10-day Namibia Highlights Photographic Tour

Namibia Highlights Photographic Tour
Namibia Highlights Photographic Tour

Let's face it: we're all photographers nowadays thanks to affordable digital cameras. The Namibia Photographic Guided Tour concentrates on areas and lodges specifically for the keen amateur photographer in every one of us. This can be done with a guide who has escorted many photo groups or as a self-drive in a rented vehicle. But don't worry if you call yourself a happy-snapper it's still a great tour because you visit the highlights of Namibia in a fun and affordable package - and you'll get some great pictures to take home.

Price:
From US$1654 pp (Our pricing)
Duration:
10 days
Highlights:
Namibia, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Kalahari, Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Windhoek
Includes:
9 nights accommodation; dinner and breakfast on most days; professional guide and safari vehicle; park entry fees and activities

Tour Brief

This 10-day tour is a modified version of the Namibia Highlights Safari offering the best photo opportunities with a professional tour guide well aware of the importance of light and all of Namibia's incredible scenery. The subjects are varied, interesting and rewarding including spectacular landscapes, fascinating macros, sensual abstracts, full-frontal wildlife, cultural detail and much more.

Unlike our standard tours, the photographic tour offers specific shoots and our timetable revolves around the changing light conditions and spontaneous photo opportunities.

This tour can also be done as a self-drive.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 and 2: Sossusvlei

    After breakfast, travel south to the Namib Desert for the next two nights.

    On the way: The vegetation changes from acacia savannah to desert shrub and then open landscapes, hills and passes … changes as you head south-west. Stopping at scenic sites, giant sociable weaver nests, watch some wildlife like Chacma baboon, Springbok, Oryx and Ostrich makes the drive part of the holiday. Namibia is a country where the journey is often more important and interesting than the actual destination.

    When you're there:We will enter Sossusvlei before sunrise to arrive at the dunes with the clearest light and to beat the rush of people who enter an hour later. Dead pan is a photographer's dream with its flat floor of sheer white, gnarled petrified acacias and the towering red dunes behind. The deep blue sky and clear light are essential ingredients. The view from the top is also sensational - rewarding that hefty trek through the soft sand.

    Accommodation: Sossus Dune Lodge

  • Day 3 and 4: Swakopmund

    A five-hour drive north takes you through the gradual change from mountains and dunes to rolling grass-covered hills with scattered acacia trees. Swakopmund is a quaint resort town by the sea with an obvious German heritage at odds with its bleak surrounds.

    On the way: Look out for the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra as you leave; stop at Solitaire, about 80km from Sesriem for some home-made bread and an ice cold drink; Kuiseb Canyon has some shady picnic spots; you can see springbok and pure-bred wild ostrich across the vast gravel plains of the Namib; the lunar landscape; look out for the welwitschia plant.

    When you're there: Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and numerous waders feed in the nutrient-rich shallows; restaurants, shops and attractions in Swakopmund ; spend an extra day making the most of the cool air and refreshing sea.

    Among the many organised activities, we recommend a discovery of the living desert - take your macro lens; a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast; a comfortable and fascinating boat cruise of Walvis Bay where you meet dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and terns; and paragliding or quad biking for an exciting dunes experience.

    Accommodation: Lagoon Guest House

  • Day 5: Damaraland

    Damaraland has picturesque granite outcrops; dolerite dykes that have been carved over aeons; rolling grass-covered hills; tree-studded riverbeds and endless open skies that make this area one of the most scenic regions of Namibia. The drive to Damaraland takes up to five hours because there is much to see and do along the way.

    On the way: Photo ops abound en route including along the Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross - the largest breeding cape fur seal colony in the world (the stench of 100,000 seals can be a tad over-powering: take a handkerchief to cover your nose); fascinating lichen fields and a salt pan that is an excellent birding spot; the Twfyelfontein rock paintings, the Petrified Forest and the Organ Pipes.

    When you're there: Game drives on private reserves in search of the famed desert-adapted elephant, black rhino and giraffe; among other hardy plains herds look out for Hartmann's mountain zebra; spend more time exploring the Twfyelfontein rock paintings, the Petrified Forest, Vingerklip and the Organ Pipes; hike up the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia's highest point at 2,573m.

    Accommodation: Camp Kipwe

  • Day 6: Damaraland

    Today you will travel a short distance to Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm, home to Save the Cheetah Project. Here you will have the chance to interact with and photograph cheetah, enjoy guided game drives as well as visit a Himba village for more excellent photo opportunities.

    Accommodation: Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

  • Day 7, 8 and 9: Etosha National Park

    You will be about half way between the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park , the drive is a scenic few hours through more of Damaraland's singular beauty. The southern gate is much closer to southern Damaraland and will take about three hours; the eastern gate will take an extra two hour's travelling.

    On the way: If you're going east, the world's largest meteorite, Hoba, is on a longish ring road via Grootfontein; the southern route is almost too short to stop, barring a comfort stop at Outjo and a picture of the Ugab Terrace.

    When you're there: Etosha has an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, 20,000 springbok and 2,000 elephants. This on top of a large number of lesser and common plains herds, and abundant birds makes game viewing in Etosha something special. The surrounding lodges all have private reserves with equally impressive wildlife numbers and they offer private game viewing activities into the park.

    Accommodation: Etosha Village

  • Day 10: Windhoek

    You have a long drive to Windhoek today: up to six hours if you're travelling from the east and four from the south. The roads are all paved so it's a comfortable ride to arrive in time for your onward flight or a night in Windhoek.

    On the way: Okahandja has the largest wood carvers' market in Namibia

Just Booked!

Customers who enquire about this tour end up making many changes to the standard itinerary. Below are the most recent variations of this base tour booked by us for our clients. Have a look at their itineraries, see what changes they requested, what the final cost was and read what they have to say about their holidays.

Recent Reviews of This Tour

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“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK

“Edward did a super job”

A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.

Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.

Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.

Germaine Comin, Switzerland

“Thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us”

Dear Wilmari,
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.

Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.

As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).

I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.

Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.

Dr Andreas Koester, USA
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