NAMIBIA 

A land of wide open spaces, never failing to enthral its visitors. Namibia is known for its contrasting landscapes. The Namib Desert is the oldest in the world, with its high dunes and awe-inspiring sense of space. The views over the Fish River Canyon, the delicate balance of wildlife in Etosha National Park. The German heritage is very noticeable in Swakopmund and Windhoek.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: Namibia is one of the diverse countries in Africa geographically. The desert, the semi-arid, rocky mountainous landscapes and flat and fertile land in the Zambezi Region. The winter nights can be extremely cold while the day are cooler. The summer is rainy and hot. The best time to travel Namibia is between April and October.

DAMARALAND is a land of stark desert beauty. Early morning mists, generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the canyons, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region. Rare succulent plants abound in this harsh countryside. Damaraland includes the granite domes of the Spitkoppe rising above the desert floor. The rock engravings of Twyfelfontien, the San rock paintings in the Brandberg landscapes. 

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK is one of the world’s most famous game sanctuaries. The huge, salty bowl which forms the vast central area of the park is only occasionally filled with water, so game concentrates in the grasslands and bush which encircle the reserve. Here on the perimeter, are underground springs feeding smaller pans, which serves as the magnet which has drawn such an abundance of game to the area.

SKELETON COAST is one of the most inhospitable but hauntingly beautiful places on the planet: desolate and uninhabited. It has everything, from roaring sand dunes, windswept plains, towering canyons and saltpans to seal colonies and shipwrecks.

 

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Tour Summary

Day 1 Windhoek

Private transfer from the airport to our hotel in a quiet area of Windhoek. Meet and greet the group and a relaxing afternoon. We will have a briefing about the tour.  We’ll have a chat with each participant on her/his expectations of this journey and her/his level of photography. Dinner included.

Day 2 Keetmanshoop (Quiver trees)

We will have an early breakfast and leave Windhoek behind. Our journey begins! Our first stop is Keetmanshoop. We visit the famous Quiver tree forest in the late afternoon for our first photographing session. The warm afternoon light provides a beautiful golden colour on the barks of the quiver trees. Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 3&4 Fish River Canyon

Our second chance to photograph the quiver trees, this time at sunrise. After breakfast, we drive south to reach Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. After checking in we relax at the lodge until late afternoon for the best light in the mountains and on the canyons. The following morning we wake up early to get to the canyons before the sunrise. During the day we can have a photo critique/post processing session. Late afternoon we have another photo opportunity over the canyons. Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 5&6 Sossusvlei

We leave the Fish River Canyon just after breakfast to get to Sossusvlei on time. Sossusvlei dunes were formed by the sand blown by the wind from the Orange River a million years ago. We will visit the Dunes of Sossusvlei at the end of the afternoon for the best light. This way the western side of the dunes is lit and creates a stark contrast with the shadow side.

The following day is an early day, we drive to Deadvlei to get there when the sun is still low to photograph this pan in its morning glory. We will have a relaxing day with a post-processing session and we will drive to the dunes in the late afternoon again for more photos of the dunes. Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 7&8 Swakopmund

We will head back to Deadvlei for another shoot. As time was short yesterday and the sun was rising fast, spending some more time there will be a good opportunity to add more photos to our portfolio of this extraordinary place. After a well-earned breakfast, we’ll leave the red dunes behind.We drive north heading to the coast to reach Swakopmund (mouth of Swakop). Swakopmund was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa.

The following morning, we start early by driving to Walvis Bay to photograph the flamingoes. The rest of the day is free for optional activities around Swakopmund. We might photograph the white dunes at sunset. Breakfast only included.

Day 9 Brandberg

Brandberg Mountain (Burning Mountain) is one of the famous spots in Namibia with its landscape and desert elephants. We visit the White Lady for the sunset while the Dolomites are illuminated by the sinking sun. Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 10&11 Etosha national park

Etosha “The Place of Great White” is the home of 114 mammal species and more than 340 bird species with its shimmering salt pans that attract flamingoes and pelicans during the rainy season. We have two sunsets and two-morning game drives in an open vehicle so everyone will have a clear view. The Okaukuejo Waterhole can be an excellent spot for photographing in Etosha, certainly the easiest. During the day we spend our time relaxing around the pool or around the waterhole. Breakfast & Dinner included.

Day 12 Windhoek

After our last morning short game drive, we drive to Windhoek where we will spend our last evening together. Breakfast only included.

Day 13 Windhoek

Tour ends after breakfast and transfers to the airport. Breakfast only included.

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