Highlights of Namibia
DAY 1 - Arrival in WindhoekAfter you have made your own way to Windhoek, you will be greeted at the international airport. You will be taken on a short trip around the city on the way to the hotel. The first day will be rounded off with a welcome dinner.
Day 2 - The adventure beginsYou will travel to the foothills of the Kalahari Desert. Around early evening, you will take your first game drive through the red dunes. As well as taking your first photographs of the magnificent scenery, you can also capture your first sightings of animals such as zebras, giraffes or antelopes.
DAY 3 - On the road to the Tiras MountainsAnother game drive around the edges of the Kalahari Desert is on the itinerary which will start first thing in the morning. You will have lots of opportunities to take photographs before, during and after sunrise at the most beautiful locations.
After breakfast, you will travel in the direction of the Tiras Mountains. The last stretch of the journey runs along the D707 which is known as the most beautiful road in Namibia. You will spend the next two days at the Kanaan Na'ankuse Desert Retreat which is located in 33,000 hectares of unspoiled natural surroundings. You will set off into the field for the first photo session during the late afternoon.
DAY 4 - Dream LandscapesThe contrasts that can be seen in the desert landscapes are infinite from the moment the sun rises until it sets. Relax in one of the eight new luxury tents which all afford a unique view over the Namibia landscape that is so rich in contrasts. Kanaan is the perfect location in which to disengage from the stresses and strains of daily life, relax in unspoiled natural surroundings and capture the fantastic dreamlike landscapes with your camera. You will be taken to the most beautiful spots early in the morning and in the late afternoon where you can photograph the picturesque scenery.
DAY 5 - From one dream landscape to the nextAfter breakfast, we will set off in our 4x4 truck. Today’s destination is Wolwedans in the private Namibrand Nature Reserve. This luxurious lodge is located in a uniquely beautiful landscape. Late in the afternoon, we will take a trip around the grounds to enjoy and photograph the fantastic scenery in the nature reserve.
DAY 6 - Life in a postcardYou will spend the whole day enjoying landscape photography on the Wolwedans reserve. This means you will be out and about all day in an open off-road vehicle. Wolwedans is a magical place for all lovers of nature and photography. The unspoiled, picturesque natural surroundings appear to be almost picture-postcard perfect. There is also a good chance you will encounter typical desert dwellers such as oryx antelopes, ostriches, gnus, zebras and bat-eared foxes. The impressive starry night sky is another highlight at the Namibrand Nature Reserve. It is a perfect subject for fantastic photos.
Now and again, Hannes Lochner will give tutorials on a range of selected subjects. You will, of course, also have plenty of time to enjoy the delights of the lodge.
DAY 7 - More dream landscapesAfter another excursion in the Namibrand Nature Reserve, you will journey on towards Sesriem. On arrival we will check into the only lodge to be found within the Namib Naukluft National Park. The park is renowned for its red sand dunes, the Sossusvlei salt and clay pan and the Deadvlei white clay pan. Using the lodge means we are not tied to the park’s opening hours, so we can be on location at the best times for photography.
We will set off for the first time in the late afternoon to photograph the captivating and famous landscape with its huge, red sand dunes. At up to 320 metres high, the dunes tower over the oldest desert in the world. The white clay pan creates a sharp contrast to the red sand and the endless blue sky.
DAY 8 - Deadvlei, Sossusvlei and moreWe have the whole day to explore the Namib Naukluft Park. The two highlights are Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Deadvlei will set the pulse of any photographer racing. The scenery is truly breathtaking. You will not be able to get enough of the interplay between the colours of nature with the white clay pan, the black trees, the red dunes and the blue sky. We will get you to the right place at the right time.
DAY 9 - From a sea of sand to the coast of the South Atlantic We will again spend the morning exploring the most beautiful desert landscapes in the world. Then we drive on to Swakopmund. This small town lies on the South Atlantic.
You then have the afternoon and evening free to do whatever you wish. Explore this small colonial town with its many cafés and shops or go on an optional tour over the sand dunes or to the Skeleton Coast in the afternoon or the next day. This offers a unique chance to take some fantastic photos of the desert from a bird’s eye perspective.
DAY 10 - Spitzkoppe Today the tour continues on to the Spitzkoppe granite peaks for the next scenic highlight of the trip.
The Spitzkoppe lie between Usakos and Swakopmund and are also known as Namibia’s Matterhorn. It is possible to discern the Inselberg (literally island mountain) from miles away rising majestically from the infinite desert plain. The height difference between the peak of the mountain and the surrounding land is 700 metres. A minor peak called the Little Spitzkoppe lies nearby at an elevation of 1,584 metres above sea level and there is also another range of peaks known as the Pontok Mountains.
You will spend the late afternoon and the next morning discovering and photographing the numerous scenic spots that the region has to offer.
DAY 11 - 13 - all about wildlife After a few days replete with scenic high points we will travel on today to the Erindi Game Reserve where we will have the chance to photograph much of Namibia’s fantastic wildlife.
The Old Traders Lodge will be your accommodation at the Erindi Private Game Reserve. This impressive lodge offers a restaurant, viewing deck and 35 beautifully appointed suites which afford fantastic views over the watering hole. Erindi is one of the largest farms in Namibia covering approximately 71,000 hectares. It provides the very best opportunities for observing wildlife. Even rare wild dogs can be seen here.
DAY 14 - back to Windhoek Today we travel back to Windhoek and will take you back to the airport in time to catch your flight home.