Namibia Photography Holiday

TBC 2021 | Namibia, Africa | £TBC per person

During this Namibia photography holiday and wildlife conservation expedition you will directly help to promote the protection and survival of the world’s most trafficked species, The Pangolin, the endangered Painted Wolf, as well as experiencing the biodiversity of species throughout Estosha National Park.

Why a Namibia Photography Holiday?

With its clean air, good water, immaculate scenery, excellent infrastructure, and pleasantly warm, dry climate; Namibia is one of the most fascinating and diverse countries in the world. During this Namibia photography holiday, we’ll experience all Africa has to offer.

Namibia is an unrivalled destination for those in search of a pristine wilderness experience. This vast and sparsely populated country on Africa’s southwest coast is about as untouched as any place on earth. It is a stable, prosperous country with abundant mining, fishing, tourism and agricultural industries. And what her proud, peace-loving people lack in numbers and density, they make up for in warmth and hospitality. Namibia offers wildly contrasting and dramatic landscapes. The entire 1570 km coastline has been declared a protected area – the 8th largest in the world, and Africa’s largest National Park.

The desolate Namib Desert is said to be the world’s oldest, with its towering dunes and awe-inspiring sense of space. The central plateau, with its thorn bush savannah and rugged mountains, rising abruptly from the plains, gives way to the majestic Fish River Canyon in the south. In the north of the country, landscapes range from dense bush and open plains of the great Etosha Pan, to woodland savannah and lush vegetation.

Our Namibia photography holiday takes us to three incredible conservation locations, with an array of species to focus on.

Erindi Game Reserve

You’ll first join the conservation team at Erindi game reserve, famous for the endangered painted wolf, also known as the African Wild Dog. Get involved and learn about an important initiative to help save these amazing predators, other endangered wildlife and communities, while you experience the incredible privilege of photographing these incredible creatures in the wild. You will spend a morning or afternoon learning about the wildlife and behind-the-scenes ecology of Zambia, as we take a drive with world-renown conservationist, Natasha Britz.

Whilst in the reserve, on one morning, we’ll learn about and have the opportunity to try the use of Telemetry. Tagged animals may include lion, elephant, cheetah, serval, honey badger, wild dogs, brown or spotted hyena, all depending on transmitters at the time. We’ll then use the results of animal located via radio telemetry and sightings, to try and monitor the species whilst on our afternoon game drive that same day.

Finally, We’ll join Erindi’s Global Leopard Project. A registered foundation dedicated to the conservation of leopards through research and communication. We’ll begin the afternoon with a photo and audio presentation learning about this amazing project and learn more about the elusive Leopard. Then we head out to try and locate one of these magnificent creatures.

REST Pangolin Project

During our time at the rare and endangered species trust (REST), we’ll learn about Africa forgotten 5. Cape griffon vulture, Dwarf python,  Spotted rubber frog, Damara Dik Dik, and the world’s most illegally trafficked mammal, The Pangolin.

The Cape pangolin is one of 8 pangolin species found worldwide, and the only one that can live in arid conditions.   Ironically, been labelled the world’s most trafficked mammal, may be the saving grace for these shy elusive creatures.  Until that label, so little was known about pangolins that most of the world didn’t know of their plight simply because they didn’t know about pangolins in general.

Pangolins are highly sought after for their traditional values and consumed as bush meat or exotic meat. The primary market is in Asia, but numbers of all eight species (4 Asian; 4 African) are dropping rapidly as poachers extend their reach from Asia to Africa. In 2014, an estimated two million pangolins from Africa were confiscated from Asian ports and most believe that this represents only a small portion of the illegal trade.

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. A salt pan so large it can be seen from space, this vunerable conservation area is abundant with wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, offering almost guaranteed game sightings.

The abundance of species in Etosha National Park is somewhat unexpected, showcasing some of the most common and rarest animals in Africa. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to some of Africa’s largest elephants, the endangered black rhino and elusive leopard. Lions can be seen roaming the golden grasslands, while giraffes rise-high above most of the dry vegetation.

When the salt pan fills with water Etosha attracts a cloud of flamingos, one of more than 340 bird species recorded in the park. Among the migratory species, the reserve is also home to the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and the heaviest flying bird, the kori bustard.

Co-Led with Alastair Marsh

I am teaming up with amazing photographer, Alastair Marsh, to co-lead this amazing conservation photography expedition. Alastair, is a multi award-winning photographer from Yorkshire, who I have worked with in the past. His knowledge of photography and passion for conservation is awe-inspiring. He has recently worked in Namibia, giving him the perfect ground knowledge to ensure this conservation photography holiday ticks all of the boxes.

Images Copyright Alastair Marsh

Travel Arrangements

Airport: Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)
Arrival day: TBC 2021
Departure day: TBC 2021

namibia photography holiday

What will I be doing?

During our Pangolin, Painted Wolf and Namibia photography holiday, You will be able to truly experience the natural world in a different light. This conservation focused expedition, will see you will be getting very hands-on with the research, observation and preservation of several endangered species, as well a exploring this incredible country.

Day 1 You will be welcomed by Alastair and myself at Hosea Kutako airport, where we will transfer (around 3 hours) to our accommodation in Erindi.

Day 2 Morning and evening game drives.

Day 3 We’ll be out with the telemetry team, learning about the importance of technology in conservation and survey wildlife. In the afternoon, we’ll use our recordings during an evening game drive.

Day 4 Morning and evening game drives.

Day 5 We’ll rise early and take a morning game drive. In the afternoon, we’ll join the Global Leopard Project.

Day 6 We’ll start the day with world renowed conservationist Natasha Britz, to understand behind the scenes of ecology and conservation throughout Namibia. In the afternoon, we’ll take an evening game drive.

Please note: Activity and project days in Erindi may switch i.e day 2 maybe be day 3 etc.

Day 7 After breakfast in Erindi, we’ll transfer to our lodge in Etosha National Park (around 6 hours).

Days 8-11 Morning and evening game drives. On day 10 we’ll spend the day REST (around 1 hour drive) to learn about the Pangolin project and photograph this much-loved species.

Day 12 Transfer to Hosea Kutako airport.

Why should I join this Expedition?

Namibia is one of the most bio-diverse countries throughout Africa. To be able to contribute to the survival of this astonishing environment is not only important, it is also an opportunity like no other.

No trip Namibia would be complete without exploring, all it has to offer in terms of wildlife and conservation – We’ve designed this tour to various locations to highlight the beauty if the country with this Namibia photography holiday.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • 2x Award-Winning Photographer Tour Guide
  • All transportation in destination location
  • All Day Permits
  • All Meals
  • Full training, Orientation and Briefings
  • Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and placement advice
  • Local support from English speaking staff

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Insurances
  • Sundries & Alcoholic Drinks
  • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
  • Any additional costs such as extra trips, snacks, entertainment (allow maybe £50 per week depending on lifestyle)

The Accomodation on this Namibia photogoraphy holiday will change as we move throughout this magnificent country. See details below for each area.

Old Traders Lodge in Erindi

You will stay in a the beautiful Old Traders Lodge located inside Erindi Game Reserve. Pathways wind through the lodge to reveal our 51 luxurious suites tucked between indigenous trees and soft green lawns. These spacious suites exude the classic safari aesthetic you’d expect from a five-star resort. The colonial-style restaurant and viewing deck boast magnificent views across a busy waterhole.

Ongava Tented Camp in Etosha

Immersed in the African Mopani bush, Ongava Tented Camp is a natural extension of this wild, wonderful landscape. The classic safari style camp is tucked in a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in Ongava Game Reserve bordering Etosha National Park.

A Classic Meru-style tent with double doors, covered veranda, a safe, ceiling fans, mosquito net, tea/coffee and 220V power. An En-suite with double basins, plus indoor and outdoor showers. Luxury at it’s best

Ongava is completed with a stone and thatched dining area, bar & deck with camp fire and waterhole views, curio shop, swimming pool and wifi.

During your holiday you will get three meals per day served within the lodges or project locations.

Throughout the holiday you will receive a thorough induction and supervised training at each project site.

Alastair and I will be on hand at all times to help with photography or any other tasks.

If you have issues, We will be available 24hrs a day during your time with me.

Your project runs from Monday – Friday, with the weekends free for exploring the island or even further afield. You will also have your afternoons and evenings to relax or go exploring, although you can also get more involved in community life with teaching English locally for example.

There are some fabulous beaches around the area – Playa Mann, just out of the main town, is voted as one of the top sunset spots in the world (probably because of the huge colony of sea lions that gather to watch as well).

There is some great snorkelling to be done just off the coastal paths too so make sure to pack a snorkel and any underwater camera equiptment.

The main town comes to life at night time, and there are usually tourists, friends and families strolling along the harbour wall. There are lots of cafes, bars and restaurants offering happy hour and drinks promotions.

No visa is necessary for under 90 days from UK and most western European countries. You will receive a tourist stamp upon arrival allowing you stay in the country for free for up to 90 days.

You need to make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 30 days after you leave Namibia.

You should visit your doctor or travel nurse to find out what vaccinations you will need.

Your routine vaccinations will need to be up to date, it is likely you will need Hepatitis A and Typhoid.

Please follow your doctor’s advice.

Tour Cost

£TBC
Deposit: £300 | Midterm £450 | Balance: £TBC

Midterm payment is due 6 months prior to travel with final balances due 9 weeks before travel date.