Photography with Todd Gustafson
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International flights not included.
Namibia is a place of great photographic opportunity. Its scenic beauty is unique. The otherworldly landscapes of Damaraland, the Skeleton Coast, and huge red dunes of Sossusvlei, offer photographers endless opportunities. Here we can get eye to eye with amazing sites and indigenous tribal people while wildlife abounds on the Skeleton coast and Etosha National parks. Colors, shapes, textures and patterns emerge as we trek across the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei in search photographic vantage points. On an early morning balloon ride we get undreamed views as well as a champagne brunch. Namibia’s remote Skeleton Coast is the site of hundreds of shipwrecks as well as the amazing Cape Cross Fur Seal colony of 80,000 barking, squawking, playing, nursing, swimming, fighting Cape fur seals. Next stop is scenic Damaraland, home of 6,000 year old Bushman rock etchings. On the way we will visit with nomadic Himba tribal people wearing traditional ornaments over ocher-colored skin, then the Herero with distinctively European influenced dresses. Our last destination is Etosha, Namibia’s legendary game park. Enjoy the sheer number of animal species and their intriguing behaviors. We will have access to the park at the earliest and latest times of the day for dramatic action in spectacular light!
DAY 1- DEPARTURE
Depart United States.
DAY 2 – WINDHOEK
On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for the night.
DAY 3 – SOSSUSVLEI
After breakfast depart for Sossusvlei, where we will spend the next three nights. The Sossusvlei, Namibia’s famous scenic highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular dunes reach a height of 300 meters, making them the highest in the world. After lunch at our lodge, we will have free time to rest and relax. This afternoon drive through the reserve to get our first glimpse of the dunes before exploring in depth during the upcoming days.
DAY 4 – SOSSUSVLEI
Early this morning enjoy a hot air balloon safari followed by a champagne breakfast. Return to hotel for lunch and rest. Spend the afternoon exploring Dead Vlei and enjoy sunset photography at the dunes from the lodge.
DAY 5 – SOSSUSVLEI
Spend the full day exploring the reserve.
DAY 6 – SWAKOPMUND
After breakfast depart for Walvis Bay. The drive will take about 4.5 hours and we will arrive in time for lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon visit Walvis Lagoon and salt pans of Walvis Bay for birding photography. Continue with the transfer to Swakopmund, another 45 minutes. Upon arrival check in to our lodge. This evening a feast is waiting for us, the famous seafood platter at Europa Hof Hotel’s restaurant.
DAY 7 – CAPE CROSS
After breakfast, our guide will give us a brief orientation to the city with our vehicle and then drop us off at a central location for a self-guided walking tour. Finish the morning at the local craft market for some shopping opportunities and then walk to the hotel. Lunch at a local restaurant, then drive along the Skeleton Coast, admiring the stunning dune lined coast to Cape Cross. En route we will stop at a shipwreck at the coast. Arrive at the lodge late in the afternoon with the rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 8 – CAPE CROSS
After breakfast, visit the seal colony for our morning shoot. Lunch at the lodge. Have some free time before and after lunch to go through our pictures before we head out to the seal colony again for our afternoon shoot. The coastline of Southern Africa is the only place in the world where you can find the Cape fur seal.
DAY 9 – DAMARALAND
After breakfast transfer to Damaraland. During our drive we will stop at a Himba and Herero village to meet with the locals and have some opportunities for portraits. Picnic lunch en route. Arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon.
DAY 10 – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, check out of our hotel and start our journey to Etosha. Before we leave the area, we will visit the prehistoric rock engravings of Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site with more than 2,500 engravings likely originating from San people. Picnic lunch en route. Upon arrival in Etosha, check in and late in the afternoon enjoy the first game drive within the park.
JULY 11-16 – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Explore Etosha National Park with game drives. A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of Namibia. Almost all African game species are represented in Etosha, including the Big Five: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard. Based on an animal count done in 2005, there are about 250 lion, 300 rhino, 3,000 giraffe, 12,000 zebra, 4,000 wildebeest, 5,500 Oryx antelope, and more than 2,500 elephant. Springbok are especially numerous; at least 20,000 of them roam the reserve.
JULY 17 – WINDHOEK
Early morning game drive at Etosha. Upon our return, we will check out and head back south to Windhoek. Lunch at a local restaurant en route. Take the afternoon to rest and get ready for departure. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
JULY 18 – FAREWELL
After a hearty breakfast there will be time to pack your camera equipment before your transfer to the Windhoek International Airport.
JULY 19 – ARRIVE HOME
Arrival in the United States.
The Fine Print
Price includes all transportation within Namibia, accommodations, meals, activities and excursions mentioned in the itinerary, bottled water during the program including lunch and dinners, English speaking guide throughout the program.
Price does not include international airfare, visa fees, any beverages throughout the trip (except for bottled water), and any personal extras such as phone calls, minibar, and laundry.
A $1,000 per person non-refundable deposit is necessary to confirm a booking. Final payments are due no later than 95 days prior to departure. Cancellations received less than 95 days prior to departure are not refundable.
Travel/trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. For more information call Travel Insured at 800-243-3174 or visit www.travelinsured.com. Holbrook Travel’s agency number is 15849.
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