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Namibia

06th - 16th Mar, 2018 - FULLY BOOKED

£4,649.00 PP

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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.

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  • Tour Code NAM21
  • Included
    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Ground transport
    • Services of guides
    • Park entry fees
    • Tuition from Antony Spencer and Justin Reznick
  • Excluded
    • International flights
    • Insurance
    • Optional activities
    • Meals not mentioned
  • Duration 7+ Night Tours
  • Exertion Strenuous
Namibia

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.

The last day will be spent travelling back to Windhoek before flying home. There will be the option for making aerial excursions from time to time to view and photograph this landscape from above.

The Olive Grove Guesthouse

6th March 2018: The Olive Grove Guesthouse and The Olive Exclusive. Single occupancy.

Sossus Dune Lodge, Sossusvlei

7th, 8th, 9th March 2018: Sossus Dune Lodge. Single occupancy

Wolwedans Dune Camp

10th, 11th and 12th March 2018: Wolwedans Dune Lodges, single occupancy

Luderitz nest hotel

13th, 14th and 15th March 2018: Luderitz Nest Hotel, single occupancy.

The trip was fantastic - a once in a lifetime experience. Both Tony and Justin took the time to explain about the locations we were going to each day and when out shooting they helped us with finding compositions and the more technical side of things. The locations were all beautiful with plenty of scope and we were always taken to places at just the right time for amazing light. The accommodation was, on the whole, absolutely perfect (notably Wolvedans!!). The Quiver Tree place did let the trip down, mostly due to the owners horrible attitude, but Tony and Justin worked quickly to rectify this and it was obvious from all of the group they greatly appreciated not having to spend a second night there. The food was all delicious, but occasionally let down by slow service. There was a good balance of photography and down time, as well as some processing. Some of the drives were a little long, but all totally worth it to get to the locations and broken up nicely with breaks. My highlight was Kolmanskop and I really enjoyed spending the whole day there! Thank you so much for such a brilliant trip!! Victoria - April, 2017

Thank you for creating an amazing opportunity for photographers to experience the exotic and beautiful land of Namibia. The planning was meticulous throughout the entire trip. I realize meals and accommodations are not always to everyone's liking, but Justin and Tony did an excellent job of creating the best experience for all clients. Justin and Tony are always helpful and generous with their expertise in the field. It is just fabulous to have two such talented and friendly professional photographers lead this workshop!!!! I want to especially thank everyone at Light and Land for the very last minute booking of alternative lodging for our last night. I know that clients' comfort is very important and I appreciate the time and cost it took to make this work. Lynda - March, 2017

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. March, 2015

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