Expert Guided Namibia Photography Masterclass Safari 12 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 £500.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- 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 the famous Quivertree Forest, 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
- Private charter flight from Windhoek to Keetmanshoop on Day 2
- 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
ITINERARY11 Nights 12 Days
- Day 1 | Windhoek
- Days 2 - 3 | Keetmanshoop
- Day 4 | Keetmanshoop to Sossusvlei / Namib Desert
- Day 5 | Sossusvlei / Namib Desert
- Day 6 | Sossusvlei to Swakopmund
- Day 7 | Swakopmund to Etosha National Park
- Day 8 | Etosha National Park
- Day 9 | Etosha to Okonjima Nature Reserve
- Day 10 | Okonjima Nature Reserve
- Days 11 - 12 | Okonjima to Windhoek - End of Tour
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.
After breakfast this morning you will join your transfer to Eros Airport for your private charter flight to Keetmanshoop, where on arrival you will meet your guide and transfer to Quivertree Forest Rest Camp on the outskirts of the town. Quivertree Forest is a fantastic location for photographers and will offer the perfect introduction to your in-depth Namibia photography tour. The Quivertree Forest harbours around 300 iconic Quiver Trees (Aloe dichotoma), also referred to by its Afrikaans name Kokerboom, which are one of the most interesting and characteristic plants of Namibia.
Over the course of the next 2 days, you and your guides will enjoy an exploration around the forest photographing these amazing trees at different light intensities, returning to the camp each evening for dinner and relaxation. You will also enjoy an exploration of the “Giant’s playground”, a geological phenomenon of dolerite rock formations located within the forest.
2 nights’ accommodation at Quivertree Forest Rest Camp on a full-board basis with meals, local beverages and guided excursions included.
Keetmanshoop to Sossusvlei / Namib Desert
After an early morning cheetah photography session, you will hop into your air-conditioned private safari vehicle to begin your journey to Sossusvlei for a two day guided exploration of the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert. 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 fantastic Ongava Lodge which has its own bustling waterhole which is frequently visited by many of the National Park’s intriguing animals. The rest of the evening will be at your leisure and you may wish to enjoy a dip in the swimming pool, a drink on the terrace or a visit to the brilliant sunken hide overlooking the waterhole.
Two nights’ accommodation at Ongava 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 Ongava Game Reserve 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 Ongava Game Reserve. 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 Bush Camp on a full board basis. Local beverages and scheduled guided lodge activities included.
Okonjima Nature Reserve
An early start this morning as after a quick coffee and a muffin we will set off to explore the rest of this fantastic reserve. Returning to camp later in the morning a hot brunch will be provided and there will be time to relax and make use of the luxury bush camp’s facilities. In the afternoon there will be another game drive offered before dinner. Throughout your time here you can learn all about the work that is carried out here for the rehabilitation of cheetahs, wild dogs, hyaenas and leopards, and as well as your included activities there are a number of optional activities including visits to the night hide which can be arranged and are charged at an additional cost.
Okonjima to Windhoek - End of Tour
As our wildlife adventures come to an end there will be time this morning to learn more about the work of the Africat Foundation where you will be taken on an educational tour to explore the beginnings and current projects that the Foundation runs. After returning to the lodge for breakfast it will be time to start our journey back to Windhoek for one last night in Namibia. The 240km journey will take around 3.5 hours and your hotel for tonight will allow you the chance to fully relax after the excursions of the last 10 days. Sip a cocktail by the rooftop pool, heck out the shops and boutiques, or maybe even try your hand at a few games in the casino. The hotel offers a fine dining restaurant and tonight you can enjoy a farewell dinner with your guide and fellow passengers.
The following morning a transfer will be provided to the airport for your homeward flights.
One night accommodation at Avani Hotel & Casino on a full board basis with local beverages included.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Perched upon a small hill in the Ongava Game Reserve this beautiful wildlife lodge offers stunning views over the plains and the abundant wildlife which resides in the area.
Situated on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park this wildlife camps consists of 14 luxurious private en-suite chalets built from brick, rock and thatch. Each chalet has been exquisitely decorated and furnished and all have large and comfortable beds, seating areas, air-conditioning and private verandas on which guests can enjoy the impressive views of the surrounding plains and the waterhole below where a host of wildlife species can be found.
The main areas of this beautiful wildlife lodge consist of a large main lounge and bar area and a beautiful swimming pool area in which to relax in the warm midday sun. Meals are served either in the thatched dining room or on the dining deck under the stars of the famous crystal clear night sky.
Ongava Lodge features almost all of the characteristic wildlife of the area, with plains game such as springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, Hartmann's mountain zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland and endemic black-faced impala seen, while Etosha itself has elephant to add to the list. In Etosha, large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, making for exciting wildlife viewing. Lion move between the Park and the Reserve and both black and white rhino can be seen. Ten of Namibia’s 14 endemic bird species have been recorded in the 340 species seen on Ongava.
At Ongava Lodge there are numerous activities available - for example you can enjoy game drives through the Ongava Game Reserve at all times of the day, join a guided nature walk or take an excursion into Etosha National Park.
Okonjima Bush Camp
Home of the AfriCat Foundation, Okonjima is a wonderful safari destination that is just waiting to be explored, with 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.
There are a number of accommodation options at Okonjima and one of the most popular options is the luxury bush camp which consists of 8 thatched, African-style chalets which offer a very high level of luxury and comfort for guests to enjoy after a long day of exploring this remarkable area.
All of these beautiful chalets have been furnished, equipped and decorated to a very high standard and include a large queen size bed, a sunken lounge with a sofa that can be turned into a further small bed if needed, a minibar and a fantastic en-suite bathroom which is separated from the bedroom by sculpted inner walls. The chalets all have fabulous views over the plains and the warthogs and antelope that often grace them, and a birdbath which is frequently visited by a variety of birds and small mammals.
To witness even further wildlife Okonjima has a range of activities which are of course mostly centred around the big cats. AfriCat is a non-profit organisation set up to conserve and protect threatened cheetah, leopard, and other wild carnivores of Namibia. Visitors will be able to observe some of this programme at work and learn more about these amazing and beautiful animals. Activities include leopard viewing, visits to the "cheetah project", large carnivore tracking on foot, game drives and bird watching.
After a long day of exploring you can return to the main camp area where you will find a beautiful dining area where delicious freshly prepared meals are served and an inviting lounge and bar. The main camp also has a luxurious swimming pool with comfortable sun loungers.
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.
Good standard accommodation is provided in 20 elegantly styled bedrooms which have either double, twin or triple bed configurations, and feature showers, air conditioning, coffee stations and small balconies with views of either Windhoek or the Auas Mountains. The excellent on-site restaurant with a panoramic dining deck provides beautiful food throughout the day.
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.
The eco-friendly design and architecture of this fantastic lodge has been truly inspired by the awe-inspiring surroundings of the Sossusvlei and guests can delight in the panoramic views from their own freestanding luxury tented chalet. Climate-controlled and featuring private patios, each of the 20 units has been designed and furnished to the very highest of standards, with luxurious beds, stylish bathrooms, kitchenettes, power points and private verandas allowing you to feel at one with the surrounding nature. Close to the park entrance, guests are offered morning and afternoon game drives to the Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyons.
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.
Creative, stylish and sophisticated, each of the 12 luxury en-suite bungalows have wireless internet, fireplaces, mini bars, comfortable beds and private balconies from which to soak up the tremendous dune views. An exquisite three-bedroomed villa and a two-roomed jungle bungalow are also available for something even more special. Breakfasts and sundowners are served on the main deck with breathtaking views over the desert, and an abundance of optional activities are available.
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.
The hotel’s fantastic location means the shops and boutiques of the city are all within easy reach, and after a long day of sightseeing you can relax in one of the 173 perfectly appointed bedrooms and suites. Comfortable, generously sized and well-equipped, each bedroom offers ample space, modern en-suite bathrooms, complimentary WiFi access, mini bars, Satellite TVs and air-conditioning. Many rooms and suites also offer excellent views over the city and surrounding mountains.
Quivertree Forest Rest Camp, Keetmanshoop
Ideally located for exploring and photographing Namibia’s famous Quivertree Forest and the dolerite rock formations of the Giants Playground, Quivertree Forest Rest Camp offers comfortable accommodation on a multi-generational family farm. Good standard accommodation is provided in eight rooms with private showers, toilets and air-conditioning, and seven fully equipped self-catering bungalows.
As this is a working farm, there are a number of animals on site including dassies and suricate, and each afternoon guests are welcome to attend and observe the daily cheetah feeding. The camp also offers a swimming pool and relaxation area.
What Our Customers
• The lodges were excellent and very welcoming, I particularly remember the Kulala Desert Lodge for its wonderful location, however I think Damaraland Lodge has to take top spot, for the amazing bush lunch and dinner under the stars that they organised. I will also never forget the giant eagle owl that we saw hunting at dawn, a truly magical moment.
• We can’t thank you enough for recommending Namibia, it’s simply amazing! The people are so friendly, the landscapes are awe inspiring, the night skies unforgettable and the wildlife so diverse, we loved every minute. Doing a self drive was definitely the right option for us, it gave us just the flexibility we crave and felt completely safe, we would do it again without a doubt.
Really glad I went. Had a brilliant time. Guides were great. What an experience , saw everything I wanted and more. Village visit and project visits (despite my slightly negative expectation) were really enjoyable, in fact taught me a lesson or two.
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