DATE 20 May – 4 June 2022 (16 days)
TOUR LEADER Marsel van Oosten and Daniella Sibbing
GENRE landscape and wildlife
FEE 8995 EURO from Windhoek, Namibia
SINGLE SUPPL.950 EURO
DEPOSIT 1,500 EURO per person
GROUP SIZE min. 8, max. 12 guests
LEVEL all experience levels
Squiver offers two different tours in Namibia: one with Ryan (mostly landscape photography), and one with Marsel (a mix of landscape and wildlife). If you want to focus on landscape photography, the Namibia tour with Ryan Dyar is a better choice for you. He is an amazing landscape photographer who will make sure you come back with stunning pictures. Please have a look at his portfolio, to see some of the wonderful images he took all around the world. You can also read more about Ryan in our “about” section on this website. He has been coming to Namibia since 2016.
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 quiver trees 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!
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, we’ll watch cheetah on foot, and see other African wildlife at a waterhole and on drives in a private game reserve.
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!
It will be pleasantly warm during the day, cool in the mornings and evenings.
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.
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 amongst the few companies 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.
Since the Sossuslei/Deadvlei region has turned into a World Heritage Site, the rules are getting more and more strict. Up to now we have been able to visit Deadvlei and stay until it’s dark, to do night photography, simply based on the good relationship we have with guides and the park officials. But if at any point the rules change, it is possible that all visitors are denied access to the park after sunset. Up to now, it has always been possible to photograph the stars in Deadvlei, but it’s not something we can guarantee to happen.
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.
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
- gamedrives in a private game reserve
NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE
- international flights
- travel and cancellation insurance
- personal purchases (snacks, etc)
- optional activities (like microlighting)
Please note that on both our Namibia and South Africa tours we are not able to cater for all dietary requirements. Namibia and South Africa are meat eating countries and the concept of a vegetarian diet is at some of the locations a foreign concept, let alone vegan. If you do not eat meat or fish, you should be fine. They can also handle gluten, lactose or dairy intolerance. But if you follow a vegan lifestyle, we are very sorry, but we can’t cater for your diet on these tours.
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.Book NowGallery