Namibia wildlife and landscapes
I’m delighted to confirm our next Namibia photography holiday for July 2020. Nowhere else on our lovely planet quite compares to Namibia. With a population of only two million people living in a country the size of the UK and France combined, Namibia offers pure wilderness with a unique combination of incredible wildlife and landscapes. We stay at a selection of beautiful lodges designed to put us right where we need to be at the optimum times.
Some of the distances are large in Namibia so we use a specially adapted safari vechicle for this trip designed to ensure both comfort and the opportunity for taking the best possible photos. It also has a fridge on board to keep our sundowners chilled along with an inverter and power sockets to re-charge camera batteries etc on route.
The lack of light pollution in Namibia will offer us lots of chances for night photography starting in our first port of call which is the Quiver tree forest. We’ll do afternoon shoots here along with sunset, star photography and sunrise. A few more photos from this region are here.
We’ll then head to the coast at Lüderitz with a whole afternoon to explore Kolmanskop which was a thriving diamond mining town until 1954. Now partially reclaimed by the Namib desert it’s heaven for photographers.
One of Namibia’s most spectacular landmarks is Sossusvlei which has some of the largest sand dunes on earth and is also home to the famous white salt pan and Deadvlei. Staying at the only lodge inside this national park gives us unique access meaning we can we be in place when the first rays of light illuminate the dunes.
Our drive up the skeleton coast passes through beautuful scenery and will yield wildlife photography opportunities.
And then it’s onto Damaraland where both the landscapes and wildlife are exceptional.
From our base here at a lovely safari lodge we’ll go in search of the desert elephants which live in this region.
A few more photos of Damaraland and our last encounter with desert elephants are here.
And then it’s up to Etosha at the optimun time of year for savannah wildlife. Staying in an exceptional lodge that even has it’s own flood lit (at night) watering hole attracts an immense amount of wildlife and our game drives should give us lots of intimate encounters with several species including cheetah, lion and leopard.
Dates and costs Namibia photography holiday
Our next Namibia trip is now confirmed with the following dates:
July 2nd to 14th 2020
Cost: £4450 per person based on sharing twin/double room.
Whats included; all accommodation in a selection of beautiful safari lodges; all meals; all national park entrance fees and wildlife permits; transport in our specially fitted safari vehicle complete with fridge and power sockets to re-charge camera batteries etc; the best wildlife guide in Namibia (only my opinion of course but I swear my friend Alpha has a 6th sense !); all game drives; drinking water.
Whats not included; your international flights to Namibia and back; alcohol and soft drinks at lodges; any tips for guide/driver.
Itinerary Namibia photography holiday
Day 1: Arrive Windhoek; airport pick up and transfer to our hotel. Evening meal and welcome drinks and briefing about what lies ahead. Stay Galton House, Windhoek.
Day 2: Early morning departure for our drive south to the Quiver Tree forest. Afternoon photo shoot amongst the quiver trees until sunset. Dinner and then long exposure night time photography with Quiver trees and stars. Namibia has almost no light pollution so the night photography here is mind blowing. Stay Quiver tree forest rest camp.
Day 3: Sunrise shoot with Quiver trees followed by breakfast and drive to Lüderitz on the coast. Lunch by the sea in Lüderitz. Afternoon photo shoot in Kolmanskop ghost town. Kolmanskop was a thriving diamond mining town until 1954 when it was abandoned and slowly engulfed by the Namib desert. Stay Nest Hotel Lüderitz
Day 4: Early morning breakfast in Lüderitz followed by our drive north through beautiful scenery to Sossusvlei. Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park this area has some of the largest sand dunes on earth. Afternoon photoshoot around some of the sand dunes and the Sesriem Canyon. Stay Sossus Dune Lodge.
Day 5: Sossus Dune Lodge is the only accommodation inside the national park and we have permission to set off nice and early, way before the national park gate opens. This means that we can be in place at Deadvlei before sunrise. Deadvlei is a clay pan with dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. Surrounded on all sides by towering sand dunes it has to one of the most amazing places on earth for sunrise. Afternoon landscape photography shoot around the desert and sand dunes of this region. Stay Sossus Dune Lodge.
Day 6: More landscape photography in the morming followed by drive north to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Stay The Delight Swakopmund.
Day 7: Early morning departure north along the skeleton coast before heading into Damaraland where we’ll head out on an afternoon game drive. Stay Camp Kipwe.
Day 8: Full day of game drives in search of the famous desert elephants which live in this region. Stay Camp Kipwe.
Day 9: Morning game drive followed by journey to Etosha national park. Stay Etosha Mountain Lodge.
Day 10: Full day of game drives through Etosha heading to the east side of the national park. Stay Onguma Bush Camp.
Day 11: Full day of game drives in Eastern Etosha. Stay Onguma Bush Camp.
Day 12: Early morning game drive followed by journey back south to Windhoek. Stay Galton house.
Day 13: Transfer to airport for international flights.