Dates: July 5 – 18, 2021
Group Size: 10 plus 2 leaders
This workshop is currently sold out. We are in the process of getting additional rooms and vehicles and if this is possible, we will add an addtional instructor.
Group Instructors: Buddy Eleazer & Sharon Lobel
Tour Cost: $8,500/person, based on double occupancy; limited single supplement space is available for an additional $1000
We would classify this as a landscape trip, with some wildlife, night sky and urbex photography. The photo workshop which includes Quivertree Forest, Kolmanskip, Sossusvlei/Deadvlei, Swakopmund/Walvis Bay, & Spitzkoppen, Namibia.
Namibia is an amazing country that has a lot to see. From a photography standpoint, there are really two Namibia’s:
- The southern half of the country with the largest sand dunes in the world, stunning desert landscapes, amazing night skies and the remains of a deserted dessert mining town.
- The northern half of the country where vanishing cultures still dot the landscape and Etosha, a large reserve that is home to large herds on animals living around a huge dry pan that creates a near desert setting
Both are an amazing experience, but, unfortunately, due to the size and travel logistics typically the two regions are divided into two separate and very different travel plans to do each location justice.
This trip is focused on the southern portion of Namibia and the awesome landscape opportunities created in the region. Please note, there will be some wildlife but it will be much more sparse than on a wildlife safari. Animals we will likely encounter include oryx, springbok, ostrich, wildebeest, zebra, Hyrax, white pelicans, flamingos and seals, but this trip will be primarily about the land and sky. This is a trip for the landscapes of Africa.
- Thirteen (13) nights lodging in Namibia (July 5 – 17, 2021) with departures on18 July
- Ground transfers to/from Windhoek airport to lodging
- All ground travel in Namibia
- All meals in Namibia Lodges
- Activities daily and several night photography sessions
- Instruction/support from photo leaders Sharon Lobel & Buddy Eleazer
- Maximum of 5 clients per instructor
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Airline transportation to/from your home origin to Windhoek, Namibia
- Travel Insurance (but highly recommend trip, deposit & cancellation insurance)
- Any emergency service if necessary
- Visas, Passports, Excessive baggage fees, Personal Items, Gifts
- USD to RAND money exchange
- Alcoholic, can & bottle beverages
- Any additional tours, activities, etc. not included in your package
- Any meals you decide to have outside of the lodges
- Any additional night accommodations that take place beyond the time frame of the package dates
- Any other expenses not explicitly covered in the “What’s Included” section above
- The cost is $8,500.00 per person, based on double occupancy per room.
- The cost for single supplement room is an additional $1000.00 per person.
- A USD of $1000.00 Non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration to secure your spot.
- 2nd payment of USD $3750.00 + single supplement of $1000.00 is due by December 1, 2020.
- Final payment/Balance of USD $3750.00 is due by February 15, 2021.
Namibia Itinerary is as follows:
PLEASE NOTE: Due to all international travel into Namibia being stopped and all lodges being temporarily closed, the lodge management is working on an abbreviated schedule making it impossible to finalize confirmations of some lodging. At each lodging location, secondary lodging alternatives are also being requested as a back-up plan. Consequently, lodges noted below are subject to change.
- July 5 – Arrive Windhoek – Your exciting and active journey across Namibia starts in Windhoek. Upon your arrival in Windhoek We will arrange transfers from the airport to our lodging. Overnight at The Windhoek Lodge. This is a new lodge. In the evening we will have a group dinner where the leaders will review our plan for the following days of the safari. This arrival night allows everyone to get over any jet lag and be ready for our adventure.
- July 6 –Quivertree Forest – After breakfast, we will be driven to the quivertree forest where we will photograph the giant quiver trees in afternoon light and also under night skies. The trip has been planned around the moon location and phase to allow amazing starry night photography. Overnight at the Quivertree Forest Lodge.
- July 7 & 8 – Kolmanskop, the Deserted Desert Mining Town – After a last morning shoot, we head to the town of Keetmanskop which will be our hub while visiting the old diamond mining town of Kolmanscop. The town has been deserted for 80 years and the old diamond mining town that has been overtaken by sand. We will be here for 2 nights which will give everyone ample chance to explore the fresco walled rooms of the buildings.
- July 9 – 12 – Sossusvlei/Deadvlei We leave the sand filled building of Kolmanskop to head to some of the largest sand dunes in the world. The shooting time here is the very early mornings and late afternoons as the shadows create beautiful contrast to the orange dunes. While the dunes themselves could occupy our time, we will also have several chances to take the 20 minute trek over one dune into Deadvlei. This is a dry bed (known as a pan) with 1000 year old dead camelthorn trees. The dunes cut off the water supply 900 years ago. With no water and the arid climate, the trees died but did not rot. There skeletons make foreground subjects to the dunes you will never forget. In addition, there are numerous animals that visit the dunes and these become more abundant to photo in the very late afternoon. A favorite option at an additional cost is to take a doors off helicopter flight over the dunes. Overnight (4 nights) at the Dead Valley Lodge.
NOTE: During our stay at Sossusvlei, there will also be an optional ‘doors off’ helicopter trip available for an additional cost. We have not defined this cost for 2021, but in 2019, this optional 2 hour flight cost $550/person. While not for everyone, it’s a great way to get incredibly unique images of the dunes as well as possibly getting shots of oryx as they climb the dunes to catch cool breezes.
- July 13 & 14 – Swakopmund/Walvis Bay – Upon leaving the dunes we head north by northwest to the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Here we will enjoying the ocean breeze while photographing flamingos and taking a boat ride to photo white pelicans, seals and dolphins. These stop is always a favorite as the food is fantastic and the challenge of capturing that perfect bird shot keeps us working. At this stop we plan to stay at the Namib Guesthouse.
- July 15 & 16 – Spitzkoppen – We’ve photographed quivertrees, sand filled buildings, giant sand dunes and the ocean. Now it’s time to photograph some rocks! Not just any rocks, but huge rock arches and boulders the size of football fields. Just a short drive east we will reach Spitzkoppen. We have an two afternoons and two mornings to capture the amazing light at this fantastic destination. By this time of our trip we will also be seeing the moon and the rock mountain and sky can create images that Ansel Adams and Clyde Butcher would dream for. The location is home to some ancient San bushman wall paintings we will photo. We are also sure to see many Hyrax, the closest relative to the elephant, but the size of a ground hog and we will likely see zebra at this location. We will spend 2 nights at the beautiful Spitzkoppen Lodge.
- July 17 – Return to Windhoek – We will take a final morning to photo the ancient Spitzkoppen and then after a hearty breakfast we will head back to Windhoek. Arriving in Windhoek, we will have a last celebration dinner for our final night, staying once more at The Windhoek.
- July 18 – Departure to your home origin (flight not included) – All things must end and we will work with you to arrange transfers to Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport. Some will stay as we will commence the next morning with an extension trip into northern Namibia to photo wildlife. (If interested in this extension, please contact us!)