Join three of New Zealand's top photographers, Craig Potton, Rob Brown and Richard Young on a 15 day Namibian safari. This tour will capture some of the country's striking landscapes and exceptional wildlife.
6 day Botswana addon - Combine our 15 day Namibia tour with an additional 6 days safari in Botswana. Botswana is arguably Africa’s prime game viewing destination and offers a truly unique safari experience. Please enquire for further infomation.
Tuition by Craig Potton, Rob Brown & Richard Young
Local guide/driver and camp assistant
14 nights accommodation 9 nights camping and 4 nights in guest house accommodation. Twin room share, Single room upgrade available on request
13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 11 dinners
Transport in custom-built 18+2 seat Safari truck
4WD game drives in Etosha
4WD Brandberg Elephant game drive
4WD Sandwhich harbour excursion
4WD Desert Black Rhino game drive
San Rock guided walk with local guide
National Park Entry fees
Exclusions flights to and from Namibia, insurance, alcohol, immigration taxes, Optional Activities
Arrive Windhoek, transfer to hotel and overnight. [accommodated]
Day 2/3 – NAMIB DESERT
We drive through the rolling hills south of Windhoek and drop down the escarpment onto the desert plains to stop at Solitaire for the world’s best apple tart (own expense). This afternoon we travel to our campsite inside the gate of the Namib Nauklauft National Park and enjoy the vast open spaces of the Namib Desert. The following day we visit the Namib Nauklauft National Park to witness the amazing landscapes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. The vleis are clay pans formed by the occasional flooding of the Tsauchab River. Sossusvlei is dotted with ancient Camel Thorn trees (Acacia Erioloba) while the trees on Deadvlei are lifeless and stark against the surrounding tall orange sand dunes. Here there are 4WD vehicles that will drive us in. [camping Bx1 Lx2 Dx2]
Day 4/5 – WALVIS BAY
Walvis Bay on the Atlantic coast, and the relative cool sea breezes will be a welcome change from the hot desert days. The town lies on the northern boundary of the relentlessly northward migrating sand dunes. During our stay here spend a day in 4×4’s crossing the Walvis Bay Lagoon, the Saltpans and the Kuiseb River Delta to Sandwich Harbour and driving to the top of some of the mighty dunes there to photograph them descending Atlantic ocean. During our stay there will also be time for optional scenic flight (at additional cost) over spectacular desert landscapes flying along the skeleton coast. [guest house Bx1 Lx1]
Day 6/7 – SPITZKOP
We move north along the arid coast to the Cape Cross seal colony before heading inland to set up camp under the Spitzkoppe, huge granite domes rising out of the desert. We will enjoy a magnificent sunsets and take short walks to explore the area. [camping BLD]
Day 8 – UGAB WILDERNESS
We head inland to the Tsiseb Conservancy and the Brandberg, a mountainous granite outcrop. Standing at over 2,600m it towers above the surrounding plains and is visible from a great distance. The Tsisab Ravine at the foot of the mountain contains more than 1000 rock shelters and some 45,000 rock paintings including the famous “White Lady”, which is a short 40 minute walk up the ancient watercourse. Our lodge, situated in the dry Ugab River valley, is ideally situated to explore the area in search of the rare desert elephants and we’ll join a local guide on a 4WD excursion. Being far ranging and elusive, a sighting of the elephants cannot be guaranteed, but with the knowledge of our local guide the day will be fascinating. [lodge BLD]
Day 9/10 – PALMWAG
Heading further north from the Ugab River we reach Palmwag. Spectacular surroundings which harbor the famous desert elephant, the rare black rhino, giraffe, zebra, gemsbok and many other wild animal species, sunsets to dream of 4WD game drive and rhino tracking. [camping BLD]
Day 11/12/13 – ETOSHA NP
Etosha National Park, “the great white place of dry water”, in the game rich northwest corner of Namibia offers a variety of wildlife.
We take game drives around the huge dry pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes before we camp at Okaukuejo with its flood-lit waterhole. [camping BLD]
Day 14 – OKONIJIMA
We will stay in the Okonjima Reserve and ‘radio-track’ Leopards from game-viewing vehicles. The leopards roam freely and catch their own prey within the 20 000 ha private, Okonjima Nature Reserve. You can join a guided night-drive after dinner into the Nature Reserve (Additional cost) [Lodge BLD]
Day 15 – WINDHOEK
We head back to Windhoek by 12:00 noon. Our guides will transport you to the Airport at Keflavík for international flights. [B]
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Maximum group size of 10 plus tutors. Limiting groups size ensures we provide you with the best tour experience possible, including expert guidance, instruction and personal attention, according to your learning style.
Our exact schedule will be determined according to the whole group’s photographic objectives and the weather. We keep a flexible itinerary to accommodate this. We will spend the tour instructing and shooting, often from before dawn until after dark. At some point during the tour the tutors will give a lecture on their photographic ability and how you can apply their systems and vision to develop your own unique style.
15 days transport is included in the tour, we will pick up/drop off at the airport for the recommended flights. Due to Namibian gravel roads we mostly run this tour in custom-built Safari trucks with 18+2 seater vehicle. Charger point: The vehicle has a 220V inverter, which has 3 plug points for charging of camera equipment. This can only run during the day while the vehicle is driving.
9 nights on safari you stay at designated campsites in national parks and towns. Formal campsites have hot and cold showers, laundry facilities & telephones. 4 nights are in guest house accommodation, twin bedrooms with en suite facilities on bed and breakfast basis.
13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 11 dinners will be provided by the crew, when camping these will be prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the camp fire.
An essential part of your safari is some participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure.
A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the tour. Most locations that we shoot will be within an hour’s easy walk but sometimes over rocky or rough tracks and up gentle to moderate hills carrying your own equipment. If fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know - there are often locations that offer great shooting possibilities close to the road or our accommodation, and sometimes we also have the option to split the group up.
Equipment & Experience
Ideally, you will have a basic knowledge of photography and be comfortable adjusting camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed. An aim of the workshop is to give you more confidence in the creative control of camera settings and shooting in manual mode. We will have a brief session at the start of the workshop, covering camera settings and controls, to be sure everyone is up to speed. We will send you a full and more detailed equipment list before the tour.
Camera Equipment: Our workshops focus on how to use your camera, not your type of camera. A basic list of recommended camera equipment can be found hereClothing:A list of recommended clothing to wear on the workshop can be found here
Booking & Payment
Accommodation at key places needs to be booked well in advance. We start preparation for this trip a year before the departure date. A non-refundable deposit of NZD$2,500.00 is required to reserve your space for this tour. The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to the start of the tour. You may pay in full at time of booking, the balance (minus the deposit) will remain fully refundable until 90 days before the tour.
Booking and Cancellation Policy: Will send on registration of interest