JOIN ART WOLFE TO PHOTOGRAPH THE VERY BEST OF NAMIBIA – THE LAND OF ENDLESS HORIZONS
This premier photo safari provides a rare opportunity to photograph alongside the legendary photographer, Art Wolfe.
Learn everything from how to capture the expanse of a Namibia landscape to the smallest details in the Namib desert plus enjoy “one-on-one” tuition with Art as he shows you how he photographs his signature wildlife images in one of Africa’s best private wildlife reserves – Ongava Reserve, next door to Etosha National Perk. There are no fences between Ongava and Etosha. While you learn about technique, Art’s approach to composition will transform you photography, not merely add to it.
If you wish to capture the iconic images of Namibia but you do not have the time or the desire to drive the long distances between locations, this photo safari offers the ideal alternative!
Namibia is a land of big skies and grand vistas blessed with captivating light; a place where horizons seem farther away than you have ever imagined, probably because the country is so uncluttered.
With an area of just under one million square kilometres (~400,000 square miles) and a population density of under 2.5 people per square kilometre (~1 person per square mile), you will be hard pressed to find another country on the planet where there is such intimate access to the mysterium of life. Namibia is one of the most empty, barren and unbelievably beautiful countries in Africa.
It has an austere, dramatic beauty. It evokes and releases the power of creativity in your photography.
All the elements of its nature: stones, sands, deserts, dunes, rivers and animals are suddenly there anew in the freshest dawn light you will ever come to know. You will feel priviledged to be in this wonderous part of the universe. Like few other places, Namibia’s light and colours bring out the depth of secret presence in the heart of nature. Indeed, it is the very elemental forces you will find in Kaokoveld which inform and elevate your creativity as you decide what to include in your frame.
Photographers are treated to some of the most spectacular scenery and nomadic cultures (e.g. the Himba people of Kaokoveld who still dress and live according to ancient customs), they will ever see in their frame.
Its whole coastline is designated a national park! The Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park covers nearly 11 million hectares (~28 million acres) ans stretches 1600 kilometres (1000 miles) from the Kunene River in the north to the Orange River in the south. It is the only country having its entire coastline protected as a national park, the eight largest terrestrial park in the world.
With its breathtaking scenery, Etosha, a stunning game sanctuary with incredible wildlife and the country’s good gravel roads, Namibia, lends itself to leisurely self-drive photography, preferably in a 4WD vehicle. It can justifiably lay claim to be one of the best driving destinations in Africa, perhaps even the world.
The most spectacular photographic opportunities stretch from near the southern South African border, through the Namib desert and Sossusvlei in the west, right up to the northern border with Angola.
To capture the Namibia’s iconic images in a vehicle means driving in excess of 4500 kilometres (~ 2,800 miles). Over a two-week visit, this amount of driving, mostly in desert and mountainous terrain, can be a challenge in itself, leaving not much time for the primary purpose of visiting Namibia in the first place – capturing some of the planet’s unrivalled photography.
Fortunately, there is another way – by private charter plane.
We have organised this unique photo safari to mazimise the time spent on photography and minimize that spent driving between locations. The distances are really long and the roads and tracks are challenging except for experienced drivers.
Principally due to the cost, this photo safari is unlileky to suit every photographer but it will get those who decide to join us, into the best places, at the right time of year, and they will stay only in ‘top-drawer” lodges.
DATES & SUMMARY ITINERARY
The photo safari commences on 4th September 2013 and finishes on 14th September 2013, starting and ending in Windhoek, Namibia.
A summary of the itinerary and direct links to information on the individual lodge:
- 3 Sept or earlier: Depart from home city
- 4 Sept: Arrive Windhoek and stay overnight at Galton House.
- 5 - 9 Sept: Fly to Sossusvlei and stay in Sossus Dune Lodge, which is inside the park gates - 4 nights.
- 9 – 11 Sept: Fly to Serra Cafema Lodge - 2 nights.
- 11 – 14 Sept: Fly to Little Ongava Lodge – 3 nights.
- 14 Sept: Fly to Windhoek for connection with international flights
COSTS & TERMS OF PAYMENT
The all-inclusive cost is: US$19,950.00.00/AUD$19,450 per person, twin share. A single supplement of US$2450.00/AUD$2,390.00 applies, if specifically requested.
Terms of Payment are as follows:
1. A non-refundable 50% deposit together with a completed Registration Form, on or before 31st December 2012.
2. A second non-refundable payment of the balance on or before 31st May 2013.
IF YOU WISH TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE DAILY ITINERARY OR REGISTER
- Download the 16-page PDF containing details on the accommodation, what is/is not included, compulsory travel insurance, cancellation policy, health considerations, payment terms, packing camera gear for travel in Africa, etc. by clicking: “The Very Best of Namibia” with Art Wolfe & Denis Glennon – Sept 2013″.
- To reserve a place, click: Registration Form
OPTIONAL PRIVATE EXTENSION – Photograph The Ghost Town of Kolmanskop
Important: This option is confined to four participants and is now fully booked.
The Ghost Town of Kolmanskop Option is scheduled for 1 – 4 September i.e. before the tour commences. Please note, it is not planned that Art Wolfe will participate in this optional private extension. The extension includes:
1. Transfer from Windhoek Airport to Galton House, Windhoek on 31st Aug 2013. [This cost is included in the main tour].
2. Overnight accommodation at Galton House on 31st August 2013.
3. Road transfers Galton House/Windhoek Airport and Luderitz Airport/Luderitz Nest Hotel on 1st Sept 2013.
4. Private charter flight: Windhoek/Luderitz, on 1st Sept 2013 and Luderitz/Windhoek on 4th Sept 2013. Precise flight details will be provided in Windhoek & Luderitz; expect to depart Windhoek <10.00am and Luderitx >11.00am. The charter flight has been arranged to maximize the time for photography at Kolmanskop/Ludertiz, as direct Windhoek/Luderitz flights occur on only three days per week.
5. Accommodation at Luderitz Nest Hotel on nights 1, 2, & 3rd Sept 2013.
6. All dinners & breakfasts at Galton House and Luderitz Nest Hotel. [Note, to maximize flexibility for photographing at Kolmanskop, lunches are not scheduled. There is a small, but quite good cafe at Kolmanskop].
7. Use of private vehicle (Toyoto Fortuner or similar high clearance vehicle) for group whilst in Luderitz/Kolmanskop.
8. Iconic Images/C4 Images naturalist/guide, Vernon Swanepoel, will host, guide, transfer participants for the duration of stay at Luderitz/Kolmanskop.
9. A minimum of five photo shoots in the Ghost Town of Kolmanskop. Shoots at other locations around Luderitz can be discussed and agreed between participants on-site.
10. Photo permits for Kolmanskop (these permits will be deemed to be for “non-commercial” photography).
The cost for this option is US$3240.00/AUD$3175.00, 50% payable on registration and 50% payable on or before Friday 31st May 2013. A single supplement of AUD$345.00.00 applies, if specifically requested.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of international flights for the photo safari, please contact the booking agent, Flightworld, 200 St. Georges Tce., Perth, Western Australia and request to speak to Mrs Khush Suntoke.
Alternatively you can email Khush at email@example.com
If you would like to discuss any photographic aspect of the tour, please telephone Denis Glennon on (61) 418 923 103 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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