Kaokoland & Etosha Photographic workshop & tour
1 to 13 June 2018
Cost: R17 945.00 per person (children under 10 @ 50%)
12 night / 13 day (Tented / bring your own bedding)
This is a 13 day / 12 night photographic adventure through the most picturesque parts of Northern Namibia.
It is aimed at helping you to understand your own camera, to ensure that your photography improves and enhance your love for photography and the out-doors.
Namibia is possible the most photogenic countries of Southern Africa and where better to spend time photographing.
From the magnificent Spitzkoppe, along the Skeleton coast, Hoanib River, majestic Epupa Falls and ending in the world reknown Etosha National Park.
Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of knowledge about the geology you’re moving through, wildlife you’ll see as well as local culture and history you’ll encounter.
Three daily meals will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises appearing on the menu. The good old “koffiepot” will be on the fire from sunset till late.
Our logistics crew will pitch and take down the camps at all the overnight stops. Tents are provided by Mpafa Travel but you will need to bring your own bedding!
This is not a technical 4x4 trip, but should you experience any difficulty, the crew do have the know-how and recovery equipment to assist with off-road problems.
Though our bush-camps may be rustic, you will at all times be safe, the crew will spare no effort to make you comfortable, provide you with good wholesome food and most importantly, see that you have a good time.
Your Photographic Guide
Over and above the Mpafa guide and team, you will be accompanied by a professional photographer who has worked closely with our marketing partners at Media 24 on their lifestyle publications. You will have one-on-one time with the photographic guide, no matter what your level of experience or equipment. By the end of the trip, you should be more comfortable and feel more confident, having learned some tricks of the trade, about taking photographs in wild environments ..... and we will look forward to seeing the fruits of your efforts.
Day 1: Spitzkoppe
We meet at Usakos between 12:00 and 13:00 in the afternoon (own lunch) and then at the local market for semiprecious stones before we continue to Spitzkoppe.
After we have unpacked, the photo guide gives us a brief introduction to basic photography and what to expect over the next 12 days before we discover the magnificent red granite hills perfectly lit by the late afternoon sun.
Day 2: Cape Cross
Before breakfast, there are opportunities for photos and then we leave for the coast and explore Henties Bay. Our destination is Cape Cross where we get up close and personal with the incredible local seal colony.
We camp on the coast and can take beautiful photos of the West Coast, seals and hopefully red jackal.
Days 3 & 4: Khowarib
Driving further north along the Skeleton Coast we encounter a number of wrecks where we spend time photographing these moments in history.
Then northwards into Damaraland, the beautiful ston desert. We refuel our vehicles at Palmwag north of the veterinary control point. That means that, from here, there are no fences and game roam freely.
We stay at Khowarib for two nights and explore the area looking for desert elephant and black rhinos.
Days 5 & 6
After breakfast, we refuel and visit Sesfontein with its interesting history.
The next 2 days are 4x4 driving in the Hoanib River and surrounding area in search of photo opportunities, especially of desert elephant.
Our camp is at Amspoort we Giraffe and desert elephant roam freely.
Days 7 & 8
A long but picturesque drive to Epupa Falls, where we stay for two nights.
Epupa Falls are spectacular and we are fortunate to be able to photograph the falls at sunset and sunrise.
A visit to a Himba village promises to offer good opportunities for portraiture photography of these incredible beautiful people.
Days 9, 10, 11 & 12: Etosha
Wildlife photography is our theme and no better place than Etosha National Park, no other wildlife area in Southern Africa looks like Etosha. Welcome to photographic paradise.
It is one of the iconic places to visit, and the game viewing is unparalleled. With the illuminated waterholes, we do not know when you are going to sleep.
Day 13: Going Home
Unfortunately, after breakfast it is time to go home, hopefully only until a next time.