Dunes And Tribes
Namibia is one of the largest, the brightest and at the same time the safest countries on the African continent. Hot sands of the Kalahari Desert and foggy dawns of the Atlantic coast, red dunes of the most ancient Namib Desert and thousands of kilometres of the heated savanna where every now and then elephants and rhinos, lions and long-legged giraffes will be our models, and zebras will even let us count their stripes. The peaceful tribes living in their native lands haven't lost their primeval authenticity and are always eager to have guests in their settlements. One can't help falling in love at first sight with this magic land and its juicy colours, and even sophisticated travellers won't take the reality seriously at once.
We're inviting you to spend 14 busy days in the warm and sunny Namibia. Flocks of flamingos, the Dead Valley and night shots of the Milky Way, graceful inhabitants of the savannah and the forgotten city of Kolmanskop, leaving under the waves of the approaching desert. We will spend a few unforgettable days with the Bushmen and the Himba tribes, and the emotions from the experience will not allow you to hold back tears when parting with this fantastic country.
Well, the first participants of this expedition have already signed in. We might be waiting for you now!
Day 1. After the arrival and baggage claim we will go to our hotel in the center of Windhoek. Today we are not in a hurry, we are having a rest after the flight, shopping and shopping around the capital malls and small shops and enjoying heart-to-heart conversations about the upcoming days of travel over a glass of cold Chablis.(//)
Day 2. Early in the morning we will put our things into the minivans and set out south, in the direction of the red Kalahari sands. We will have to overcome almost 500 km to the destination point. A night photo session of the mysterious Quiver Trees. From time immemorial, local aborigines have made quivers for their sniper arrows from the branches of these trees. A night photo session of the Milky Way at the background of the sprawling tree crowns.(B)
Day 3. After breakfast we're going towards the ocean to find our hotel right on the coast. In the afternoon we'll set off for the wonderful and mysterious Kolmanskop for the evening shots. Views of the abandoned and forever forgotten city being gradually swallowed by the greedy desert sand waves won't leave anyone indifferent. Returning to the hotel to have a rest after the evening photo session. A misted glass of wine and some tender oysters for supper… Yummm… What can feel better? (B)
Day 4. At dawn, we will visit Kolmanskop once again, because the morning light will allow us to see a different picture of the abandoned city. After breakfast, we'll set out for the ancient Namib Desert which appeared more than 80 million years ago. It is “inhabited” by the red dunes, the highest on the planet. Some of them are as high as 350 m! A very long journey of 6 to 8 hours is ahead. By sunset or a bit later, we'll be in our lodge. Dinner, rest.(B)
Day 5. Long before dawn, around 2.30 – 2.45, we'll set out for one of the most wonderful places in the park, Dead Valley! Long ago there was a picturesque oasis there and the sprawling crowns of the trees were stretching out their branches towards the sun, giving the shade to the scarce travellers. But nothing can last forever in this world! The water was gone or vaporized, and the dried mummies of trees are still there like haunted fairy tale characters, stretching out their hands towards the heated and merciless sun. Dead Valley will give us some of its magic fairy tale views. Morning shots right there, next comes breakfast in the desert. After that we'll go to Sesriem Canyon. An afternoon rest in our lodge. In the evening we'll set out for the dunes, red with the sunset light.(B)
Day 6. Today we're going to have another morning photo session in Dead Valley. This place is so unique that we have allocated an extra morning just for it. Moving to Valvish Bay after the breakfast. Our hotel will be situated on the bank of a cozy harbour where a colony of pink flamingos is living. A photo session of the gracious birds in the last sunset rays.(B)
Day 7. Moving to Spitzkop. It is picturesque highlands in the north of Namibia, formed by some reddish cliffs with soft kinds of rocks. The wonderful colour of the cliffs and the amazing Milky Way will surely get into the plot of our evening and night shootings.(B)
Day 8. An early rise and moving to the Etosha National Park. This is the best place in Namibia for taking pictures of animals. We're going to have a two-hour journey and an evening safari in the Etosha Park. Next comes a night at a lodge in the National Park.(B)
Day 9. A morning safari in the Etosha National Park. Returning to the lodge for breakfast. Collecting our things and moving east to another lodge in the Park. An evening safari in the Etosha and another night at the lodge in the Etosha National Park.(B)
Day 10. Having breakfast and driving to Himba village. After checking in the lodge, guests can order a private evening safari (60 $). (B)
Day 11. Early in the morning, accompanied by a local guide, we're going to set out for the village of Himba where we will see their everyday life and, of course, arrange a portrait photo session with the villagers. We'll buy out all the souvenirs we like and immediately after breakfast hit the road. We're already expected in a village of Bushmen. Checking into a comfortable lodge and having a rest.(B)
Day 12. We'll take with us our pre-ordered gifts for the Bushmen – rice, sugar and coffee, – and of course, our lunch boxes, and drive to the Bushmen. You don't know how to make jewellery out of ostrich eggs shell? You've never shot from a bow? You can't make fire by friction? What on earth have you been doing all your life??? As you have already guessed, this day won't be a waste of time. We'll leave the village only by the evening, with gigabytes of photographs… and with lots of new life experience. Returning to the lodge, supper and a rest.
Day 13. Collecting our things and leaving for Winhoek (about 500 km). After an evening rest, we'll all get together during a farewell supper at the hotel restaurant.
Day 14. Checking out of the hotel, returning our cars and travelling to the airport. Our African holidays are coming towards the end, the group is going home. See you soon, Namibia!!!
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY Mostly Beginner. Good mobility is required, but there will be no difficult climbing or hikes.
WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES:
- Double room accommodation. Each 2 participants will share a room in comfortable hotels and lodges.
- Professional photography guidance by an award-winning landscape photographer.
- Post-processing workshops when possible (though the emphasis will always be on field shooting).
- Travelling in spacious, comfortable vans.
- Taxes on all services listed above.
WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Airfare to and from Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH).
- Airport pickup and dropoff outside of agreed-upon times.
- Dinner and lunch (EURO15-25 per/day).
- Private safari at Etosha NP.
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Non-meal-time snacks.
- Non-meal-time soft drinks
PRICE $4900 USD
GROUP LIMIT 6 guests maximum
Your deposit of $2000 USD will hold your place in this workshop. Further payment of $2000 USD is due by June 1, 2020. Final payment of $900 USD is due by September 1, 2020.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the tour is still filled, we will refund full amount you have paid minus $200 USD service charge. If you cancel and the tour doesn't fill up you will be refunded according to the following scheme, based on the full fee of the tour:
>180 days before the starting date of the tour: full refund minus $200 service charge
>90 days: 75% refund
>60 days: 50% refund
<60 days: no refund
Attention!!! Due to the current adverse situation, when most countries stop air communication with the outside world, we have changed the payment rules for this tour.
All deposits and payments for this tour will be refunded in full if there is no official information about the opening of the borders and the removal of other restrictions for tourism in the host country – Namibia, in this case, – in 30 days before the start of the tour. After these restrictions are removed the old rules will apply.
We are aware of the fact that travel planning has become incredibly difficult. However, we believe that the situation will change until mid-summer 2020.
Things to take:
- A digital camera, preferably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
- A sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
- Recommended: an ultra-wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
- Recommended: a wide aperture ultra-wide angle such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for night photography.
- Recommended: a telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
- A camera remote control.
GUIDE OF THE TOUR:
Vladimir Kushnarev. Professional photographer, guide. In addition to photography and travel, Vladimir conducts professional workshops on post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom editors, panoramic photography, night landscape photography.
Spending a lot of time travelling, he still manages to take part in some contests.
Here are a few of his latest achievements and awards:
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest in “night landscape” section;
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest “Planet Summer”;
- First place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in “day landscape” section;
- Bronze Medal, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
- Silver Award, Epson International Pano Awards 2017.
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