Join 2018 Nat Geo photographer of the year Renato Granieri on this fabulous photography tour through Namibia. Photographing the world’s highest sand dunes, majestic African animals such as lions, elephants and giraffes, people from tribal groups and some incredible landscapes, we cover the very best of this superbly photogenic country. Our luxury air-conditioned vehicle is perfect for photographers with a large opening window for every passenger and charging points for our equipment.
Our Namibia photo safari begins in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia and a modern African city with more than a hint of German influence from its colonial past.
You’ll meet your photography leader, local guide and the rest of the group this evening for a brief chat about your tour.
Accommodation: Hotel Safari
Today’s journey in to the Namib Desert takes around seven hours including several stops to enjoy the vast landscapes and small towns we pass through. The Namib is the oldest desert on earth, and is home to some of Africa’s strangest flora and fauna, including quiver trees, so called because its razor-sharp bark is used by Kalihari Bushmen to make arrow heads, and the strange halfman plant, commonly known as the elephant’s trunk. We arrive in time to shoot the Sesriem Canyon at dusk and for sunset. Carved millions of years ago by the once mighty Tsauchab River, the narrow gorge is around 1 km long and its walls rise up to 30 metres in places. At the end of the gorge are the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei.
Accommodation: Sesriem Camp
We’ll be out early to catch sunrise and the warm morning light at Sossusvlei, which has the most spectacular and photogenic sand dunes in the world. The dunes surround the Deadvlei clay pan where there are dead Acacia trees and cracked clay ground – simply superb subjects for our photos.
In the afternoon we return to the Sesriem Canyon on foot, taking a leisurely walk through to the famous Elim dune where we’ll be in time for sunset.
After night falls we will go out in to the desert once again, this time to shoot the spectacular night sky away from light pollution in one of the best parts of the world for astrophotography due to the dark, clear skies.
Accommodation: Sesriem Camp
A journey of around eight hours (including stops) will take us to Swakopmund, a town full of character which is sandwiched between the Atlantic ocean and the Namib desert. Along the way we will travel for a while alongside the Kuiseb River, which runs through a canyon with barren rocky sides, stopping at the best spots to capture the landscape along the way. We also cross the Tropic of Capricorn and travel through the moonlike landscapes of Vogelfederberg before reaching Walvis Bay. Here we take some time to photograph the pelicans and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in the whole of Southern Africa.
Accommodation: Prost Hotel
Driving out in to the fabulous desert scenery we’ll have the chance to practice our macro and landscape photography. The desert is full of small and beautiful creatures such as the dancing white lady spider, sand diving lizards, Namib dune geckos and sidewinder snakes, all of which can provide interesting photography subjects. In addition we’ll be amongst sand dunes that will give us some opportunities for more landscape photography.
In the afternoon there’ll be free time in Swakopmund which has some interesting German architecture and a beach with a pier which is a good spot for capturing the sunset.
Accommodation: Prost Hotel
We’ll leave Swakopmund early morning and with any luck we’ll have misty conditions along the Skeleton Coast where we will stop and photograph some of the eerie ship wrecks and animal bones that give the area its name. A harsh, bleak yet beautiful environment, it provides the opportunity for some very atmospheric images.
Further along the route we’ll stop at the Cape Cross seal reserve where thousands of Cape fur seals bask on the beach and swim in the waters near the coast.
After passing through some glorious scenery, including Namibia’s highest mountain, we arrive at Brandberg. Near our camp we’ll go out looking for desert elephants and also take advantage of the interesting rock formations nearby, staying out until sunset to make the most of the wildlife and landscape photo opportunities.
At night there’ll be another chance to try our hands at some astrophotography in the clear Namibian skies.
Accommodation: Brandberg White Lady Lodge
The journey to Kamanjab benefits from several interesting stops along the way. The first is at Damara village which celebrates the ancient hunter-gatherer culture of Namibia and offers us a chance to photograph scenes from times gone by, capturing some rare travel portraits. The rest of the journey takes us through several areas of unusual landscape including a petrified forest, Burnt Mountain which was formed from by a solidifying lava flow, and the ‘organ pipes’, an interesting angular rock formation also caused by ancient volcanic activity. Each provides us with different photographic challenges and opportunities.
In the afternoon we arrive at an authentic settlement of the Himba people. The only remaining semi-nomadic herders in the country, they are known for the unique way they adorn their skin and hair with a red paste made of ochre and animal fat, and their elaborate jewellery. We’ll spend a couple of hours photographing and interacting with the tribe before moving on to our overnight stop.
Accommodation: Khorixas NWR
The journey to Etosha National park will take around six hours and our reward is a game reserve with a reputations as one of the best in Africa. We start our exploration of the park by visiting water holes in to photograph the animals that visit them. We are likely to capture zebras, elephants, rhinos and lions in the warm afternoon light.
Accommodation: Okekeujo Camp
Today is spent in Etosha exploring the park with early morning and afternoon safaris, taking advantage of the times when the light is at its best and the animals most active. We also have the option for a nighttime game drive to capture nocturnal animal behaviour, and more of the night sky. The opportunities for wildlife photography are simply superb in Etosha, with come of the most photogenic animals on the planet in front of our lenses. With our own vehicle we have the opportunity to seek out the best opportunities and stay around as long as necessary to ensure we get the shots we want.
Accommodation: Okekeujo Camp
We take a final early morning game drive in Etosha before leaving for Waterberg Plateau Park. Rising high above the plains of the Kalahari of eastern Namibia, the park is named for the spectacular table mountain that dominates the landscape. There is an abundance of wildlife in the park including baboons, Damara dik-dik and leopard, and some rare species including black rhino. There’ll be time for a walk in the park before turning in for the evening.
Accommodation: Waterberg National Park Lodge
This morning we’ll go out to Waterberg on foot in search of some slightly different wildlife including eland, which is Africa’s largest antelope, black and white rhinoceros, buffalo and baboons. After getting our shots we leave the park for Windhoek, a journey of around five hours.
Accommodation: Hotel Safari
Our tour ends this morning after breakfast in Windhoek.
Our photography holidays and tours are designed to maximise the chances of getting great images by visiting photogenic sites at times that are good for photographing them. This generally means trying to avoid crowds and being out when the light is best, just after sunrise, and again in the late afternoon. Occasionally we’ll stay out after sunset or make use of clear night skies. The middle of the day is often reserved for lunch, free time, travelling, downloading images and relaxing. We try to make the most of each area we visit so there may a lot of distance covered and sometimes days can be long. Please read the itineraries carefully to get an idea of driving times and any particularly demanding days.
Our holidays are planned for dates when the weather is expected to be suitable for photography; however, with an ever more unpredictable climate there is always the possibility that we’ll experience poor conditions. In this case we’ll give what advice we can to help you get good results from your photography, and we may make changes to the tour to try to make the best of the situation.
UK citizens should refer to the FCO advice on entry requirements here.
All other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consulate.
The joining time is 18:00 on day 1 at the hotel reception, your photography leader will meet you there.
We can arrange transfers for you at the beginning and end of your tour at a cost of £20 each way.
It is condition of booking that you are covered by adequate travel insurance. If you are bringing expensive photography equipment we recommend that this is insured too.
The following photography equipment is recommended:
• DSLR or mirrorless camera
• Wide angle lens
• Mid range zoom
• 300mm or greater zoom lens
• ND filters
• Remote shutter release
• Sufficient memory cards and storage devices
You’ll need light casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Early mornings can be chilly so a sweater is recommended. A sun hat and some long sleeved items are a good idea to help protect your skin against the sun.
Rooming is based on a twin share basis. If 2 people book together, they will automatically be roomed together. Those travelling alone will be sharing with another single traveller of the same sex unless a single room has been booked. If you desire privacy, are a light sleeper or a loud snorer then we’d recommend you book a single room.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided on most days but you’ll need some money to cover your drinks, and also lunch and dinner on three days of the tour. As a rough guide we’d recommend that you allow around £20-£30 per day when only breakfast is included.
In some locations we have the opportunity (subject to availability) to take part in extra optional activities. The details of approximate costs are listed below:
Night time game drives in Etosha National park – £45
Morning or afternoon game drives in Etosha National park in open vehicle (instead of in our overland truck) – £40
Game drive in Waterburg National Park – £40
|*Sun 27 Oct 19||Fri 11 Nov 19||£3,399||£300||Renato Granieri||Available|
|Mon 28 Oct 19||Fri 11 Nov 19||£3,299||£300||Renato Granieri||Available|
* includes one day pre tour tuition
This photography holiday starts at 18:00 in Windhoek on day 1 of the tour, so your flight should ideally arrive before then. If you need to book a flight arriving later then please contact us and we can arrange a separate transfer for you. The tour ends after breakfast on the final day at the hotel in Windhoek so you can book your return flight for any time that day. Use the below to search for flights with Skyscanner.
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