Namibia Photography Tour, 7 – 17 March 2017

Namibia is a massive, desolate landscape and boasts the title of the 4th least populated country in the world. With an average distance between towns of 200km, its endless vistas will be permanently etched into your soul. Namibia’s desert winds have sculpted the world’s highest dunes out of red sand and it is these dunes that make the Namibian landscape like no other on earth. In some places the dunes rise out of endless fields of grass and in others the dunes are as high as mountains. In a special place the sand cut off the water supply to a seasonal wetland and today the result is the petrified trees of Deadvlei. In the far South, fine silica sands are now reclaiming what was once the site of a great diamond rush – the ghost town of Kolmanskop. To the West, a special combination of rocky ground and hot, arid conditions have created one of the most alien plants on earth; the Quiver Tree. Where the Fish River flows over an ancient plateau, it has cut the 2nd largest canyon on earth into the rock. Join us for an opportunity to experience and photograph these one of a kind landscapes under top professional guidance, from the ground, road and air.
Nowhere is the change that water brings more apparent than where it is needed the most and we’ll be visiting in the rainy season, hoping to witness a few thunderstorms sweeping their dark curtains of rain across the landscape.
MAIN FEATURES
•Ultimate convenience – All you have to do is pack your bags and book your plane tickets.
•Ten days of photography in some of the world’s most unique landscapes.
•Tutoring by three highly experienced guides.
•Visiting in late summer – Good chance of thunderstorms, green grass and rainbows, without the extreme temperatures of high summer.

Day 1

Upon arrival on the 7th of March, you will be collected from Hosea Kutako airport by a private driver and taken to our hotel. Once the whole group has checked in, we’ll go for dinner at one of Windhoek’s restaurants. Everyone will have a chance to tell their photographic story and the guides will give a breakdown of the days to come and what to expect.


Price: 6900 USD


Included in the price:

  • All Accommodation
  • All Meals starting with dinner on the 7th of March and ending with breakfast on the 18th
  • All beverages, except for premium/imported liquor and wine
  • All permits, park and entry fees, including special access permit for Kolmanskop and one night time outing to Deadvlei
  • All Transport, fuel and drivers, including transfers to/from airport
  • Bottled water in cars
  • All expenses for all guides and drivers


Not included in the price:

  • Additional Activities like helicopter/balloon flights.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • non-meal time snacks and drinks
  • single room supplement (950 USD)


What to bring

Gear:
– DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography
– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm. 300 mm with 1.5 TC or 500 mm, 600 mm are recommended for wildlife and bird photography. Be sure to have additional tripod mount to this lens.

Wear:
– Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperature 5 – +10 C at nights and +10 – +20 C during the daytime)
– Waterproof pants
– Warm jacket and thermal pants
– Wellingtons or fishing boots

The full list will be sent by mail to participants.


Tour leaders


Daniel Kordan

Daniel was born in Moscow area. In his childhood he graduated the art school. After that, he is studied in Moscow institute of Physics and Technology and became an optics physicist. During the study he gain experience not only in physics, but also in mountain climbing and hiking, guiding tourist groups in winter and in summer in Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo-workshops and chief editor of “Continent expedition” magazine. This magazine is about travel and adventures all over the world. He has got several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 and 2014 finalist, Best of Russia’13 and ’14 winner, best photographer’13 finalist and others. He is spending most of his time in Norway, Lofoten islands and in Tuscany at villa Gaia, guiding groups of photographers.


Iurie Belegurschi

Iurie Belegurschi is a landscape photographer based in Iceland, where he runs photo tours and workshops. He was born in Moldova and has been living in Iceland since 2006. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality. His photos have been published worldwide in books, calendars, greeting cards, magazines and some of the most popular newspapers like The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Sun, The Huffington Post, and The Telegraph


Hougaard Malan

Hougaard has spent more than 200 days capturing Namibia’s photographic hotspots and knows the locations like his backyard. He speaks Afrikaans, which is the predominant language in the South of Namibia. Over the years he has learnt exactly which lodges have the best access to the locations, when is the best time to shoot each place and what permits are required. All these factors make him the ideal local guide for a photographic tour in Namibia.