NAMIBIA TOUR (10 Days)
13-22 March 2023
R74 500 / $4400 pps*
Namibia offers some of the most picture-perfect landscapes on earth. Its topography is one of the most diverse you can find in Africa, with scenery ranging from desolate deserts to salt pans scattered with skeletal trees, to gigantic sand dunes and colonial architecture. With an abundance of free-roaming wildlife, this striking country is a must-visit for both travellers and photographers alike.
Namibia is one of the world’s most spectacular countries, stretching across 800,000 square kilometres. Namibia contains an array of extreme landscapes: mighty sand dunes, gravel plains, rolling hills, and diamond-rich coastal deserts.
Perhaps it's the stark beauty of the rolling desert dunes, or the incredible wildlife backdropped by amazing landscapes. Whatever your passion is, those who travel to Namibia are changed forever, and they always want to go back, as a part of you will always remain in Namibia.
This adventure is designed specifically for photographers, with careful planning going into the locations we have selected and times we need to be at each location for the best lighting conditions. We will assist you in finding the best compositions for the terrain and light at hand, as well as assisting you in visualising the end image before you capture that amazing shot. We aim to improve your photographic skillset by assisting you with composition, camera settings and editing assistance so that when you leave with your stunning images you are also better equipped as a photographer.
Our aim is to get you the images you want and we are very passionate about this. Every person is different and we treat you that way. So join us on a photographic adventure like no other and let's capture Namibia like never before.
6-12 people. We will be travelling in two photographic safari vehicles (seats 12) with a qualified guide and photographer in each vehicle. Maximum number of 6 clients per vehicle so there will be plenty of space for camera gear.
Landscape, nature, wildlife, travel, weather photography
Amazing lodge accommodation for all nights
All Breakfasts & Most Dinners (see itinerary for included meals)
A professional photographer (1 per 6 people)
Qualified travel guide and driver
Sandwich Harbour Excursion
Photographic assistance for the duration of the tour, including composition, best times to capture the light and help with correct gear settings
Post-processing assistance and presentations
Flights to Windhoek international airport
Visa and travel insurance
Lunches and some dinners (see itinerary)
Expenses of a personal nature
All personal snacks and drinks
Optional activities such as balloon ride
Pick up at Windhoek airport. We will be staying at Am Wienberg Boutique Hotel in Windhoek. We will have a welcome / meet-and-greet at the hotel, followed by a presentation on the trip and what you can expect, as well as some helpful photographic information to assist you for the duration of the tour.
(Breakfast & Dinner)
We will leave early in the morning and travel to Sesriem and check in to Sossus Dune Lodge inside the park. This gives us an extra hour of access to the park at sunset and sunrise. In the afternoon, we will drive to Sossusvlei and shoot Deadvlei in the late afternoon light.
Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River to flow any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years. During an exceptional rainy season, the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.
(Breakfast & Dinner)
An early morning start as we race into the park to get the first morning light, as it first hits the golden dunes followed by a morning visit to the Deadvlei trees and some dune exploring. We will then move to Sossusvlei Lodge located just outside of Sesriem. The afternoon will be a drive into the park again where we will capture amazing dune landscapes, wild oryx and end off with sunset at the iconic Dune 45.
Close to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is a clay pan characterised by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. The pan was formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. However, the climate changed and the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old, however, they have not decomposed due to the dry climate.
Deadvlei is a paradise for photographers as the contrast between the pitch-black trees and bleached-white pans, and the rusty-red dunes and deep blue sky make for incredible images. Deadvlei is at least a 1km walk from the parking lot so be sure to take drinking water with you.
Dune 45 is named for its proximity to Sesriem Gate. It is situated 45km from the gate, along a paved road and is easily reached using a 2×4 vehicle. Its fascinating shape and accessibility make it the most photographed dune in the world.
The dunes of the Namib Desert were created by sand carried by the wind from the coast of Namibia. The sand here is 5 million years old and is red in colour due to its iron oxide content. As the lighting changes with the time of day, so does the appearance of the dunes’ characteristic colour, allowing for interesting photographs at any time. The wind in the Sossusvlei area blows from all directions, which means that these types of dunes are known as “star dunes”. This is because the winds cause the sand to form a star shape with multiple arms.
(Breakfast & Dinner)
We will spend the morning capturing the dunes with the morning light, as well as the iconic Sossusvlei region. For the more adventurous a climb up Big Mamma dune overlooking Sossusvlei is a must, especially if the vlei has water in it. Mornings are the best times for reflections and if water is present in the vlei it will be our best time to get those perfectly clean reflections of the dunes and trees.
We will head back to the lodge for midday and relax around the pool or in the air conditioning of the lodge. The afternoon will be a private drive on the Sossusvlei Lodge Conservancy where we will shoot sunset.
Sesriem / Walvis Bay
An early morning again! I hope you can all see a trend developing here. A sunrise hot air balloon ride is highly recommended for this morning and is incredible to experience (please speak to us about adding this optional activity with Namib Sky Balloon Safaris). For those that do not wish to do the hot air balloon safari, you can relax and sleep in.
We will then travel to Walvis Bay and check-in at Flamingo Villa Boutique Hotel situated right on the edge of the estuary. The flamingos will be right on our doorstep.
In the afternoon we drive out to Pelican Harbour known for its rich birdlife, including flamingos and pelicans. We will also explore some great long exposure compositions along this arid coast at sunset.
Early morning and we are off to a sunrise Sandwich Harbour photographic tour amongst the dunes. We will be travelling into the desert along the beach with some amazing landscapes on offer.
The afternoon will be free time where you can catch up on some sleep, visit a local coffee shop or take a walk and capture the flamingos nearby the accommodation. We will also be available to assist with any editing help during this time.
Sandwich Harbour, part of the Namib Naukluft Park, is a place many have heard of but very few have ever visited. The lagoon, salt pans and the bird sanctuary, which form the Walvis Bay Wetlands, are rightly heralded as the single most important coastal wetlands of Southern Africa. It is one of five Ramsar sites in Namibia. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breathtaking sceneries and unique landscapes, just waiting to be discovered.
(Breakfast & Dinner)
DAY 7 & 8
At sunrise, we will spend our last morning capturing the flamingos and other birdlife along the Walvis Bay estuary. We will then travel through Swakopmund to our next destination, Spitzkoppe. We will be staying at the Spitzkoppen Lodge with stunning views of the Spitzkoppe mountains right from the accommodation.
We'll spend the afternoon exploring the Spitzkoppe park and capturing the iconic arch and Spitzkoppe mountains at sunset.
We'll be staying at the lodge for 2 nights so will have ample time to photograph the stunning rock formations with two sunrise and two sunset shoots. We may also attempt some astrophotography at night if the weather permits.
Rising an impressive 1 728 metres above the ground, Spitzkoppe is a striking landmark on the Namibian landscape. A lesser-known attraction, many self-drive visitors have been known to drive straight past these peaks, unaware of the beauty that awaits there.
The Spitzkoppe mountain range's granite is dated at more than 700 million years old. The mountain's distinctive shape has earned it the nickname the Matterhorn of Namibia. Made up of a number of large distinctive peaks that jut up in different areas of the landscape, the main peak is known as Gross Spitzkoppe. The other peaks are Klein Spitzkoppe, Pondok Mountain and the Inselbergs or 'island mountains'.
All of the mountains are grouped with the Brandberg Mountains located in the north and are ancient volcanoes formed when Gondwanaland split apart over 500 - 750 million years ago.
(Breakfast & Dinner)
We will shoot sunrise overlooking the Spitzkoppe mountains capturing the first light as it hits the peaks.
We will then travel to our final accommodation at Naankuse Lodge located only 30-minutes from Hosea Kutako International Airport, the award-winning Naankuse Lodge offers stunning accommodation amidst a 3,200-hectare nature reserve. The lodge has a range of optional activities ranging from cheetah to wild dog as well as nature walks.
And we are finally at our last day after an incredible trip and saying goodbye to new friends and longing to return for another adventure with VentureKJ.
Departure from Windhoek airport.
A 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking. The balance is required one month prior to the commencement of the workshop. Cancellation 30 days prior to the workshop is 100% refund, 15-30 days a 50% refund, 15 days or less 0% refund.
This workshop has been planned to coincide with the best possible photographic conditions for its intended purpose. These conditions however cannot be guaranteed.
Our workshops are hosted in outdoor environments where conditions cannot always be predicted and where terrain can pose hazardous risks.
By choosing to join this or any of the workshops or events hosted by VentureKJ these risks must be accepted by the attendee, and Kyle and Jon accept no responsibility or liability for injury or loss of any nature. On acceptance of participation in this workshop, you will be required to sign a liability waiver/s.
Words from Previous Clients
Another incredible photo tour with VentureKJ. The tour was exceptionally well planned and the attention to detail made me feel very safe to travel during covid. I walked away with the most amazing images and the most amazing memories. I would highly recommend this photo tour to any keen photographer.
An adventure of a lifetime! Thank you Kyle for a most amazing workshop and your expert guidance. I am happy I got to photograph water in Sossusvlei, stunning Walvis Bay and picturesque Spitzkoppe.
What an incredible trip, a once in a lifetime! Thank you for your guidance and for renewing my love for photography.