Namibia Photo Tour ~ 2018 Announced!

The 2018 Namibia ~ A Creative Adventure Photo-Safari: April 15- April 29, 2018 (14 nights): $8999. Limit: 9 photographers/ 3 SPOTS AVAILABLE.My guides for this trip will once again be Wim van den Heever and Ben Cranke from South Africa. *Botswana Pre-trip: see below.

The Itinerary:
Fly into Windhoek (Hosea Kutako International Airport, airport code WDH. Spend the night at our Lodge. Early departure to QuiverTree Forest on the outskirts of Keetmanshoop.

QuiverTree Forest near Keetmanshoop – Here we will be able to photograph the iconic Quiver Trees. The photo sessions will include an afternoon and evening shoot, the latter with stars, Milky Way, and star trails photography. Night photography instruction will be provided. In addition, we will let you know in advance what lenses and accessories you will need for the night photography.

Kolmanskop (Ghost Town) 2 Nights, here we will photograph the abandoned ghost town of Kolmanskop. This is a photographer’s dream come true with sand filled doorways and light flowing in from broken windows, etc…. We should have 3 photo sessions at this location, one of which will include the dunes on the outskirts of town.

Sossusvlei Dune Lodge for 3 nights inside Namib Naukluft National Park. Thanks to our experienced guides we will enjoy unparalleled after hours access to dead tree scenics at Dead Vlei. Arrangements have been made to leave the lodge in the mornings an hour before sunrise to capture the best possible lighting conditions. We will be visiting Dead Vlei and Dune 45. There is a fairly strenuous up-and-down hike to some of the best photo locations that should take really fit folks about 15-20 minutes and as much as 45 minutes depending on how slow or fast you walk.

At Sossusvlei two desert systems come together: the beautiful red dunes of the Kalahari Desert and the breathtakingly stark Namib Desert. The desert experience is a surreal and life-changing one and even the best images do not reflect the amazing beauty of these unique deserts. Deadvlei, with its ancient trees in the now dried up lake, is a feast for photographers who are looking for something stark, different, and dramatic. Along with the spectacular landscapes we should get to photograph some wildlife as well with chances for Oryx and Springbok among others.

From Sossusvlei we head off to Swakopmund to spend 3 nights at this beach area. One morning will head into the dunes to target species such as the Desert Chameleon and Palmato Gecko. We will spend time photographing the amazing bird life in and around the Walvis bay area. The Salt Mine and bay area is especially productive with a huge selection of waders and other waterfowl along with large numbers of flamingoes. We will enjoy one chartered boat trip to target pelicans in flight. Optional helicopter ride(price not included in tour).

We will photograph at our new location(Spitzkoppe) for two days, our accommodations are upscale and the photography should be on par. Our time here will include an opportunity to photograph an amazing arch at night with the Milky Way as well as some creative landscape photography.

Last but not least we will arrive in Etosha for two nights. The large floodlit waterhole at Okuakuejo Camp, Etosha is famous for animal activity especially in the early evening hours, where we will set up to photograph at night using some cool flash techniques. Our target will be the endangered Black Rhino, Lion, Giraffe, Elephant, or whatever decides to show up! There will also be a full day game drive at this location during our stay. 
*For the night water hole photography flash is optional and highly recommended.

We make the 4-5 hour drive back to Windhoek in time for your international flights.  It is advised not to book any flights out of Namibia before 3pm on this last day.
*This itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions, etc..

This price of this tour includes:
All Accommodations
All breakfasts and dinners
Logistics make formal lunches impossible, we will stop whenever possible.
There will be a variety of snacks and bottled drinking water in each vehicle.
Alcoholic beverages, except for premium brands
All transportation from the time you arrive in Windhoek to the time you leave again.
Permits for Kolmanskop
All park entrance fees
The chartered boat activities in Walvis bay.
The Private Desert Experience tour in Swakopmund.

The price of this tour does not include:
Your flights to and from Windhoek.
Visa costs: no visa is needed for folks from the US and most other countries.
Gratuities and items of a personal nature including laundry service.
*Optional helicopter ride .

Single supplements may be available for parts of the trip. Please inquire as to availability. If you or I are unable to line up a same sex roommate for you, you will be charged the single supplement on a pro-rated basis.
Travel Insurance– I urge everyone to purchase travel insurance for a major trip like this.

Deposit Info:

Please email me if you are ready to register. I will need a $3,000 non-refundable deposit check made out to “Denise Ippolito” in order to hold your spot. The second payment of $3,000 is due on September 15, 2017 and the final payment of $2,999 is due on January 1, 2018. As with the deposit, checks only. Overseas folks can pay their deposits and balances by wire transfer. The registrant is responsible for the fees on both ends.

This trip needs a minimum of 8 to go, please don’t purchase your flights until I have confirmed. All deposits will be refunded in full if the trip does not run.

* BOTSWANA PRE-TRIP, Limit 8/ 4 available
08 Apr – Arrive JHB and fly to Maun Botswana. Light aircraft flight to Eagle Owl Lodge Okavango.
09 Apr – Stay Eagle Owl
10 Apr – Light Aircraft Flight to Khwai River Lodge
11 Apr – Khwai River Lodge
12 Apr – Khwai River Lodge
13 Apr – Khwai River Lodge
14 Apr – Light Aircraft flight back to Maun in time for flight back to JHB. We stay the night in JHB.
7nights total with 6 nights in Botswana

– All flights and transfers to Botswana and back again
– All small aircraft flights to the lodges and back again
– 2x freight seats on all small aircraft flights (3 chartered flights in total)
– All 5 Star accommodation
– All meals and snacks
– All drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
– 2x Private Photo vehicles at each lodge
– 1 professional Guide

The cost for all this is US$6130pp and needs a minimum of 8 to run.

I asked my guide Wim if this was a good price and he responded:
“The lodges sell for around US$1500 – US$1920 per person per night. So this is a very good price… seriously..!”

* Deposit for pre-trip is US$1500.00, if we don’t get the minimum and the trip does not run all deposits will be returned in full. Single supplements are not available for this portion.


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2 Responses

  1. Alan Jacknow says:

    Hi Denise,

    Piper McKay suggested I look at your trip to Namibia, since the one I planned on was cancelled. It fits perfectly in my schedule (I am going to Botswana with Piper until the 12th).

    Do you still have singles available and how much?
    Also is their power at each location? I have a CPAP and must be able to use it (which also makes the single more important because its not fair to someone to have to try to sleep with that noise)

    If both of those work out, then I am going to join you in namibia.



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