to face with your wild side
Wild Namibia Tour 2014
Where: Windhoek, Namibia
Two workshop dates:
May 25 - June 6, 2014
Sold out: wait list only
June 8 - June 20, 2014
Sold out: wait list only
Plant and Richard Bernabe
Local photo guide: Vincent
(includes shared double occupancy lodging, transport during workshop,
instruction and guiding, and all meals)
Single Lodging Supplement:
Maximum Class Size: 15
Stunning desert and mountain landscapes, massive red sand dunes, and some of the best wildlife
shooting on the planet. We'll get a chance to photograph lions,
elephants, zebras, Cape fur seals, flamingos, and much more!
To register, or if you have any
questions, please email
Richard Bernabe (firstname.lastname@example.org). A $1000.00 deposit will be required with the balance to be
redeemed no later than 90 days before the workshop.
Please see our Deposit and Cancellation Policy below.
Places we'll visit
There are a number of stunning locations
we will visit on our tour of Namibia, including a mix of areas
and wildlife opportunities. There's no shortage of things to do!
The photos on this page should give you a great idea as to what
you'll be shooting on our tour. To see more, please download our
Namibia: Two Photographers, One Vision. Although we travel by bus on most days
during the tour, we've done our best to ensure that we spend
less time on the road than in the field. We try to keep travel
that you get to
photograph as much as possible–all while allowing us to see as
much of the best of Namibia as we can. Here's our general
schedule, including a list of the photographic highlights we
will see along the way (note: for the second tour, we
will follow the same general schedule except we will do the tour
Sunday, May 25 - Guest arrival in
Windhoek, Namibia. Transportation will be provided from the
airport to the hotel.We have an opening reception and dinner in
the evening, allowing us to get to know each other, discuss the
schedule for the workshop, and answer any questions.
May 26 - We leave in the morning by private bus and drive to the quiver tree forest near Keetmanshoop,
where we stay overnight. Quiver “trees” aren’t really trees at
all, but rather a species of aloe, a flowering succulent
plant. Their evocative shapes make great photographic subjects.
We'll photograph the trees at sunset, and (conditions
permitting), at night as well.
May 27 - After photographing sunrise in the quiver
tree forest, we drive to the coastal town of Luderitz, where we will spend the
night. We photograph the nearby Kolmanskop ghost town in the afternoon.
Kolmanskop is an old deserted German mining settlement. Abandoned
in the 1950s, the desert has been reclaiming it ever since.
With its colorful painted walls and sweeping sand dunes
engulfing entire rooms, the decaying remnants of the ghost town make
fantastic photographic subjects. With dozens of buildings to explore, we have plenty of
room to spread out.
May 28 - We photograph Kolmanskop again
in the morning. We then drive to Aus, where we will spend the
night. In the afternoon, we'll head out to photograph the famous Wild Horses of Namib.
The majestic Namib horses are the descendants of
domesticated animals which have adopted a feral existence.
Although wild, they are very approachable and photogenic,
surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of stark desert and mountains.
May 29 - After photographing the wild horses again
in the morning, we drive to Namib-Naukluft National Park (the
famous Sossusvlei area), where we spend two nights.
Namib-Naukluft contains some of the biggest dunes in the world,
which are composed of red sand. We head into the dune field for
an afternoon of photography. Note that walking in the dunes can
be strenuous, especially if you wish to climb one of the
high dunes (which are over 1000 feet tall). The dune field is
enormous, so we have plenty of room to spread out and explore.
May 30 - We spend the whole day in the
Sossusvlei area, heading out in the morning and afternoon to photograph the dunes and the famous Dead Vlei, a
large salt pan with stark looking camel thorn trees which have been
dead for centuries–some almost 1000 years–but are saved
from decomposition by the extremely arid climate. The trees rise
from the salt pan, sticking out at odd angles and allowing for
some exceptional photography.
Please note that the hike into Dead Vlei is the most strenuous
one on the trip; although the walk is not long, it is over loose
sand and involves a climb of two or three hundred feet over a
dune. Anyone in decent shape shouldn't have any problems, but if
you have concerns about reaching this location, there are plenty
of alternative places to photograph within easy reach of the
May 31 - After a final morning shoot in
the dunes, we depart for Dorob National Park at Walvis Bay,
where we spend the night. Dorob is famous for its extensive
dunes and tidal flats, where thousands of wading birds gather to
feed. In the afternoon, we'll head to the lagoon and photograph
flamingos and white pelicans, as well as other wading birds
feeding in the shallows.
June 1 - After photographing dunes and
birds in the morning, we drive to Cape Cross, where we spend the
night. We'll photograph the incredible Cape Cross seal colony in
the afternoon, where thousands of seals gather to raise their pups.
There is a boardwalk that takes visitors right into the heart of
the seal colony. We'll be surrounded by thousands of seals in
what is one of the most incredible mass wildlife events on the
planet. The sights and sounds (and smells) of the colony are an
experience you won't soon forget!
June 2 - After photographing the seal colony in
the morning, we drive to the Spitzkoppe Mountains, where we
spend the night. We'll photograph the beautiful scenery of the
area, including a dramatic natural arch, in the afternoon.
June 3 - After photographing in the
Spitzkoppe Mountains in the
morning, we drive to Etosha National Park, where we spend the
next few nights. Etosha is a premier destination to observe
large game such as lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, and other
species. After arriving and settling
into our rooms in Okaukuejo
Camp, we'll head down to the camp's waterhole for an
evening of photography
. Many animals come to
the waterhole at sunset and after dark. Lit by flood lights at
night, the waterhole is an excellent place to observe and
photograph shy species such as black rhino, which are rarely
seen during the day. With any luck we'll see a leopard come to
June 4 - We'll do game drives in the morning and
evening, photographing the stunning wildlife of Etosha. We'll be
looking for "charismatic megafauna" such as lion, cheetah,
elephant, wildebeast, giraffe, ostrich, springbok, oryx,
antelope, red hartebeast, and zebra, but we'll also keep an eye
out for mongoose, Kori bustard (a large bird native to
Africa, the heaviest bird capable of flight), warthog, jackal,
and the many bird species which call Etosha home. We drive in
comfortable vehicles with plenty of room for participants to
shoot in either direction, and we keep the number of people per
vehicle low enough so that you always get a chance to shoot, no
matter which side of the vehicle the animals are located.
June 5 - We get up early to do one final
game drive together. After packing up and checking out, we
leave Etosha and drive to Windhoek, where we spend the night
close to the airport.
We have a final celebratory
dinner as a group.
6 - The workshop officially concludes. Transportation to the airport will be provided for
participants who are departing on international flights.
Excellent participant to instructor
With two instructors for the group,
you're guaranteed to get some significant "one-on-one" time. Two
instructors also means that we have maximum flexibility when
taking photographs, allowing us to split up the group to allow
everyone a chance to explore their own creative vision and
personal shooting goals. Also, our local guide for this workshop
is award-winning African nature photographer
Vincent Grafhorst. So, this means
you get three instructors for the price of two!
on making great images
Our goal is to make sure participants get
the best photographs possible. We keep the group out shooting as
much as possible during the best light. We stay flexible to
ensure we match the light with the subject we are
This is an outdoor nature photo
workshop, so general good health and fitness will help maximize
your comfort and enjoyment. That said, the activities we have
planned should be well within the ability of people in moderate
to good shape. Most shooting locations can be
reached by road and do not involve difficult hiking or walking.
The most strenuous hiking will be in the dunes at
Namib-Naukluft National Park; although you don't need to hike
far into the dunes to make great images, hiking in sand can be
difficult, and hiking up the taller dunes is strenuous,
involving up to a thousand feet of elevation gain (and is, of
course, entirely optional). Decent
physical fitness will certainly facilitate your enjoyment of
this workshop. Every participant must complete and sign a
standard liability waiver and medical form before participating
in this workshop.
a variety of techniques that will allow you to advance both your
technical skills and artistic vision. We focus on a number of
professional field techniques to help you create incredible nature images, including working with dramatic light;
the fundamentals of powerful compositions; and abstract
techniques for creating artistic photographs. In addition, we'll
explore a number of artistic philosophies that will help you
find your own personal photographic vision.
Whenever we have "down time" during the middle of the day when
the light is not conducive to making good images, we'll organize
impromptu classroom sessions where we demonstrate a number of
digital darkroom techniques, using images taken by participants
during the workshop. This way, you not only learn a number of
useful processing tips, but you get to see your images taken to
their fullest potential. At all times during the workshop we are
available for informal one-on-one image critique.
from airport to hotel in Windhoek;
all lodging during the workshop; all meals; tips and gratuities; transportation during
the workshop; and transportation from the hotel in Windhoek to
the airport for departing flights.
What's not included
International flights to and from
Windhoek, Namibia; alcoholic beverages.
Where to go
begins and ends in Windhoek, Namibia (Hosea Kutako International
Airport, airport code WDH). Many
international flights to Windhoek go through Johannesburg, South Africa. An
overnight stay in Johannesburg may be necessary; we're happy
to recommend lodging near the airport.
Deposit, tuition, and
A $1000.00 deposit will be required with the balance to be
redeemed no later than 90 days before the workshop.
The deposit is refundable if you
cancel within 90 days before the workshop start, minus a $100
processing fee. If you cancel within 90 days prior to the
workshop start, your workshop tuition or deposit is fully
refundable only if we can find someone else to fill your spot
(once again, minus a $100 processing fee). Even if
we cannot find someone to take your place, we do our best to
return as much of your tuition as possible, minus any
non-refundable costs we incur.