Diverse Namibia is an active, exciting adventure, exploring the iconic areas of this vast country – its dunes, desert, plains and superb wildlife – enhanced by exclusive accommodation in private reserves and concessions. On this adventure you will take in the soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei, the life-filled blue Atlantic Ocean, the desert and denizens of Damaraland, and the dense plains game and predators of Etosha National Park. Throughout the Exploration are interspersed activities such as scenic walks and visiting the spectacular ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein – altogether, a true Namibian adventure with a range of activities impossible to beat!
Your guide: YourExploration is led by a highly skilled and qualified professional guide with an incredible passion for the natural regions they work in and knowledge of photography and how to “follow the light.” Sharing the adventure and guiding you on this journey of discovery combined with their vast knowledge of the natural world, history and culture are their professions and personal hobby. Your guide is a skilled photographer and can assist you in taking away amazing wildlife and landscape photographs. Your guide will host you for the duration of safari, providing you with a consistent, detailed interpretation that is shaped to your specific interests.
· This active and exciting adventure will give you access to the wilderness and wildlife highlights of northern Namibia. The diverse mix of locations, habitats and experiences will showcase Namibia's iconic species and scenes.
· We drive (along lesser known paths) through huge private concessions and reserves.
· Your exclusive accommodation along the route is mostly in private areas away from the more crowded public areas.
· Wilderness’ private access gate to Sossusvlei allows for early access in the morning – thereby improving photographic opportunities.
· We track the rare desert-adapted elephant following ancient paths to their freshwater springs.
Maximum Participants: 6
Photographer Leader: Local nAMIBIA professional safari guide
Sunday, May 7, 2017
We arrive today in Johannesburg where we overnight and recover from our long journey to Africa.
You are transferred from your hotel where you are rested and ready to begin your Namibia safari. On arrival at Windhoek Airport you will be met by your guide and driven to the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Sossusvlei. Spend time on the iconic red dunes as well as scenic drives taking in the unique wildlife that survives in one of the world’s oldest and most arid deserts.
Set on 37 000 hectares of land near the spectacular sights of Sossusvlei, the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve is home to Kulala Adventurer Camp. The camp, comprising of 5 “maxi” dome tents under the shade, is perfect for taking in the Reserve’s expansive vistas and stark beauty and enjoys views into the Namib Naukluft National Park. Dining under the star-filled Namibian skies and watching a rose-red sunset punctuated by the cacophony of barking geckos are a few highlights, as is spending unrushed quality time at the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, known for their red colouring in the early morning sunlight, accessed through our private gate which is closer to the dunes than the main park entry gate.
Did you know?
· Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok can be seen on the reserve, as well as smaller creatures like bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and Cape fox.
· Other activities include day and night scenic drives and walks.
Wednesday – Thursday, 10 – 11 May 2017
Sossusvlei – Walvis Bay
Transfer by road, taking in spectacular scenery to Swakopmund, a picturesque town with an eclectic mix of European and African culture. Nights are spent at the Hansa Hotel, which forms part of city’s architectural heritage. We explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast with a “Dolphin and Seal” catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay (weather permitting).
· This catamaran cruise (weather permitting) provides a wonderful opportunity to explore this beautiful bay and coastline.
· Learn about the oysters cultivated in the bay.
· Spot wildlife from the boat including dolphins, seals, birdlife and perhaps even turtles and whales, depending on the season.
· Taste some of fantastic seafood delicacies of the area.
We explore the ice-blue Atlantic coast and its incredible marine mammals, from the port towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The cruise takes in the Oyster Platforms, where we learn about the oysters cultivated here – including tasting the delicacies – before moving on to Pelican Point to see the lighthouse, and an area in which three species of dolphins may be encountered, namely the rare endemic Heaviside’s dolphin, dusky and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Aside from spotting diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birds, pelicans, flamingos, and Cape fur seals, the massive sunfish, leatherback turtles, southern right and humpback whales can be seen in season. This activity is rounded off with a private seafood lunch, before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Friday – Sunday, 12 -14 May 2017
Swakopmund – Damarland
Travel up past Brandberg Mountain (second-largest monolith on earth) via Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp for lunch to Damaraland Adventurer Camp. Game drives and nature walks showcase the stark desert beauty and its fascinating desert-adapted wildlife and incredible geological formations.
Damaraland Adventurer Camp is located in a special place in the heart of the rocky desert of Damaraland, an ancient, starkly beautiful landscape. Looking south from camp toward the imposing Brandberg Mountains, Damaraland offers you endless vistas and one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia. Early morning mists, generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the river valley, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region, hence the high density of wildlife in the area. Accommodation is in 5 “maxi” dome tents pitched on timber platforms that allow for a small viewing deck where you can sit for hours and contemplate the surrounding beauty. Tucked away in and amongst the sandstone hills, each tent is surprisingly spacious with wooden beds with mattresses and cotton linen. En-suite bathrooms with toilet and shower are located at the back of each tent.
Did you know?
· Damaraland boasts a breathtaking assortment of desert-adapted species including one of the highest concentrations of desert elephant and black rhino. Other wildlife includes Hartmann's mountain zebra, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok, and springbok, with occasional cheetah sightings.
· Our activities range from day and night nature walks and viewing the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site) to daytime nature drives, exploring the mountains, hills and ephemeral river beds and springs.
Monday – Tuesday, 15 – 16 May 2017
Transfer by road to Andersson’s Camp in the private Ongava Game Reserve on the boundary of Etosha National Park, the highest density wildlife area within Namibia. In the former and the latter, we experience the pinnacle of game viewing. We spend two days observing and photographing the wildlife.
Driving south, we return to Windhoek at 1:00PM where the adventure ends. You will connect with your flight to Johannesburg and continue home or you may continue on to Botswana to enjoy a safari in Africa’s “Last Great Wilderness.”
Note: The single room supplement is waived if the photrapher is willing to share with another photographer.
Deposit to Secure Participation: $1,000 per person
Safari Price Includes:
All accommodations in hotels, lodges and tented camps
Three meals daily on safari, breakfast only in Johannesburg and Windhoek
All game viewing activities
Services of English speaking guide and staff
Park entrance fees
Charter aircraft flights per itinerary
Airport transfers and arrival/departure assistance in Africa
Baggage handling in Africa
Comprehensive safari preparation
Not included are international airfare, international airfare to Windhoek and from Windhoek, personal expenses such as personal insurance; excess baggage fees; phone calls; gratuities to guides and camp staff; airport departure taxes; passport and visa fees, and beverages.
International Air Transportation:
You are responsible for booking your own international air transportation. To assist you, we have provided you with the airport codes and the dates you need to arrive or depart. Please note that if you fly on South African Airways the add-on fare to Windhoek is very inexpensive.