Namibia Photography Special
Namibia Photography Special 13 Days
On this excellent small group itinerary you can discover the very best of beautiful Namibia in the company of Toni Hart a renowned birding specialist and photographic guide. Discover out of this world landscapes, and enjoy unique experiences with the people, wildlife and birdlife of this fascinating country. Visiting the likes of iconic Sossusvlei, Spitzkoppe, one of the most visually stunning locations in Namibia, the outstanding Etosha National Park and the big cats of Okonjima, this is truly an extensive and fulfilling itinerary that is sure to delight. Throw in an authentic bush camp experience where you can spend the day with the Ju/Hansi Bushmen and more photographic opportunities than you could ever imagine and you have a once-in-a-lifetime Namibian experience that is not to be missed.
- Journey in the company of a renowned birding and photography expert who will be sharing her knowledge and tips for capturing the perfect wildlife and scenic shots
- Fascinating wildlife encounters including big cats, elephants and wild dogs amongst many others
- Outstanding scenery and photographic opportunities
- Full day Bushmen experience
- Small group with a maximum of 6 guests ensuring that every person has a window seat for all experiences
- Accommodation throughout with board basis as described in itinerary
- All transfers
- Park entry fees
- Expert guides
- Information pack and reusable water bottle
- Full day San Bushman experience
ITINERARY12 Nights 13 Days
- Day 1 | Windhoek
- Days 2 - 3 | Sossusvlei
- Days 4 - 5 | Swakupmond
- Day 6 | Spitzkoppe
- Days 7 - 9 | Etosha National Park
- Days 10 - 11 | Fiume Bush Camp
- Day 12 | Okonjima
- Day 13 | Departure
Arrive independently to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, and join your luxury transfer to the comfortable Villa Vista for an overnight stay on a bed & breakfast basis. Settle in to your room and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
Any photographic safari to Namibia would be incomplete without a visit to Sossusvlei and its towering ochre sand dunes of the oldest desert on Earth. In the morning of day 2 you will join your included transfer to this iconic destination in the South West of Namibia for a 2 night stay at the Elegant Desert Lodge with dinner, bed & breakfast included. In this beautiful location there are a number of wildlife and scenery based activities available, with scenic drives, walking trails and tours of Sossusvlei offering ample photographic opportunities.
As we leave Sossusvlei behind we will head to Swakopmund, a quaint Germanic town in the middle of the Namib Desert, where you will be staying at the charming Cornerstone Guesthouse for 2 nights on a B&B basis. On the way we may stop at Walvis Bay to see the famous lagoon, a wetland of international importance and home to many bird species including the greater flamingo.
Your guesthouse is located within a short walk to the seafront and town centre allowing for easy access to the many activities on offer along the coast including kayaking, catamaran charters and scenic flights. As well as the coastal activities on offer there are many desert-based activities which can be enjoyed from this location including living desert tours, quad biking excursions, sand-boarding and sky-diving. Or you may simply which to spend some time exploring this pretty town and meeting the locals. Please ask for full details of all activities which can be booked prior to arrival.
Long thought of as one of the most visually stunning locations in Namibia, Spitzkoppe has only recently gained its first ever accommodation lodge, meaning guests can now be among the first to witness the splendour of these lands. After a short transfer from Swakopmund you will check in to the Spitzkoppe Lodge and can enjoy a walk around its beautiful surroundings before a delicious dinner is served in the charming main lodge which is dramatically positioned between giant boulders and rock formations. You will be staying here for one night with dinner, bed & breakfast included and there are a number of optional activities that you can choose to avail of should you wish, including visits to archaeological sites, horseback riding, rock climbing and biking tours. The scenic photographic opportunities here are endless!
Etosha National Park
After a beautifully scenic drive of approximately 4.5 hours you will arrive in the stunning Etosha National Park area. Famed for its abundant wildlife, Etosha offers up countless scenic and wildlife photo opportunities, and this all comes together at the fantastic Okaukuejo Camp which is located overlooking arguably the best waterhole in Southern Africa, where iconic African animals of all kinds come to graze and soak up the offerings. Your time in Etosha will include a 2 night stay at Okaukuejo Camp on a bed and breakfast basis, with opportunities for a full day game drive through the park where you’ll have the chance to take some pictures of the free roaming wild life.
Following this you will enjoy a full day game drive to the Mushara Outpost, a luxury tented camp on the opposite side of the park, for a 1 night half-board stay. Splitting your time between the two camps allows you ample opportunity to explore everything that this remarkable area has to offer.
Fiume Bush Camp
On the morning of day 10 we will leave Etosha behind and head towards the Fiume Bush Camp for your authentic Namibian bush experience. Staying on an all-inclusive basis you will enjoy two nights of unrivalled experiences in this rustic bush camp free from the trappings of modern civilisation. Although an authentic experience, the accommodations are very comfortable and feature all of the amenities you will need for an enjoyable stay. The highlight of your stay here will be the fact that all of the activities and interactions here are run by the San Bushmen of the area who will offer demonstrations on hunting and making fire, as well as bush walks, traditional medicine dances and showing you how to make traditional jewellery. This is the only lodge which allows guests to have an intimate glimpse into the day to day life of Bushmen and this is truly a memorable experience that you will treasure forever.
The final stop on this superb Namibian photography itinerary will be the Okonjima Game Reserve where you will have unrivalled opportunities for photographing the big cats that the area is famous for. Cheetahs and leopards abound here and you will enjoy a 1 night stay at the Okonjima Plains Camp in the heart of the reserve, with dinner, bed & breakfast. Upon arrival you can decide which of the optional activities you would like to partake in here, including leopard tracking or cheetah tracking.
As your Namibian adventure comes to an end, after breakfast a transfer will be provided back to the airport in Windhoek for your onward or homeward flights.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Swakopmund
Located within a short walk to the seafront and town centre of Swakopmund, Cornerstone Guesthouse provides charming accommodation on either a bed & breakfast basis or self catering basis.
Situated in a quiet corner of Swakopmund's old town, along Namibia's fascinating Skeleton Coast, this beautiful family-run guesthouse combines the charm and intimacy of a B&B with the modern amenities and luxuries of a hotel.
At Cornerstone Guesthouse you can choose between the comfort and convenience of a luxury bed and breakfast or the privacy and freedom of a luxury self-catering apartment.
The guesthouse has 7 en-suite bedrooms, 5 of which are double/twin rooms and 2 of which are family rooms which can sleep up to 4 people. Every room has been beautifully decorated to provide a relaxing setting and each room has its own private entrance and patio with outdoor seating area.
The 3 fantastic self catering villas all sleep up to 6 people with 3 luxurious bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. These luxury apartments have large balconies with barbecues and fabulous sea views along with sun-loungers, fully equipped kitchens and even a double garage.
The guesthouse itself features a beautiful private garden, dining area, relaxing lounge with satellite TV and is located within a 2 minute walk to the bars, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions of Swakopmund.
Okonjima Plains Camp
Situated in the beautiful Okonjima Nature Reserve this fabulous camp is home to the AfriCat Foundation and offers an authentic safari experience where you will have the chance to see Namibia's big cats and other carnivores as well as learn about their conservation.
The AfriCat Foundation rehabilitates cheetahs, wild dogs, hyaenas and leopards, and there are fantastic opportunities to see these beautiful carnivores in their natural environment.
The Okonjima Plains Camp has been recently redesigned to honour the Okonjima cattle-farming history and "The Barn", otherwise known as the main camp area, includes a beautiful dining and lounge area and a well-stocked curio shop. There is also a swimming pool and a plethora of outdoor seating space in which guests can soak up the views and the tranquil atmosphere.
Fantastic accommodation is provided in 14 'standard rooms' and 10 'view rooms' each of which have en-suite facilities, beautiful furnishings, large, comfortable beds and ceiling fans. Standard Rooms have a small verandah whilst the View Rooms have a larger verandah and benefit from fantastic views across the Okonjima grass plains.
Activities at Okonjima Plains Camp are varied and as expected they are mostly centred around the big cats. AfriCat is a non-profit organisation set up to conserve and protect threatened cheetah, leopard, and other wild carnivores of Namibia. Visitors will be able to observe some of this programme at work and learn more about these amazing and beautiful animals. Activities available include leopard viewing, visits to the "cheetah project", large carnivore tracking on foot, game drives and bird watching.
Okaukuejo Rest Camp
Okaukuejo Camp is the largest and oldest tourist camp in Etosha and its long standing history of providing good quality accommodation plus its well-established waterhole, which attracts a variety of game in large numbers, make it also one of the most popular in the area.
The famous floodlit waterhole where a hub of diverse animal activity takes place throughout the day and night makes the camp a perfect place for a stopover as you visit the world renowned Etosha National Park, and provides fantastic opportunities for witnessing an abundance of rare and intriguing species.
The camp has a total of 102 chalets, offering 5 different styles and levels of luxury.
The most luxurious of the accommodation options are the 5 Premier Waterhole Chalets which as the name suggests offer the best views of the waterhole. These beautiful chalets are set over 2 floors and have private balconies, 2 bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms and lounge areas.
There are also 30 standard Waterhole Chalets, 2 self-catering family chalets, 25 bush chalets and 40 double rooms. All rooms and chalets feature en-suite bathrooms, simple yet stylish furnishings, and large comfortable beds.
There are also a number of camping areas with electricity supply, braai area and access to hot showers.
The large main area of the camp features everything you will need for a short stay including 3 swimming pools, tourist shop, curio shop, post office, buffet restaurant, bar and tourist information centre.
Many visitors to Okaukuejo Rest Camp tend to come on a self-drive basis and choose to explore the National Park (approximately 30 minutes drive away) in their own time, however, the camp does provide a range of activities for those who do not have their own car including guided day time and night time game drives and day tours to the Park where you can expect to witness exactly what Etosha National Park is famous for - a diverse and wide range of wildlife including all of the big cats, black rhino and a plethora of birdlife.
Villa Vista, Windhoek
Villa Vista is about location, view and value for money. It offers the best of both worlds; located in a quiet, popular neighbourhood, but only just over a kilometre from the centre of town. It enjoys the most magnificent 180° views over the city bowl towards the surrounding highlands and unequalled sunsets. It is close to all amenities and walking distance from Joe’s Beerhouse!
Being a lifelong dream of the owner, Villa Vista can be described as just that. Every last bit was planned and designed by the owner, contributing to the unique, fresh and relaxed atmosphere. The goal is to create a warm and relaxed home for the modern day bussinessman. Being corporately focused we do our utmost to provide in all possible needs.
All the rooms are individually decorated in a unique style, using wood, glass, candles and natural elements. Looking out over the garden, swimming pool, town, western mountains and afternoon sunsets, the open terrace offers a romantic and peaceful experience.
Being family owned one can be sure of the finest possible service, making your stay a comfortable and memorable one.
Mushara Outpost, Etosha
Mushara Outpost is another addition to the Mushara Collection of exquisite accommodation establishments, situated just 10 km from the Von Lindequist Gate of world-famous Etosha National Park. Mushara Outpost accommodates 16 guests in custom-made tent-like wood and canvas structures which are nestled on the banks of an ancient dry riverbed, known as ”omuramba” in the Herero language. Mushara Outpost is all about old-fashioned hospitality with warm, friendly and personalized service on the doorstep to the wonders of Etosha National Park. The lodge’s main house is styled like an old farm house with high walls, corrugated iron roof and a large wrap-around veranda facing northeast to take advantage of shade. The ambiance is similar to that of a well lived-in house: friendly and extremely comfortable with a light feel to it.
Each tent is mounted on a wooden deck, 1.5 m above the ground, providing a different perspective of the bush. A large glass sliding door leads into the tent, all windows and doors are covered with fly-screen.Large glass windows from floor to ceiling allow for plenty of air circulation during the night. Air conditioning adds an extra level of comfort on very warm afternoons. The open plan bathroom sports a ceiling, two large windows and a separate, enclosed toilet. The shower cubicle is glass from top to bottom. Unzip the external canvas cover as far as you are comfortable with and your time in the shower takes on a new dimension.
The furnishing of the tent is minimal, comfortable and has a light feel to it. A mini-bar, coffee station, safe deposit box, telephone, mosquito net, sockets for charging storage batteries, hair drier and air conditioning are standard. Wifi is available at rooms/tents and common areas.
Whether you enjoy the privacy of your veranda or the comfort of your tent, the tranquillity of the bush is guaranteed.
This stylish, newly opened lodge enjoys an exclusive location on the edge of the Namib Desert, on the northern periphery of the Spitzkoppe inselberg. Situated between huge granite boulders, the lodge affords breathtaking views of the Brandberg and Erongo Mountains, and features 15 spacious and comfortable chalets.
Each chalet in this unique and welcoming lodge has been tastefully furnished and has its own private bathroom and outside viewing deck, large comfortable beds, mosquito nets and gauzed windows. The whole lodge area is connected via elevated walkways to minimise the impact on the environment and the communal area includes an airy dining, lounge and bar area which opens out on to a spacious split level pool deck and fire pit area close to the natural rock pool. There is also a well-stocked curio shop and the whole lodge has been designed to exude a welcoming, relaxing and friendly atmosphere.
Numerous optional activities are available at the lodge including archaeological site tours, horseback riding, photographic tours, biking tours, birding routes and rock climbing.
Fiume Bush Camp, Grootfontein
The perfect way to authentically experience life in the Namibian Bush, the Fiume Bush Camp is a rustic tented camp free from the trappings of modern civilisation. The only lodge in the area which allows guests to have an intimate glimpse into the day to day life of Bushmen, the activities and interactions here are run by the Bushmen themselves and you can enjoy demonstrations on hunting and making fire, as well as enjoying bush walks and learning how to make traditional jewellery and observing traditional medicine dances.
The camp itself is basic and authentic but the 8 stylish guest tents are very welcoming and comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms, twin beds, coffee stations, lights, warm water and beautiful views over the pans. There is a small plunge pool for guests to relax in and breakfast, lunch and dinner are served under the canopy of Tamboti trees, with evenings spent sharing tales around the crackling camp fire.
What Our Customers
• The lodges were excellent and very welcoming, I particularly remember the Kulala Desert Lodge for its wonderful location, however I think Damaraland Lodge has to take top spot, for the amazing bush lunch and dinner under the stars that they organised. I will also never forget the giant eagle owl that we saw hunting at dawn, a truly magical moment.
• We can’t thank you enough for recommending Namibia, it’s simply amazing! The people are so friendly, the landscapes are awe inspiring, the night skies unforgettable and the wildlife so diverse, we loved every minute. Doing a self drive was definitely the right option for us, it gave us just the flexibility we crave and felt completely safe, we would do it again without a doubt.
Really glad I went. Had a brilliant time. Guides were great. What an experience , saw everything I wanted and more. Village visit and project visits (despite my slightly negative expectation) were really enjoyable, in fact taught me a lesson or two.
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