Sossusvlei, Quiver Tree Forest, Kolmanskop, and More
Namibia has everything a nature photographer could ask for: classic African megafauna in Etosha National Park, enormous flocks of wading flamingos at Walvis Bay, one of the largest seal colonies in the world at Cape Cross, the Quiver Tree Forest, the tallest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei, and of course the iconic desert ghost town at Kolmanskop.
On this photo adventure to wild Namibia in southwestern Africa, you will learn about landscape composition and wildlife photography techniques, create incredible images, and have loads of fun too! Expect to fine-tune your “art of seeing,” and photograph the Milky Way in some of the darkest skies. Andy and Richard will share their post-processing techniques, so be sure to bring your laptops. You will have plenty of one-on-one image reviews and critiques as well. This workshop is all-inclusive, so you never have to worry about paying for anything, you can focus on your photography and experience the magic of wild Namibia.
June 6–18, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
About the Wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.
June 6, 2021: Everyone arrives in Windhoek, Namibia, via the Hosea Kutako Airport, where one of our representatives will greet you and transfer you to our hotel in Windhoek. We will have a short introductory meeting in the evening, a question and answer session, and group dinner.
June 7, 2021: In the morning, we travel from Windhoek to Keetmanshoop and the Quivertree Forest for sunset and night photography. The Quiver Tree is one of the most fascinating and characteristic plants of Namibia. The name Quiver Tree refers to the traditional use of the branches by Bushmen and Hottentots tribes to make quivers for their arrows. Today is our longest drive of the safari (about five hours), but we have some photo stops and lunch along the way.
June 8, 2021: We make the short ride to the lovely coastal village of Lüderitz and spend the afternoon and evening photographing the famous Kolmanskop Ghost Town. Our drive today is approximately three hours, with plenty of photo stops along the way. The houses of Kolmanskop have been slowly overtaken by the desert, but are in good shape otherwise.
June 9–11, 2021: After a morning photographing Kolmanskop, we will drive into the Namib Desert, through the spectacular scenery of the Tiras Mountain Conservancy and the NamibRand Nature Reserve, before reaching our camp in Namib Naukluft National Park. Our drive is approximately three hours with photo stops along the way. For the next three days, we will explore and photograph the remarkable Namib Desert. Our lodge affords a prime location within the boundaries of the Namib Naukluft National Park and the largest sand dunes in the world. Namib Naukluft National Park is also the home of Deadvlei and the dancing dead camel thorn trees.
** Here at Sossuvlei, there will be an opportunity to do aerial photography from a helicopter (optional, and at extra cost). We’ll discuss it with you well before the safari, and you can decide if you are interested. **
June 12, 2021: After a sunrise shoot and breakfast, we drive further north to Walvis Bay. It's a short drive, just over two hours. Walvis Bay is the main harbor town in Namibia and is visited by many fishing boats, cargo vessels, and an increasing number of passenger cruise liners. The main attraction here is photographing the many thousands of flamingos that call the area home. Overnight at hotel in Walvis Bay.
June 13, 2021: In the morning, we will drive the coastal road to our lodge in the Skeleton Coast National Park, passing through Swakopmund and Henties Bay, and photographing shipwreck remnants. Cape Cross is the location of a giant colony of Cape fur seals, and we will spend the afternoon photographing these fascinating creatures.
June 14–16, 2021: The morning journey takes us northeast into the scenic countryside of Etosha National Park, passing small towns and communities along the way. Our luxury camp is our base for the three days, and we will embark on photo safaris each morning and evening with guided game drives through Etosha. The camp has an active floodlit waterhole for photography and wildlife viewing through the night. We can expect to see lions, zebras, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs, and much more wildlife. Etosha is a world-class African wildlife destination.
June 17, 2021: *** For those going on the Namibia Extension, today, we will fly from Etosha to our next camp. ***
June 17, 2021: For those heading home, after a morning shoot in Etosha, we will make our way back to Windhoek by driving most of the day, with photo stops and a lunch stop along the way. We should arrive in Windhoek sometime between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Group dinner in the evening at a favorite local restaurant where we’ll celebrate an amazing safari.
June 18, 2021: Breakfast, airport transfers, and departures.
What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
All meals and lodging during the workshop
All transportation throughout the workshop
Tips for camp staff and guides
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews and post-processing instruction
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Travel from your home to Windhoek Namibia, and back. Passport and visa fees, if any. Any meals and accommodations before or after the workshop dates. Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Items of a personal nature. Helicopter rides. Alcoholic beverages. Anything not specifically listed as included.
Your non-refundable deposit of $3,995 will hold your place on this workshop. Further non-refundable payment of $5,000 is due on November 1, 2020. Final non-refundable balance payment is due by March 1, 2021. All payments are non-refundable and this is why we recommend comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancelation. All of our other standard terms and conditions apply.
Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.
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