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.