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 for photographers and non photographers.  I will be guiding you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but also to aid you in mentally visualising 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 8 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

Amazing lodges

All breakfasts and dinners

Private driver & guide

Accommodations

Kalahari:  Bagatelle Kalahari

Sesriem: Desert Hills Lodge

Swakopmund:  Hotel  La Mer

Damaraland: Vingerklip Lodge

Etosha:  Toshari Lodge

Day 1:   Pick up at airport and head to the Kalahari.  

We will be driving to the Mariental region of the Kalahari 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 spend the night at Bagatelle Kalahari.

Day 2:    Full day in the heart of this ancient desert where we will do a a photographic safari tour, cheetah feeding and stop for drinks for sunset..

The area is vast and spread out with wildlife everywhere.

We spend the night at Bagatelle Kalahari.

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 Namibian 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 the night at Desert Hills Lodge.

Day 4:   We leave at 7 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 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  Hotel La Mer, Swakopmund.  

Free Evening. 

Day 5:  We head to Walvis Bay and 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 Hotel  La mer.

Free Evening.

Day 6: We head towards Spitzkoppe on the way to Khorixas in Damaraland.

We will do an early drive to the amazing Spitzkoope mountains to catch the sunrise.   We then head towards Damaraland where 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.

We stay the night at Vingerklip lodge.

Day 7: 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 where plenty of wildlife gather.     

We stay the night in Toshari Lodge.

Day 8:  After breakfast we hit the road back to Windhoek and come to the end of the tour. We will bid you farewell in the hope to have raised your awareness and sparked your creativity so that you go home with images to be proud of.


DUE TO THE COVID 19 SITUATION, ALL DATES ARE POSTPONED UNTIL THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL.  THE DATES BELOW WILL BE MODIFIED.PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT DATES SUIT YOU BEST TO VISIT NAMIBIA.


Feb 3 to Feb 11 2020 sold out.

May 22 to May 29 2020  sold out.  POSTPONED

Sept 14 to Sept 21 2020 3 spots left.  POSTPONED

Feb 3 to Feb 11 2021 4 spots left

May 22 to May 29 2021 3 spots left.


Other dates may be available upon request.

Airline ticket not included.

Travel Insurance not included.

Cancellation Policy: The deposit of 30% is refundable until the minimum number of participants is reached. You will be notified when this is the case. Once the minimum number is reached, all accommodation, 4×4, etc. are booked. From this moment we won’t be in the position to refund the 30% deposit. In the case you cancel your tour more than 2 months before the start of the tour, we can refund 50% of the full price. From 2 months up to the departure of the tour, no refund can be made. For this reason we suggest you to get a cancellation insurance.


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