Namibia Workshop - 2020


Namibia is a photographer's dream. Contrasting landscapes, deep vivid colors, incredible food and accommodation, and varied cultures make for a very unique location. On this journey, we will have the opportunity to photograph the haunting Kalmanskop - the deserted German diamond ghost town. Andrei will help guide you to the famous spots to capture the eerie light as it drapes across the sand filed rooms. We will have special access to shoot sunrise and sunset. Moving northwards, we drive towards the imposing sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the unique Dead Flei dried up lakebed that house the skeleton Dead Acacia trees. It is one of the best places in the world to photograph the Milky Way. A sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Namib desert is an optional attraction and one not to be missed.

Further in the trip, we will be exploring one of the best places to see game - Etosha National Park. The watering holes that dot the park present a great opportunity to spot the Big 5. We will also have the opportunity to do a photoshoot with the Himba Tribe, famous for the red clay that they put on their skin and in their hair to protect them from the sun's rays. 

This workshops is a wonderful opportunity to capture some incredible images and to have some amazing experiences. Due to the longer than usual distances, there will be some driving involved.


Day 1. Arrive in Windhoek

Upon arrival at the Windhoek International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Hilton Hotel where you will be staying for the first night of your exciting Namibian Photographic safari. En route to the hotel, you will be treated to an orientation city tour of Windhoek by your guide/s. Dinner tonight is included and can be had at one of Windhoek’s many famous restaurants out in town with your guide/s.

Overnight: Hilton Hotel 4*
Meal Basis: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2. Drive to Keetmanshoop:

After breakfast this morning your personal guide/s will collect you from the hotel for the start of your exciting photographic safari. You set off south along the western side of the Kalahari Desert via Rehoboth and Mariental, and then on to stay at Central Lodge in Keetmanshoop. You will stop off for lunch at a scenic location along the way. In the late afternoon, your guide/s will take you to the Quiver Tree Forest to make sure you have ideal light conditions to photograph these mysterious trees whilst the sun sets on the horizon.

Overnight: Central Lodge 4*
Meal Basis: Full Board & Activities (with your private guide)

Day 3. Drive to Lüderitz:

After breakfast, you will set off for the coastal town of Luderitz leaving behind the heat. This afternoon your guide/s will take you on an excursion along the peninsula, visiting Diaz Point and surrounding areas before returning to Lüderitz to take in sights like the colourful "Jugendstil" architecture and notable buildings such as the historical Goerke House and the "Felsenkirche" (Church on the Rock). At the end of the day, you will return to the comforts of the Nest Hotel to freshen up before dinner.

Overnight: Lüderitz Nest Hotel 4*
Meal Basis: Full Board (activities with private safari guide)

Day 4. Elizabeth Bay & Kolmanskop Ghost Towns

Today you will be treated to a fascinating excursion into the Sperrgebiet National Park prohibited area to visit the historic sights of Elizabeth Bay and Kolmanskop. The guided tour will give you an insight into the rich history of diamond mining in Namibia and the rise and fall of both Elizabeth Bay and Kolmanskop, as well as an idea of what everyday life in these settlements would have been like. You will be provided with a photographic permit whilst at Kolmanskop. After your guided excursion there will be time to wander around the desolate streets and abandoned buildings before returning to the Nest Hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Lüderitz Nest Hotel 4*
Meal Basis: Full Board & Kolmanskop and Elizabeth Bay Excursion

Day 5. Lüderitz to Namib Naukluft National Park:

You leave the coast and Lüderitz behind you today as you make your way north into the Namib Desert, keeping a lookout for the legendary feral desert horses along the way. From Aus you head north through spectacular scenery of the Tiras Mountain Conservancy and a section of the NamibRand Nature Reserve before entering the Namib Naukluft National Park to reach Sossus Dune Lodge in the late afternoon, stopping for scenic photo shoots along the way. Here you will stay for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide/s. Sossus Dune Lodge is the only lodge that affords you prime location within the boundaries of the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Overnight: Sossus Dune Lodge 4.5*
Meal Basis: Full Board (activities with private safari guide)

Day 6. Sossusvlei / Namib Desert

A full day of photography as you rise early this morning for a magical excursion into the dunes with your guide/s. As you are already inside the park you can get into Sossusvlei before everyone else and you would even be able to get there in time to see the sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guide(s) will give you an insight into the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored the area to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to Sossus Dune Lodge in the for lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon along the way. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes) with the option to head out again later in the afternoon to visit the dunes at Sossusvlei to see them whilst the shadows sharpen as the sun goes down.

Overnight: Sossus Dune Lodge 4.5*
Meal Basis: Full Board (activities with private safari guide)

Day 7. Namib Naukluft National Park to Swakopmund

The fascinating drive today takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You aim to reach Swakopmund in the afternoon where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air. There should be time this afternoon to wander around town and along the waterfront on foot if appeals, before heading off to dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant by the jetty which specializes in fresh seafood.

Overnight: Beach Hotel 4.5*
Meal Basis: Full Board

Day 8. Drive to Grootberg Concession:

After breakfast you depart the cooler coastal air and head inland to Damaraland, taking time to view game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations, and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present-day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water, and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains, and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word 'wilderness'. From Damaraland, you make your way via the Grootberg Pass to Grootberg Lodge the only lodge in the area wholly owned by the local community. Later this afternoon your guide/s will take you on a walk into the local area.

Overnight: Grootberg Lodge 4.5*
Meal Basis: Full Board

Day 9. Drive to AfriCat Foundation:

Today after breakfast you and your guide make your way to an authentic Himba village ensuring that you are treated as a friend of a friend. You get to experience the day in the life of a member of the community. Lunch will be had en route way to the AfriCat Foundation located near the Waterberg Mountains. You will arrive at Okonjima Plains Camp during the late afternoon in time to join the lodges pm activity tracking leopard from a vehicle

Overnight:   Okonjima Plains Camp 4.5*
Meal Basis:   Full Board& Activities (Himba Village visit and pm activity with a private local guide)

Day 10 Drive to AfriCat Foundation:

Today is spent on Am   & Pm activities as arranged by the local including a visit to the foundation to see the astonishing work done by the foundation for big cats. Rest of the day can be spent on leisure.

Overnight: Okonjima Plains Camp 4.5*
Meal Basis: Full Board (activities with private safari guide)

Day 11. Departure

You will embark on a morning activity before returning to the lodge to freshening up and enjoy a delectable brunch. You set off and make your way back to Windhoek stopping off at the town of Okahandja visiting the Mbangura craft market for some last minute curio shopping. You continue and make your way to Windhoek where your guide/s will transfer you onto the Windhoek International airport, where you board your onward flight back home. (Please make sure to book a flight departing later than 17h00. Or an additional night’s stay can be arranged in Windhoek at an additional extra cost.

Breakfast and Lunch





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