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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This was my first photography trip to Africa after a lot of research. Although I spent over 30 days in Africa, my Botswana component was among the most productive and is my favorite country visited. I must say Stu and Justyna's planning and direction for our entire trip is unparalleled and can't thank them enough. Our guides were incredible and the crew that helped us were indispensable. The food during our photo safari was the best for all of the places visited including South Africa. I still don't know how Pula managed to make his wonderful cuisine with so little resources! Our camp crew, Philemon and Ghoms were delightful and truly made me feel cared for and welcome. I have learned much from Stu and only wish I could have had more time learning from him in the field. Stu made our photo safari fun by pairing us with Mark, a like minded gentleman who was a joy to photograph with and talented. The entire experience was amazing with many high quality photo opportunities and think I have captured some magical moments and truly feel enriched by the experience. Thank you so much Stu, Justyna and all involved and I will try to one day do another marvelous adventure with Wild4 African Photographic Safaris !.
Georges McNeil, USA
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