Namibia Photosafari from 1-13 Dec 2018

 

Our Road Trip

Introduction

Namibia is known to be the introductory country to Africa. It has almost everything that Africa has.

  • Natural beauty – few countries can match Namibia’s natural beauty. Namibia comes from the country’s oldest desert, the Namib. Here lie some of the most beautiful deserts scapes like the dead tree valley at Soussuvlei and the Quivertree Forest.
  • Remote wilderness – At some point during your stay in Namibia, you may well look around and wonder if you’ve fallen off the end of the earth. This tends to happen most often along the country’s barren, sand swept coastline. From Walvis Bay to Lüderitz, the desert that forms the Sperrgebiet National Park is almost a truly trackless waste for much of its territory
  • Traditional Tribes – here you can meet the Himba Tribes in the country’s far northwest and the San Tribe in the east.

Accommodation
Accommodation standards along the route are reasonable and clean with attached toilets/baths.

Meals
Only breakfast is provided. As we will be on a road trip, food quality and preferences differ from place to place. We feel that it is the best option that you take lunch and dinner on your own.

Climate
The climate around December is usually cool to warm with temperatures ranging from 17-30 degC. It may rain at times.

How to get there?
There are a number of airlines flying from Kuala Lumpur to Windhoek

Itinerary

Day 1 – 1st Dec
Arrival

After we arrive and receive our luggage we’ll go to our hotel in the centre of Windhoek. We’re not in a hurry today having a rest after the flight, shopping around in the capital malls and shops and enjoying heart-to-heart talks about the coming two-week journey accompanied by a glass of Chablis.

Day 2 – 2nd Dec
Windhoek – Quiver Tree Forest (~500km / 5hrs)
Overnight at Quiver Tree Forest
Early in the morning we shall put our things into the cars and set out south, in the direction of the red Kalahari sands. We shall have to overcome almost 500 km to the destination point. A night photo session of the mysterious Quiver Trees. From time immemorial, local Aborigines have made quivers for their sniper arrows from the branches of these trees. A night photo session of the Milky Way at the background of the sprawling tree crowns.

Day 3 – 3rd Dec
Extra Day at Quiver Tree Forest
Today we stay an extra day at the Quiver Tree Forest. There are so many landscapes scenes to photograph here.

Day 4 – 4th Dec
Quiver Tree Forest – Luderitz / Kolmanskop (~350km / 3hr 30mins)
Overnight at Luderitz
After breakfast, we’re going towards the ocean to find our hotel right on the coast. In the afternoon we’ll set off for the wonderful and mysterious Kolmanskop. Views of the abandoned and forever forgotten city being gradually swallowed by the greedy desert sand waves won’t leave anyone indifferent. Returning to the hotel to have a rest after the evening photo session. 

Day 5 – 5th Dec
Luderitz / Kolmanskop – Sossusvlei (~500km / 7hrs)
Overnight Sossus Dune Lodge
After breakfast, we’ll set out for the ancient Namib Desert which appeared more than 80 million years ago (Sossusvlei). It is “inhabited” by the red dunes, the highest on the planet. Some of them are as high as 350 m! We’ll check into our hotel and leave for the night photo session of the red dunes at once.

Day 6 – 6th Dec.
Deadvlei – Sesriem Canyon (~70km / 1hr)
Overnight Sesriem Canyon
Long before dawn, we’ll set out for one of the most wonderful places in the park, Dead Valley (Deadvlei)! Long ago there was a picturesque oasis and the sprawling crowns of the trees were stretching out their branches towards the sun, giving the shade to the scarce travellers. But nothing can last forever in this world! The water was gone or vaporized, and the dried mummies of trees are still there like haunted fairy tale characters, stretching out their hands towards the heated and merciless sun. Dead Valley will give us some of her magic fairy tale views. Next comes breakfast in the desert. After that, we’ll go to Sesriem Canyon. A night photo session of the Milky Way in Dead Valley.

Day 7 – 7th Dec.
Extra Day at Sesriem Canyon
Today we spend an extra day in Sesriem Canyon to photograph the numerous landscape opportunities the nature presents

Day 8 – 8th Dec
Sossusvlei – Walvis Bay (~ 330km / 4hr 30mins)
Today we shall have another morning photo session in Dead Valley. This place is worth. Moving to Walvis Bay after the breakfast. Our hotel will be situated on the bank of a cozy harbour where a colony of pink flamingos is living. A photo session of the gracious birds in the last sunset rays. 

Day 9 – 9th Dec
Walvis Bay – Kamanjab (~440km / 6hrs)
This day we’ll have almost half thousand kilometers to travel north, and after lunch, we’ll get to a Himba village. This is a tribe of very beautiful and proud people still living according to the strict traditions of their ancestors. We’ll stay in the village until night studying their everyday life and, of course, we’ll persuade the chief of the tribe to have a portrait photo session with the villagers.

Day 10 – 10th Dec
Extra Day at Kamanjab
Today, we spend an extra day documenting the culture and lifestyle of the Himba tribe.
An extra day either with Himba or Bushmen

Day 11 – 11th Dec
Kamanjab – Grootfontein (~440km / ~4hrs 30min)
Having breakfast and then we’re off with a visit again! This time – Bushmen. Don’t you know how to make jewelry out of ostrich eggs shell? You’ve never shot from a bow? Can’t you make fire by friction? What on earth have you been doing all your life??? As you have already guessed, this day won’t be a waste of time. We’ll leave the village only by the evening. With gigabytes of photographs… And with lots of new experience in life.

Day 12 – 12th Dec
Grootfontein – Windhoek (~460km / ~4hrs 30min)
Leaving for Windhoek before dawn. It will take us about three hours to get there. Our African holidays are coming towards the end, the group is returning home.
Overnight in Windhoek

Day 13 – 13th Dec
Depart for home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport

See you soon, Namibia!

Notes to this itinerary
This itinerary is not set in stone. The organisers reserve the right to modify the itinerary to improve the experience and also take into account of any unforeseen circumstances that may occur on location.

 

If you are interested to join this trip to Namibia, please email me for further details: [email protected]

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