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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

Best wishes

Stu

Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Luderitz
Quiver Trees, Namtib Reserve
Quiver Trees, Namtib Reserve
Quiver Trees, Namtib Reserve
Quiver Trees, Namtib Reserve
Quiver Trees, Namtib Reserve
Quiver Trees, Namtib Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Oryx, Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Oryx, Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Peringuey's Adder, Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Peringuey's Adder, Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Oryx, Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Oryx, Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Starry night, Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Starry night, Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Wolwedans, Namib Rand Nature Reserve
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Deadvlei
Big Dunes at Deadvlei
Big Dunes at Deadvlei
Big Dunes at Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Deadvlei
Night time at Deadvlei
Night time at Deadvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Big Dunes at Sossusvlei
Namaqua Chameleon, Swakopmund
Namaqua Chameleon, Swakopmund
Peringuey's Adder, Swakopmund
Peringuey's Adder, Swakopmund
Trac Trac Chat, Swakopmund
Trac Trac Chat, Swakopmund
Namib Web-footed Gecko
Namib Web-footed Gecko
Namib Web-footed Gecko
Namib Web-footed Gecko
Shovel Snouted Lizard
Shovel Snouted Lizard
Desert Adapted Elephant near Twyfelfontein
Desert Adapted Elephant near Twyfelfontein
Baby Desert Adapted Elephant near Twyfelfontein
Baby Desert Adapted Elephant near Twyfelfontein
Hartman's Mountain Zebra, Damaraland
Hartman's Mountain Zebra, Damaraland
Two young Lions in Etosha National Park
Two young Lions in Etosha National Park
Oryx, Etosha National Park
Oryx, Etosha National Park
Blue Wildebeest, Etosha National Park
Blue Wildebeest, Etosha National Park
Plains Zebra, Etosha National Park
Plains Zebra, Etosha National Park
Bull Elephant, Etosha National Park
Bull Elephant, Etosha National Park
Namaqua Sandgrouse, Etosha National Park
Namaqua Sandgrouse, Etosha National Park
Black Faced Impala, Etosha National Park
Black Faced Impala, Etosha National Park
Male Greater Kudu, Etosha National Park
Male Greater Kudu, Etosha National Park
Spotted, Hyaena, Etosha National Park
Spotted, Hyaena, Etosha National Park
Black Faced Impala, Etosha National Park
Black Faced Impala, Etosha National Park
Oryx in waterhole, Etosha National Park
Oryx in waterhole, Etosha National Park
Kori Bustard drinking, Etosha National Park
Kori Bustard drinking, Etosha National Park
Greater Flamingo, Etosha National Park
Greater Flamingo, Etosha National Park
Damara Dik Dik, Etosha National Park
Damara Dik Dik, Etosha National Park
Swallow Tailed Bee eater, Etosha National Park
Swallow Tailed Bee eater, Etosha National Park
Black Rhino and Giraffe, Etosha National Park
Black Rhino and Giraffe, Etosha National Park
Elephants drinking, Etosha National Park
Elephants drinking, Etosha National Park
Zebra drinking at Okaukuejo Waterhole, Etosha National Park
Zebra drinking at Okaukuejo Waterhole, Etosha National Park

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1 Comment

  • GREAT photos!!!  Wish I could make this trip!!!

    Aggie - June 12th, 2016 at 10:47pm

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