BEST of NAMIBIA Photo Safari May 2016
Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 26th May 2016
The second "Best of Namibia" photographic safari started with very different weather conditions compared to the first trip. We were greeted by the famous wind in Luderitz and the first afternoon photo shoot at Kolmanskop Ghost Town was very blustery. This has a good side to it though as the sand covers all the footprints left by visitors and creates lovely ripples. Our second shoot the following morning was great with fresh sand filling the rooms.
Next stop was the Quiver Tree Forest at Namtib Reserve and we all got some great shots of these unusual trees against a clear blue Namibian Sky.
Our two night stay at Wolwedans in the Namib Rand Reserve provided some excellent landscape shots, we even had clouds on one afternoon which made the skies a little more interesting. A special treat was to see the very shy and elusive Peringuey's Adder, this time a much deeper red colour to match the red dunes.
Oryx were abundant and this must surely be one of the best places to photograph this majestic antelope amongst some of the most stunning landscapes in Namibia. Our finger supper on the deck provided some night landscape and star photo opportunities.
Next it was the big dunes of Sossusvlei and that magical place, Deadvlei with its ancient Camel Thorn Trees. Our first afternoon was spent shooting the big dunes from the main road. Sunrise the following morning was spent at Deadvlei. The afternoon and early evening session was spent back at Deadvlei and our final morning we once again photographed the big dunes as the soft warm morning light lit them up in a deep orange colour.
The living desert Tour in Swakopmund was cooler than on the last trip and the reptiles took some time to show themselves. However we got to photograph a great Namaqua Chameleon feeding, Peringuey's Adder, Shovel snouted Lizard and the best looking Gecko in Namibia, the Namib Web-footed Gecko.
Next stop was Twyfelfontein to look for the Desert Adapted Elephants which we found not too far from Camp Kipwe.
Our final three nights were spent in Etosha National park where we saw a pride of Lions near Okaukuejo, plenty of Oryx, Black faced Impala, Springbok, Kudu and Zebra. Of course we had a number of excellent sightings of Elephant, 2 Black Rhino, lots of Giraffe and a numer of good bird photo opportuntiies.
On our final morning we listened to a Male Lion roaring close to our camp and this was a perfect ending to a great safari.
Many thanks to all the staff at the lodges we stayed at, we were well looked after by all.
Special thanks to our head guide, Nestor, it was a great pleasure working with you and thank you for looking after us all so well. Thanks also to Hans, our second guide who joined us in Etosha, and to all the staff at Ultimate Safaris for making our trip such a great success.
Finally thank you to all the participants who joined us on this photo tour, Larry, Debbie, Ralph, Winnie, Warwick and Vickie.. it was a pleasure travelling with you all.
Here are a few photos from the trip... enjoy
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Andrew Oliver, CANADA
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Michael & Toni Anderson, USA