife habitats.
14 - 28 September 2019
15 days / 14 nights from/to Windhoek
maximum 4 guests
Windhoek - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Twyfelfontein - Etosha West - Etosha South - Onguma Game Reserve - Windhoek
- 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!
Namibia Adventure Photo Tour
14. - 28. September 2019
Day 1 - September 14th
Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. After arriving in Windhoek and getting settled, we’ll grab our cameras and take a look at some of Windhoek’s most interesting historical architecture like Alte Feste fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court building. On our first night of the tour we'll stay in comfortable accommodations in Windhoek as we get rested before beginning our big photographic adventure!
Days 2 & 3 - September 15th–16th
Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib desert. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer's heaven. Its unique dunes rise to almost 400 metres making them some of the highest in the world. The iconic landscape comes alive in morning and evening light, providing portfolio-building photo opportunities. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Highlights include an (optional) hike up “Big Daddy,” one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes, photographing the ancient trees surrounded by the white salt claypan of Deadvlei, exploring Sesriem Canyon and taking an (optional) 60 minute scenic helicopter flight over this vast and captivating landscape. Our group will spend two nights "glamping" in comfortable safari style — courtesy of Will and his hospitality assistants.
Day 4 - September 17th
Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its otherworldly desert surroundings. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, laid-back atmosphere, adventure tourism activities and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Our guests can look forward to an unforgetable afternoon/evening boat cruise along the coast where we’ll have the chance to photograph flamingos, pelicans, seals and (if we're lucky) dolphins while enjoying oysters and a glass of wine on the boat. We’ll visit one of Swakopmund’s best-known seafood restaurants and enjoy the ambience of town with a bit of free time to explore and relax independently. We’ll enjoy comfortable accommodations on our two nights in Swakopmund.
Day 5 - September 18th
Before heading inland toward the Kalahari desert, we’ll stop to photograph some (much) smaller desert creatures who are uniquely adapted to living in the coastal dunes. Expert naturalists will help us locate (and photograph) several species of lizards and beatles who inhabit the sandy Skeleton Coast landscape. After lunch we’ll carry on to Spitzkoppe, a spectacular group of bald granite peaks forming one of Namibia’s most recognizable and dramatic landmarks. These enormous towering domes provide a paradise for hikers and photograpers. Sunset and sunrise will afford two great landscape shooting opportunities. In Spitzkoppe our group will camp in well-appointed style, courtesy of Will and his hospitality assistants.
Day 6 & 7 - September 19th/20th
The next leg of our journey visits the Kunene region in the far northwest corner of Nambia. Our group will be based at the renowned Doro Nawas Camp for two nights. Doro Nawas is positioned at the edge of the Aba-Huab dry river bed with sweaping views of Damaraland's rugged and beautiful landscape. From there we'll have the opportunity to explore in search of the elusive desert elephants, roaming desert lions as well as other species like Oryx and Ostrich. We'll take an interesting side trip to Twylfelfontein ("the spring of doubt") which features one of the largest and most important concentrations of ancient rock art in Africa. It was this spring that attracted Stone Age hunters over six thousand years ago, and it was during this time that the extensive and mysterious rock engravings and paintings were produced.
Day 8 - September 21st
We'll depart Doro Nawas and head further north to experience the remote and culturally unique Kaokoveld region. "Sundowners" around an open fire perfectly compliment the safari camping ambience and are followed by a scrumptious dinner. We'll head out for a night drive in search of the elusive "shy five" (aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, African wild cat & bat-eared fox. It's also possible to encounter pangolin, brown hyena, honey badgers, the small-spotted genet, serval cats, springhare, various owls and various nocturnal reptiles. Our three beautiful camping sites are equipped with full ablution facilities. Will of Africa and his hospitality team will prepare our comfortable tents for one more night of "glamping" in characteristic African safari charm.
Days 9 - 11 September 22nd – 24th
Situated in the western part of Etosha National park, Etosha West is a new addition to this world-famous wildlife sanctuary. Formerly a restricted area, the wilder western region was previously limited in terms of access. We'll explore and photograph the secluded reaches of this spectacular park. Its undulating terrain and a reddish brown soil stands in stark contrast to the white dusty clay soil of Etosha East’s flat expansive plains. The area boasts numerous waterholes attracting elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, kudu and a variety of other antelope. We'll hope for an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra and black-faced impala. Our group will be based at a comfortable and well-appointed guesthouse for three nights, located just outside of the Etosha park boundary.
Days 12 & 13 - September 25th & 26th
Situated east of Etosha, bordering Fisher's Pan, Onguma Game Reserve is one of Namibia's best-kept secrets. The reserve offers visitors the opportunity to experience Africa in all her beauty and diversity. Onguma Game Reserve features over 34000 hectares of protected land scattered with a variety of wildlife including plains game such as black rhino, kudu, giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard and more than 300 bird species. The 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. Visitors can enjoy game drives, guided walks and rhino research drives within the private reserve as well as wildlife safaris into Etosha National Park to view abundant game in the largest national park in Namibia. We'll be treated to two nights of luxurious safari-lodge accommodation in an absolutely tremendous atmosphere.
Day 14 - September 27th
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 the Utopia Boutique 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.
AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATIONS & PROFESSIONAL GUIDES/PHOTOGRAPHERS
HOTELS, LODGES & CAMPSITES
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.
ACITVITIES & PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS
For the duration of the tour, Will Jansen will be your professional African tour guide and assisting photographic expert. Will knows Namibia's best locations like the back of his hand. Traveling with Will, 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.
WILL JANSEN – PRO SAFARI OPERATOR & GUIDE, PHOTOGRAPHER
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 – PRO WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER & FILM MAKER
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 & 3 qualifications and discovered his true passion for predators & wildlife photography.
ELISABETH CURIGER – PRO TRAVEL COORDINATOR, PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIAST
Elisabeth Curiger joined forces with Viewfinder in 2018 to assist with travel arrangements for Viewfinder's international photo tours. She founded Curiger Travel in 2004 having accumulated a wealth of experience while traveling off the beaten track in Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond. As a fully certified travel agent, she takes pleasure in helping Viewfinder organize international tour logistics, arrange flights and much more. Curiger Travel is a fully insured member of Swiss Travel Security.
Namibia Adventure Photo Tour
14. - 28. September 2019
15 days / 14 nights
Price per person (single accommodation) including flight from Zurich to Windhoek
Tour price with 4 participants
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 & cancellation insurances, immunizations, or other unforseen travel or cancelation costs.
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- 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.