Expert Guided Namibia Photography Masterclass Safari 10 Days – Small Group Max 7 Pax
Join renowned photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awards Chris Coe on this thrilling Namibian safari adventure. Whether you’re a photography beginner or an expert, this exciting journey through the diverse landscapes of this incredible country will offer you the chance to capture some of the iconic sights that make Namibia one of the most enchanting wildlife destinations in the world. Throughout the tour you will receive group and one-on-one tuition from Chris, and from the stunning sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park the photography opportunities will be endless.
What’s more, each passenger will receive an exclusive and FREE One-to-One special pre departure virtual tutorial with Chris where he will discuss your camera equipment and your current ability, establish your hopes and aspirations for the experience, and set personal objectives.
Staying in good standard accommodation throughout and travelling in a small group with a maximum of 7 passengers, this excellent itinerary in the company of an experienced, knowledgeable and personable guide will be sure to fill both your senses and your camera.
Please note: Prices shown do not include international flights. Price is per person based on 2 people sharing. Solo places are available for an additional supplement of £414.
- Travel in the company of renowned travel photographer Chris Coe and expert Namibian guides
- Group and individual photography tuition
- One-to-one pre-departure tutorial with Chris
- The chance to perfect your wildlife photography
- Discover a wide diversity of landscapes across this beautiful country
- Visit enchanting areas including Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park and Swakopmund
- Stay at Okonjima, home of the world famous Africat foundation
- Full range of activities including game drives, nature walks & dune climbs
- Get up close to a huge variety of wildlife including lions, cheetah, elephants, leopards, zebras, wildebeest, rhinos and much more
- Excellent birding including many endemic species
- Photograph iconic landscapes and areas including Sesriem Canyon and the stark beauty of Deadvlei
- Full board accommodation throughout with all meals and local beverages
- Transport throughout in luxury air-conditioned safari vehicles
- Group and one-to-one photography workshops with Chris Coe
- Registered and experienced English speaking guides
- Excursions and entrance fees as stipulated in itinerary
- Airport transfers
- Game drives as described in itinerary
- One-to-one pre-departure tutorial and brief with Chris Coe
Your Special Guest Guide
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awards
Since turning professional in 1992, Chris has photographed landscapes, people, architecture, gardens, travel destinations and wildlife around the world. This ability and desire to capture such a diverse range of subjects and explore different types of photography is rare amongst photographers, but demonstrate his understanding of light. Chris finds shooting different subjects and styles both visually stimulating and creatively challenging.
He has presented photographic features for TV and he lectures on a variety of photographic subjects, including travel, landscape and stock photography, at numerous major international conferences. He has also written articles about photography for specialist photographic, travel and lifestyle magazines.
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Upon arrival at Windhoek’s International Hosea Kutako Airport you will be greeted by your tour representative and transferred to the beautiful River Crossing Lodge on the outskirts of the town. The transfer should take approximately 40 minutes. The rest of the day will be at your leisure, so this is the perfect time to relax after your long flight and prepare for the safari adventures that lie ahead. You could enjoy a dip in the swimming pool, a drink on the delightful terrace soaking up the views, enjoy a massage from the wellness centre or simply relax in the comfort of your bedroom. If you wish to start your adventures early there are optional game drives that you can partake in to go in search of the 19 different species of farm game that reside here. In the evening your guide/s will join you for dinner and a chat about the plan for the next day.
Overnight accommodation at River Crossing Lodge with dinner, breakfast and local beverages included.
Sossusvlei / Namib Desert
This morning your personal Safaris guide/s will collect you from River Crossing Lodge after breakfast.You then depart Windhoek in your safari vehicle and drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location along the way. Upon arrival at the brand-new Dead Valley Lodge inside the Namib Naukluft Park, if time allows this afternoon your guide/s will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or explore Elim Dune which offers fantastic afternoon photographic opportunities as the soft light of the setting sun illuminates the nearby Rottenkaum Mountain range. However, if you prefer, you can just relax and soak up the scenic and tranquil surroundings at this fantastic lodge after your long drive.
Two nights’ accommodation at Dead Valley Lodge with breakfasts, lunches, dinners, local beverages, and excursions with your expert guides.
Sossusvlei / Namib Desert
Today you can enjoy a full day of discovering the magical beauty of the Namib Naukluft National Park as you rise early for a memorable excursion into the famous dunes of Sossusvlei. As you will be staying inside the park we will likely arrive at the dunes before anyone else and will have the unforgettable chance to see the sun rise offering incredible photo opportunities as the soft light and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. A relaxed picnic breakfast will be provided under the shade of a camel thorn tree and your expert guides will offer their knowledge and insights into the area and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environments amongst some of the highest freestanding sand dunes in the world.
Having fully explored around the towering apricot colored sand dunes of Sossusvlei and taken full advantage of the thrilling photography opportunities here we will return to the lodge in the early afternoon for lunch. You may wish to relax now after your thrilling morning among the dunes, but should you wish for more adventure you can join optional nature drives or excursions to the fascinating Sesriem Canyon or Deadvlei.
Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
This morning it’s time to set off for the next adventure as we take a fascinating drive through the breathtaking and ever-changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons, on our way to Swakopmund. After a drive of about 6 to 7 hours you will reach the coast at Walvis Bay where you have the option to visit the lagoon to see the interesting mix of pelicans, flamingos and other sea birds that are found here. We will then continue north to Swakopmund itself to check in to the uniquely beautiful Desert Breeze Lodge. This afternoon you can enjoy exploring this charming and small German coastal resort that is uniquely nestled between the desert and the sea.
1 night’s accommodation at Desert Breeze Lodge on a full board basis with local beverages included.
Swakopmund to Etosha National Park
It’s now time to venture further north as we journey inland through the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland towards Etosha National Park, a 530km drive that will take in the region of 8 hours depending on stops and photo opportunities along the way. An abundance of wildlife awaits as our focus turns to game viewing, and this is one of the finest places in Namibia from which to view elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (Oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena and much more. Your game viewing experiences will begin early as we reach the Etosha Safari Lodge.
Two nights’ accommodation at Etosha Safari Lodge with all meals, local beverages and game drives included.
Etosha National Park
The famous Etosha National Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah and is known as the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. Home to some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species you will find no shortage of photography subjects as we spend the day searching for some of these elusive and intriguing species. The whole day will be devoted to thrilling game drives inside the park as well as the private Etosha Safari Lodge on which you will be staying. The first adventure this morning will be a guided game drive through the southern and central areas in your specially modified safari vehicle/s. On a constant lookout for wildlife, your guide will tell you all there is to know about the huge wildlife populations here, their habitats and behaviors and the area’s unique ecosystem. In the afternoon you will decide amongst your group whether to continue to explore inside the park and moving on to Halali on the eastern side of the park, or taking a sundowner game drive on the private Etosha Safari Lodge. Your guides will help you decide, with your decision likely being based on how many species you have managed to see and your chances of ticking more off your bucket lists. In the evening you will return to the lodge for your safari dinner overlooking the floodlit waterhole where more photo opportunities await.
Etosha to Okonjima Nature Reserve
Leaving the wonders of Etosha behind, this morning we’ll set off for the next wildlife experience as we take a 4 hour drive south towards the bushveld richness of the Okonjima Nature Reserve, home of the famous Africat Foundation. Arriving to the camp in the afternoon, there will be time for lunch and a bit of relaxation before joining the Okonjima guides for a game drive in search of some of the elusive collared but free roaming leopards that thrive here. The dedicated team of conservationists, wildlife enthusiasts and experienced veterinarians here work tirelessly to ensure the long-term conservation and survival of Namibia’s Large Carnivores in their natural habitat, and our days here provide an unforgettable opportunity to see this invaluable work in action. In the evening we will return to the camp for dinner and a sundowner drink in the bush.
Two nights’ accommodation at Okonjima Plains Camp on a full board basis. Local beverages and scheduled guided lodge activities included.
Drive Okonjima to Windhoek
This morning you will have a chance to visit the world famous AfriCat Foundation. Here you will be taken on an educational tour to explore the beginnings and current projects that the Foundation runs and that are dedicated towards the conservation of large carnivores in Namibia. Return to the lodge afterwards for breakfast before checking out. The road then takes you south through Namibia’s central highlands to reach Windhoek where you will spend your last evening at the Avani Hotel. Your guide will join you for dinner this evening to reminisce about trip highlights and good memories.
Drive Avani Hotel to Windhoek International Airport
This morning can be spent relaxing at your hotel, exploring Windhoek, visiting NamCrafts and the Craft Centre, or doing some last-minute souvenir shopping, if time allows, before an Ultimate Safaris representative will collect you from your hotel for your transfer out to the Windhoek International Airport, getting you there in time to check in for your ongoing flight. On arrival at the airport, you will be assisted with your check-in and onward flight arrangements.
A view from Above
Okonjima Plains Camp
Situated in the beautiful Okonjima Nature Reserve this fabulous camp is home to the AfriCat Foundation and offers an authentic safari experience where you will have the chance to see Namibia's big cats and other carnivores as well as learn about their conservation.
The AfriCat Foundation rehabilitates cheetahs, wild dogs, hyaenas and leopards, and there are fantastic opportunities to see these beautiful carnivores in their natural environment.
Etosha Safari Lodge
Etosha Safari Lodge is set on top of a hillock, about 10km south of Etosha National Park's Andersson Gate and is a good base from which to explore the park and its fantastic wildlife.
River Crossing Lodge, Windhoek
Nestled amongst the foothills of the Auas Mountains, just east of Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, the beautiful River Crossing Lodge is surrounded by 6,500ha of private game reserve and provides an idyllic and relaxing base from which to begin or end your thrilling Namibian safari. Ideally located close to the city and airport, guests can enjoy relaxing in the comfortable surroundings and soaking up the beautiful views before the adventures that lie ahead. The traditional farm-style German architecture makes the most of the striking views on offer, and the lodge’s pristine areas provide the perfect blend of authenticity and modern amenities. Should you wish to start your safari early, various game drives and nature walks, both guided and self-guided, to discover the 19 different species of game that reside here are available, but should you wish to simply relax then the welcoming swimming pool, comfortable lounge, beautiful deck and small wellness centre will be sure to delight.
Dead Valley Lodge, Sossusvlei
This fantastic newly opened lodge is situated inside the Namib Naukluft Park, in-between Sesriem and Elim Dune on the road leading to the world-famous Dead Valley at Sossusvlei. Featuring striking design and luxurious, yet authentic, accommodation, the open-plan lodge offers panoramic views across the towering red sand dunes and rugged mountains of the Namib Desert. Enjoy nights around the firepit under the twinkling skies, delicious meals from the first-class restaurant, a relaxing drink in the beautiful bar area or a refreshing dip in the open-air swimming pool as you enjoy the very best of Namibian hospitality.
Desert Breeze Lodge, Swakopmund
The spectacular location of this unique, colourful and surprising lodge makes it one of the area’s most sought after accommodations. At this distinctive lodge, huge basalt sculptures stand guard over the creatively styled luxury bungalows with their prime position above the Swakop River amongst a striking desert landscape, creating an unforgettable situation just a few minutes’ drive the from the bustle of the Swakopmund town centre.
Avani Hotel & Casino, Windhoek
Towering above Namibia’s unique capital city, this four-star luxury hotel in the heart of Windhoek is simply the perfect base from which to finish off or begin your Namibian safari adventure. Sit back and relax with an exotic cocktail overlooking the Windhoek metropolis on the glamourous rooftop terrace, indulge in some fine dining in the renowned restaurant, chill out by the rooftop pool or try your hand at some games in the on-site state-of-the-art casino.
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