An adventure in the Golden Dunes Desert
01 to 11/jun/24 (Registrations Open)
01 to 11/jun/24
VICTOR LIMA / RICHARD MORSBACH
NATURE / LANDSCAPE / ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
US$4900 (10-12 people) / 5700 (7-9 people)
US$1000 + BALANCE 60 DAYS BEFORE START
6 to 12 PARTICIPANTS
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 photographic sections, the photographic techniques involved in capturing images and processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Still little known among Brazilian tourists, Namibia has already become popular with travelers from all over the world, who often classify the country as "Africa for beginners". All because Namibia offers easy, safe, cheap tourism and full of beautiful attractions. This without losing the country's characteristic cultural traits. Traveling to Namibia does not require much experience from the traveler and is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the beauties of the African continent
Sossusvlei, one of the most unique and beautiful settings in the world!
It is in Sossusvlei that the petrified trees amid dry white clay, surrounded by the red dunes of the desert, give rise to the country's most famous postcard. Deadvlei, as this photographer's paradise is called, is a must-see for anyone in Namibia and, often, the main objective of travelers arriving in the country. A symbol of local tourism, Sossusvlei offers visitors many dunes (among them Dune 45 and Big Daddy), incredible sunsets and sunrises and a magical night.
It is a safe country with good infrastructure for tourism.
Most people tend to think that Africa is a wild, dangerous and undeveloped place. However, this does not apply to much of the southern territory of the continent. Although 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.
Below, you will find the complete Photo Tour program, which will take place from 01 to 11/06/2024.
The program may be subject to changes, which will be communicated to all participants before travel.
After landing safely in Windhoek, Namibia, you will be met at the airport and given your tour itinerary documents.
After checking in atArabusch lodge, you can take the rest of the day for leisure and relaxation purposes.
Dinner at the world famous Joe's Beer House restaurant.
We will set off early in the morning heading south-west of the Kalahari, to the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop.
Accommodation at Quiver Tree Guest House.
We'll take the opportunity to capture the sunset and do a night photography session under the magnificent sky of the famous Quiver Tree Forest.
Breakfast will only be at 9am, for those who need to rest a little longer after an incredible night photography session.
After breakfast we will have an image processing section, where Victor will present his workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as talk about planning the night photography sections.
The afternoon will be free for each participant to enjoy in their own way and in the evening we will do a sunset photography section.
After dinner we will do another astrophotography session.
Breakfast will be around 9 am and from then on we will be back on the road for a 3 hour drive to the small Aus Vista Lodge.
The afternoon will be free for each participant to enjoy in their own way. and after dinner we will do another image processing section and a chat about photography.
We will depart after breakfast for the small German coastal town of Luderitz.
We will explore the ancient ghost town of Kolmanskop, a magnificent European city built in the desert ofNamibia in 1905 by German settlers, but completely abandoned a decade later. Over time, the city was taken over by the sands of the Namibian desert.
After lunch, we will return to our lodge.
After dinner, there will be another night photography session at Garub's house.
Day 6 and 7
Scenic drive to the Namib-Naukluft National Park to Sossus Dune Lodge.
Daytime photography sections in the Sossusvlei region, home to some of the largest dunes in the world and the famous Deadvlei, a plain of cracked white clay, surrounded by towering red sand dunes, creating a stunning contrast of colors. Dead, sun-dried trees, more than 900 years old, stand like ghostly sentinels amid the arid desert, adding a sense of timelessness and drama to the scene. The harshness of the landscape, combined with the interplay of light and shadows, offers a captivating opportunity for photographers to capture ethereal images and explore their artistic vision.
The night photography sessions will be done in the area of Sossus Dune Lodge.
Optional: Enjoy an (optional) 1-hour helicopter flight over the Namib Desert and take the opportunity to see this wonderful landscape from a bird's eye view (US$300 per person).
After breakfast, we will take a five-hour drive to Swakopmund, the first town built in Namibia by German settlers in 1892.
We will enjoy the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean during dinner.
We will spend the night at A la Mer Hotel.
You will be able to enjoy an incredible walk through the sand dunes, where you will discover the beauty of the "little 5", which are some creatures completely adapted to this arid environment.
After lunch, we will take a two-hour drive to Namibia's Matterhorn called Spitzkoppe.
Photographic sections at sunset and another at night, after dinner.
After breakfast, Victor will be available for image analysis and processing.
The afternoon will be free and you can rest or explore the surroundings of our accommodation.
During the night we will do another astrophotography section in Spitzkoppe.
We will depart for Windhoek in time for our departure flight.
End of the tour.
EXTRA PROGRAMMING (OPTIONAL)
- Extension of the tour program - US$ 1900 per person;
- 3 nights/4 days Safari in Etosha National Park And Okenjima Private Game reserve;
- Minimum of 4 people.
Monwe will head towards theEtosha Safari Lodge to start our extra wildlife photography program.
We will travel through Etosha National Park to photograph elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes and many other animals in their natural habitat.
After dinner we will do a night photography session inside the hotel area.
After breakfast, three hours drive to Okenjima private game reserve.
Home to the African wildcat foundation and the best place to see leopards up close in the wild.
Before dinner, a sunset walk to meet these incredible wild cats.
After breakfast we will head to Windhoek in time for our return flight.
End of the Extra Program.
VALUES AND PAYMENT METHOD
The total cost of the trip will be defined depending on the number of registrants, as described below:
US$4900 - 10 to 12 participants;
US$5700 - 6 to 9 participants;
Prices for double accommodation, divided between participants;
For those interested, it is possible to book an extension of the tour, focused on wildlife photography (Safari). The additional value for the tour extension (4 days) is US$ 1900.
The tour price includes:
- Ground transportation for the entire duration of the tour;
- All tourism taxes and park entrance fees;
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour period;
- Drinks, except alcoholic ones;
- All accommodation costs in a shared room;
- Continuous assistance from photographer Victor Lima;
- Local guide and highly experienced driver.
- Travel insurance that covers health insurance/baggage insurance;
- Airline tickets;
- Personal expenses;
- Expenses with optional/extra activities;
- Supplement for single room (US$ 1000);
- Anything that is not expressly mentioned as "included";
- Photographic equipment, notebook, etc.
In order to offer the highest quality during this trip, a maximum limit of 12 participants is defined on this tour, in order to give the greatest possible attention to each of the students.
The minimum number of participants to confirm the tour is 6 people. The tour will be confirmed upon payment of the total cost of the trip for the minimum required number of participants mentioned above. The deadline for confirming the tour is 90 days before departure.
The languages spoken during the tour will be Portuguese, English or Spanish.
The recommended photographic equipment consists of a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, with at least two lenses, one wide-angle and one medium telephoto, and a tripod. Optionally recommended: Photographic filter and remote shutter release. Also, don't forget:
Cloths for cleaning lenses;
Memory cards etc.
WHAT TO WEAR
Namibia has a climatesemi-desert, hot during the day and cold at night. Given this scenario, it is important to be prepared and bring cooler clothes to wear during the day and warmer coats and clothes for night photography sessions. It is also recommended to wear sun-protective clothing, especially during your stay in the Namib Desert.
Preferably, wear medium/high boots to protect your ankle and prevent excessive sand from entering your shoes.
Passport/identity card valid for international travel;
Certificate of vaccination against COVID-19;
The national currency is the Namibian dollar (NAD). It is recommended to bring US dollars and exchange them at the airport;
Visa / MasterCard credit cards are widely accepted but it's a good idea to carry cash too.
The total cost of the trip is US$4900 (10-12 participants) or US$5700 (6-9 participants), considering accommodation in a room for two people (paying). The corresponding value in R$ (Real) will be determined 60 days before the start of the tour, based on the exchange rate of the Tourism Dollar on that date. We will use the website as a reference for currency conversion.Economic value;
If the participant chooses to contract the Extra Program (Safari), a supplement of US$1900 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;
If the number of registrants is lower than the minimum number of participants for automatic confirmation of the Tour (6 people), there will still be the possibility of taking it on the scheduled date, as long as interested parties agree to pay an additional amount for cover losses related to unfilled vacancies;
To reserve a place, you must pay a deposit 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 paying the total amount of the tour. Each installment must be paid in R$ (Real) using the value of the Tourism Dollar on the date of payment for conversion. In the last installment, we will add up all the payments made so far and calculate the amount needed to complete the total cost of the trip in Tourism Dollars;
If the participant chooses to stay in a single room during the tour, a supplement of US$1000 must be paid. If the participant is involuntarily accommodated in a single room, due to the distribution of participants among the available accommodations, a supplement of US$800 must be paid;
The payment methodThe preferred option 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 which may vary from 5% to 10%, depending on whether the payment is made in full or in installments;
If the minimum number of participants for the Tour is not reached, the amount paid may be refunded in full or, if this is the interested party's option, it may be relocated to one of our similar events with available places;
The date of the event may be changed depending on situations involving public calamity or restricted access to the event location, such as: floods, landslides, epidemics, etc. In this case, participants must choose to participate in the event in question on its new date or receive credit for the amount paid to participate in another event with available places;
This service provision is restricted to issues relating to the Photography Tour, including accommodation, transport during scheduled departures and monitoring by photographer Victor Lima. Any other personal issues, such as individual documentation issues andetc., are not the responsibility of the Tour organization.
REFUND AND CANCELLATION RULES
If a participant decides to cancel their reservation, they can do so at any time, communicating as quickly as possible to the address ofofficial email of the tour organization.
However, please remember that cancellation by a participant would create difficulties in managing reservations, in addition to the risk of not reaching the minimum number of participants to carry out the tour.
Below are the cancellation rules:
If the participant voluntarily withdraws at any time, the amount paid as a deposit will not be refunded;
Up to 120 days before the start of the tour, the amount paid so far by the participant may be refunded, minus the deposit amount;
Between 120 and 90 days before the start of the tour, 50% of the amount paid to date by the participant may be refunded, minus the deposit amount;
With less than 90 days left until the start of the tour, no refund of amounts paid by the participant will be made.
If the participant who wishes to cancel their registration finds someone else to take their place, a refund of the amounts paid to date may be made, minus the deposit amount. It is worth noting 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;
If we complete all available places to form a group for this tour, 70% of the amounts paid by the participant who canceled their registration may be refunded, minus the deposit amount.
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