01 February 2019

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Namibia Photo Expedition

Namibia
May 17-28, 2019
Two spots left on this privately chartered trip for four. We will explore parts unknown while photographing the exquisite Himba tribes and Kalahari bush people.

Private Namibia Photo Tour
May 17-28, 2019

Private Tour | 4 Travellers & 1 Tour Leader| Window seat guaranteed

Day 1) Windhoek Elegant Guesthouse 1N (D)
Day 2-3) Etosha National park Okaukuejo Camp 2N (BLD)
Day 4) Etosha National park Dolomite Camp (BLD)
Day 5-6) Kunene River Kunene River Lodge 2N (BLD)
Day 7-8) Epupa Falls Omarunga Lodge 2N (BLD)
Day 9) Grootberg Region Grootberg Lodge 1N (BLD)
Day 10-11) Swakopmund The Stiltz 2N (B)
Day 12) Windhoek (B)

Inclusions: Transport in 4×4 Vehicle | Professional local Guide | Professional photography instructor I 11 nights accommodation in lodges, rest camps or guesthouses (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked) | Flight from Windhoek to Etosha National Park | Meals as indicated in the itinerary | Mineral water | All mentioned activities | All national park fees and local guide tips

Exclusions: Flights not mentioned in the itinerary | Beverages and meals not indicated in the itinerary | Visa | optional activities | Tips for driver/guide | personal expenses | travel insurance

COST:
Price per person in double room: $7900 US
Price per person in single room: $8400 US


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 | Windhoek
Distance ca. 50 km; driving time approx. 1 hour
Arrival at Windhoek International Airport no later than midday. You will be picked up by a driver and taken to the Elegant Guesthouse. After check-in you will have some time to freshen up before meeting your guide and leaving on a short city tour through Windhoek. There is plenty to see and explore such as the Christ Church, Tintenpalast (House of Parliament) and Alte Feste (Old Fort). In the evening, you will go for dinner at Joe’s Beerhouse before returning to the Elegant Guesthouse where you will spend the night.
Dinner

Day 2 | Windhoek – Etosha National Park
Distance depending on choice of route
After breakfast you will be taken to Eros Airport and fly with Scenic Air to Etosha National Park, where you guide will be waiting for you. Today’s journey takes you to the Etosha National Park, which was founded in 1907 and is one of the most famous national parks in Southern Africa. You will spend most of your time game viewing around the waterholes where elephants, rhinos, giraffes and different species of antelope come to drink. With a bit of luck you might even be able to spot lions and leopards. To experience nocturnal animals, join a night game drive with a park ranger (optional) or wait for animals that come to drink at the camp’s floodlit waterhole. Dinner will be for your account at the camp’s restaurant. You will overnight in a chalet at Okaukuejo Camp.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 – 4 | Etosha National Park
Distance depending on choice of route
The next two days are set aside for game viewing in the Etosha National Park. You will spend most of your time close to the waterholes, where you can observe the animals and birds as they come to quench their thirst. In the dry months, these places are especially good for seeing elephant herds, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, oryx, impalas, springboks and with a little bit of luck also lions, rhinos and leopards. You will stay one night at the Okaukuejo Camp. In the evening, you should take some time to visit the camp’s illuminated waterhole as park residents can be quite active here at night. The following day you will head to the western part of the national park, where you will overnight at the Dolomite Camp, beautifully nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks. At both camps you can take part in night game drives in search of nocturnal animals accompanied by a park ranger (optional).
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 5 | Etosha National Park, Namibia – Kunene River, Namibia
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5-6 h

On your way out of the park you will enjoy some more game viewing. Be on the lookout for any animals you might have missed during the previous days. You will leave the Etosha National Park through the Galton Gate and continue in a northerly direction. You will pass Opuwo, the district capital of the Kunene Region and the gateway to the Kaokoland. A combination of tradition and modernity shapes this town and you will see many traditionally clothed Himba people as well as Herero women in their colourful garbs walking along the roads. You will then travel further through Epembe to the Kunene River Lodge, situated directly on the Kunene River, which forms the border between Namibia and Angola. This lodge is like an oasis after spending so much time in the aridness. In the late afternoon, you will take part in a boat cruise on the Kunene River, where you can search for more animals and birds. As the sun sets behind the mountains, watch as this idyllic landscape changes colour before disappearing into darkness. You will stay the night at Kunene River Lodge.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 | Kunene River, Namibia
In the morning you will make your way to a nearby Himba Village. Kaokaland is home to a Himba population of around 12000 people. Traditionally, the Himbas are pastoralist herdsmen, travelling with their cattle and goats from waterhole to waterhole as the seasons change. Nowadays, their homesteads or kraals have become more permanent. Take your time learning more about their customs and culture, such as their unique skin treatment and their intricate jewellery and adornments. You will end your day back at Kunene River Lodge, where you can relax on the deck next to the river.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 | Kunene River, Namibia – Epupa Falls, Namibia
Distance approx. 170 km; driving time approx. 3 h
After a leisurely breakfast with a beautiful view over the river, it is time to continue your journey. Your destination for the day is the Omarunga Lodge, also situated on the banks of the Kunene, but a bit more to the north and only a stone’s throw away from the Epupa Falls. Here, against a breathtaking backdrop, the Kunene River cascades down into a 60-meter-deep gorge – a spectacular sight to behold. Once you are at the lodge you have time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. If you would like to stretch your legs, you can always go for a stroll to the Epupa Falls. In the late afternoon, you will be taken to a nearby viewpoint, where you can enjoy the picturesque sunset and scenic landscape dotted with Makalani palms and Baobab trees. You will stay the night at Omarunga Lodge.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 | Epupa Falls, Namibia
In the morning, you will visit a Himba village, where you will not only learn more about the culture and traditions of these proud people, but also get an insight into their everyday lives. Most striking is the intense red colour of the women’s bodies. By using a paste of butter fat, ochre powder and wood ash, they dye their hair and protect their skin from the sun. You also cannot help but to admire their intricately braided hair and their gorgeous jewellery, made from iron, copper and shells. In the afternoon, you will join a walk along the Kunene River accompanied by a Himba guide. He will explain the different vegetation found in the region and you might even see a crocodile lounging in the sun. After about 2-3 hours you will head back to your lodge. You will stay another night at Omarunga Lodge.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 | Epupa Falls, Namibia – Grootberg, Namibia
Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 6-7 h
Let yourself be awakened by the gentle sounds of the Kunene… After a leisurely breakfast your journey takes you back to Opuwo and continues down towards Damaraland. Today will be a long journey to Grootberg Lodge. Enjoy the unique landscape of Damaraland and the spectacular views from Grootberg Lodge’s viewing platform. Dinner and overnight at Grootberg Lodge.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10 | Grootberg, Namibia – Swakopmund, Namibia
Distance approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 6 h
Today’s journey takes you to Swakopmund. This town is still home to many descendants of the late colonists and state officials of the German colonial era. Beautiful old German colonial buildings, cafés where you can enjoy not only the German hospitality, but also famous German cakes are found in the town centre. In the evening you will try one of the many restaurants Swakopmund has to offer (own expense) – do not miss the seafood! You will stay for two nights at The Stiltz.
Breakfast | Lunch

Day 11 | Swakopmund, Namibia – Cape Cross, Namibia
Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 3 h
After breakfast you have the morning free. Take a stroll through town, book a quad bike tour, a catamaran trip or a desert safari to follow the footsteps of the “Little Five” (all optional). In the afternoon you meet up with your guide and drive to the seal colony at Cape Cross. After a visit to the Diaz Cross you will drive back to Swakopmund where you will enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants (own expense).
Breakfast

Day 12 | Swakopmund, Namibia – Windhoek, Namibia
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 4 h
Today’s journey takes you back to the starting point of your tour, Windhoek, where you will arrive between 2pm and 3pm. On the way there you can stop in Okahandja to buy some hand-carved souvenirs, baskets and jewellery at the big handcraft market. You will be dropped off at the airport or at a lodge of your choice in Windhoek.
Breakfast

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