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.
Any aspiring photographer who has not yet been on a wildlife safari should join a WILD4 with Stu and Justyna Porter. You will be guided by a graduate professional photographer who is also a highly-qualified South African field guide. Stu's knowledge of photography and his understanding of African wildlife are exceptional. He is also blessed with an amazing spotter's eyesight. I often thought to myself, how on earth did he see that! As each day begins all these talents are passed on with sincerity and quiet enthusiasm to each photographer's needs. Nothing is ever too much trouble and his positioning of the vehicle for the best light and animal profile is always his first consideration. On our tour there were times for laughter and many times when action and adrenalin ran high. Any successful safari is only as good as its backup team. This family company is most ably supported by Stu's wife Justyna who is the drive behind the scenes and efficiently arranges the accommodation and all the logistics. Stu's mother, Ann Porter provides excellent food for the day in the park and around the campfire at night. Both are qualified field guides and their spotting abilities add greatly to each day's safari. This particular trip was most rewarding in both personal and photographic terms and one of the best we have ever enjoyed. Sincere thanks to you all.
Slim & Barbara Callaghan, UK
I have just returned from a fantastic custom safari to the Kruger with Wild4. This was my second trip in the Kruger with Wild4 and everything from start to finish was absolutely perfect. I absolutely cannot imagine doing this sort of trip there with anyone else. Things were off to a positive from way before we landed. Justyna was as helpful and patient as ever from day 1 and I must say that her suggestions were all spot on. Not only did she sort everything out for us and made it look easy (although I very much doubt it was), but the information she gave us prepared us well for the trip. As soon as we met up with Stefan after we arrived, we had nothing else to "worry" about except take pictures. He was not only great as a guide with his experience, sharp eyes, and genuine interest in wildlife becoming obvious quickly, but he was also excellent as a driver who knows what works and what doesn't photographically and was thus able to position the vehicle perfectly. It was not uncommon for one of us to just say a couple of words about what we wanted to try photographically and he'd immediatelly be on it, getting us in the perfect position while adhering to the rules and keeping the wildlife's interest as a top priority - something all members of the group I was in appreciated immensly. Thank you Stefan, Justyna, and Stu for making this trip happen for us! I look forward to being back with you guys in the future!
Matthew Scerri, Malta