Namibia Workshop - Solly Levi

Namibia has the world’s most spectacular and varied desert landscapes.

Perhaps it's the arid nothingness of the Namib Desert; or the stark beauty of the Skeleton Coast; or the endless salt pans; or the creeping dunes of Sossusvlei pan. Whatever the potion is, those who travel to Namibia are changed forever, and they always want to go back to get another fix. The Namib Desert, with its giant roaring dunes, spreads along the south east of the country, while the popular Etosha National Park is the star attraction in the north.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. My aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our 10 days together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. What better location to express your creativity than the magic of Namibia.


Group Size:  4-8

Who is it for:  

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

What's included:

Safari, wildlife, nature, travel, landscape, seascape, and people photography

Professional photographer | guide

Post processing  editing lessons in Lightroom.

Entrance fees, photo walks & discussions

4 or 5 star hotels and lodges.

All breakfasts and dinners.

Private driver & guide

Accommodations

Windhoek:  Hotel Hilton

Kalahari:  Bagatelle Kalahari

Sesriem: Sossusvlei Lodge

Swakopmund:  Pension La Mer

Damaraland: Vingerklip Lodge

Etosha:  Etosha Village

Otjiwarongo:  Mount Etjo Safari Lodge


Day 1:   Pick up at airport and head at the Hilton Windhoek.  We meet and talk about our itinerary.  Welcome drinks at the rooftop overlooking Windhoek and a great opportunity for sunset shots.

Day 2:    After breakfast we head towards the Kalahari in the Mariental region.  We will be driving towards Rehoboth, through a vast semi desert on dirt roads.  

The Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. The San people are still living in the area.

We will stay overnight at Kalahari Bagatelle Lodge.  In the afternoon we will do a a photographic safari tour and stop for drinks for sunset..

Day 3:  Early in the morning, we will go on a walking tour with the San people (bushmen) and learn about their hunting techniques in the desert and how they survive in the bush.

After breakfast we head to the Namibia Desert with a stop in Maltahoe.

The name “Namib” is of Nama origin and means “vast place”. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years, it is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. A number of unusual species of plants and animals are found in this desert, many of which are endemic and highly adapted to the specific climate of the area. The Namib fauna mostly comprises arthropods and other small animals that can live on little water, but a few species of bigger animals are also found, including antelopes and gazelles (such as oryx and springboks), ostriches, black-backed jackals, bat-eared fox and in some areas even desert elephants. All these species have developed techniques to survive in the Namib environment.

We stay overnight at Elegant Desert Lodge.  

Day 4.  We leave at 6 am and head towards Sossusvlei national park to avoid the midday sun.

This area is characterized by high sand dunes of vivid pink-to-orange color, an indication of a high concentration of iron in the sand and consequent oxidation processes. The oldest dunes are those of a more intense reddish color. These dunes are among the highest in the world; many of them are above 200 metres, the highest being the one nicknamed Big Daddy, about 325 metres high, however the highest dune in the Namib Desert, Dune 7, is about 388 metres high.

We will drive all the way to Deadvlei, then head toward Sesriem Canyon.  It is a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab river in the local sedimentary rock, about a kilometre (0.6 mile) long and up to 30 meters (100 feet) deep.

We then head back to Elegant Desert lodge.

Day 5.  We head towards Swakopmund with a stop in Solitaire.

Moving north from Sossusvlei, the sand gradually gives way to a rocky desert that extends all the way from Sossusvlei to the Swakop River. This area is traversed by the Tropic of Capricorn and it is mostly flat, although some scenic canyons and elevations are found in some areas, for example in the Moon Valley system. While most of the soil is rocky, sand dunes are still occasionally found in this region; for example, sand dunes occupy much of the coastline between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides and the cold Atlantic waters to the west, both towns enjoy a mild desert climate. The average temperature ranges between 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). Rainfall is less than 20 mm per year, making gutters and drainpipes on buildings a rarity. The cold Benguela current supplies moisture for the area in the form of fog that can reach as deep as 140 km (87 mi) inland. The fauna and flora of the area have adapted to this phenomenon and now rely upon the fog as a source of moisture. Namibia has rich coastal and marine resources that remain largely unexplored.

We stay overnight at  Pension La Mer, Swakopmund.  

Free Evening 

Day 6: We head towards Walvis Bay for a boat tour in the Atlantic where we will see pelicans, seals, dolphins and hope to see whales.  We will have a light lunch on board.

We then head to Sandwich harbour for 4x4 tour on the sand dunes along the coast where the sea meets the desert, there we will see pink salt flats where flamingos come to feed.   We will also see springboks, seals and jackals.  We will have lunch on the sand dunes.

We then head back to Swakopmund at Pension La mer.

Day 7: We head towards Khorixas in Damaraland.

We will do multiple stops on the way to photograph the spectacular scenery.  We will also encounter the Himba people on the way.  We will then stop at Vingerklip lodge in a canyon with amazing views.  We will climb to the top of the canyon for sunset and dinner.

Day 8: We head towards Etosha national park at Okaukuejo.  

The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert is roughly 130 km long and as wide as 50 km in places. The salt pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos in particular. The surrounding savannah is home to a number of mammals that will visit the pan and surrounding waterholes when there is water, these include quite large numbers of zebra, Blue Wildebeest, giraffe and springbok as well as white rhinoceros, elephants, cheetahs, lions, leopards, and other antelopes.

We drive to the water holes of the park at the west end and stay the night in Okaukuejo.

Day 9:   We continue our day in Etosha national park and head towards Halali where we will see plenty of wildlife.  We head East to Namutoni.

We stay the night in Namutoni.

Day 10:  We leave Etosha and head towards Otjiwarongo.

We will get to Mount Edjo Lodge and relax.  We will have dinner and then head for lion feeding at night.

Day 11:  After breakfast we hit the road back to Windhoek where we will bid you farewell. Depending on the time of your flight, you may choose to visit the city of Windhoek with our guide, or free time for shopping. Book your outbound flight until the late afternoon. WE WILL NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 2 PM or 14:00).


Price:  2500 USD

Date: May 5 to May 15     2019. Sold Out

         

Sept 2 to Sept 12 2019 2 spots left.

Oct 5 to Oct 15  2019  3 spots let.      

Dec 2 to Dec12 2019   Available.

Jan 2 to Jan 12  2020  Available.

         

Other dates may be available upon request.


Airline ticket not included.

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