The Namibia Photography Tour 2022 will take you to some of Africa’s most impressive landscapes, ancient red sand dunes deserts with white salt pans, and savannas with surprisingly abundant and diverse wildlife. A photography tour is the perfect way to capture and experience the country’s untouched nature.
This photographic adventure will see you reach the southwestern tip of the African continent, travel far into the Namibian Desert, stand at the foot of camel thorn trees that are dead for at least 700 years, explore a once-booming diamond mining town, abandoned over 60 years ago and now partially buried by sand, experience marine wildlife along the infamous Skeleton Coast, witness a shipwreck that fell for the treacherous current and sandbanks along the coast.
- Date: February 16 – 27, 2022
- Twelve days of landscape and wildlife photography in Namibia
- Small group for personal attention (max 5 participants)
- Accommodation in selected lodges and guesthouses
- Transport in 4×4 trucks
- Tutoring in landscape & wildlife photography and Lightroom skills
- Highlights: Sossusvlei, Kolmanskop, Quiver Tree Forest, Spitzkoppe, Sandwich Harbour
Day 1 – Arrival at Windhoek Airport (Dinner included)
On our first day of the Namibia Photography Tour 2022 we will meet at the airport where we will collect the 4x4s and drive to a guesthouse in Windhoek. You will have time to refresh and rest from your flight. Before dinner we will get together to get to know each other and go over details of our tour, after which we will have dinner together.
Day 2 – Quiver Tree Forest (Breakfast and Dinner included)
As soon as we finish our breakfast we will get in our 4×4’s and head to Keetmanshoop and from there to the nearby located Quiver Tree Forest. Quiver trees are actually, despite their size not really trees, but huge aloe plants. These trees are scattered among basalt boulders and with the right light the setting provides incredible photogenic impressions. For those who still did not have enough with the day can go out and do astrophotography during the night.
Day 3 – Kolmanskop (Breakfast and Dinner included)
We will get up early before dawn for a sunrise session. Our aim will be to catch the first rays of golden light glimmering through the quiver tree branches, making for an enchanting morning scene. Once finished with breakfast we will continue with our journey to Lüderitz. The drive is long and will take us through the most vast and empty landscape you might have ever seen in your life. We can stop for a photo every now and then.
Depending on the conditions in the evening, there may be the opportunity to travel into the desert for a night photography session beneath the stars at an abandoned railway station to practice your astrophotography skills.
Day 4 – Kolmanskop (Breakfast and Dinner included)
The day starts with a very early morning and a short drive to Kolmanskop Ghost Town. This was once where the Namibian diamond boom started in 1908. It became one of the wealthiest towns in the world despite its isolated locations, including a tram, ice making factory and a hospital with the first X-Ray machine in the Southern Hemisphere. The town was abandoned in 1956 and left for nature to reclaim it. The interior of the abandoned houses display a beauty of colors and textures which contrast beautifully with the sand dunes invading the privacy.
Most of the rest of the day is to relax, stroll through Lüderitz, have a coffee or tea with pastry, a drive to Diaz Point and some tutorial in post processing with Lightroom CC. I will use some of your photos you’ve taken so far to show what is possible to bring out the best of your photos.
n the afternoon, we will make our way back to Kolmanskop, ready for a sunset session within the abandoned mining town.
Day 5 – Sossuslvei National Park (Breakfast and Dinner included)
We will return to Kolmanskop for another morning shooting session, now that you know the different houses and their interior you can target on your composition and at the best moment of light display.
In sequence we will move on from Lüderitz, journeying through barren and yet beautiful landscape to Sossusvlei National Park which is one of Namibia’s most spectacular landmarks.
Once checked in to our lodge we will press on and drive down the valley to see the last sunlight of the day setting the dunes in colorful flames.
Day 6 – Deadvlei (Breakfast and Dinner included)
We are almost half through our tour and you are hopefully used to getting out of bed early morning as this particular morning will be our earliest one to get up. We have to drive to the end of the Sossusvlei road, drive a last stretch through deep sand and have a short hike to then enter famous Deadvlei. Here we will find 700 years old dead camel thorn trees reaching out a white flat pan, surrounded by red sand dunes. Photographing sunrise here will be the climax of the tour!
Afternoon is there to rest, have a refreshing swim in the pool, and continue on our Lightroom sessions. Late afternoon we will head back to the dunes.
Day 7 – Sossusvlei National Park (Breakfast and Dinner included)
Deadvlei is such a unique and iconic area that it deserves a second visit or if you prefer an optional scenic helicopter flight or hot air balloon ride over Sossusvlei in the early morning. A helicopter ride can also be an option towards the end of the day as the low sunlight provides magnificent contrast in the dunes and creating wonderful textures in the landscape laying underneath.
Astrophotography in Sossusvlei is a very special treat and it needs a special permit in order to stay back after dark. Park rules may change in the lead-up to our arrival, so unfortunately I cannot guarantee that we will have access for photography at night.
Day 8 – Walvis Bay (Breakfast and Dinner included)
We all deserve now a morning that will start with basics. Breakfast at the deck of our lodge seeing the vast landscape leading to the distant sand dunes while thinking back of the past days of our exploration through Sossusvlei and savoring our coffee. You might have the inner satisfaction of mission accomplished.
We continue our adventure in Namibia towards Walvis Bay. A complete different setting will be met. Experience now cooler temperatures, see marine wildlife and witness the desert meeting the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 9 – Sandwich Harbour (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Today comes a special treat, we will visit an area where only a few get to see. Reaching Sandwich Harbour is a real challenge and requires a dedicated guide who will get us there and back safely. This small area contains a large saltwater lagoon, extensive tidal mudflats and a band of reed-lined pools fed by freshwater springs – which together form one of the most important refuges for bird life in Southern Africa.
Day 10 – Spitzkoppe (Breakfast and Dinner included)
Today we will drive along the coast northbound to visit the shipwreck Zeila. This is one of the many unfortunate ships that got stranded on the Skeleton Coast. After creating our shots of this remarkable place and walking a little bit along the crushing waves we continue our journey to Spitzkoppe. Rising gradually from the haze of the desert floor, these mountainous structures are among Namibia’s most recognizable landmark. Millions of years of weathering have resulted in a remarkable array of geological shapes throughout this area, including striking boulders and arched rock formations. We will spend sunset and into the night crafting our images.
Day 11 – Windhoek (Breakfast and Dinner included)
This is the last complete day of our tour. We will rise for an early morning sunrise session at the peaks of Spitzkoppe, scouting the area for interesting compositions before the first rays of light shimmer over the rugged landscape. Thereafter, we will have breakfast, pack up and head back to Windhoek. After arrival to our guesthouse we will have time to relax and explore the city at your leisure before we meet in the evening for our final dinner as a group.
Day 12 – Departure from Windhoek (Breakfast included)
After breakfast and packing our stuff we will bring our 4×4’s back to the airport and say goodbye. You will be going back home with wonderful memories and remarkable images waiting to be downloaded onto your hard drive, skillfully post processed and printed to finally hang on your walls at home.
Tour price for the Namibia Photography Tour 2022: US$ 4,900
Payments may be made with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Upon payment of your deposit (50% down payment), I will send you a comprehensive information package including suggestions for photography and travel gear, as well as clothing.
Non photographer spouses are welcome, but will have to pay the full tour price.
Cancellation Policy and Insurance:
No refunds will be given for unused portions of this photo adventure. You will receive a full refund only in the very unlikely scenario of the tour being cancelled.
I highly recommend travel insurance which is inexpensive and easy to acquire. Knowing you have 100% trip cancellation coverage makes a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Medical insurance for the duration of the tour is mandatory. Make sure that this insurance also covers repatriation. You will be asked for a copy of your insurance, without you will not be able to participate.
Required Photographic Skills:
The Namibia Photography Tour 2022 is suitable for beginners and advanced photographers. Participants must have a working knowledge of their camera.
The lodges and guesthouses are selected and reserved months ahead. They are all known to me from my previous tours to Namibia.
Rooms will have double occupancy.
Driving in Namibia:
We will rent two 4×4’s. They will all be fully insured to avoid any surprises down the road. Each car will have three people. You are invited to drive one of the 4×4’s for part of the itinerary. Since distances are long it will be easier on all of us when we share the driving. Namibia has mainly gravel roads, so this will be fun. I will give some teaching regarding driving particularities in Namibia before we head off Windhoek. Having the steering wheel on the right side is not the only peculiarities. You will also be taught special driving skills before we get to Deadvlei as we will have to cross deep sand and we certainly do not want to get stuck and spoil the moment.
You will need an international driving license for Namibia in case your driving license is not in English.
Namibia is less travelled and has less tourist crowds during Summer. High temperatures are not necessarily very desired. Most adventurers visit Namibia in winter (May – September).
Uncrowded lodges and roads, less people in your frame, few or no foot prints in the sand pattern that you are about to use as a foreground element in your image is possibly a plus when doing landscape photography, but not the ultimate reason to choose the hot season. February is ideal to visit Namibia. You will witness clouds, rain and thunderstorms in the desert. Drama, texture, colors and rainbows are the visual payback for venturing the summer heat.
What is included:
- Transfer from Hosea Kutako International Airport to our guesthouse in Windhoek
- Two 4×4’s rental trucks
- All lodge and guesthouse accommodations
- All park entrance fees
- All meals as indicated in the itinerary above
- Photographic tutoring and introduction to Lightroom
- Transfer from our guesthouse in Windhoek to the Hosea Kutako International Airport on our last day in Namibia
What is NOT included:
- Flights to Namibia and back home
- Travel & medical insurances
- Alcoholic beverages, drinks and snacks
- Meals not included in the itinerary above
- Personal expenses
- Helicopter flight or hot air ballon ride over Sossusvlei
- Other not mentioned in ‘Included’
Expect to be in awe! The Namibia Photography Tour 2022 will allow you to experience why Namibia is unique and sets itself apart from most popular photographic destinations. It’s a vast country with less than 2 million inhabitants. Nature is dominant and its ancient deserts are incredibly beautiful! There is lots of wildlife and landscapes that will leave you amazed.
We will be a small group. I can give you personal attention. I have selected comfortable guesthouses and lodges so a good night’s rest is assured. Most meals are included in the tour price.
We will use 4-wheel drive vehicles, since most roads in Namibia are gravel roads. This also gives us the freedom to drive through deep sand to get to the trailhead to Deadvlei independently.
This tour is fit for all photography levels. If you are a beginner I can help you become a better photographer.
Discover Namibia under my expertise and it will most probably not be your last visit!
Any unanswered questions left? Contact me.
Reserve early, as the group size is limited to max 5 participants!
Any trips I organize or organize with another photographer are private and non-business. I am a physician by trade and I take people along with me on my trips because I enjoy the company and the opportunity to help people get to know and photograph the Southwest. I do not make a business out of it. My goal is to have a pleasant, safe trip with artistic value photography as a result. We share expenses, gear, ideas, and experiences. We do nothing that would require me or a co-host to be a concessionaire or CUA holder in any federal or state lands we may visit or photograph. We will not be going anyplace on public lands that are not generally open to the public. No photographs you take on public lands may be used to promote the sale or use of a product or service. We will not do any “commercial filming” as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations nor will we do any “still photography” that would require a permit from any agency administering any public land which we photograph.
We will respect nature, leave only footprints where we are allowed to leave footprints, and take only our images, memories, and friendships home with us.