Namibia

An adventure in the Golden Dunes Desert

July 23 to August 2, 2022 (registration open)

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DATES

TEAM

GENRE

FEE

SUP. SINGLE

DEPOSIT

GROUP

LEVEL

July 23 to August 2, 2022 (registration open)

VICTOR LIMA / RICHARD MORSBACH

NATURE / LANDSCAPE

US$ 4400 (10-12 part) / 5500 (7-9 part)

$950

$1000

7 to 12 PARTICIPANTS

ALL LEVELS

ABOUT THE TOUR

This Photo Tour is for all photography enthusiasts who want to travel and experience nature at its best. You will visit and photograph the most beautiful places in Namibia during sunrise, sunset and at night, when we will witness one of the most spectacular night skies in the world.

On this journey you will learn everything related to landscape, night and wildlife photography, including planning photo sessions, the photographic techniques involved in capturing images, and handling images in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Still little known among Brazilian tourists, Namibia has already fallen in love with travelers from all over the world, who usually classify the country as "Africa for beginners". All because Namibia offers tourism that is easy, safe, cheap and full of beautiful attractions. This without losing the country's characteristic cultural traits. Traveling to Namibia does not require a lot of experience from the traveler and is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the beauty of the African continent

Sossusvlei, one of the most unique and beautiful scenery in the world!

It is in Sossusvlei that the petrified trees amid the dry white clay, surrounded by the red dunes of the desert, give face to the most famous postcard of the country. Deadvlei, as this photographer's paradise is called, is a mandatory stop for anyone in Namibia and often the main objective of travelers arriving in the country. Symbolic image of local tourism, Sossusvlei offers visitors many dunes (including Dune 45 and Big Daddy), incredible sunsets and sunrises and a magical night.

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Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world!

The scenery is very similar to the Grand Canyon in the United States. But with one elemental difference: it's quite likely that you're the only tourist there. Being alone with such a brutal and gigantic landscape is an unusual experience, beautiful and frightening in equal proportions. We will be staying at the luxurious Fish River Lodge , which is located on the edge of this gigantic canyon, and we will have the opportunity to take incredible images.

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It is a safe country with good infrastructure for tourism.

Most people tend to think of Africa as a wild, dangerous and undeveloped place. But this does not apply to much of the southern territory of the continent. While the capital Windhoek has its problems, Namibia in general is considered one of the safest countries in Africa for travelers, as well as being politically stable.

Trip Program


Below, you will find the complete Photo Tour program, which will take place from July 23 to August 2, 2022.

The program may be subject to changes, which will be communicated to all participants prior to travel.

*Extra Programming:

- Safari in Etosha National Park and Erindi Private Game Reserve

For those who are interested, we offer an extra 4-day Safari schedule, the additional amount to be paid is US$1600. The script for the additional program starts on the 11th.

Day 1

 

After landing safely in Windhoek, Namibia, you will be met at the airport and provided with tour itinerary documents.

After checking in at Arabusch lodge , you can take the rest of the day off for leisure and relaxation.

Dinner at the world famous Joe's Beer House restaurant.

Day 2

 

We leave early in the morning towards the southwest of Kalahari, towards the Quiver tree forest near Keetmanshoop.

Accommodation at Quiver Tree Guest House.

We will take the opportunity to capture the sunset and do a night photography session under the magnificent sky of the famous Quiver Tree Forest.

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Day 3

 

Three hours drive to the  Fish River Lodge , on the edge of the second largest canyon in the world.
We will stay at this luxurious hotel and take the opportunity to do photographic sessions during  the sunset and at night.

Day 4

We will continue our journey to Luderitz, a historic German port city.

We will stay at the Nest Hotel , where we will be able to relax with a breeze of fresh air from the ocean.

Day 5

We will explore the ancient ghost town of Kolmanskop, a magnificent European city built in the Namibian desert.  in 1905 by the German settlers, but totally abandoned a decade later.

Relaxing evening discussing the images that have been captured so far and how to improve the techniques involved in capturing the Milky Way and the night sky.

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Day 6 and 7

 

Panoramic trip to the famous Sossusvlei park  and lodging at the luxurious Dead Valley Lodge.

Enjoy a 1-hour helicopter flight (optional) over the Namibian Desert and enjoy seeing this wonderful landscape from a bird's-eye view. 

Sunset in the middle of the Namibian Desert.

Night out to visit one of the most amazing places in the world, Deadvlei. Astrophotography section next to petrified trees and sunrise over the gigantic dunes of Namibia .

We will hike to the oldest sand dune on Earth to enjoy the incredible expanse of view of the Namibian Desert.

Dinner at the luxurious Dead Valley Lodge.

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Day 8

 

After breakfast, we'll take a five-hour drive to Swakopmund, the first town built in Namibia by German settlers in 1892.

We will be staying at the Delight Lodge,  where we will spend the afternoon resting before having dinner at the Jetty restaurant, which has a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 9

 

Enjoy a day of leisure and relaxation or take the opportunity to do extra activities (optional), such as: an adventure boat ride on the ocean, a 4x4 ride along the beach to Sandwich harbor, where the sand dunes touch the ocean, or just a stroll around the city.

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10th day

 

After brunch, two hours drive to Spitzkoppe, the Matterhorn of Namibia.

Accommodation at Spitzkoppen Lodge to see ancient cave paintings.
Sunset and astrophotography in a region with abstract rock formations, including stone arches.

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Day 11

 

We will depart for Windhoek in time for the departure flight.

End of tour.

EXTRA PROGRAMMING

Day 11

 

We will head towards the Etosha Safari Lodge to start our extra wildlife photography program.

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Day 12

 

We will tour Etosha National Park to photograph elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes and various other animals in their natural habitat.

After dinner we will do a night photography section inside the hotel area.

Day 13

 

After breakfast, we will continue our trip to the Erindi private game reserve.
Afternoon safari tour for yet another wildlife photography section, including crocodiles, hippos, rhino, elephants and more.
After dinner, night photography session.

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Day 14

 

After breakfast we will head to Windhoek in time for the return flight.

End of Extra Program.

MORE INFORMATION

  • The team responsible for accompanying the group during the tour will be led by local guide Richard Morsbach and internationally awarded landscape photographer Victor Lima ;

  • Aiming to offer the highest quality during this trip, a maximum limit of 12 participants in this tour is defined, in order to be able to give the greatest possible attention to each one of the students.

  • The minimum number of participants to confirm the tour is 7 people. Confirmation of the tour will be given with the payment of the total amount of the trip for the minimum number of participants mentioned above. The deadline for confirmation of the tour is 90 days before departure.

  • The languages spoken during the tour will be Portuguese, English or Spanish.

  • The tour price includes:

     - Ground transportation during the entire duration of the tour;
     - All tourist taxes and park entrance fees;
     - All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour period;
     - All beverages except premium wines and liquors;
     - All accommodation / accommodation costs in a shared room;
     - Continuous assistance from photographer Victor Lima;
     - Local guide and highly experienced driver.

 

  • NOT included:


     - Travel insurance covering health insurance/luggage insurance;
     - Air tickets ;
     - Personal expenses;
     - Expenses with optional/extra activities;
     - Single room supplement;
     - Anything that is not expressly mentioned as "included";

     - Photographic equipment, notebook and etc.
    

EQUIPMENT


The recommended photographic equipment consists of a DSLR or Mirrorless still camera, with at least two lenses, being a wide angle and a medium telephoto lens, and a tripod. Optionally recommended: Photo filter and remote trigger. Also, don't forget:

  • Additional batteries;

  • Lens cleaning cloths;

  • Memory cards and so on.

 

WHAT TO WEAR

Namibia has a semi-desert climate,  hot during the day and cold at night. Faced with this scenario, it is important to be prepared and bring cooler clothes to wear during the day and warmer coats and clothes for the night photography sessions. It is also recommended to wear clothes with sun protection, especially while staying in the Namibian Desert.

Preferably, wear medium/high boots to protect the ankle and prevent excessive sand from entering the shoes.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

 

  • Passport / valid identity card for international travel;

  • Certificate of vaccination against COVID-19;

  • Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 7 days, must be provided on arrival;

  • The national currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD). It is recommended to bring US dollars and exchange at the airport;

  • Visa / MasterCard credit cards are widely accepted but it's nice to carry cash too.

PAYMENT INFORMATION

 

  • The total cost of the trip is US$4400 (10-12 participants) or US$5500 (7-9 participants), considering accommodation in a room for two people (paying). The corresponding amount in R$ (Real) will be determined 90 days before the start of the tour, based on the Dollar Tourism quotation on that date. We will use the Valor Econômico website as a reference for currency conversion;

  • In case the participant chooses to contract the Extra Program (Safari), a supplement in the amount of US$1600 must be paid, which will be added to the total amount mentioned above. A minimum number of 4 participants is required for the Extra Program to take place;

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  • If the number of subscribers is less than the minimum number of participants for the automatic confirmation of the Tour (7 people), there will still be the possibility of holding the tour on the scheduled date, provided that interested parties agree to pay an additional amount for cover the damage related to unfilled vacancies. Thus, the total cost of the trip would be US$6850, considering a minimum number of 5 participants in the event;

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  • To reserve a place, it is necessary to pay a deposit in the amount of US$1000. This amount will be converted into R$ (Real) on the date of payment and the balance in US dollars will be divided by the number of months remaining until the deadline for payment of the total amount of the tour. Each installment must be paid in R$ (Real) using the Tourist Dollar value on the date of payment for the conversion. In the last installment, we will add up all the payments already made so far and will count the amount necessary to complete the total value of the trip in Tourism Dollars;

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  • If the participant chooses to stay in a single room during the tour, a supplement of US$950 must be paid. In case the participant is involuntarily accommodated in a single room, due to the distribution of the participants among the available accommodations, a supplement of US$750 must be paid;

  • The preferred form of payment is bank transfer or PIX, in which we offer a 5% discount on cash payments. In the case of payment through PayPal or PagSeguro, an additional fee will be charged that can vary from 5% to 10%, depending on whether the payment is in full or in installments;

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  • In case the minimum number of participants for the Tour is not reached, the amount paid may be refunded in full or, if this is the option of the interested party, it may be relocated to one of our similar events with available places;

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  • The date of the event may be changed due to situations involving public calamity or restriction of access to the event site , such as: floods, landslides, epidemics, etc. In this case, participants must choose to participate in the event in question on its new date or else keep the credit of the amount paid to participate in another event with available places;

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  • This service provision is restricted to issues related to the Photography Tour, including accommodation, transport during the planned departures and monitoring by photographer Victor Lima . Any other issues of a personal nature, such as individual documentation issues, etc. , are not the responsibility of the Tour organization.

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REFUND AND CANCELLATION RULES

If a participant decides to cancel their reservation, they can do so at any time, communicating as soon as possible to the official email address of the tour organization.

However, remember that a cancellation by a participant would create management difficulties in reservations, in addition to the risk of not reaching the minimum number of participants for the tour.

Below are the cancellation rules:

  • In case of voluntary withdrawal of the participant at any time, the amount paid as a deposit will not be refunded;

  • Up to 120 days before the start of the tour, a refund of the amount paid so far by the participant can be made, minus the amount of the signal;

  • Between 120 and 90 days before the start of the tour, 50% of the amount paid by the participant can be refunded, minus the down payment;

  • With less than 90 days left before the start of the tour, the amounts paid by the participant will not be refunded.

  • In case the participant who wishes to cancel his/her registration can find another person to take over his/her place, the amounts paid so far can be refunded, minus the amount of the deposit. It is noteworthy that the substitute must be a person who has never participated in events promoted by the tour organization and who has not yet expressed interest in this or other trips; 

  • In case we complete all the places available for the formation of the group of this tour, a refund of 70% of the amounts paid by the participant who canceled his/her registration, minus the amount of the deposit, can be made.

DATES

TEAM

GENRE

FEE

SUP. SINGLE

DEPOSIT

GROUP

LEVEL

July 23 to August 2, 2022 (registration open)

VICTOR LIMA / RICHARD MORSBACH

NATURE / LANDSCAPE

US$ 4400 (10-12 part) / 5500 (7-9 part)

$950

$1000

7 to 12 PARTICIPANTS

ALL LEVELS

GALLERY

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