ICONIC NAMIBIA 2015 - Land of the Extremes
All places on this photographic journey are filled.
Guest Photographer – Hougaard Malan
Capture the expanse of the Namibia landscape to the smallest details in the Namib desert with “one-on-one” tuition by Hougaard Malan as he teaches you how he photographs his signature images. While you will learn a little about technique, Hougaard’s experience in the Namib desert and his inspirational approach to composition of these magnificent landscapes will transform your photography, not merely add to it.
Namibia is a land of big skies and grand vistas blessed with captivating light; a place where uncluttered horizons seem farther away than you have ever imagined. It also a place of solitude and reflection. Recently, Hougaard has photographed the southern desert areas of Namibia, more than anyone else.
In Sossusvlei, as you drive along a desert road the eastern sky blossoms from steely grey to a riot of reds. Silence falls like a blanket when you stop, the sand squeaking underfoot as you begin your ascent of some of the tallest sand dunes on the planet. Without even reaching the summit, the revelation of beauty is startling. Gazing over the ancient landscape, you reflect on the human empires that have risen and fallen under its steady gaze. It is this timeless, striking beauty that makes Sossusvlei one of Africa’s most inspirational places to photograph. Shooting in the presence of a photographer who specialises in this ecosystem is a highlight of this photographic journey.
With an area of just under one million square kilometres and a population density of under 2.5 people per square kilometre, there is hardly 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, perhaps on the planet.
It has an austere, dramatic beauty. The landscapes, wildlife and people evoke and release creativity in your photography.
All the elements of its nature: stones, sands, deserts, dunes, rivers and animals are there anew in the freshest dawn light you will ever come to know. Like few other places, Namibia’s light and colours bring out a sacred presence in the heart of nature. Indeed, it is the very elemental forces you will find in Kaokoveld which inform and elevate creativity as you decide what to include in your frame. You will feel privileged to be here.
You will be 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) .
The country’s coastline is designated a national park! The Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park stretches 1600 kilometres from the Kunene River in the north to the Orange River in the south. It is the only country on earth having its entire coastline protected as a national park. We will travel from the magnificent Fish River Canyon close to the South African border in the south to Angolan border in the north – a truly unique photographic journey.
To capture Namibia’s iconic images generally means a 4WD drive in excess of 4500 kilometres, mostly in desert and mountainous terrain – I have done it three times. Driving such long distances requires time, planning and patience. There is another way – self-drive to each of the best locations the south and use charter aircraft to access the more remote northern locations.
That is what you will experience, if you join us on this photographic extravaganza.
Highlights – to choose is difficult!
- Fish River Canyon – the immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breathtaking
- Ghost town of Kolmanskop – photographic art in peeling paint, broken windows and silent streets all buried by shifting sands.
- Dune landscapes of Sossusvlei – with options to photograph them from the air in a balloon or fixed wing aircraft. An additional optional aerial shoot from a helicopter will be available for our group.
- Pre-dawn Dead Vlei – a near mystical experience as you photograph this unforgettable place, free from people other than those in our group.
- Sunset in Dead Vlei – when you will capture many of your most memorable images on this photographic journey.
- Star photography in Dead Vlei – a surreal photographic experience (staying late may be subject to park ranger approval, based on most recent reports).
- Skeleton Coast – its shifting sands and ship wrecks are eerie when seen from the air as we fly north to Sierra Cafema.
- Remote Damaraland and Kaokoland – where time seems to stop and the panoramic moonscape-like landscapes seem to go on forever.
- The nomadic Himba people – and their still intact culture. This is always a highlight for portrait photographers.
- Ongava private reserve – which has no fences between it and Etosha.
- Etosha National Park – without doubt, one of the best game reserves in Africa where the variety of wildlife will take your breath away.
- Windhoek & Swakopmund – the well preserved German architecture will surprise and delight you.
- Enjoy the spirit of Africa – time each evening to sit, in peace, enjoying the spirit of Africa in some of the most magical places the continent has to offer.
- Not more than three photographers per vehicle in Etosha – you will appreciate the extra space if you use large lenses.
- Hougaard Malan – travelling in the company of and being tutored by South Africa’s top landscape photographer.
- No camera gear weight restrictions – only two photographers per vehicle during the “self-drive” component and we have hired an extra plane for luggage for the “charter plane” part.
- Travel & photograph with people of kindred spirit – all participants will be keen photographers, some experienced and some wishing to learn; all are welcome.
- That adrenalin-tingling anticipation when a photographic adventure is just around the corner – it must be one of the best feelings in the world!
Namibia is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding places in which you will ever photograph.
My unqualified aim is to ensure you come home with the best possible images and unforgettable memories of a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience as we photograph the jewels of Namibia together.
You will not be wasting time searching for shots; I will take you to the iconic locations where you will be helped by professional photographers with intimate knowledge of the areas.
This photographic journey is confined to only twelve participants, excluding the leaders.
DATES & SUMMARY ITINERARY
The journey commences on 4 July 2015 and finishes on 23 July 2015, starting and ending in Windhoek, Namibia.
|4 July||Arrive Windhoek – start of journey||Windhoek Country Club – 1 night|
|5 July||Self-drive to Fish River Canyon||Fish River Lodge – 2 nights|
|7 July||Self-drive to Luderitz/Kolmanskop Ghost Town||Luderitz Nest hotel – 3 nights|
|10 July||Self-drive to Sossusvlei||Sossus Dunes Lodge – 4 nights|
|14 July||Self-drive to Swakopmund||Hansa Hotel – 1 night|
|15 July||Private charter flight to Hartmann Valley||Serra Cafema Lodge – 3 nights|
|18 July||Private charter to Ongava/Etosha||Ongava Lodge – 5 nights|
|23 July||Private charter flight to Windhoek Airport||N/A|
You can also download the more comprehensive itinerary by clicking the DOWNLOAD ITINERARY button in the sidebar.
Vehicle Hire & International Flights
The vehicle hire and fuel costs are included in the all-inclusive cost of the photographic journey.
The 4WD vehicles (we have requested Toyota Land Cruisers) will be delivered to the Windhoek Country Club car park area where each participant/driver will be required to inspect his/her vehicle and complete the normal vehicle hire documentation.
The vehicle hire company, Caprivi Car Hire/Africa on Wheels only accepts driving licences in English or international driving licences. Please ensure you have a current driving licence with you.
It is important you understand the vehicle hire documentation you complete plus the level of insurance you choose to purchase, form a binding contract between you (as the hirer/driver) and the vehicle hire company. Any damage to the vehicle whilst it is in your possession will be your responsibility and any payment for same must be made by you. Caprivi Car Hire/Africa on Wheels will require an imprint of your credit card and completion by you of the vehicle hire contract, as part of the vehicle hire/handover process. A copy of the vehicle hire contract may be viewed by clicking: Caprivi Car Hire Contract.
Additional conditions and in particular information on insurance options you may purchase may be viewed by clicking: Additional Vehicle Hire Conditions 2015
The vehicle hire documentation you complete is not a contract between Iconic Images International/C4 Images and Caprivi Car hire/Africa on Wheels.
Iconic Images International/C4 Images are arranging (i) the availability of the vehicles for our group and (ii) the delivery of the vehicles to the Windhoek Country Club premises for inspection by you, prior to your acceptance of your particular vehicle. If you have hired vehicles previously whilst travelling overseas you will be familiar with the process.
Should you require help with flight bookings for this photographic journey please contact Nick Missikos at the OWT office for professional travel help. In the event you intend booking flights yourself, using your frequent flyer points or other means, Nick has offered his assistance to all participants in Icionic Images’ photographic journeys to ensure they get best available/most cost effective flights for their desired routing.
The all-inclusive cost is: US$22,250/person, twin share (or the equivalent in AU$ at the time of making the final payment).
To view the extensive list of inclusions in the photographic journey please see page 14 in the downloadable PDF by clicking DOWNLOAD ITINERARY in the side box.
A single supplement of US$2,750.00 (or the equivalent in AU$ at the time of payment) applies, if specifically requested. There are only two unshared rooms available and these will be allocated in order of receipt of payment of the single supplement.
All Iconic Images’ photographic journeys and international workshops are priced in US dollars . For your convenience and to minimize currency exchange risks, payments should only be made (in US dollars) to the US dollar bank account of the travel agent, Our World Travel.
Should you wish to use your credit card for payment in US dollars please check with your bank or financial institution to determine the most cost effective way to do so.
Terms of Payment are as follows:
1. A non-refundable 25% deposit together with a completed Registration Form, on or before Fri 31st October 2014.
2. A second non-refundable payment of 25%, payable on or before Friday 30 January 2015.
3. A final payment of the remaining 50% on or before Friday 27 March 2015.
[A number of participants have already pre-booked this photographic journey, therefore places will be allocated on the basis of receipt of the completed Registration Form together with payment of the initial deposit and a copy of the mandatory travel insurance policy].
If You Would Like More Details
If you would like to discuss any aspect of international flights for the photographic journey, please contact the sole booking agent, Harvey World Travel – East Perth, Shop 1/113 Royal Street, East Perth, Western Australia 6004, on 08-9221 9977 ( or from outside Australia on +61 8 9221 9977) and request to speak to Mr Nick Missikos. Alternatively you can email Nick at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the journey before making a decision to join us, please contact: Denis Glennon AO on 0418 923 103 or email@example.com
Ensure you download the comprehensive itinerary containing most of the information you will initially need, by clicking on “DOWNLOAD ITINERARY’ in the box on the right hand side.
If this photographic journey is not for you, perhaps you might consider forwarding the information to a friend, who may like to know about it. Thank you in advance.
Pre-departure Information & Checklists
To assist you prepare for this photographic journey I have compiled a comprehensive, downloadable and printable PDF. It contains helpful information on:
- Travelling with and looking after photographic equipment in Africa.
- Downloading and backing-up images every day.
- Power supply in Namibia for charging batteries, laptop, mobile phone, etc.
- Vehicle etiquette and consideration for fellow passengers and photographers.
- Keeping healthy in Africa.
- Money Matters in Namibia.
- Immigration and Customs at Windhoek International Airport, South Africa.
- Arrangements to meet you on arrival at Windhoek International Airport.
- Specific requirements pertaining to the hire of the self-drive vehicles in Namibia.
- Travel documents, personal items & clothing checklist
- Personal medical items checklist.
- Camera equipment checklist – this is a comprehensive list and you should not be overwhelmed.
- Summary itinerary.
- Your Tour Leaders/Assistants
- Guide to paying gratuities.
- My choice of lenses and other camera equipment for this photographic journey.
The information in the PDF will help you to select what to pack, especially your camera equipment. The intent is to ensure you leave nothing behind so that you return home with a collection of great images, and many magnificent memories.
A copy of this PDF will be forwarded to registered participants approximately 60 days before departure for Namibia.