Southern Namibia Photographic workshop & tour
20 to 30 May 2018
Cost: R14 950.00 per person (children under 10 @ 50%)
10 night / 11 day (Tented / bring your own bedding)
This ten night, eleven day photographic safari will take you from the mighty Augrabies waterfall, into the depths of the Fish River Canyon. We will visit the famous desert horses and the ghost town of Kolmanskop. The ancient architecture of the historic town of Luderitz and the the gigantic red sand dunes looking over Sossusvlei are awe inspiring. Our photographic adventure will end in complete contrast to the desert on the estuary with its prolific birdlife at Walvis Bay.
Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and will 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 meals a day will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with fresh salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surpises 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. A 4X2 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 comforatable, provide you with good wholewome food and most importantly, see that you have a good time. All the campsites visited will have hot showers, flush toilets and 220V power to recharge batteries.
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.
All of us meet at the world-renowned Augrabies Waterfall between 13:00 and 14:00 so that, by 14:30, the photo guide can introduce us to photography and the tour before we visit the falls.
We overnight in the park and leave the following morning after a delightful breakfast
Days 2 & 3:
We enter Namibia at Onseepkans at the border to reach our next destination near the Fish River by lunchtime.
During the afternoon, there will be time for personal meetings with your professional photographer to ask specific photo- or camera-related questions and to look at some of the photos you will have taken already up to that stage.
The next day, we visit Ai-Ais with many photo opportunities along the way.
We enjoy the sunset at the Fish River lookout point near Hobas.
Today we drive past Seeheim, known for its biltong and salami, and the Naute Dam, where they make wine, gin and schnaps of the excess dates, prickly pears, grapes and other fruit cultivated there for the foreign market. Unfortunately, the drivers will have to spit out at the tasting.
The water crib of the wild horses, Garub, is about 25 km from our residence, en we shall visit them in the afternoon.
The red ironstones are beautiful in the late afternoon sun.
After lunch, those who want to, can visit the wild horses again before we take the road to Kolmanskop.
During and after the tour through the old ghost town, there are many opportunities for photos.
Lüderitz is also an interesting town with its German architecture. Tonight we sleep there formally en suite.
Today, we drive past the wild horses again on our way to the well-known farm Kanaän, where we shall encounter the first red dunes.
Days 7 & 8:
Still on the D707 on our way to Sesriem. It will go slowly because there are many opportunities for photos.
We visit Sesriem Canyon with its interesting conglomerates and history, and enjoy sunset at the Elim Dune.
Early morning on Day 8, we enter the desert on our way to Sossusvlei, where we can also take beautiful photos at Dooievlei. This day is your own, and you return from Sossusvlei on your own.
Solitaire is the next town we visit before we turn northward to Sossus-on-Foot.
Boesman, who has already appeared on some TV channels (e.g. BBC), is the owner and main guide here. We spend time here so that they can introduce us to the secrets of the desert, e.g. how a spider can survive one metre under the sand, and many more. Remember your macro lens for this outing.
In addition, there are beautiful landscapes of red sand, open plains and colourful mountains on their farm at sunset and sundown.
The Gaub and Kuiseb valleys are also beautiful before we reach the open plains to the east of Walvis Bay.
There is an opportunity to spend time in Walvis Bay and to search for flamingos in the saltpans.
We strongly recommend that you stay over in Swakopmund for another day or two before your return home.
Also, consider our Kaokoland and Etosha tour that starts a few days later (2-14 June 2017).