Date: 09th - 19th March 2017
Over countless millennia the forces of nature have created in Namibia some of the world’s most amazing desert landscapes. The country is renowned for its pristine and haunting landscapes which are as diverse as the people who inhabit this vast land. For photographers, Namibia must surely rank as one of the best of African countries in which to make some stunning landscape images.
Light & Land have been running very successful tours to Namibia since 1998 and we have been continually refining the itinerary since then. The trip has been been extended by two days, to include new destinations and to give us even more time for photography.
Our journey starts with the drive to Sossusvlei, surprisingly not yet designated as the eighth wonder of the world! These vast and awesome dunes stand in great star shapes across the landscape. As the oblique light of daybreak cuts its way through these natural masterpieces of design, vast loops and triangles of light and shade appear before one’s eyes - intense, bright, burning orange in the highlights with deep dark ochre in the shadows. Whilst here we will also visit the incomparable Deadvlei. Ringed by 1,000ft sand dunes, the crazed, bleached surface was once the bed of a vast lake. The skeletal remains of Camel Thorns that have been dead for almost a thousand years straggle across the pan, making for wonderfully stark compositions as the first light of dawn sweeps across the bowl.
Our travels will now take us South and further into the formidable, red sand Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts on the planet. Photography here at dawn is a breathtaking experience. Within the first few seconds of daybreak, overlooking distant mountains reminiscent of a Tolkein fable, we will wonder at what our guide once described as ‘the loveliest view in all of Africa’. We have extended our stay at the incredible five star Wolvedans Desert Lodge by one night to maximise our opportunities for photography in this incredible landscape.
Throughout our travels, we will make numerous stops to examine and photograph some of the country’s remarkable plants and wildlife, We will almost certainly see oryx, ostrich, zebra and springbok and possibly larger mammals such as cheetah and giraffe as we travel through this most unfamiliar yet beautiful scenery.
Next up is the town of Luderitz. This small and remote port stands on the edge of a huge tract of land completely dedicated to diamond mining. Access is strictly controlled by permit but we have special permission to enter this vast hinterland dotted with the old, wind and sand swept ruins of diamond communities. Photography amongst the old deserted mining town of Kolmanskop is a most extraordinary experience. Here the remnants of mansions, where once rich whites lived, have been reduced to surreal rooms half filled with blown sand. The machinery for diamond mining is now no more than rusty relics, rattling corrugated roofs shift in the wind, windows barely hang on their hinges and the desert inexorably reclaims her own.
Nowhere can compare with these haunting places.
Our final location is Keetmanschoop and the wonderful Quiver Tree Forest. Here we spend a couple of nights making images of these sensational unique trees before heading back to Windhoek.
The last day will be spent travelling back to Windhoek where we will spend a relaxing last evening before flying home. There will be the option for making aerial excursions from time to time to view and photograph this landscape from above.
Antony has always had a keen interest in photography and started taking photography more seriously in 2007 with the purchase of his first digital SLR. His short time with a digital camera makes his 2010 win of the coveted Landscape Photographer of...
Justin Reznick is a professional photographer from Seattle, Washington. He has explored over 70 countries in search of compelling subjects to photograph. Although he is primarily a landscape photographer, he also embraces architecture and wildlife photography. Additionally, he experiments with different...
Tony and Justin went over and above to walk around and offer help, and were never too busy or tired to answer questions
Tony and Justin went over and above to walk around and offer help, and were never too busy or tired to answer questions. Outstanding work by both of them!
Both Justin and Tony provided excellent support. Their energy and enthusiasm were outstanding - especially given their driving load. I learned more during the tour than I had been able to teach myself in 30+years.
Both leaders make a point of coming around each and every individual to check if things are OK. If necessary, are always on hand to provide both constructive and helpful criticism associated with the query.
The Spencer/Reznick amalgam provides a tour with almost unlimited possibilities. Both are very hard working talented individuals with an indefatigable attitude to the provision to the tour of the very best of locations at the best possible times.