Namibia Untamed

DATE 9 June – 23 June 2018 (15 days) xFULL
TOUR LEADER Marsel van Oosten (photography) and Daniella Sibbing (logistics)
GENRE landscape and wildlife
FEE 5,250 EURO from Windhoek, Namibia
SINGLE SUPPL. 850 EURO for a single room
DEPOSIT 1,500 EURO per person
GROUP SIZE min. 8, max. 12 guests
LEVEL all experience levels
 
This tour is currently full. We do however have a waiting list in place, in case someone needs to cancel. If you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please use the booking form below.
 
 
As our Namibia tour fills up every year, we have joined forces with Ryan Dyar, who is an amazing landscape photographer. Ryan will be hosting one of the Squiver tours to Namibia. Please have a look at his portfolio, to see some of the wonderful images he took all around the world. You can read more about Ryan in our “about” section on this website.

SURREAL LANDSCAPES AND SPECTACULAR WILDLIFE
This photo tour will bring you all the highlights of Namibia, famed for its hauntingly beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. We will be photographing endless desert landscapes, fairytale-like quivertrees and fascinating natural rock formations. Visit a sand-covered mining ghost town, explore the world’s highest and most spectacular red sand dunes of Sossusvlei, and shoot surreal images at Deadvlei – every landscape photographer’s dream. And we will top it all off with a visit to a luxury private game reserve and its abundant wildlife.

Spouses and non-photographing travel companions will also enjoy this amazing trip!

“Many thanks for such a fantastic itinerary on the Namibia Untamed tour. You combined great photographic opportunities with a most memorable holiday experience.” -Kah Kit Yoong, Australia

DESCRIPTION
A unique combination of spectacular landscape and wildlife photography. We will photograph quivertrees and rock formations, a sand-covered ghost town, the famous red sand dunes at Sossusvlei and the surreal Deadvlei and watch elephants, zebra, oryx, as well as black and white rhinos at the famous Okaukuejo Waterhole in Etosha.

Namibia is the place for night photography, and there will be several sessions where we’ll be shooting the incredible Namibian night skies. Marsel was the world’s first photographer to create a whole series of night images at Deadvlei, and he was the first to do light painting there. On this tour Marsel will give a dedicated workshop explaining everything you need to know about photographing the stars, star trails and light painting, and he will help you to get stunning results in the field.

This trip is suitable for photographers of all experience levels. There will be daily briefings, in the field instructions, raw processing tips, and image reviews in the evenings. You’ll return with spectacular images!

“As a complete beginner with no prior knowledge of photography I did not think I would be able to participate much and that was not the case – I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned a lot from Marsel’s reviews and workshops. Daniëlla is a great organiser and nurturer! Thank you both for a wonderful trip. I am very inspired to go further and learn more…” -Luana, South Africa

CLIMATE
It will be pleasantly warm during the day, cool in the mornings and evenings.

ACCOMMODATION
For this tour we have selected a combination of comfortable guesthouses and luxury lodges, strategically located for optimal photography opportunities.

LEVEL OF FITNESS
Parts of the tour are easy, but some are strenuous. We drive to most shooting locations with the bus and can park relatively close. However, you will often be walking on uneven and rocky terrain and we stay until it is dark. If you have balance issues, this might not be the trip for you. There is also a strenuous 20 minute walk to Deadvlei, where you will have to walk on soft sand, through the dunes.

“Just wanted to drop you a note to express our thanks for one of the best run tours we have had the pleasure of taking. It is quite obvious you care deeply for your client’s experience – not something we always encounter. Not one day felt like it had not been gone over with a fine tooth comb to ensure the most was made from limited time. You were also immensely pleasurable company and this turned the trip from a good photo tour into a great 2 weeks. Thank you for your time and immense enthusiasm, it was deeply infectious.” -Mike & Sherrie, United Kingdom

WHY CHOOSE SQUIVER?
In 2017 we will visit our favorite African country for the 16th time. We were the first company to offer specialized photography tours to Namibia, and when Marsel first shared his Namibia images on the internet, most people had never seen pictures of the surreal landscapes before, and some had never even heard of it. Well, that has changed. Marsel’s Namibia images are famous all over the world, have won major international awards, and have been published in National Geographic magazine. Our Namibia tour is now, by far, our most copied tour – often the itineraries are an exact copy of ours. So does that mean you can get the same tour elsewhere? No, it doesn’t.

We have travelled and photographed in Namibia for over a decade – we know the country by heart. We know all the perfect spots and the best angles from years of experience and don’t just rely on some local tour operator. And very important: we have a very good relationship with the people in Namibia. This is especially important when you want to visit places no one else does, or when you need special permission to stay out late in places where no one else is allowed to. We are still the only company that is allowed to do night photography in Deadvlei, and we are the only company to offer microlighting – the most effective and most spectacular way to photograph the famous sand dunes.

That’s it? No, we are very proud to have a return customer rate of over 75% – people that have travelled with us, often travel with us again, and again. Surely that must mean something.

“An exceptional tour. Well balanced and would suit everyone from beginner to advanced. Stunning scenery, fantastic locations, and the planning was perfect. Long days but well worth it! I certainly could not have achieved the same results by visiting Namibia by myself. Thank you so much for the most memorable photographic trip of my life. I wholeheartedly recommend this trip to everyone.” -Tony McLean, UK

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE

  • transfer from/to airport
  • all accommodation
  • all meals
  • all drinks
  • in-the-field instructions
  • image reviews
  • Photoshop tips and tricks
  • a workshop how to photograph stars and star trails
  • 40-seater bus for a group of 14 people
  • excursions in 4×4 vehicles in the dunes
  • private boat cruise to photograph pelicans, flamingos and seals
  • private mobile camp in Spitzkoppe
  • 5 gamedrives in a private game reserve

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE

  • international flights
  • travel and cancellation insurance
  • personal purchases (snacks, etc)
  • gratuities
  • optional activities (like microlighting)

For your information, we also have a link to our Terms & Conditions for you.

If you would like to take out cancellation insurance for a tour, it needs to be arranged upon booking. You can get cancellation insurance through a third party, or we can arrange it for you. For more information go to: www.squiver.com/insurance.html.

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