Namibia in a different light! 

  • From 13 to 24 August 2018
  • 12 Days journey through unique landscapes
  • Tailored for photography
  • Small group (max 8, min 4)
  • Landscape and wildlife photography
  • Learn the basics of post-processing

Photographing in:

Etosha National Park – Keetmanshoop Quiver Trees – Fish River Canyon – Namib Desert – Brandberg – Etosha National Park.

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Namibia is a huge and empty country and is of exceptional beauty. This tour takes you through the highlights of Namibia and you will get to photograph these places with the best light. We will see some of the highest dunes on earth, lots of wildlife, colourful mountains and curious plants. Namibia of one of the most beautiful countries for landscape photography and this journey is designed to help you come home not only with long-lasting memories but with beautiful photographs as well.

You will be in the company of an expert guide who knows his way around Namibia and a passionate professional photographer that can help you take better photographs.

This tour is intended to take you to beautiful places at the right time of the day with the best light. It is for photographers of all levels. If you need assistance, we’ll be there to help you enhance your skills. If you are already an experienced photographer, you will enjoy being taken to these beautiful places with like-minded people and when the light is at its best. You will also be introduced to post-processing to make the best of your photographs. This is a small group tour (max 6 participants, min 4), so personal attention is guaranteed. We will travel in a small bus that will fit us all comfortably. We will stay in beautiful lodges and guesthouses.

 

About Southern Tours & Safaris

Southern Tours & Safaris is a South African based company, which operates within Southern Africa (with tours to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe as well as South Africa). Our intimate guided tours accommodate small groups of adventure travellers. Small groups are great as this will you will never feel left out, but instead, you are guaranteed to have a bonding experience with other travellers.

About the photographer

David Kooijman is a professional photographer with a passion for nature. He has travelled extensively in Africa and is excited to share Namibia’s natural wonders with you.

Specialising in landscape photography, his photos have been exhibited in Northern Italy and received praise for bringing nature’s beauty close to home. You can see some of his works at www.davidkooijman.photography

He is eager to share his knowledge on taking photos and post-processing with you. David is Dutch by origin but speaks fluently English and Italian as well.

What photographic equipment to bring

This photo journey is for all levels of photography, and the following list is just indications, but in order to make the most of it, we make the following recommendations.

  • DSLR camera

For landscape photography

  • Wide angle lens (24-70 mm or wider)
  • Telephoto lens (70-200 mm)
  • Tripod
  • Polarizer filter

For wildlife photography

  • Telephoto lens (preferably 300 mm or more, wildlife photos in this brochure are taken with a 70-200 mm)
  • Extra battery
  • Plenty of memory cards
  • Lens cleaning cloths

Laptop with Adobe Lightroom if you’re interested in post processing, otherwise you can follow post-processing sessions on David’s laptop. A 14-day trial version of LR can be downloaded from Adobe.com

You might be able to buy memory cards in Swakopmund and this is halfway through our trip, but you might want to come prepared.

Please bring an electrical plug adapter to be able to recharge your batteries.

What is included

  • All accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Park entrance and fees
  • Game drives in Etosha NP
  • Airport transfers as indicated

What is excluded

  • Visas if required
  • Flight ticket to and from Windhoek
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Drinks, alcoholic beverages, and meals other than indicated
  • Personal expenses, optional activities, or changes to the itinerary for reasons beyond our control
  • Travel insurance with medical and accident cover, including repatriation
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Photographic equipment
  • Any other items not mentioned in ‘What is included’

 

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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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