Namibia - April 19-May 3, 2020
Namibia - April 19-May 3, 2020
The 2020 Namibia ~ A Creative Adventure Photo-Safari: April 19- May 3, 2020 (14 nights): $8999., dbl occupncy. Limit: 10 photographers. To see my images from Namibia CLICK HERE.
Day 1: April 19, Fly into Windhoek (Hosea Kutako International Airport, airport code WDH. Spend the night. Early departure to QuiverTree Forest Lodge on the outskirts of Keetmanshoop.
Day 2 QuiverTree Forest, Keetmanshoop - Here we will be able to photograph the iconic Quiver Trees. Night photography instruction will be provided. In addition, we will let you know in advance what lenses and accessories you will need for Milky Way and night photography.
Day 3 and 4 Kolmanskop (Ghost Town) 2 Nights here we will photograph the abandoned ghost town of Kolmanskop. This is a photographer’s dream come true with sand filled doorways and light flowing in from broken windows, etc….
Day 5, 6, 7, 8 we will stay at the Sossusvlei Dune Lodge for 2 nights inside Namib Naukluft National Park and 2 nights at a different lodge to take advantage of optional helicopter rides. The distance to Sossusvlei from Kolmanskop is about 550km and the trip should take about 7 hours. Thanks to our experienced guides we will enjoy unparalleled afterhours access to dead tree scenics at Dead Vlei. Arrangements have been made to leave the lodge in the mornings an hour before sunrise to capture the best possible lighting conditions. We will be visiting Dead Vlei and Dune 45. There is a fairly strenuous up-and-down hike to some of the best photo locations that should take really fit folks about 15-20 minutes and as much as 45 minutes depending on how slow or fast you walk.
At Sossusvlei two desert systems come together: the beautiful red dunes of the Kalahari Desert and the breathtakingly stark Namib Desert. The desert experience is a surreal and life-changing one and even the best images do not reflect the amazing beauty of these unique deserts. Deadvlei, with its ancient trees in the now dried up lake, is a feast for photographers who are looking for something stark, different, and dramatic. Along with the spectacular landscapes we should get to photograph some wildlife as well with chances for Oryx and Springbok among others.
Day 9, 10, 11 From Sossusvlei we head off to Swakopmund to spend 3 nights at Swakopmund. One morning will head into the dunes to target species such as the Desert Chameleon and Palmato Gecko. We will spend time photographing the amazing bird life in and around the Walvisbay area. The Salt Mine and bay area is especially productive with a huge selection of waders and other waterfowl along with large numbers of flamingoes. We will enjoy one chartered boat trip to target pelicans in flight.
Day 12, 13, 14 We will spend 3 Nights at Okuakuejo Camp, Etosha. Okaukuejo Camp is famous for its large floodlit waterhole, the hub of animal activity especially in the early morning and early evening hours. We will see and photograph many species including and especially the endangered Black Rhino. There will be game drives during the day and we will likely see Lion, Giraffe, Elephant, etc...
Day 15 May 3rd, we make the 4-5 hour drive back to Windhoek in time for your international flights. Flights home should be made after 3:00pm.
This tour includes:
- All accommodation
- All transfers & travels in Namibia
- All Breakfast & Dinners
- Bottled water in the vehicles
- Snacks on the vehicles (Dried fruit, Nuts etc)
- WiFi in the Vehicles where there is cellular connection
- All park fees
- Charter boat in Walvisbay for our group only
- Private desert tour for chameleons and other creatures while in Swakopmund
- Ghost Town photo permits
This tour excludes:
- All alcohol and soft drinks
- Excursions other than in the itinerary such as optional helicopter flights in Sossusvlei
- Expenses of a personal nature
I will need a $3000 non-refundable deposit by pushing the “Deposit button” in order to hold your spot. The second payment of $3,000 is due on June 15, 2019 and the final payment of $2,999 is due on Nov. 1, 2019. All payments except for the deposit must be paid via check only, made out to “Denise Ippolito LLC”. Overseas folks can pay their balances via wire transfer; the registrant is responsible for the fees on both ends. Sorry, there are no discounts given to non-photographer spouses for this trip.
Travel Insurance- I urge everyone to purchase travel insurance for a major trip like this.
Please be sure to check your calendar carefully and to check out my Workshop Policy Page.
Note: Purchasing travel insurance is strongly recommended.
*A single supplement is available for most of the trip, excluding 2 days and is $1750.00 additional.
*A detailed information sheet will be sent upon sign up. This trip needs a minimum of 8, please don’t purchase your airfare ubtil I let you know we are good to go.