Namibia - a Photographer's Paradise

Namibia – a Photographer’s Paradise is a small group safari to the key areas over 11 days lead by professional wildlife photographer and author, Richard Garvey-Williams.
Namibia offers unique opportunities to both wildlife and landscape photographers. It is a vast country with a population of only 2 million. Large parts are desert with much of the rest being open savannah country dotted by dramatic mountain ranges. Its colour palette of blue skies, orange sand-mountains and yellow grasslands contributes to some unforgettable vistas. Much of its wildlife is uniquely adapted to this arid environment and wonderfully photogenic.
This exciting new tour offers a balance to appeal to those interested in both wildlife and landscape photography. We travel as a small group of 4-8 participants in a spacious 10-seater vehicle driven by our local guide. When we are not exploring locations on foot, the large side windows and roof hatch allow freedom to photograph from the vehicle in all directions. Richard will be on hand throughout to offer photographic instruction and will also offer a presentation each day on various relevant aspects of the art.

View Richards website here: www.richardgarveywilliams.com 

Wednesday 1 to Sunday 12 November 2017

Namibia offers unique opportunities to both wildlife and landscape photographers. It is a vast country with a population of only 2 million. Large parts are desert with much of the rest being open savannah country dotted by dramatic mountain ranges. Its colour palette of blue skies, orange sand mountains and yellow grasslands contributes to some unforgettable vistas. Much of its wildlife is uniquely adapted to this arid environment and wonderfully photogenic.

On this exciting tour we offer a balance to appeal to those interested in both wildlife and landscape photography. We travel as a small group of 3-5 participants in a spacious 10-seater vehicle driven by our local guide. When we are not exploring locations on foot, the large side windows and roof hatch allow freedom to photograph from the vehicle in all directions. Richard will be on hand throughout to offer photographic instruction and will also offer a presentation each day on various relevant aspects of the art. 

We start by heading south-west to visit the NamibRand Nature Reserve to photograph the dramatic scenery on the edge of the Namib Desert. Dramatic mountain ranges and linear sand-dunes with their surfaces rippled by the wind make for some wonderful images. There is often the possibility of including various wildlife in the context of this majestic environment and we should also have the opportunity of some night-time/star-trail photography to capitalize on the cloudless, clear skies.

We then break our journey north with a stay in the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund. We’ll spend our morning there on a private guided desert tour amongst the dramatic dunes and with opportunities to photograph the desert’s smaller animal inhabitants. In the afternoon we drive along the coast to visit the Cape Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross.

For the second half of the trip we are in the Etosha National Park. The trip is timed to come as the dry season drawing to a close, so this reserve’s wealth of animal life should be coming regularly to the various waterholes to drink. This offers great photo opportunities of a large variety of the larger mammals and also birdlife. 

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Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flight ex UK from $1322 pp

Price excluding international flights:
Min 3 guests $0 £5450 pp
Single Supplement charge $0 £750
Safari Summary

Notes:
Safari dates : 
Itinerary:Wednesday 1 to Sunday 12 November 2017

Other dates may become avialable 

Privately guided by Richard Garvey - Williams.

Small group size  minimum 3 maximum of just 4  guests.

Non photographic friends / partners are welcome

Purpose built vehicle

Includes – services of an English speaking guide; 10 seat vehicle as indicated; accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary; entry fees to Namib Naukluft Park and Etosha National Park whilst staying in Okaukuejo and Halali; game drives;  fully inclusive at Ongava; airport transfers.

Excludes – personal insurance; flights (we can help plan and book these); visas (not currently required if arriving from the UK); extra meals and drinks including bottled water; optional activities and entry fees not stated; additional accommodation before and after safari; items of a personal nature; private airport transfers etc

Full Safari Details
Namibia - a Photographer's Paradise

Namibia – a Photographer’s Paradise is a small group safari to the key areas over 11 days lead by professional wildlife photographer and author, Richard Garvey-Williams.
Namibia offers unique opportunities to both wildlife and landscape photographers. It is a vast country with a population of only 2 million. Large parts are desert with much of the rest being open savannah country dotted by dramatic mountain ranges. Its colour palette of blue skies, orange sand-mountains and yellow grasslands contributes to some unforgetable vistas. Much of its wildlife is uniquely adapted to this arid environment and wonderfully photogenic.
This exciting new tour offers a balance to appeal to those interested in both wildlife and landscape photography. We travel as a small group of 4-8 participants in a spacious 10-seater vehicle driven by our local guide. When we are not exploring locations on foot, the large side windows and roof hatch allow freedom to photograph from the vehicle in all directions. Richard will be on hand throughout to offer photographic instruction and will also offer a presentation each day on various relevant aspects of the art.

View Richards website here: www.richardgarveywilliams.com 

Itinerary:Wednesday 1 to Sunday 12 November 2017

1st – Fly in to Windhoek (flight leaving the UK on 31st Oct) where you will be met and transferred to the Avani Hotel for a welcome and pre-safari briefing. Accommodation is on bed and breakfast basis so dinner is at your own expense.

2nd – Early start for a long drive to Wolwedans Dunes Camp http://www.wolwedans.com. We’ll have our first evening game drive in one of their open 4×4 vehicles to explore the spectacular surrounds. Accommodation here is fully inclusive.

3rd – We’ll head out to one of the dunes for sunrise as part of our morning drive with a local guide. We return to camp to relax in the heat of the middle of the day before heading out again as it starts to cool in the early evening. We’ll enjoy a sun-downer to refresh ourselves before trying a little night-time photography and heading back to camp for our evening meal.

4th – Another shorter early morning shoot before breakfast and gathering our belongings and heading off towards the coast. Accommodation in Swakopmund is at the Swakopmund Sands Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. There are plenty of excellent restaurants in the town for your evening meal.

5th – This morning we’ll head out into the local desert on a private ‘Guided Living Desert Tour’ to photograph smaller desert creatures and desert scenery.

There’ll be a good opportunity to relax or to explore the town in the afternoon or to drive north along the coast to visit the Cape Fur Seal colony.

 

6th – After a long drive to Etosha National Park, we check in at Okaukuejo Lodge http://www.nwr.com.na/index.php/resorts/okaukuejo-resort – we can spend the late afternoon and evening at the lodge’s own excellent waterhole. The site is floodlit so you can return to sit by the waterhole after your evening meal. Alternatively we can head out on an evening game drive. Accommodation includes breakfast and dinner. Game drives are in our own 10-seater vehicle whilst at Okaukuejo & Halali.

7th – Morning and evening game drives to nearby water holes and the salt pan.

8th – We move on to a second lodge in the reserve, Halali http://www.nwr.com.na/index.php/resorts/halali-resort. As with Okaukuejo, accommodation is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

9th – Morning and evening game drives in our vehicle or spend morning at the lodge’s own waterhole.

10th – For our final two days we indulge ourselves with a little luxury at Ongava Lodge, a private reserve with its own waterhole on the edge of Etosha http://www.ongava.com. Here the board is fully inclusive. Again this area should offer plenty of opportunities to photograph both types of rhino and lions. Game drives will be in one of their open vehicles and accommodation is all-inclusive. (note private vehicle rental is subject to availability).

12th – After breakfast, we set out on the drive back to the capital, Windhoek, and the airport to connect with late afternoon flights.

Includes - Services of a local English-speaking guide, photographic tuition from Richard, 10 seat or 12 seat vehicle as indicated, accommodation and meals as stated in itinerary, fully inclusive at Ongava & Wolwedans, entry fees to Parks and Reserves, transportation and fuel and all game drives, airport transfers (arriving/departing together – individual transfers additional expense).

 

Excludes - Personal insurance, photography equipment insurance, flights to Namibia (help can be provided with sourcing and booking these), visas (not currently required if arriving from the UK), meals not stated, snacks and drinks including bottled water, optional activities and entry fees not stated, additional accommodation before and after safari, items of a personal nature – curios; laundry; phone calls and internet services; Tips/gratuities/porter fees, private airport transfers

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flight ex UK from $1322 pp

Price excluding international flights:
Min 3 guests $0 £5450 pp
Single Supplement charge $0 £750
Book this safari
Safari Summary

Notes:
Safari dates : 
Itinerary:Wednesday 1 to Sunday 12 November 2017

Other dates may become avialable 

Privately guided by Richard Garvey - Williams.

Small group size  minimum 3 maximum of just 4  guests.

Non photographic friends / partners are welcome

Purpose built vehicle

Includes – services of an English speaking guide; 10 seat vehicle as indicated; accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary; entry fees to Namib Naukluft Park and Etosha National Park whilst staying in Okaukuejo and Halali; game drives;  fully inclusive at Ongava; airport transfers.

Excludes – personal insurance; flights (we can help plan and book these); visas (not currently required if arriving from the UK); extra meals and drinks including bottled water; optional activities and entry fees not stated; additional accommodation before and after safari; items of a personal nature; private airport transfers etc