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11-day Namibia Highlights Photographic Safari (Private Guided)

Let's face it: we're all photographers nowadays thanks to affordable digital cameras. The Namibia Photographic Guided Tour concentrates on areas and lodges specifically for the keen amateur photographer in every one of us. 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 4,886 pps
Duration 11 days
Tour Type Private Guided
Highlights Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Waterberg
Includes

Accommodation; Meals (SQ); Vehicle and all vehicle costs including fuel; Professional guide and all guide costs, Park entry fees; 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; Staff gratuities

This 11-day tour offers the best photo opportunities with a professional tour guide well aware of the importance of light and all of Namibia's incredible scenery. The subjects are varied, interesting and rewarding including spectacular landscapes, fascinating macros, sensual abstracts, full-frontal wildlife, cultural detail and much more.

Unlike our standard tours, the photographic tour offers specific shoots and our timetable revolves around the changing light conditions and spontaneous photo opportunities.

This tour can also be done as a self-drive.

Itinerary Summary

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Windhoek ( 1 night )

You will be met by your guide on arrival in Windhoek and handed your travel documents. City tour of Windhoek with your guide (if time permits). 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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Day 2 & 3: Sossusvlei ( 2 nights )

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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Day 4 & 5: Swakopmund ( 2 nights )

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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Day 6: Damaraland - Spitzkoppe ( 1 night )

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. Enjoy a guided tour to some archaeological sites see Bushman rock art.

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Day 7 & 8: Etosha National Park - South ( 2 nights )

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 5-6 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: You might have time for an afternoon game drive and your second day is set aside for a full day of game drives in the park. 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.

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Day 9: Etosha National Park - East ( 1 night )

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.

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Day 10: Waterberg ( 1 night )

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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Day 11: Windhoek ( Departure / End of Tour )

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 Amount
2 Standard Low Season USD 4,886 pps
2 Luxury Low Season USD 5,240 pps
2 Standard High Season USD 5,633 pps
2 Luxury High Season USD 6,010 pps
  • Low Season is from 1 January to 30 June and High Season is from 1 July to 31 December.
  • Our 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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