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Secrets of the desert

Photo Tour Namibia

Secrets of the desert

CHF 9'100 per person
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Photo tour Namibia

The landscapes of southern Namibia are a paradise for all nature and photography lovers. During this two-week photo tour, you will spend over a week in the south of Namibia. The journey takes place at the end of the rainy season. The air will be clear and there are likely to be many opportunities to photograph exceptionally beautiful light conditions and cloud formations.

This tour is rounded off by a stay at the Atlantic Ocean in Swakopmund and at the magical rock formations of Spitzkoppe. Naturally, wildlife photography is also part of a Namibia trip. You will visit Etosha National Park and a private game reserve.

13 - 30 November 2021 (fully booked)

26 March - 09 April 2022 (available)

Windhoek – Keetmanshoop - Namib Rand Nature Reserve – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Spitzkoppe – Etosha - Okonjima- Windhoek

15 days / 14 nights from / to Windhoek

6 - 8 guests

English speaking photo guide

This Photo Tour Namibia offers extraordinary highlights!

  • The landscapes in southern Namibia are incomparably beautiful. The fantastic light conditions that are unique to the African continent make the desert landscapes appear in the most glorious range of colours.
  • You travel right before or at the end of the rainy season. Experience and photograph magnificent dreamlike landscapes with the most beautiful light conditions and fabulous cloud formations.
  • You will photograph the striking quiver trees, also at night to capture the imposing starry sky.
  • Comfortable accommodations located in the middle of beautiful landscapes.
  • You will photograph the world-famous red dunes around Sossusvlei and stay overnight in the only lodge in the park. You will be in the right place at the right time.
  • You will spend time in the animal kingdom, the Etosha National Park and a private Game Reserve south of Etosha. With a bit of luck, you will be able to take pictures of leopards and cheetahs.
  • You will be guided by Hannes Lochner, one of the most renowned nature photographers in southern Africa. Let yourself be inspired by his creativity.
  • The group is limited to a maximum of six participants. We will use a comfortable truck with 14 seats, which is exclusively for our small group. Meaning you have more than enough space and of course a guaranteed window seat.

Photo Guides

Hannes Lochner

Hannes Lochner

Local Photo Guide

(March/April 2022)

Unsere-Fotografen-Thomas-Bruehlmann-square

Thomas Brühlmann

Amazing Views Photo Guide

(November 2021)

Price

26 March – 09 Arpil 2022

CHF 9’100.- | Price per person sharing*

CHF 9’690.- | Price per person in a single room

*(double occupancy)

Included in the Price

Professional photographic assistance

English speaking photo guide

Overnight stays according to the travel description

Breakfast

Dinner (exception: day 7 and 8 in Swakopmund not included)

Activities as per tour description

Still water during transfers and activities in our vehicle

Guaranteed window seat in the vehicle used exclusively by the group

All entrance and camp fees within the parks and reserves

All transfers from / to Windhoek

Not included in the Price

Travel to and from (Windhoek)

Personal expenses

Dinner on day 7 and 8 in Swakopmund

Additional meals

Drinks

Optional transfers and excursions

Tips

Any visa fees and airport taxes

Cancellation insurance, travel insurance

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What our clients say

Mathias

As always, excellently organized trip to the Kalahari with the guidance of Hannes Lochner. His knowledge of the Kalahari and photography gives even experienced wildlife photographers a final tip for a very special photo. Glad to travel at any time again with Hannes and Amazing Views.

Cats of the Kalahari, February 2020

Mathias

I joined for this trip directly after the cats of the Kalahari: the contrasts of both trips (Kalahari: desert steppes in beige versus Mashatu: rich green partly with yellow flower carpet) are fantastic! Very good mentoring by Hannes and Thomas, who can give even experienced photographers a tip or two. Very comfortable lodge with excellent staff, especially the local guides are to be emphasized.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Urs

This was my seventh photo safari, but the first time during the rainy season. Seeing the different animals and birds in a green landscape is a unique experience. Thanks to the excellent guides from the lodge, who made sure that the rainy season had no negative impact on the number and quality of sightings of cats of prey, birds and other animals. The photo tour guidance by Hannes Lochner and Thomas was excellent, as usual for Amazing Views. Many thanks!

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Monika

excellent organization everything worked smoothly- breath-taking camp with best food and loving hospitality - perfect driver chosen who took us through thick and thin and to the most beautiful places - an unforgettable journey

Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Yvonne

Since it was my first time on a photo safari, I was overwhelmed by the many impressions of the animals. The rainy season in Botswana was a pleasant travel time and the sight of the flower carpet was unique. The local driver and the guide were very keen to show us as many animals as possible. Thomas and Hannes Lochner always had good advice for taking pictures, thank you very much for the beautiful trip.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, Februar 2020

Jutta

After Namibia, Botswana, India and Spitsbergen, "Untouched Africa" was my 5th trip with Amazing Views. I was totally thrilled again, the organization as well as the photographer James Gifford were extremely good. We were able to observe and photograph the animals - especially elephants - respectfully and yet from close up. Many thanks for unforgettable days.

Untouched Africa Zimbabwe, October 2019

Kerstin & Kristina

So far it was the most beautiful Africa trip with Amazing Views. So close to the animals, countless elephants, on a safari from early in the morning until late in the evening - it was simply a dream. Animals so close - you never forget that. And then in addition the best guide James at your side - and the adventure is perfect. Top organization from A (Amazing) - Z (Zimbabwe)!

Untouched Africa Zimbabwe, September 2019

Ruth

Zimbabwe is an unforgettable experience, far away from mass tourism, with intense closeness to wild nature combined with exceptional hospitality in the lodges. James Gifford supported and inspired us all tirelessly with his vast experience of wildlife as well as his photographic skills. Now all our cameras are professionally set up, thank you James!

Untouched Africa Zimbabwe, September 2019

Ute

This was our first trip with Amazing Views and I can only say that it was very well organized. Hannes Lochner is a great photographer and an extremely likeable person. He showed us "his Kalahari", which is so different from the usual safari destinations. Many thanks to Hannes and the Amazing Views team.

Photo tour Cats of the Kalahari, August 2019

Kristina & Kerstin

For the second time after 2019, we were able to travel to Namibia along with Amazing Views. Although Covid-19 made a lot of things more complicated, the organisation was smooth from A-Z. The Namib, the Dead Vlei, all the Oryx antelopes, helicopter flights, the countless evening moods were just fabulously great - and as a bonus we were virtually alone in many places. It couldn't have been better. And the Okonjima Game Reserve at the end was the absolute icing on the cake for us.

Secrets of the desert, March 2021

Rena

An excellently organised trip to the Kalahari with on-site support by the nature and wildlife photographer Hannes Lochner, who left no question unanswered and gave valuable tips on the respective camera model, the settings and the composition of the pictures. Pleasant accommodation, delicious food and time spent together rounded off the whole photo safari positively. Recommended for beginners as well as advanced photographers. Anytime again with Hannes Lochner and Amazing Views.

Cats of the Kalahari, August 2019

Liliane

I have been to Botswana with Amazing Views before, I was also lucky enough to go on the first trip to Churchill to see the Polar Bear babies. All trips were unforgettable. Now again, to travel to Botswana during the rainy season was awesome for me. To photograph the animals between the lush green and yellow flowers, and to see them rolling around in it was fantastic. Plants, which I had thought to be dead in October, came back to life. Unique and an unforgettable experience. The trip was as usual, very well organized and everything went like clockwork. The lodge was super. Excellent support by Thomas and Hannes Lochner, who explained or showed with a lot of patience again and again the right adjustments and the right perspective. Not to forget the drivers and trackers who tried tirelessly to fulfil our wishes. I am thrilled. Many thanks to all.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2019

Speedy

As a repeat offender, I have already been on the road with Amazing Views several times! As always, the tour was very well organized. Expectations are exceeded again and again. Best guides guarantee for an unforgettable experience! Absolutely recommendable! - A big praise to Thomas and Jennifer! - Keep going!

Namibia, November 2018

Mathias

A great trip over four outstanding, but also very different stations within the Okavango Delta. Both the driving and the photo guides provided unforgettable moments and helped with words and deeds to "shoot" fantastic photos. My rather high expectations were even exceeded. For a wonderful trip, many thanks to Amazing Views!

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Reto & Marlene

"Amazing Views" lives up to its name. We took home unforgettable impressions from a varied, very well organized and exclusive tour to a fantastic wildlife area. Thomas and James led the group in a friendly and professional manner and knew how to respond to each participant individually. We felt very comfortable, even though the hyenas, hippos and elephants regularly visited our camp at night. Predicated as very recommendable ... actually a must

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Sonja & Jürgen

We were back in Botswana after 30 years and felt wonderfully looked after by Thomas and James, and the whole team of Letaka Safaris. We would never have imagined such a great trip. From the competent photo and tour guide of James to the extraordinary beautiful campsites and the interaction with the nice fellow travellers, there was nothing to complain about. We can only recommend everyone to join this trip. To Amazing Views, you are top!

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Corinne

The Amazing Views have organized an absolutely great trip. Letaka Safaris offered a great organization. The rangers are very good drivers and very successful with their game drives. Their great knowledge in interpreting footprints and the perception and interpretation of animal sounds was terrific, so that we had many impressive moments while discovering this animal world in such a great landscape. With James, the whole thing was topped: an extremely good photographer, with a knowledge he was able to convey very well. I have profited enormously from him. His warm way of leading the group was absolutely terrific. A great trip with unique impressions and pure emotions. Thank you all for this experience, it is unforgettable.

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Manfred

A very well organized, "little" adventure which - fortunately away from the mass tourism streams - gave me many impressive, some touching and moving, several unique moments in the African wilderness. The photographer, James, not only has an excellent feeling for the motif and the right moment, but also for the different needs and requirements of the individual participants. All in all a successful trip, which not only fully met my expectations but in some aspects even exceeded them.

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2019

Sue

The trip was very well organized, and the accommodations were great. The guidance of James Gifford was again very good. He knows how to give you good tips in a pleasant way and makes every effort to ensure that everyone in the group gets their money's worth. The Bushwalks were a new but sensational experience for me. Getting close to a bull elephant at about 2 m and being able to take pictures will probably leave a lifelong impression on me. Many thanks to James and Amazing Views for this exciting trip!

Untouched Africa, September 2018

Urs

I liked the photo tourUntouched Africa very much. It was top organized and excellently guided by James Gifford. The Victoria Falls are impressive and the richness of species in Hwange and Mana Pools is great. A highlight was a short bushwalk in Mana Pools, which made it possible to photograph a passing bull elephant from a distance of two meters! Many thanks to James and Amazing Views for this great trip!

Untouched Africa, September 2019

Isabelle

Traveling with Amazing Views is the best. The most beautiful spots are discovered and photographed, and the coaching is unique. Each participant is picked up and promoted at his or her level. It was and is amazing with amazing views! Travelling with you has a huge potential for addiction. Hardly at home you want to book a new trip right away. You will not get rid of me so quickly. Sorry! 😉

Namibia dream landscapes, April 2018
  • Destination
  • Departure
    26.03.2022
  • Return Time
    09.04.2022
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Day 1 – Arrival in Windhoek

After you have made your own way to Windhoek, you will be greeted at the international airport. You will be taken to the Guest House. The first day will be rounded off with a welcome dinner in a nice restaurant in Windhoek.
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Day 2 – Quivertree Forest

Today's destination is a simple camp near Keetmanshoop. From there you have the best opportunity to photograph the prominent quiver trees in the best light and especially at night. During our travel time the conditions for the milky way photography are ideal (weather permitting). There are over 300 specimens on the farm. Look forward to impressive pictures.
Fotoreise Namibia
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Day 3 – Wolwedans

Today's destination is Wolwedans in the Namibrand Nature Reserve. The lodge is situated in a uniquely beautiful landscape. In the late afternoon we go on an excursion and enjoy and photograph the fantastic landscape of the nature reserve.
Fotoreise Namibia
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Day 4 – Dream Landscapes

You spend the whole day photographing the landscapes of the Namibrand Nature Reserve. You will be travelling in the lodge's open off-road vehicle. Wolwedans is a magical place for all nature and photography lovers. The untouched, picturesque nature appears almost perfect, like in a postcard. You also have a good chance of seeing the typical desert inhabitants such as oryx antelopes, ostriches, wildebeest, zebras and bat-eared foxes.
Fotoreise Namibia
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Day 5 – on to the next scenic highlight on the edge of the Namib

After breakfast we will take off with our 4x4 truck. You will be driven to Sesriem. There we check in at the only lodge within the Namib Naukluft National Park. The park is famous for its impressive sand dunes as well as Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. By choosing this lodge we are not dependent on the park opening hours. This way we can be on site at the best time for taking pictures.In the late afternoon we will have our first photo session and take pictures of the captivating and well-known landscape with the huge red sand dunes. The dunes tower up to 320 meters high in the oldest desert in the world. The white pans around the Dead Vlei form a sharp contrast to the red sand and the endless blue sky.
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Day 6 – Deadvlei, Sossuvlei and more

We 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 breath-taking. 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.
In the afternoon you have a chance to participate in an optional helicopter flight over the sand dunes.
Fotoreise Namibia
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Day 7 – From the sand sea to the South Atlantic coast

Today we continue to Swakopmund. The small town is located at the South Atlantic.You have afternoon and evening at your free disposal. Discover the colonial town with its numerous cafés and stores. Or take another optional flight over the sand dunes or to the Skeleton Coast in the afternoon. This is a unique opportunity to take fantastic pictures of the desert from a bird's eye view.
Fotoreise Namibia
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Day 8 – Swakopmund

The line of dunes along the coast is home to a fascinating variety of small animals that have adapted to the desert.They survive thanks to the fog that regularly rolls in from the cold Atlantic Ocean. We drive with a 4x4 vehicle into the dunes of Swakopmund and search for the small desert inhabitants to take pictures of them from close range.  In the afternoon you will have some free time to enjoy Swakopmund and relax a little.
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Day 9 – Spitzkoppe

Today we continue to the next scenic highlight of this trip, to Spitzkoppe. 
The Spitzkoppe between Usakos and Swakopmund is also called the "Matterhorn of Namibia". You can see the island mountain range in the middle of an endless, dry plain, from an exceptionally long distance. You spend the late afternoon and early morning discovering and photographing the numerous motifs the region has to offer.
Fotoreise Namibia
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Day 10 to 11 – Off to Etosha National Park

Today the journey continues to the Etosha National Park. This gem of a park is the third largest nature reserve in Africa. The Etosha National Park has the highest game density in Africa after the Serengeti Park in Tanzania. Here you can find many species of animals of southern Africa.
Our camp is located directly at a waterhole, which is illuminated by spotlights. You have an opportunity to see rhinos, elephants, and lions. In the evening we will try our luck at this waterhole and hope for great pictures.
During your stay you will undertake game drives in open safari vehicles and with our truck, you will take pictures in the evening at illuminated water holes in the park. In the beautiful light we observe different wild animals and with a little luck also big cats.
You will be continuously supervised by Hannes. He also gives short tutorials on different topics of photography. He is also available for picture reviews. You will always of curse have time for an extended siesta.
Fotoreise Namibia
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Day 12 – 13 Okonjima

In the morning we'll head out for another game drive in Etosha National Park. Afterwards you will continue to the Okonjima Game Reserve. You will undertake various activities in the game reserve and have a very good chance of taking impressive pictures of cheetahs and leopards.
Fotoreise Namibia
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Day 14 – Back to Windhoek

We drive back to Windhoek, where we take a short city tour. In the evening we end the tour with a cosy dinner.
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Day 15 – End of the photo tour

You will be driven to the airport in time for your journey home or for your individual follow-up program.

Accommodation

Windhoek

You will stay in a small, charming Guest House in a quiet area of Windhoek. The rooms are nicely furnished. The Guest House has a green courtyard with a small pool. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, safe, TV and Wifi.

Keetmanshoop

The accommodation at the Quiver Trees in Keetmanshoop is a bit more basic. You stay here because of the perfect location. The camp offers by far the best opportunity to photograph the quiver trees in the best light and also at night.
The camp consists of several bungalows and two houses, both fully furnished and with modern air conditioning. In addition, there is an open-air swimming pool surrounded by deck chairs for sunbathing and relaxing. The rooms offer good comfort and comfortable beds.

Namibrand Nature Reserve

Our lodge offers pure wilderness and silence. Situated elevated on a dune, the lodge overlooks the vastness of the dreamlike desert. In this wonderful place you can enjoy the rising and setting sun in the most beautiful colours that nature has to offer. The lodge has nine luxurious tented chalets with a wonderful view of the landscape. 

Namib Naukluft Park

You will spend the night within the Namib Naukluft National Park. Our lodge is situated in the middle of the spectacular dune landscape and is built in the style of an African village. From each of the 23 generously designed chalets you enjoy a magnificent view of the red-yellow dune landscape. The chalets are connected to the main building by wooden walkways. Each chalet has its own spacious bathroom with shower and toilet. The rooms also have mosquito nets, solar lamps and fans.
Since our lodge is located within the national park, we can be the first to photograph the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei in the morning and the last in the evening. The lodge also offers sunset cruises, guided nature drives by day and night, and guided hikes into nearby Sesriem Canyon. In addition, the lodge has a restaurant and bar, as well as a swimming pool to relax in after a busy day.

Swakopmund

You will spend the night in a nice, personally managed guesthouse. The guesthouse has spacious rooms and has been beautifully renovated. The center of Swakopmund is within walking distance.

Spitzkoppe

The lodge has 15 spacious and tastefully furnished chalets, all with bathrooms and a covered viewing deck. Windows and bed are equipped with mosquito nets.
The public area consists of dining room, lounge bar and pool. There is a wonderful view of the landscape with granite rocks. All rooms have private bathrooms, flat screen TV, safe, hair dryer, and wireless internet access.

Etosha National Park

Right next to the camp is a waterhole. Animals are active from the early morning hours. The waterhole is a popular place for them to go. After sunset the waterhole is floodlit. You will spend the night in nice chalets. These are ideally situated so that you can see the animals from your terrace or balcony. All chalets have their own bathroom.

Lodge private Game Reserve

Comfortable lodge with a cozy dining and sitting area overlooking a waterhole.

Climate   

The climate in Namibia is pleasant all year round. At the end of the rainy season at the end of March / beginning of April the weather is mostly sunny. However, thunderstorms and rain can still occur. Temperatures usually range between about 15 degrees (at night) and up to 30 degrees during the day.

Fitness / Condition

The trip does not make any special physical demands.

Health

For travel to certain areas of Namibia, malaria prophylaxis and the usual vaccinations are strongly recommended. Please consult a tropical doctor, institute or your family doctor for advice.

Half double room

Single travelers can register for a half double room. If no second guest registers to share the room, the single supplement will apply.

Entry requirements Namibia

For entry into Namibia, Swiss and EU citizens need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date and contains more than two free pages. A visa is not required. The exact conditions must be checked again before departure.

Insurance

We strongly advise you to purchase insurance for cancellation and return journey costs, which will be needed in the event of a secluded region being evacuated, a local hospital stay or return travel costs to your home country.

Travel information FDFA

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA regularly publishes information on countries in which there may be security policy or other risks. The FDFA's travel advice is based on its own trustworthy sources of information. These travel tips can be found on the FDFA's website: www.eda.admin.ch

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Prices

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Secrets of the desert

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