Namibia is home to some of Africa’s most breathtaking landscapes, with desolate salt pans, remote red deserts and savannahs teeming with wildlife. A photography tour is the perfect way to capture the country’s untouched natural wonders, and with our expert photography guides by your side, you won’t leave disappointed.
This photography tour will see you reach the very tip of the African continent, travel far into the Namibian Desert, stand at the foot of dead trees that have become 1000-year-old monuments to the stubbornness of nature, explore a once-thriving mining town now abandoned and half-buried by sand, and venture deep into one of the most exclusive natural parks in the world.
The itinerary for the trip is changeable to an extent depending on the weather conditions. So first of all, here are the highlights you can expect to capture with your camera.
Quiver “Trees” aren’t actually trees at all, just very big plants. Still, their remarkable silhouette makes for a great picture, especially against the backdrop of night sky illuminated by stars. The Quiver Tree Forest near our accommodation has two locations that we will spend our time in, both within a five minute drive, and are easy get around.
A few minutes inland from our accommodation in Luderitz is Kolmanskop, a now-abandoned town that was once home to one of the largest diamond rushes in human history. In the early 20th century, prospectors from Germany discovered diamonds here and quickly set up an settlement in the middle of the desert as they searched. But in the space of a few decades their treasure began to run dry and the mining companies withdrew from the area. The only thing the Germans left behind was this spectacularly preserved town in the most unusual of locations.
As a group we have paid a fee for a photographic permit, giving us access to the town outside of normal visiting hours. The fee is included in the tour price.
The two mesmerising salt pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei lie in the Tsauchab Dune Valley, which is part of the Namib Naukluft National Park. Thousands of years ago the Tsauchab river began to slice through the sand dunes as it sought the Atlantic Ocean - but they didn’t quite make it. The result is an impressive wetland set among what are some of planet Earth’s tallest dunes.
The now lifeless plains of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei offer incredible photo opportunities for those brave enough to venture out onto the flats. The remains of trees, jutting out from the baking sand, provide eerie silhouettes and a point of reference against an endless horizon.
On day two we will enjoy breakfast together, before departing on our photography adventure for good. First up we will leave Windhoek and head south to Quiver Tree Forest. It’s a long way, and will take us around five hours, but we’ll have regular stops and enjoy terrific scenery as we go. If all goes to plan we’ll arrive in the early afternoon, giving everyone time to recover from the journey and get to grips with the astounding scenery.. After sunset we’ll have a tasty dinner a try and get an early night in preparation for an early morning shoot.
We’ll aim to get up before sunset to capture the magnificent Quiver Trees backed by a (hopefully) clear and starry Namibian sky. You don’t have to of course, but we highly recommend it! We’ll wake at 4am to shoot the stars, and as the night fades into day we will shoot the Quiver Trees as the sky begins to glow with the light of the sunrise.
There will also be opportunities to photograph wildlife in the Quiver Tree Forest. The area is home to several rehabilitated cheetahs. If we can find them, we’ll try to keep up with them. And if we can keep up with them, we’ll take some time to get them on camera.
In the evening the group will enjoy another photography workshop at Quiver Tree Forest, and rest after sundown for a big trip west the next day.
Day four begins with a final sunrise shoot in the Quiver Tree forest, before we hit the road and drive west. We will set up base in a hotel in Luderitz Bay on Namibia’s west coast. From there we will spend three days photographing the eerie town of Kolmanskop, an abandoned mining town now half-buried in the sandy desert of Namib.
Our group will have an exclusive photographic permit, so we will have the place to ourselves and enjoy the mysterious silence.
Day seven will begin with a sunrise shoot at Kolmanskop, before we head on a long drive through some of Namibia’s remote landscapes to Sesriem, the town that will be our base for a trip to Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
Members of the tour will always have the option of either easy or more challenging shoots, which will be arranged for every morning and afternoon. Usually, the difficult option will involve climbing a sand dune or going into the salt pan of Deadvlei. The easy option will usually be shooting the dunes from the road with a telephoto lens.
The salt pan of Sossusvlei in particular is hard work, but it’s well worth it for adventurous photographers that want to capture shots unlike anywhere else in the world. With our expert guides you’ll be able to take a range of iconic photographs, as well as put your own spin on the famous landscapes.
Iurie Belegurschi is an award winning fine art nature and landscape photographer. He was born in Moldova, but moved to Reykjavik in Iceland in 2006 to study tourism and hospitality. Iurie is the leading photography guide and workshop instructor in Iceland, and his tours are much sought after both by locals and international clients. In addition to running photography tours, his unique and jaw-dropping landscape photos have been published worldwide in books, calendars, ad campaigns, commercials and even found their way to highly esteemed newspapers such as The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Sun, The Huffington Post and The Telegraph to mention just a few. Iurie’s two main passions in life are photography and travelling. He is a big fan of winterscapes and night photography, with the latter being his most desired activity.
Daniel was born in Moscow area. In his childhood he graduated the art school. After that, he is studied in Moscow institute of Physics and Technology and became an optics physicist. During the study he gain experience not only in physics, but also in mountain climbing and hiking, guiding tourist groups in winter and in summer in Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo-workshops and chief editor of “Continent expedition” magazine. This magazine is about travel and adventures all over the world. He has got several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 and 2014 finalist, Best of Russia’13 and ’14 winner, best photographer’13 finalist and others. He is spending most of his time in Norway, Lofoten islands and in Tuscany at villa Gaia, guiding groups of photographers.
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip.
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.