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11-day Namibia Highlights Photographic Safari (Self-drive)

Let's face it: we're all photographers nowadays thanks to affordable digital cameras. This Namibia Photographic Safari concentrates on areas and lodges specifically for the keen amateur photographer in every one of us. This can be done with a guide who has escorted many photo groups or as a self-drive in a rented vehicle. But don't worry if you call yourself a happy-snapper it's still a great tour because you visit the highlights of Namibia in a fun and affordable package - and you'll get some great pictures to take home.

Price from USD 2,658 pps
Duration 11 days
Tour Type Self-drive
Highlights Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Waterberg, Walvis Bay
Includes

Accommodation; Meals (SQ); Vehicle hire; Meet and Greet; Airport Transfers; 24-hour support; Comprehensive tour file with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information

Excludes

International flights; Personal travel insurance; Entry visas; Fuel; Park entry fees; Staff gratuities

This 11-day tour is offers the best photo opportunities - the subjects are varied, interesting and rewarding including spectacular landscapes, fascinating macros, sensual abstracts, full-frontal wildlife, cultural detail and much more. Capture the ancient sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the lagoon and birdlife in Walvis Bay, the landscape at Spitzkoppe Mountain and incredible wildlife in Etosha plus a visit to the AfriCat Foundation.

Itinerary Details

You will be met by the car rental company representative on arrival and transferred to their offices in Windhoek to complete all rental procedures. You will then meet with our representative to hand over your travel documents. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing at your own leisure. For dinner tonight, you can head into town for a bite to eat at one of Windhoek’s well known restaurants.

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After breakfast, travel south to the Namib Desert for the next two nights.

On the way: The vegetation changes from acacia savannah to desert shrub and then open landscapes, hills and passes … changes as you head south-west. Stopping at scenic sites, giant sociable weaver nests, watch some wildlife like Chacma baboon, Springbok, Oryx and Ostrich makes the drive part of the holiday. Namibia is a country where the journey is often more important and interesting than the actual destination.

When you're there: We will enter Sossusvlei before sunrise to arrive at the dunes with the clearest light and to beat the rush of people who enter an hour later. Dead pan is a photographer's dream with its flat floor of sheer white, gnarled petrified acacias and the towering red dunes behind. The deep blue sky and clear light are essential ingredients. The view from the top is also sensational - rewarding that hefty trek through the soft sand.

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A five-hour drive north takes you through the gradual change from mountains and dunes to rolling grass-covered hills with scattered acacia trees. Swakopmund is a quaint resort town by the sea with an obvious German heritage at odds with its bleak surrounds.

On the way: Look out for the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra as you leave; stop at Solitaire, about 80km from Sesriem for some home-made bread and an ice cold drink; Kuiseb Canyon has some shady picnic spots; you can see springbok and pure-bred wild ostrich across the vast gravel plains of the Namib; the lunar landscape; look out for the welwitschia plant.

When you're there: Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and numerous waders feed in the nutrient-rich shallows; restaurants, shops and attractions in Swakopmund ; spend an extra day making the most of the cool air and refreshing sea.

Among the many organised activities, we recommend a discovery of the living desert - take your macro lens; a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast; a comfortable and fascinating boat cruise of Walvis Bay where you meet dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and terns; and paragliding or quad biking for an exciting dunes experience.

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Damaraland has picturesque granite outcrops; dolerite dykes that have been carved over aeons; rolling grass-covered hills; tree-studded riverbeds and endless open skies that make this area one of the most scenic regions of Namibia. The drive to Spitzkoppe takes up to five hours because there is much to see and do along the way.

On the way: Photo ops abound en route including along the Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross - the largest breeding cape fur seal colony in the world (the stench of 100,000 seals can be a tad over-powering: take a handkerchief to cover your nose); fascinating lichen fields and a salt pan that is an excellent birding spot.

When you're there: Spend some time taking pictures of the incredible Spitzkoppe Mountain and landscape of the area including the Rock Arch and surrounds. Take a short guided tour to some archaeological sites see Bushman rock art.

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You will be about half way between the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park , the drive is a scenic few hours through more of Damaraland's singular beauty. Drive to Etosha's southern gate will take about 3 hours.

On the way: A quick stopover in the small town of Outjo and take a picture of the Ugab Terrace.

When you're there: Etosha has an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, 20,000 springbok and 2,000 elephants. This on top of a large number of lesser and common plains herds, and abundant birds makes game viewing in Etosha something special. The surrounding lodges all have private reserves with equally impressive wildlife numbers and they offer private game viewing activities into the park.

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The drive through Etosha National Park to your next lodge on the eastern side of Etosha is a scenic few hours of game driving. The drive can take anything from 2 hours depending on how often you stop for game viewing - if you see a lot of wildlife you might spend a full day.

When you're there: Your lodge will offer guided game drives into Etosha.

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The drive to the Waterberg area will take about four hours.

On the way: Visit the world's largest meteorite; have picnic lunch at Lake Otjikoto or Lake Guinas.

When you're there: Aim to arrive by 2pm to enjoy the afternoon excurions. Here is your chance to capture some pictures of leopards and cheetahs up close at the AfriCat Foundation.

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Rise early for a quick snack before joining the morning activity, which will be to visit the AfriCat Foundation or for a drive in the animal enclosure, which is more a game reserve. From there you head back to the lodge for a hearty Namibian breakfast before departure. The drive to Windhoek Airport for your return flight is short and comfortable on paved roads. The journey should take about three hours.

On the way: Stop at Okahandja to collect any carvings you set aside

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Prices

Guests Accommodation Season (2019) Amount
2 Standard Low Season USD 2,684 pps
2 Luxury Low Season USD 2,946 pps
2 Standard High Season USD 3,192 pps
2 Luxury High Season USD 3,471 pps
Guests Accommodation Season (2020) Amount
2 Standard Low Season USD 3,243 pps
2 Luxury Low Season USD 3,536 pps
2 Standard High Season USD 3,869 pps
2 Luxury High Season USD 4,181 pps
4 Standard Low Season USD 2,658 pps
4 Luxury Low Season USD 2,951 pps
4 Standard High Season USD 3,229 pps
4 Luxury High Season USD 3,541 pps
  • As a rough guide Low Season throughout the region is from 1 January to 30 June and High Season is from 1 July to 31 December.
  • We give indicative Low and High Season rates on our website and exact prices in your quote when your travel dates are set.
  • These prices are based on two adults sharing accommodation unless otherwise stated.
  • Please treat all pricing as a guide only. Read more about our pricing.
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