NAMIBIA

Wild Namibia Fly-in Photo Safari

Photographing wildlife at waterhole in Etosha
from £9765 10 nights | Apr, Oct, Nov Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Apr, Oct, Nov

Overview

Join a small group fly-in safari to see and photograph the very best of Namibia's prolific wildlife and spectacular landscapes including some of the world’s oldest and most captivating deserts.

Highlights

  • See the sun rise over the sand dunes of Sossusvlei 
  • Marvel at the abundance and variety of animal species of Etosha National Park
  • Receive tips on how to photograph desert adapted elephants and other wildlife from your experienced Expedition Leader
  • Enjoy breathtaking aerial views as you fly over the wilderness to remote luxury safari lodges

This safari has been carefully designed to maximise your photographic opportunities. Discover a backdrop of wild and spectacular landscapes, from the world’s highest sand dunes to the stark Skeleton Coast, and encounter a huge variety of wildlife species at Etosha National Park as well as the more elusive and uniquely rewarding desert adapted species of the northwest.

Flying between destinations cuts down on travel time, allowing more time to spend at key locations including Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland and Etosha. It also provides the chance to take in stunning aerial views of Namibia’s incredible topography as you travel. Your Expedition Leader is an experienced naturalist guide and accomplished photographer, always on hand to share their expertise and advice to help you get the best out of your camera and your safari experience. A maximum group size of just eight like-minded travellers will be split into two safari vehicles for game drives, to offer better wildlife viewing and more intimate animal encounters.

Accommodation is based in isolated yet luxurious safari lodges and camps, each carefully selected for their scenic location and wildlife viewing opportunities. Private reserves offer the chance to enjoy a quiet and exclusive base and partake in activities such as safari walks and night drives not permitted within the national parks; whilst by staying in close proximity it is then just a short drive into the parks in order to experience prime wildlife-viewing areas and desert landscapes.

Your guide will be hand to share his photography expertise, including in tutorials and discussions. There will usually be some informal critiques and reviews as well. With such a small group, it will be very flexible and catered to each guest's preferences.

Whether you want to capture soaring sand dunes, rugged mountains and deserted coastlines, or focus on the antics of desert elephants, hyenas, oryx and lions, Namibia is a photographer's dream – and this holiday will ensure you come home with a collection of images to treasure.

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I’ll never forget flying in a light aircraft over the Namib Desert. The dunes resembled a mountain range of soft-whip butterscotch ice cream as we flew west. Then came the salt pans, blinding white and so flat I could see a crisp shadow of the Cessna 50ft below. Then a row of small dunes, a beach, waves breaking, water churned to foam, and seals in their hundreds; leaping and twisting, somersaulting from the curling green walls of ocean breakers.

Will Gray, Travel writer

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1 Windhoek
Arrive in Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, an eclectic mix of German castles, glass skyscrapers and cathedral spires. You will be met on arrival by your expedition leader and transferred to your hotel. Tonight enjoy a leisurely dinner with your fellow travellers and learn about the vast landscapes and wildlife you will be photographing during an orientation briefing.
Day 2 Windhoek - Kulala Wilderness Reserve
After breakfast, travel by light aircraft to Little Kulala, a luxurious lodge situated within the private 90,000 acre Kulala Wilderness Reserve on the edge of the world’s oldest desert, the Namib. The word ‘namib’ in the Nama language means vast - an apt name for this ancient arid expanse. From this exclusive retreat you will have the opportunity to photograph some of Africa’s most arresting landscapes, vivid sunsets and star-filled night skies.
Days 3-4 exploring Kulala and Sossusvlei
Over the next two days you will rise early to take dawn excursions to Sossusvlei, within the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan, best known for the towering red sand dunes that surround it. These are among the highest in the world, reaching up to 400 metres, and provide fantastic photographic opportunities in the beautiful and ever changing morning light. Framed by intense blue skies, the shifting dunes evolve through deep red, burnished orange, then ochre and gold, changing minute by minute as the sun rises. With two day excursions in this itinerary, you have double the opportunity to photograph this iconic landscape to get spectacular images. Wildlife sightings in this area may include oryx, ostrich, springbok, spotted and brown hyena, aardwolf, bat-eared fox and the rare dune lark. There will also be time available for short walks and safari drives, as well as an optional hot air balloon flight over the dunes for breathtaking aerial views.
Days 5-7 Kulala - Skeleton Coast
Fly north toward Namibia’s evocatively named Skeleton Coast, where the stark remains of shipwrecks can be seen lying half-buried on storm-battered beaches. Your accommodation at the Hoanib Skeleton Coast is a welcoming outpost in the wilderness, set in one of the most fragile ecosystems on earth. This remote camp enjoys a scenic location at the confluence of two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River in the northern part of the private million acre Palmwag Concession, Damaraland, next to the Skeleton Coast National Park.

The next three days will be spent exploring rugged mountains, vast plains, dune fields and dry riverbeds, with one excursion to the coast itself. A range of activities is designed to maximise photography opportunities, such as nature walks, 4x4 drives and visiting hides for wildlife viewing. Search for desert adapted plants and animals, including Namibia’s largest population of desert elephant as well as giraffe, lion, oryx, springbok and steenbok. Weather permitting a trip to the Skeleton Coast will be a highlight, driving one way and returning by air. Here you may find huge colonies of Cape fur seals and a diverse array of birdlife, whilst black-backed jackal and brown hyena can sometimes be seen near the beach.
Days 8-10 Skeleton Coast - Ongava Private Game Reserve, Etosha National Park
Transfer by light aircraft to the Ongava Game Reserve on the border of Etosha National Park. The Etosha salt pan is the remnant of a huge lake that existed here two million years ago. Bare and dry today, the depression offers some of Namibia’s best wildlife photography opportunities, with elephant, black and white rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, springbok, oryx, kudu and the diminutive dik-dik drawn to its life-sustaining waterholes. Birdlife is abundant, and you may see ostrich and raptors. Your accommodation Ongava Lodge is on a private reserve adjacent to the park, situated well away from other accommodations and tour groups. From your beautifully appointed camp you will be able to take guided walks (safety permitting) and night drives on the reserve; whilst by day you will journey into the national park to view and photograph the abundant wildlife.
Day 11: Ongava - Windhoek
Your Namibian photo safari concludes today with a flight from Ongava back to Windhoek.

Accommodation Options

This holiday is based on the accommodation shown below.

Little Kulala, nr Sossusvlei

  • Grade: Deluxe
  • Type: Luxury Lodge

Little Kulala is located in a beautiful setting, with ma…

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Skeleton Coast

  • Grade: Deluxe
  • Type: Luxury Lodge

Only accessible by flight, this remote and style lodge i…

Ongava Lodge, nr Etosha National Park

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Luxury Lodge

Sharing a common boundary with Etosha National Park, Ong…

Prices & Dates

Departures
09 April 2018
28 October 2018
21 November 2018

**This tour is very popular.  Please contact us to check availability.**

Prices

  • £9,765 per person - 09 April 2018
  • £9,996 per person - 28 October 2018
  • £9,765 per person - 21 November 2018

Single supplement: £1,688

Price Includes
10 nights deluxe safari camp accommodation based on twin sharing • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 11 • Non-alcoholic drinks at camps and in vehicles • House alcoholic beverages in camps • Services of an experienced expedition leader throughout, as well as local guides and lodge staff • Internal scheduled light aircraft flights as per the itinerary • Entrance and park fees • All applicable taxes and levies • Some gratuities

Price Excludes
International flights • Travel insurance • Some gratuities • Items of a personal nature • Premium alcoholic beverages • Optional excursions

Maximum group size 8 guests

Useful Information

Your guide

You will be accompanied by one of Namibia's most outstanding naturalist guides. They are all highly trained and experienced Expedition Leaders, who will accompany your group from start to finish. Furthermore, your safari guide is also an accomplished photographer, whose expertise and tips will help you get superlative photos.

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