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 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 MountainsAfter 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 in a beautiful 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 - Life in a Postcard The 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 tents which all afford a unique view over the Namibia landscape that is so rich in contrasts. Our lodge 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 - 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 6 - 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 7 - From a sea of sand to the coast of the South AtlanticWe 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.
DAY 8 - 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 9 - Etosha National Park Today we will head north to Etosha National Park. After the Serengeti in Tanzania, Etosha has one of the highest wildlife density in Africa. The Park is very dry and the animals have to rely on the few waterholes. Especially in dry season you'll find many different species of wildlife gathering around the waterholes: Zebras, Springbocks, Oryx, Elephants and more.
You will stay on the southern part of the National Park in a charming Rest Camp. There is a waterhole just outside the camp where you can watch the animals coming for a drink.
DAY 10 to 12 - enjoying the safaris in Etosha You'll spend the next couple of days in Etosha. Everyday we will head for game drives and capture beautiful wildlife images. If we are lucky, we can even capture fantastic images of the big cats.
Hannes will support you with tips and tricks. Depending on your requirements, Hannes will give short tutorials on subjects of your choice in the afternoons and be available for one-to-one support. Or take the time to just enjoy the camp and visit the waterhole just outside the camp.
DAY 13 - Mount Etjo After breakfast we have to say good-bye to Etosha National Park. We drive through the park and head South to our last destination of the tour. Today you'll stay in a nice lodge close to Otjiwarongo.
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.