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Namibia – Landscape and Wildlife Photography Workshop

Event Details

  • From: September 13, 2023
  • To: September 24, 2023
  • Starting at: 07:00 PM
  • Finishing at: 12:00 PM

A Ten-Day Luxury Photography Adventure to Namibia, Africa

September 13-24, 2023

Namibia has the world’s most spectacular and varied desert landscapes.

Perhaps it’s the arid nothingness of the Namib Desert, the stark beauty of the Skeleton Coast, the creeping dunes of Sossusvlei pan or the endless wonder of the salt pans. But, whatever the potion is, those who travel to Namibia are changed forever and they always want to go back to get another fix. The Namib Desert, with its giant roaring dunes, spreads along the southeast of the country, while the popular Etosha National Park, with it’s amazing wildlife, is the star attraction in the north.

This adventure is designed for photographers and non-photographers, so bring a spouse, partner or friend. We will take care of you in style, you won’t be staying in tents or huts but in beautifully appointed lodges. Once you arrive in Namibia, we handle all the details. You will be guided to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light. 

You will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, skillfully approach your environment, photograph indigenous people of the region whilst considering the cultural and physical challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our 10 days together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. What better location to express your creativity than the magic of Namibia.

September is the perfect time to visit Namibia. The temperatures are very comfortable: days being in the 80’s and nights in the 50’s. With relatively low humidity we can expect clear skies and cloudless nights. Earlier rains have filled the drinking holes which presents a perfect time to photograph visiting animals that congregate there in large numbers.

This trip has been planned with luxury in mind. With a group maximum of eight passengers, and three professional photographers on board, there will be nothing left to chance. We will have the opportunity to see the best of Namibia, create amazing images, make lasting friendships and have an unforgettable experience. Please consider joining us!

Group Size: Maximum of 8

Who is it for:  

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras. There will be some walking and hiking involved, so you need to be able to carry your photo gear and walk up to a mile. This won’t be shoot-from-the-truck only.

What’s included:

  • Safari, wildlife, nature, travel, landscape, seascape and people photography
  • Three professional photographers | guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Amazing lodges with single supplement 
  • All breakfasts and dinners except free evenings in Swakopmund.  (Lunches may consist of provided snacks or light meals which are not included in the price).
  • Private driver & guide
  • Tips for drivers
  • One night pre trip and one night post trip at the hotel in Windhoek
  • All airport transfers

What’s not included:

  • Meals as indicated
  • Highly recommended travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages

The itinerary (subject to change) While we make every effort to keep to the itinerary, our journey may take us in slightly different directions, which will only enhance the experience!

Day 0, September 13: Arrive into Windhoek and transport to hotel. Meals are on your own. This evening we will get to know each other and talk about what to expect during our adventure.

Day 1, September 14: The Kalahari Desert  

After breakfast, we will be driving to the Mariental region of the Kalahari through a vast semi desert on dirt roads towards Rehoboth. After arriving at our lodge and freshening up we will head out for a late afternoon game drive. The Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert. We will hope to see giraffes, springbok, wildebeests and ostriches, just to name a few. Tonight will be a new moon so, weather permitting, we will get in some astrophotography.

Day 2, September 15: Cheetahs on the dunes

After breakfast we will explore the area around our lodge. We will spend a full day in the heart of this ancient desert of indescribable beauty. Here, we will photograph the iconic orange sand and camel thorn trees. Later, we will have the opportunity to photograph rescued cheetahs on the dunes at a 7,000 acre rehabilitation center and then stop for drinks while appreciating the magnificent sunset.

Day 3, September 16: Bushmen and desert canyons

Early in the morning we will go on a walking tour with the San people (Bushmen) and learn about their hunting techniques in the desert and how they survive in the bush. This will be a wonderful and unusual photo opportunity.

We then head back to the lodge for breakfast after which we head to the Namibian Desert with a stop in Maltahoe. Along the way we will have the opportunity to photograph beautiful canyons with step plateaus.

The name “Namib” is of Nama origin and means “vast place.” Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years, it is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. Several unusual species of plants and animals are found in this desert, many of which are endemic and highly adapted to the specific climate of the area. The Namib fauna mostly comprises arthropods and other small animals that can live on little water, but a few species of bigger animals are also found, including antelopes and gazelles (such as oryx and springboks), ostriches, black-backed jackals, bat-eared fox and in some areas desert elephants. All these species have developed techniques to survive in the Namib environment.

Day 4, September 17: Sossusvlei and Deadvlei

Today we have an early departure heading towards Sossusvlei national park to avoid the midday sun.

For those adventurous enough, we will be able to walk on these dunes which are among the highest in the world, many of them are above 600 feet. The highest, being the one nicknamed Big Daddy, is about 1066 feet high.

We will drive all the way to Deadvlei where we will have the opportunity to photograph the ancient dead trees with the dead lake in the background.

Day 5, September 18:  Solitaire and abandoned village filled with car wrecks

We head towards Swakopmund with a stop in Solitaire.

Moving north from Sossusvlei, the sand gradually gives way to a rocky desert that extends all the way from Sossusvlei to the Swakop River. While most of the soil is rocky, sand dunes are still occasionally found in this region, for example, the dunes occupy much of the coastline between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. The cold Benguela current supplies moisture for the area in the form of fog that can reach as far inland as as 87 miles. The fauna and flora of the area have adapted to this phenomenon and now rely upon the fog as a source of moisture. Namibia has rich coastal and marine resources that remain largely unexplored. With a stop in Solitaire, along the way, we will have the chance to photograph an abandoned village with an abundance of car wrecks “picturesquely draped along the road.”

Free Evening. 

Day 6, September 19: 4X4 on the dunes and pink flamingoes

Today we head to Walvis Bay and Sandwich Harbour, a place many have heard of, but few have visited. Here, we will hop onto a 4×4 tour of the sand dunes along the coast. This is considered one of the most important coastal wetlands in all of Southern Africa. Devoid of any human settlement, we will see nature at her best, giant dunes that run straight into the ocean. Here as well, we will see pink salt flats where flamingos come to feed as well as springboks, seals, and jackals. We will have lunch on the sand dunes.

Free Evening.

Day 7, September 20: Vingerklip and an evening of stars

We head towards Vingerklip.

After a leisurely breakfast we meander to Vingerklip.  This afternoon is going to be one of relaxation in and around the lodge. There are several different walks around the lodge that you can take or maybe a siesta is in order to be fresh for that night’s astrophotography session. Sunset is about 6:30 p.m., so we will have plenty of time in the darkness to take in the stars.

Day 8, September 21: Etosha and wildlife galore

We go to Etosha national park at Okaukuejo.  

The Etosha Pan dominates the park. This incredible salt pan desert is roughly 80 miles long and as wide as 30 miles in places. It can actually be seen from space! The pan is usually bone dry and the photographic landscape with the dusty, crevassed earth makes for unique pictures. The surrounding savannah is home to several mammals that visit the pan and surrounding waterholes.

After refreshing ourselves at the lodge, we will head out for an afternoon drive to the water holes at the west end of the park where plenty of wildlife gather.   

Day 9, September 22: More watering holes and wildlife

We continue our stay in Etosha and will be driving to the water holes looking for more wildlife. Estosha is one of the most accessible Game Parks in Namibia and Southern Africa. Within the park, and at certain waterholes, blinds have been built in which we can sit unobserved by the animals and photograph them socializing, drinking, hunting and sometimes sparring. These animals may include zebra, Blue Wildebeest, giraffe and springbok as well as white rhinoceros, elephants, cheetahs, lions and leopards.

Day 10, September 23: Back to Windhoek

After breakfast we hit the road back to Windhoek where we come to the end of our adventure. We will bid you farewell in the hope to have raised your awareness and sparked your creativity so that you go home with images to be proud of.

Day 11, September 24: Farewell to Namibia

Transfer to airport for your journey home. 

Photo Equipment

You’ll want to have a wide angle, telephoto and possibly a macro lens. Make sure you have lots of memory cards, spare batteries and charger and maybe a polarizer filter. Loren will be shooting extensively with a tripod but that may not be for you. But if you want to photograph more stars than you’ve ever seen, you’ll want a sturdy tripod, don’t skimp here either on quality or size. Stay away from light “travel tripods” since we are going be shooting things you probably won’t see again in your lifetime and getting a fuzzy photo because of shaky tripod would be criminal. If you aren’t absolutely sure of everything that your camera does, bring your instruction manual so we can help you fix any problems. I always suggest people download a PDF version of their camera manual to their phone.

Prior to the trip you’ll receive information about electrical converters and other suggested equipment and clothing.

While I’m not known for traveling light, this is one trip that we need to keep it as small and light as possible. We’ll be doing a good bit of driving, some days for several hours and there is limited storage in the Land Rovers. So we need to keep to soft sided luggage not larger than an airplane carry on and a small working camera bag. Again, please don’t bring a huge camera backpack, if it is too large, you’ll have to hold it on your lap. Luggage weight total can’t be over 40 pounds, including camera gear.

Registration

Registration fee includes professional photography instruction, pre-trip planning, single occupancy lodging, ground transportation and meals as listed in itinerary. If you are a couple or have a roommate, there is a $300 discount per person for a double room. The registration fee does not include airfare to Namibia, alcohol, snacks, beverages or personal items. Rates are net, per person, in U.S. dollars. Final payment is due June 1, 2023.

Regular registration: $9800
Previous clients: $9400
$300 discount per person for couples sharing a room

Deposits and Cancellations

A $2000 deposit is needed in order to secure your space in the workshop. Full payment must be received by June 1, 2023.

Notice of your cancellation must be made in writing, at which time the following refunds are offered:
• 120 days or more before workshop: Full workshop refund minus the deposit. Your deposit, minus $75 credit card and handling fees, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.
• 120 or fewer days before workshop: no refund guaranteed. Your payments, minus $75 credit card and handling fees, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.

No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.

If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid. But if the workshop is canceled, LorenPhotos, LLC, will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as airline ticket, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. It is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance to be safe.

Insurance

While we can’t mandate travel insurance it is highly, highly recommended to cover at a minimum the following: medical evacuation, repatriation of remains and medical insurance. We work work with Allianz and can provide more detailed information.

About Loren Fisher

This workshop is being led by Loren Fisher, who has been a professional photographer since 1978. He worked at seven newspapers including USA Today, is a past president of the New Jersey chapter of ASMP, was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and sells his fine art photography at his gallery in Woodstock, VT. He has lead dozens of workshops around the world including Iceland, Chile, Italy, France, Guatemala, Florida, Oregon, New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Boston and Washington, D.C. He has published two photography books “Pope John Paul II: An American Celebration” and “Branson Backstage.” Loren has been to 50 states and over 20 countries and is based in Woodstock, VT.

About Sarah McGarghan

I started out photographing the human body in the environment and backed into becoming a commercial photographer. In the past several years, I have moved away from that and now combine my love of travel with my passion for photography and consider myself a travel photographer. Within my business, Peru Haylli Tours, USA, I have created both photographic and cultural workshops that span across the world. I am involved with the Vermont Professional Photographers Association (VPP) and have been acknowledged through VPP and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) with my work being shown internationally. I have also had the privilege of being published in several of the PPA’s loan collection and showcase books.

About Solly Levi

A Brighton, England, based travel photographer was born and raised in the Congo. What started as a hobby is now a full-time profession. “When I think of photography I think of having fun and trying to transmit a story and emotion. I used to think that expensive equipment make a good photo but its not what I realized. A good composition and a good story is what’s important.” Solly runs photo workshops in Namibia, Kenya and Botswana. All the photos on this page were made by Solly.

What else you need to know

Once you register, you will receive more information about the trip. It includes suggestions for traveling in Namibia including photo equipment and clothing and visa information. Again, it is highly recommended that you have trip insurance and evacuation insurance in case of sickness or an emergency.

Questions? Email Loren at Loren@LorenPhotos.com or call/text 802-332-6611.


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