Namibia Landscape Workshop

with Jason and Emilie

Kalahari  - Fish River Canyon - Aus - Namib - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe - Erindi



13 Days / 12 Nights
Minimum 4 / Maximum 8
19 April 2018 - 01 May 2018

AUD 8,900 pp / USD 7,150 pp / EURO 5,990 pp

(Price per person twin share.
Single supplement of AUD-500 (USD 400, EURO 355) per person applies, 
please note the price may vary depending on the exchange rate at time of booking)  


Highlights

  • Photography tips from world renowned photographers Jason Charles Hill and Emilie Ristevski.
  • Hiking through the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world.
  • Witnessing the largest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei.
  • A chance to see the wild horses in Aus.
  • Visiting the eerie “ghost town” of Kolmanskop.
  • Spend time at Spitzkoppe, a group of bald granite peaks creating dramatic landscapes.
  • Game drives through Erindi Game Reserve, a chance to see Africa’s wildlife including the Big 5.
 

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1 : Arrive in Windhoek, meet your guide and transfer to the Kalahari Desert.

Day 2 : Enjoy the beauty of the Kalahari and then travel to the mighty Fish River Canyon.

Day 3 : Fish River Hiking Trail.

Day 4 &5 : Searching for the famous wild horses of Namib in Aus.

Day 6 : Explore the "ghost town" of Kolmanskop - a haven for photographers!

Day 7 : Amazing photographic opportunities in Sossusvlei.

Day 8 : Sunrise in Sossusvlei and transfer to the funky town of Swakopmund.

Day 9 &10 : Transfer to Spitzkoppe and enjoy the dramatic landscape. Numerous activities on offer here. 

Day 11 &12 : Transfer to Erindi Game Reserve. Enjoy Africa's wildlife!

Day 13: Transfer back to Windhoek.

What makes this safari so special?

    Travel with and learn from world renowned photographers Jason Charles Hill and Emilie Ristevski through one of the least populated countries in the world. Capturing the Namibian wilderness will transport you to another planet. Beauty in such a raw form will captivate you and you may never want to leave. A dedicated team will escort you through this beautiful country, setting up camp, making delicious food on open fires and giving you insight into all the wonders Namibia has to offer. This adventure tour will give you the opportunity to see Namibia like few others have.

Emilie Ristevski

Forever wandering with a camera in her hand – Emilie Ristevski is an Australian based creative. Built upon natural light and curiosity, her work gathers beautiful moments together to simply tell stories through the images she curates. 

With an innate sense of adventure, Emilie’s collection of work documents her appreciation for the beauty found within this world. Her distinctive style of imagery has led her to work with many clients internationally – traveling and photographing this journey, wherever it may take her. 

Views Emilie’s work here. 


Jason Charles Hill

Jason Charles Hill is an accomplished explorer, creative and photographer based on the East Coast of Australia. With a passion for adventuring wild & off beat destinations, Jason’s Imagery can be characterised by his desire to travel, photograph & be outdoors. His unique perspective & vision have earned him many opportunities to work on countless campaigns internationally through his photography - establishing himself as a global presence & influence. 

View Jason’s work here. 


DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 1

Windhoek to Kalahari

Kalahari Anib Lodge

The adventure of a lifetime starts when you land at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek, Namibia. You should aim to arrive before midday. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the Kalahari Desert where you will be spending your first night. The scenic drive will be approximately 3 hours.

Once we have settled into our accommodation we will meet at about 16h00 for our first sundowner drive. We will spend about 2 hours looking for game and our first motives. The northern part of the property is lined with a field of low and somewhat vegetated dunes. The dunes here have a much redder colour than at Sossusvlei or Swakopmund for instance. As the sun sets we should be able to capture some strong contrasting colours, with the red dunes, blue skies, social weaver bird nests, acacia trees and with some luck our first giraffes and other game like oryx and zebra.

Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari is an exceptionally beautiful living desert, a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa.  It is also the last bastion of the San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed.  Here in Namibia it is typically red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide-ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.

Accommodation: Kalahari Anib Lodge

Kalahari Anib Lodge lies like a lush green oasis in the midst of red Kalahari dunes. The restaurant and chalets are arranged around a shaded courtyard with a large swimming pool.


Day 2

Kalahari to Fish River Canyon

Fish River Hiking Trail

We spend the morning at leisure or take a predawn drive or walk for those interested in taking some photos of the sun rising over these special Kalahari dunes. After breakfast we drive 2 hours due south on an excellent tar road to reach Keetmanshoop. Here we visit the Giants Playground or the Quiver Tree Forest -another amazing place for photos. Lunch en route or in Keetmanshoop.                                            

We continue towards Holoog and enter the Gondwana private property on the edge of the Fish River Canyon. Arrival time estimated for mid-afternoon. We have enough time to stop for any photographic opportunities that we might encounter along the way and trust me there will be many!

Tonight we sleep in simple accommodation at an old farmhouse – an evening around the fire just for us. We prepare our backpacks for the next day as you need to carry water and lunch with you. Approximate walking distance 16km.

Fish River Canyon

The intermittent Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony the 160 km long, at times 27 km wide and 550m deep canyon is awe inspiring. 

Fish River Hiking Trail- Camping

The Fish River Canyon was formed when the plates of the African continent split, and gradually deepened by the flow of water, over the course of hundreds of millions of years. Today, in the midst of rigged plains and mountains, travellers can look down into its depths and see the geological history of Namibia written in its layers.

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Day 3

Fish River Canyon

Fish River Hiking Trail

 

We make an early start and get transferred on the back of a pick-up truck for about 8km. From there we start walking, slowing making our way through little feeder rivers until we hit the mighty Fish River. We should encounter permanent flowing water every now and then. We walk in this massive canyon, taking a break every hour or so to rest. For lunch we will find some shade and enjoy a longer break. Depending on how much time we spend taking photos we should be in camp (on the edge of the canyon with stunning views) by late afternoon. The last 5 km will require us to first do some steep ascending (back onto the edge) and then all the way meandering along for some final kilometres.

Once we get to camp our bedrols and luggage would have already been delivered by vehicle. Showers/ablutions are communal. We enjoy an evening of solitude and a stunning sunset (and views into the canyon) with food prepared by your guide.


Day 4

Fish River Canyon to Aus

Klein-Aus Vista Campsite

 

A leisurely morning with a delicious breakfast served after which we drive back towards the main road. We have lunch en route and should reach Klein Aus Vista in the early afternoon. This afternoon we will try and get you close to the famous wild horses of the Namib. They reside nearby and we should get some stunning photo opportunities. We will stay until the last light before we drive to camp – getting there after dark. Our campsite will be set up in Leoparden Schlucht (leopards gorge).

Aus

This region is typified by the Succulent Karoo. The distinctive climatic characteristics of the Succulent Karoo make it different from all other deserts in the world. Rainfall is reliable and predictable, falling mostly in winter, and prolonged droughts are rare. The Succulent Karoo’s botanical diversity is unparalleled by any other arid region on earth and is the world’s only plant hotspot that is entirely arid.

This ecoregion is home to greater than 5,000 higher plant species, nearly 40 percent of which are endemic, and 18 percent of which are threatened. It has the richest succulent flora in the world, harbouring about one-third of the world’s approximately 10,000 succulent species. Other unique features include the diversity of miniature succulents (435 spp.) and geophytes (bulb-like plants 630 spp.). The ecoregion is also a center of diversity and endemism for reptiles and many invertebrate taxa, especially monkey beetles (Rutelinae: Hoplinii).

The Namib Desert ecoregion to the north is characterized by extremely low and variable summer rain (less than 50 mm per year), and extremely sparse plant cover, dominated by ephemerals. To the east lies the Nama Karoo ecoregion, a low open shrubland with variable grass cover and highly variable rain that falls mainly in the late summer months.

Accommodation: Klein-Aus Vista Campsite

Large old camel thorn trees greet camping guests at the campsite in a small valley of the Aus mountains. Each of the sites is equipped with a tap, table, grill and windbreak. Neat shower and toilet facilities are within easy reach of each site.


Day 5

Aus

Desert Horse Campsi

 

Today we have only about 20km to cover to our next campsite. Part of which we can do on foot – part of which we can do by car. We would traverse a huge valley with little vegetation, just lots of oryx and zebras around, possibly some wild horses as well. Huge mountains on our left and right with some dunes interspersed. An excellent location for landscape photography due to all the natural contrasting colours.


Day 6

Aus to Namib

Greenfire Desert Lodge                  

Today we have an early start and drive all the way to Luederitzbucht to visit Kolmanskop. It takes about 1.5 hours to get there. The “ghost town” opens at 09h00 and we would like to be there before. This will give you enough time to wander through the old buildings at your leisure – a haven for photographers. For those interested you can join a guided tour to learn about the history of the place. We will spend at least 2 hours here taking photos. After we are done we do a short trip to Luederitzbucht itself with its german architecture and the Atlantic as a backdrop. After lunch we make our way back and continue towards Green Fire Lodge. Estimated arrival is late afternoon. We move into our luxurious fixed accommodation and enjoy the last light as we look due south into the Namib Rand Reserve.

Namib

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund.  For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part. 

Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok.  The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is.

Accommodation: Greenfire Desert Lodge            

Greenfire Desert Lodge is situated on a private 20000 hectare wilderness reserve, within the Namib Rand Nature Reserve. The lodge offers a game viewing experience as well as comfortable accommodation.

The lodge features six spacious, comfortably appointed en suite rooms, as well as a generous central lounge and dining area, all built of local stone to ensure warmth in winter and cool in summer. All rooms have a splendid west facing view of the surrounding desert. A terrace and sparkling swimming pool complete the package.


Day 7

Namib to Sossusvlei

Desert Homestead Outpost

Today we have about 2 hours driving time to reach Desert Homestead in the Sossusvlei area. Depending on our departure time we should be there by lunch time at the latest. In the afternoon we can either do a sundowner drive on the desert homestead property or we can go and visit the Sesriem canyon.

If you are interested a scenic helicopter flight over the dunes is highly recommended. Ask us for more info.

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib.  The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

Accommodation: Desert Homestead Outpost    

Set within the 7,000 acre private nature reserve, Desert Homestead Outpost welcomes you with a relaxed natural hospitality. Enjoy the endless panoramic view from one of the 12 guest houses or from the main house with its restaurant, lounge and pool terrace, picturesquely situated at the foot of a mountain. In the adjacent plains you can frequently watch some animals, that are roaming in the endless savannah.                   


Day 8

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund  

Desert Breeze Lodge

We have an early start in order to enter Sossusvlei at sunrise. We will try and get to Deadvlei as early as we can in order to spend a few hours in this most photogenic place. We will have a late breakfast/brunch before exiting the park by late morning. On our way to Swakopmund we will stop at Solitaire to refuel and for some delicious apple pie. Driving time from Sesriem to Swakopmund is about 5 hours.

Our accommodation in Swakopmund is built on the edge of the Swakop dry river bed – with stunning views of the sand dunes from your rooms due south, and the Atlantic ocean in the distance. We can simply take a walk into the dunes either later afternoon or early the next morning.

Swakopmund

Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it very popular.

Accommodation: Desert Breeze Lodge

Staying at Desert Breeze it will feel like you are part of the Namib desert. You will be living “in the view” of the oldest desert in the world. Total peace and silence so close to Swakopmund. Surrounded by colourful and very unique architecture contrasting but yet fitting in with the desert landscape will sooth any soul. Big basalt sculptures stand guard over the desert landscape. The luxury bungalows with the creative feeling and friendly staff will make your stay very special.


Day 9 & 10

Skwaopmund to Spitzkoppe

Spitzkoppe Campsite

A leisurely morning in Swakopmund, spend time relaxing at the accommodation, go into the funky town of Swakopmund or choose from a range of different activities. Once we are all ready we will head to Spitzkoppe which is a 2.5-3 hour drive.

The Spitzkoppe is Namibia’s most photographed “rock”. Often called the matterhorn of Namibia, this granite rock has many nooks and rock faces and even bushman art. A natural canvas for photographers, especially as the rock turns almost crimson red with the later afternoon sun and at night the stars allow for creative time lapse photography. We spend two nights here exploring the area for motives. 

Spitzkoppe

Situated in Namibia’s spectacularly scenic Namib Desert, between Usakos and Swakopmund, the Spitzkoppe are a group of bald granite peaks forming one of Namibia’s most recognisable and dramatic landmarks. These enormous towering domes provide a paradise for hikers and mountaineers, from beginners interested in guided historic walks to professional climbers eager to ascend some challenging slopes. Other popular activities include exploring the many bushmen rock paintings and camping in some of the area’s scenic secluded campsites or rustic tented camps.

Accommodation: Spitzkoppe Campsite                  

The Spitzkoppe Camp is one of Namibia's better run community camps, for years there was no camp site in the area and visitors had to bush camp, now the local community has set up a campsite and built bungalows, that offer reasonable facilities.


Day 11 & 12

Spitzkoppe to Erindi

Old Traders Camp or Camping (TBC)

After a leisurely morning, we will make our way to Erindi Game Reserve to capture some of Africa’s wildlife in a beautiful setting. Morning and afternoon game drives are on offer as well as walking safaris, birding and visiting a cultural village. All activities are an additional cos

Erindi Game Reserve

Erindi Game Reserve is a jewel in the heart of the wild Namibian landscape. The reserve of 70 000ha is situated 40km east of the town of Omaruru.

Accommodation: Erindi Old Traders Lodge or Camping- To be confirmed.

Old Traders Lodge provides the accommodation at Erindi Private Game Reserve. This impressive lodge comprises the main dining room and viewing deck as well as 35 well appointed suites that all have views of a water hole.


Day 13

Erindi to Windhoek

Departure

Today we will have a lovely breakfast together and head back to Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek which will take us about 3 hours. You should aim to fly out around 2pm or later. Our trip has come to and end!


Price includes

     Photography workshop with Jason Charles Hill and Emilie Ristevski.

     2 x English speaking driver/guide including costs for accommodation and meals.

     13 days air-conditioned vehicles, & fuel, including unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver, theft loss waiver, personal accident insurance and VAT.

     Accommodation, camping equipment, meals and activities as indicated in tour summary.

     National Park entrance fees.

     Tourism levy.

     Information pack.

Price excludes

     International flights and airport taxes.

     Pre and post safari accommodation if required.

     Photography equipment.

     All expenses of a personal nature.

     Any additional and optional activities.

     Personal Travel Insurance.

     Any additional drinks and meals.

     Visa fees is needed.

     Tips for tour guides.

 

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