Wildlife & Deserts of Namibia Photo Safari - August 2022
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US$ 3,000 Deposit
PLACES VISITED: Windhoek / Quiver Tree Forest / Fish River Canyon / Luderitz (Kolmanskop Ghost Town) / Namib Rand Nature Reserve / Namib Naukluft National Park (Sossusvlei & Deadvlei) including Helicopter ride over the dunes / Walvis Bay / Dorob National Park / Swakopmund
SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced - photo tuition and guidance is offered on this safari
This will be a 14-day photo tour starting and ending in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. The main focus will be the landscapes and wildlife of the world's oldest Desert, the NAMIB.
This tour is small and exclusive, limited to only 4 participants in one airconditioned 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser safari vehicle with a local guide / driver. The photographic tour leader will be Stu Porter.
Namibia is a vast country, covering an area approximately four times the size of the United Kingdom but with a population of a mere 2 million - one of the lowest densities in the world. The overwhelming sense of space and silence contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.
The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that runs along the Atlantic coastline. We have selected the month of April for this photo adventure, as it is the end of the rainy season, which offers crisp clear skies, and pleasant temperatures. There is also a good chance of some remaining cloud activity, which can add character to the landscapes we plan to photograph.
We will be looked after by a very professional and experienced local safari guide who will enhance our enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. His local knowledge and experience will prove to be invaluable. Namibia is a big country and we will spend a number of hours driving between locations. We do not waste "photographic time" on these drives. We have planned the itinerary & logistics very carefully so that we will be able to take full advantage of the photographic opportunities on offer at each location when the light is at its best. We then use the time when the sun is high and the light is harsh to move to our next location.
The tour begins in Windhoek with an overnight stopover. The recommended connections to Windhoek are via Johannesburg in South Africa, although, Qatar and KLM now also fly direct to Windhoek.
This 14 day photo safari will take in some of the best locations in all of Namibia. You will get to photograph the unusual Quiver Trees at the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop, visit the Fish River Canyon (the second biggest in the world), photograph the unusual Kolmanskop Ghost Diamond Mining town near Luderitz, spend 3 nights in the magnificent Namib Rand Nature Reserve, visit the Apricot coloured dunes of Sossusvlei & the ancient Camel Thorn Trees of Deadvlei. There is the opportunity to enjoy a helicopter ride over the dunes and all the way to the Atlantic Coast. After seeing this part of the Namib desert, you will then head to the coastal towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund where you will stay in an unusual lodge at Pelican Point, within walking distance of a 30 000 strong Cape Fur Seal Colony, visit Sandwich Harbour on an exciting 4x4 tour to photograph where the massive sand dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean and photograph some of the smaller and very interesting creatures that live in this harsh environment on a private photo tour of the Dorob National Park.
Photo highlights include: Quiver Trees, night skies, Fish River Canyon, sand engulfed buildings at Kolmanskop at both sunrise and sunset, sweeping vistas at Namib Rand where the red dunes meet the rocky mountains. Apricot Dunes of Sossusvlei and the Camel Thorn Trees at Deadvlei, both at sunrise and sunset. Helicopter ride over the dunes, Seals and Falmingos in Walvis Bay, Sandwich Harbourn 4x4 tour, Dunes meeting the Atlantic Ocean and smaller creatures of the Namib Desert. Larger mammals could include Oryx, Springbok, Giraffe, Zebra, Klipspringer and Greater Kudu.
Our 14 days with Wild4 Safaris will always be remembered as the best learning experience we have ever embarked on. Not only for the improvement in photographic skills and knowledge, but also the animal behavioural knowledge that we gained. We were totally immersed in the world of wildlife photography in the best place in the world with one of the best pro photographers around. Stu genuinely enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for wildlife and photography. More than a holiday, it was an unbelievably rewarding learning experience and has taken our skill level up significantly. Stu and his team were able to help us learn about our equipment and coach us to apply these new skills quickly. Their sharing of knowledge, expertise in photography, and being able to read wildlife behaviour along with the excellent booklet (which became Marie's bible) are world class. This ensured we got to places that others didn't and that we were always in the best position to shoot. We also booked the extension and were most impressed with the "behind the scenes" access we gained at each Reserve. Stu didn't disappoint and was able to put together some memorable opportunities for us to get many excellent shots. The whole package was first class, from the pick up at Nelspruit, accommodation, food and day trips, to the people (now friends) who we met on the trip. This is one of those bucket list adventures that we will be doing again with WILD4.
John and Marie, AUSTRALIA
Kruger North to South 16 days of photo safari gone off like a wink of an eye especially when it was fun and memorable. Like an aciton-packed movie, the opening scene at the Skukuza Airport reception by Wild4 Team : Stefan and Sandrine was delightful and the afternoon game drive was filled with excitements with shots of wildlife encountered as we travelled to our first camp in Satara. The numerous sightings we experienced over the next two weeks were nothing less than thrilling and of course capturing the Big 5 was fulfilling. The teamwork of Stefan and Sandrine was excellent giving the traveling photographers absolutely nothing to worry except to be trigger happy. Each day I shot approximately 1,500 images as each day bought new surprises. As a photographer I used the Sony A9 with the 2x teleconverter on the 100-400mm G Master zoom for distant & fast-moving subjects like eagles' flights, lions, leopards, rhinos and the smaller birds in flights while my Leica SL on a APO Vario Elmarit 90-280mm zoom for intermediate distance subjects like elephants, hippos, zebras, Impalas, Kudus and various animals within close quarters of the vehicle, and finally my Leica Q for the panoramic shots of landscape and daily point and shoot. A memorable trip ending with almost 4 TB of mobile hard disk storage. I will re-live my memories when I sort out the images and I look forward to my next trip with Stu on the Tanzania & Elephants of Amboseli and many other trips with Wild4.
Clifford Yap, Singapore