Sossusvlei, Quiver Tree Forest, Kolmanskop, and More
July 22 – August 3, 2023
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. We’ll be sharing our 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.
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.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
July 22, 2023: Arrive at any time today in Windhoek (airport code WDH), where one of our representatives will greet you and transfer you to our hotel in Windhoek. Tonight we will have a short introductory meeting, a question and answer session, and a group dinner.
July 23–25, 2023: The morning journey takes us 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 Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers on the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (Oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.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.
July 26, 2023: In the morning, we will drive to our lodge in the Skeleton Coast National Park, passing through Swakopmund and Henties Bayto photograph 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. Our Lodge sits right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, and is a serene haven for visitors to this vast untamed, seldom explored wilderness at the Skeleton Coast.
July 27, 2023: After a sunrise shoot and breakfast, we drive further to Walvis Bay. 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.
July 28–30, 2023: 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 5–6 hours with photo stops along the way. For the next three days, we will explore and photograph the remarkable Namib Desert. This most frequently visited section of the massive 50,000km² Namib Naukluft National Park has become known as Sossusvlei, and is famous for its towering apricot coloured sand dunes which can be penetrated by following the Tsauchab River valley. Sossusvlei itself is actually a clay pan set amidst these star shaped dunes which stand up to 300 meters above the surrounding plains, ranking them among the tallest dunes on earth. 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. **
July 31, 2023: We’ll travel further south in the Namib Desert to the coastal town of Lüderitz, passing through the spectacular scenery of the Tiras Mountain Conservancy and a section of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. We’ll 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.
August 1, 2023: It’s up early this morning for another visit to the historic ghost town of the Kolmanskop. The aim is to reach Kolmanskop early enough to set up your equipment in time to see the sun rise and to capture the dunes and remnants whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their eerie shapes and curves. We’ll then travel to 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.
August 2, 2023: For those heading home, we will have a morning shoot before making our way back to Windhoek 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.
*** For those going on the Hoanib Valley Extension, we will fly from Windhoek to our next camp. ***
August 3, 2023: Breakfast, airport transfers, and departures. Or, continue on our Namibia Hoanib Valley Safari extension!
Moderate: You must be able to handle drives in Land Cruisers, and get in/out of Land Cruisers. Hikes of up to 2 miles in sand, optional
Arrive Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), Windhoek, Namibia anytime on July 22, 2023. Flights out can be made anytime on August 3, 2023.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,500 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- Internal flights during the workshop
- All transportation during the workshop
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
- Multiple image reviews and post-processing sessions
- English speaking local guide throughout the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Beer, wine, and cocktails
- Travel to and from Windhoek, Namibia.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,500 supplement.
- Your non-refundable deposit of $5,500 will hold your space in this workshop.
- Further non-refundable payment of $5,000 is due by December 1, 2022.
- The non-refundable balance is due not later than April 1, 2023.
- In addition to our standard Terms and Conditions, for this workshop all payments are non-refundable, and this is why we recommend comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancelation.
- Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.
“It exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed the workshop. Richard has an enormous amount of knowledge and he explains things clearly. He is very good at giving critique and I would love to learn more from him. ”
“The photo opportunities were fantastic. Especially the eagle hunters. Kevin was great. Helpful and fun, but not intrusive. He put our shooting ahead of his, which is something that some leaders sadly do not do. I would definitely like to go on another one of his trips.trrKevin was great at the short recommendation for settings right before a shoot and he always seemed to be correct. ”