In association with Journeys Unforgettable/Wilderness Safaris
Traveling to Namibia, where the Namib Desert is one of the oldest, driest and most pristine areas on earth, this safari features Africa at it’s most authentic; from photographing sunrise over the soaring and otherworldly golden Sossusvlei dunes, to offering us incredible opportunities to see and photograph the most desired big game in spectacular settings. Our camp, Serra Cafema is in close proximity to the Himba tribe, where you’ll be able to document the disappearing culture of this remote nomadic tribe; tall, statuesque herders who maintain ancient customs and traditions – image photographing this tribe who soon may be extinct!
Namibia is truly a year round destination with January being the green season or summer. The summer is hot with the afternoon dark clouds of a pending thunderstorm providing dramatic light to photograph. The mornings are exceptional with clam conditions, dramatic light and fresh clean air – ideal for photographing landscapes, cloud formations, and visibly more energetic game.
Sun. Jan. 11 arrive in Johannesburg
Day 1 Windhoek, Namibia Olive Grove Guest House
Mon. Jan. 12
This morning depart Johannesburg for Windhoek, Namibia.
Upon arrival you will be transferred from the Windhoek International Airport to The Olive Grove Guesthouse. This afternoon we photograph this small capital, a vibrant mixture of African and Western cultures. Walk along Hofmeyer and down Independence Avenue to photograph its western and colonial architecture. We will visit the market where the colorfully dressed Herero women come to shop, the crafts market, the Victorian style architecture of the Old Magistrates Court, Gathemann’s Complex designed by architect Willi Sander and now home to a gourmet restaurant, and 1912 old Cape Dutch-style Train Station.
Evening group orientation meeting, cocktails and dinner
Olive Grove Guest House is a small, upmarket boutique accommodation situated close to the Windhoek city center in a quiet setting. The open-air lounge, spa bath, plunge pool and tranquil garden are ideal for unwinding after your flights. Facilities include: wireless Internet connection, all rooms offer wall-mounted safes, satellite TV, air-conditioning, and in room coffee machines.
Day 2 Windhoek – Serra Cafema Serra Cafema Safari Camp
Tue. Jan. 12
Early morning transfer to Eros Airport for our private charter Wilderness Air Namibia flight to Serra Cafema Airstrip, and to our camp located in the extreme north west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann Valley. The Kunene River, marking the border between Namibia and Angola, cuts through dry flat topographies covered by sand, tough grass and shrubs. For the next three days our activities and photography opportunities revolve around the surrounding Namib Desert sands and the lush oases along the river, the desert adapted wildlife and the semi-nomadic Himba community.
Days 3 & 4
Wed. & Thur. Jan13-14
Each day starts with a morning game drive to photograph the Desert landscape with herds or gemstock, springbok, Hartmann’s mount, zebras,the Nile crocodile and the Burchell’s Couser and Benguela Long Billed Lark.
This region is also home to the semi-nomadic Himba tribe, who continue their traditional way of life. The Himba, migrate seasonally with their herds of livestock in search of grazing, much as they did a century ago. The women are noted for their unusual beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments. They rub their bodies with red ochre and fat, a treatment that protects their skins against the harsh desert climate. Their homes are simple, cone-shaped structures of saplings, bound together with palm leaves and plastered with mud and dug.
Optional Activities include Hot Air Ballooning over the dunes and photograph from a private plane.
Serra Cafema Safari Camp, Namibia
Set in one of the most uninhabitable deserts in the world, Serra Cafemais an oasis surrounded by shady tress on the banks of the only permanent water source in the region. Offering an incredible insight into two completely different biomes of naturally occurring flora and fauna. During the day photograph this stark and unforgiving landscape, and at night prepare to fall asleep to the sound of rushing water. We tend to impress you with our luxury canvas and thatched chalet – only one of eight – with en-suite bathroom and elevated deck. Inspired by the local Himba people’s culture, this camp also has an entertainment area, ideal for reviewing your photographs, a pool, which over looks the bubbling rapids of the river.
Day 5 Sossusvlei Kulala Desert Lodge
Thu. Jan. 15
This morning we depart Serra Cafema by our private charter Wilderness Air Namibia flight for the Kulala Desert Lodge airstrip and transfer by jeep to the Lodge. The Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Our lodge is the closed point of access to the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, the focus of this region.
Days 6 & 7
Fri. & Sat. Jan. 16-17
The Sossusvlei is a clay and salt pan surrounded by high red dunes in the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. The dunes are among the highest in the world, with some reaching over 200 meters in height. The saturated red color is caused by a high concentration iron in the sand and the consequent oxidation processes. The oldest dunes are those of a more intense reddish color. Each morning we rise at dawn to capture the golden light as it paints the dunes. Fauna in the region is rich with antelopes, springbok and gemstock, ostrich, spotted and brown hyenas and cheetahs, the bat-eared fox and aardwolf can be seen at night. With clear skies the Kulala Lodge is well situated for photographing star trails.
Kulala Desert Lodge
As the perfect gateway to the iconic sights of Sossusvlei, Kulala Desert Lodge is a favorite among photographers. Magnificent vantage points and views of the famous dunes, surrounding mountains and vast open plains are an ideal location for landscape photography. The camp comprises 23 en-suite thatched and canvas ‘Kulalas’ and a veranda for you to enjoy the outstanding scenery. You can photograph the night sky from your private veranda.
Day 8 Kulala Desert Lodge – Windhoek
Sun. Jan. 18
Today we depart the Kulala Lodge by our private charter Air Wilderness
flight to Windhoek connecting to your outward-bound flight to Johannesburg and your flight home.
It may take up to two days from the United States to arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa, and to your connecting flight to Windhoek, Namibia. Plan to arrive in Windhoek, Namibia on Sunday January 12, 2015, where you will be met at the airport by a representative from Wilderness Safari and transferred to our hotel. Plan to depart Windhoek for Johannesburg on Sunday January 18, 2015.
Combining Namibia and Botswana Workshop Flights
If you are participating in the Botswana workshop, you will need to book your flight from Johannesburg to Botswana for Sunday January 18, 2015. Flight details will be available when the trip is confirmed. Note these flights are not included in the cost of the trip.
Luggage and Photography Information
Our private charter flights restrict luggage to soft bags only, including hand luggage and camera bags, and you are only allowed 30 kgs. or 66 lbs. per person. Wilderness Safari provides each traveler with a duffel bag to use during the trip.
Media and Recommended Equipment
Participants may shoot still images or video using a DSLR camera or a point and shoot camera. Optional but recommended is a computer with Lightroom, Aperture or a digital imaging cataloging program and an external hard drive for backup. For those shooting video you should have either imovie or Final Cut Pro for viewing and editing your videos. Bring at least one camera body, all your lenses, a tripod, extra camera batteries, plenty of memory cards, a flash unit(s) and any light modifiers you own, a flash light for shooting at night, all technical manuals, and a notebook and writing utensil.
Lenses, Camera Supports & Batteries: You will need wide 17 – 24mm to long, at least 200mm or 400mm lenses when photographing on safari. In addition to your tripod, a beanbag is useful when shooting from the jeep. Bring an empty beanbag, which you can fill with dirt when arriving at the camp. Bring at least one extra camera battery. Remember luggage weight is a factor.
The workshop fee is $8,900.00 and includes shared accommodation, all private chartered flights from/to Windhoek, Namibia to our safari camps, all private game drives, a private full time English speaking guide and local guides, all meals and local beverages and wines in the camps (excluding premier brands of wines), all park and photography fees, and on site photography instruction. A $2,900.00 deposit must accompany your registration forms to secure your place in this workshop. Final Payment is due by Oct. 1, 2014.
Not included are international flights to and from Windhoek, Namibia, airport taxes, visas, Johannesburg pre- trip hotel accommodations, and gratuities for our guides, drivers and lodge staff, personal expenses, personal photography fees when photographing individuals in the villages, some meals and beverages, and any optional activities, such as hot air ballooning and private helicopter flights.
NOTE: Accommodations are primarily shared. Single travelers will be pared with a same gender roommate. Should a roommate not be available a single supplement charge will be applied. Please inquire about the single supplement charges. Trip cancellation and interruption insurance is strongly recommended, and medical evacuation insurance is mandatory. Recommended travel and medical insurance companies: www.squaremouth.com, and www.travelassistnetwork.com
You are encouraged to bring a companion who will be able to participate in all workshop activities.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is for serious amateurs and professional still photographers and videographers who have a working knowledge of their camera and want to photograph South African wildlife and the unique landscape. This is an opportunity hone your photography skills while developing a new body of work.
MAINE MEDIA REGISTRANTS ONLY:
Your Deposit is payable directly to the Maine Media Workshops and the balance of the workshop cost and registration is payable to: Arlene Collins Photography, LLC
For more information contact Arlene Collins: firstname.lastname@example.org
The above is subject to change.