Namib Photographic Workshop and Tour
Date: 31 May to 13 June 2018
Cost: R19 650 per person (Children under 10 at less 50%)
(Tented & Formal accommodation)
Luderitz - Kolmanskop: Wild horses
Namib - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe
Elephants of Damaraland
Etosha National Park
Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure gide. 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 will see as well as local culture and history you will encounter.
Three daily meals will be prepared by our experineced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with fresh 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. Tent are provided by Mpafa Travel but you are required to bring your own bedding.
This is not a technical 4 x 4 trip, but should you experience any difficulty,the crew do have the know-how and recovery equipment to assist with off-road problems. A 4 x 2 with high clearance will also do the trick.
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 look forward to seeing the fruits of your efforts.
Day 1 & 2: Luderitz (Formal accommodation)
The tour group gathers between 13h00 and 14h00, unpacks and relaxes for a while before we begin our first serious photography talk in the afternoon.
The next morning, all of us do the tour at Kolmanskop. Those who want to stay longer are welcome otherwise there are many other photo opportunities in and around the town.
After lunch, you have free time to visit for example the Diaz Cross or Gurkhe House and to photograph the interesting German architecture in Luderitz. Usually there are opportunities to photograph flamingos, oryx and springbuck.
Day 3: Kanaan
We leave Luderitz early and stop just before Aus at the water crib of the wild horses of Garub.
We are on our way to the well known farm Kanaan, where we will find the first red dunes. The vista from our camp is unsurpassedly wide, and will watch the sunset there while listening to the barking geckoes.
Days 4 & 5: Sossusvlei
We are still on the D707 on our way to Sesriem. The going will be slow, because there are many opportunities for photographs.
We visit Sesriem Canyon with its interresting conglomerates and history, and then enjoy sunset at Elim Dune.
Throughout, there are opportunities for personal sessions with the photo instructor.
Early morning on Day 5, we enter the Desert to enjoy the sunrise. After breakfast, which we shall enjoy in the desert, we drive to Dooievlei for beautiful pictures.
Lunch is enjoyed at Sossusvlei, after whch everybody returns to camp
Day 6 & 7: Swakopmund (Formal accommodation)
Solitaire is the next town we visitbefore turning northward to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The Gaub and Kuiseb Valleys with other beautiful landscapes give us many opportunities for photographs.
After we have booked all the activites for the next day, (for example parachuting or riding quad bikes - not included in tour price), we check into our formal en suite accommodation.
We stay in Swakppmund for two nights, which gives everyone ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful town, and because everyone is on his or her own this day, everyone is responsible for his or her own lunch.
Swakopmund has a very strong German character and is a realtourism town with many sights worth seeing.
Day 8: Spitzkoppe
Spitzkoppe is one of those magic places where the hikers take the plain and others drive around in search of opportunities for photography.
For those who are interested, rock art can also be visited there, however it does involve a climb.
The red boulders of these massive granite mountains that tower above the flat area are very photogenic at sunset and sunrise.
Our camp for tonight is a bush camp with no showers - but does have a clean "short drop" toilet.
Day 9: Madisa / Twyfelfontein
After we have enjoyed and photographed the sunrise, we leave for madisa Camp in Damaraland. The whole route is beautiful, and we shall be on the lookout for the elusive desert elephants and rhinos.
Madisalies between massive boulders with a beautiful view over the Gauntegab River. If there is enough time today those who want to can visit Twyfelfontein with its impressive engravings. Otherwise, you can relax in this very nice camp without fences.
Day 10: Etosha (Olifantrus)
Once again, a good road with many photo-opps along the way to Kamanjab, where we will refuel the tanks of our cars.
From here it is a tarred road of about 70kms to the Galton Gate where we enter Etosha from the West. With water holes like Miernes, Aasvoelbad and Renostervlei along the 65kms road to our campsite, Olifantrus, there will be lots of opportunties to photograph some wildlife.
Olifantrus Camp is a self catering camp with only ten campsitess and no lodge. It is a fantastic camp (small and quite intimate) with a waterhole that is illuminated at night!
Day 11, 12, & 13: Etosha (Halali)
After an early breakfast, we drive 200kms through the park to Halali, where we shall stay for 3 nights. Everyone is able to view the game at their own pace before we all enjoy lunch at Okaukeujo.
This world renowned park will keep us busy viewing game while our photographic guide will have ample opportunity to show us the refined art of ISO and shutter speed on our moving targets.
With the illuminated waterholes at the camps, there is an additional opportunity for some night time photography.
Sadly after breakfast, we say our goodbye's and head for home!