Perhaps it’s the arid nothingness of the Namib Desert; or the stark beauty of the Skeleton Coast; or the endless salt pans; or the creeping dunes of Sossusvlei pan. Whatever the potion is, those who travel to Namibia are changed forever, and they always want to go back to get another fix. The Namib Desert, with its giant roaring dunes, spreads along the south east of the country, while the popular Etosha National Park is the star attraction in the north.
This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. My aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.
In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our 10 days together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. What better location to express your creativity than the magic of Namibia. During the tour you will learn how incorporate lighting conditions to create dramatic photos. How to capture the atmosphere of a particular scene and how to compose a photograph to get the maximum effect. We will learn some basic principles in Lightroom for post processing and general discussions about our day to day photography.
All Photographers are welcome: Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone camera users.
Please note – we urge you to follow the rules of cultural engagement as explained by the local guide, to ensure respectful and safe interaction with the community at all times.
Solly Levi: “I hope to have raised your awareness & sparked your creativity so that you go home with images you can be proud of”
Guests start their Photographic Safari with a warm welcome at Pick up at airport and head on our 3-hour (260km) journey past Rehoboth to the Kalahari through a vast semi desert on dirt roads. The Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert.
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*Rate based on group size of 6
- Exclusive Tour of Namibia
- 6 guests only
- Kalahari & the San Bushman
- One-on-one with award winning guide
- The highest dunes in the world
- The pink salt flats of Walvis Bay
- Etosha National Park
- Dedicated Vehicle
Day One: Windhoek to Kalahari (3 hours – 260km)
Pick up at airport and head to the Kalahari. The Kalahari is in the Mariental region and we will be driving towards Rehoboth, through a vast semi desert on the long dirt roads. The Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert and has a small amount of rain during the year, the summers tend to be very hot. This is also the home of the San Bushman that have lived in the area for centuries. We end the evening on the edge of the southern Kalahari in the mixed tree and shrub savannah.
Day Two: Mareintal
After breakfast we spend a full day photographing the heart of this ancient desert. Our photographic tour today will include cheetah feeding and stop in the magical desert for sunset drinks. This is a vast area with wildlife everywhere.
Day Three: Kalahari (196km)
An early morning start, we will enjoy a walking tour with the San people (bushmen) and learn about their hunting techniques in the desert and how they have survived in this arid landscape for thousands of years. After breakfast we head towards the Namibian Desert with a stopover in Maltahöhe a village in southern central Namibia close to the Swartrand escarpment.
The name “Namib” is of Nama origin and means “vast place”. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years, it is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. A number of unusual species of plants and animals are found in this desert, many of which are endemic and highly adapted to the specific climate of the area. The Namib fauna mostly comprises arthropods and other small animals that can live on little water, but a few species of bigger animals are also found, including antelopes and gazelles (such as oryx and springboks), ostriches, black-backed jackals, bat-eared fox and in some areas even desert elephants. All these species have developed techniques to survive in the Namib environment.
Day Four: 525 km round tour to Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
We leave at 7 am and head towards Sossusvlei National Park to avoid the midday sun.
This area is characterized by high sand dunes of vivid pink-to-orange color, an indication of a high concentration of iron in the sand and consequent oxidation processes. The oldest dunes are those of a more intense reddish color. These dunes are among the highest in the world; many of them are above 200 meters, the highest being the one nicknamed Big Daddy, about 325 meters high, however the highest dune in the Namib Desert, Dune 7, is about 388 meters high.
From here we will drive all the way to Deadvlei, then head toward Sesriem Canyon. It is a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab river in the local sedimentary rock, about a kilometer (0.6 mile) long and up to 30 meters (100 feet) deep. A short stop in Solitaire before moving north from Sossusvlei, the sand gradually gives way to a rocky desert that extends all the way from Sossusvlei to the Swakop River. This area is traversed by the Tropic of Capricorn and it is mostly flat, although some scenic canyons and elevations are found in some areas, for example in the Moon Valley system. While most of the soil is rocky, sand dunes are still occasionally found in this region; for example, sand dunes occupy much of the coastline between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides and the cold Atlantic waters to the west, both towns enjoy a mild desert climate. The average temperature ranges between 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). Rainfall is less than 20 mm per year, making gutters and drainpipes on buildings a rarity. The cold Benguela current supplies moisture for the area in the form of fog that can reach as deep as 140 km (87 mi) inland. The fauna and flora of the area have adapted to this phenomenon and now rely upon the fog as a source of moisture. Namibia has rich coastal and marine resources that remain largely unexplored.
Free Evening. Dinner is not included
Day 5: Swakopmund – Walvis Bay – Swakopmund
We head to Walvis Bay and Sandwich harbour for 4×4 tour on the sand dunes along the coast where the sea meets the desert, there we will see pink salt flats where flamingos come to feed. We will also see springboks, seals and jackals. We will have lunch on the sand dunes before heading back to Swakopmund
Free Evening. Dinner is not included.
Day 6: Swakopmund to Khorixas (320km)
We head towards Khorixas in Damaraland. We will do multiple stops on the way to photograph the spectacular scenery. We will also encounter the Himba people on the way. We will then stop at Vingerklip, a canyon with amazing views. Where we will climb to the top of the canyon for sunset and dinner.
Day 7: Khorixas to Okaukuejo (246km)
Today we head towards Etosha National Park at Okaukuejo. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The salt pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos in particular. The surrounding savannah is home to a number of mammals that will visit the pan and surrounding waterholes when there is water, these include quite large numbers of zebra, Blue Wildebeest, giraffe and springbok as well as white rhinoceros, elephants, cheetahs, lions, leopards, and other antelopes. We drive to the water holes of the park at the west end and stay the night in Okaukuejo.
Day 8: Etosha National Park
After breakfast we hit the road back to Etosha and spend the rest of the day exploring this vast park.
Day 9: We head back to Windhoek. Our tour ends here.
Professional photographer | guide
Safari, wildlife, nature, travel, landscape, seascape, and people photography
Photo walks & discussions
Post processing editing lessons in Lightroom.
Hotel Accommodation, 4- or 5-star hotels and lodges.
All breakfasts and dinners except dinners in Swakopmund.
Private driver & guide
International flight and departure taxes.
Camera equipment, hard drives, laptops, USB
All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
Tips and gratuities
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Meals not mentioned
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