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.
We were very lucky to have found the Wild 4 Team when we were able to take a short photographic safari as part of a business trip to Cape Town. So when we could plan a photography trip overseas, naturally we contacted Stu and Justyna. We brought along a good friend who wanted to do her first photo safari. To say the three of us had a blast would be to underestimate the experience. I wonder how many other photographers have been a few feet from a cheetah taking down an impala only to share the kill with a caracal. Other highlights included a rare king cheetah, mating leopards, a den of wild dogs with their pups, photographing and touching a boomslang, green mamba and black mamba, and being surrounded by a herd of elephants. But perhaps the best part of all was being back with friends whom we know and trust. We know a good thing when we experience it. When we are ready for our next African adventure, you can bet we will contact the Wild 4 Team.
Michael & Toni Anderson, USA
Stu - just wanted to say a huge thank you to both you and Justyna for putting on such a fantastic safari tour for us. It was truly amazing! Your endless patience with me and your generosity of knowledge was very much appreciated. Thanks to your help and guidance I am now much more competent with my camera and may even have a few photos to show you, at a later date, to prove that I did listen to everything you told me! Justyna - the travel arrangements were impeccable. All flights and transfers went smoothly and without a hitch, and the accommodation was amazing - both in the camps and at the lodges. I even managed to squeeze in a swim and a massage (which I highly recommend) at the lodge in Chobe. It was a real treat! Thank you both once again for a fantastic trip and I am sure that we will meet again in the future!
Kim Tattersall, UK