Day 1 (25/9) (Dinner)
Arrival in Upington, South Africa in the afternoon. We have a welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2 (26/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
We travel towards Namibia and our first destination, the Quiver tree forest outside Keetmanshoop. We cross the border into Namibia around lunch and in the early afternoon we arrive. A little depending on what time it is when we arrive, there is an opportunity to take a first photo tour to the Quiver forest or we prepare for the star photography.
Day 3 (27/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Depending on how late it was “yesterday”, we might sleep in today. We spend the day looking at the night’s pictures and see if we need to do anything differently the next night. During the afternoon and until dinner, we photograph in the forest and at the Giant’s playground. After dinner, we take another session of night photography.
Day 4 (28/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
During the morning we start our journey towards Lüderitz, we will make photo stops on the way. Along our route is an area with wild horses that are often seen along the road. With a little luck, we can get them within photo range. The road goes through the desert and the two national parks Sperrgebiet and Namib Naukluft. The trip takes about 4-5 hours depending on how much we stay. After dinner in the evening we go out to photograph more starry skies.
Day 5 (29/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Today we will visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop. We have special permission that allows us to enter early in the morning. We expect to be there at sunrise and photograph for a couple of hours. In the middle of the day, we take it a little more calmly and we can walk around Lüderitz and photograph the colorful buildings. In the afternoon we take another trip to Kolmanskop.
Day 6 (30/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
We travel towards Sossusvlei and our lodge. Lunch on the way. After we’ve checked in and rested for a bit, we head out to take photos. We spend the afternoon and evening among the sand dunes of Sossusvlei.
Day 7 (1/10) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
We start the day early and we get to Dead Vlei in time to be able to photograph the area in the nice morning light. We have breakfast packs with us so we can focus on the photography. In the late morning/early morning we make our way back to our lodge and rest a bit. During the afternoon we head out again to experience Sossusvlei. Where we go depends a little on the weather.
Day 8 (2/10) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Even today, we start the day before sunrise. We head towards the area with the large sand dunes, but where we choose to focus our photography depends a little on our result from yesterday and weather conditions. In the morning we begin our journey towards Swakopmund. We travel through a barren desert landscape with few communities along the way. The afternoon and evening photography activities depend on when we arrive in Swakopmund, there are some interesting things along the way.
Day 9 (3/10) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
We start the day at a slightly more “normal” time today. We eat breakfast at our accommodation before being picked up around 7.30 by our guide who will take us out into the desert. All morning we are in the Dorob desert looking for the small animals of the desert. We hope to find many of the desert’s animals, our tour also provides opportunities for landscape photography in the dune landscape. During the afternoon and evening we go out into the desert to photograph Welwitchia and an area known as the lunar landscape. There is also an oasis here that we will visit.
Day 10 (4/10) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Today we go a little south of Swakopmund, to Walvis Bay to explore the bird grounds that are here. Along the coast and in floodplains we find thousands of smaller flamingos and other funny birds. We will also go to what is called Pink lake. During the afternoon and evening we head out into the desert. Over sand dunes we make our way to Sandwich Harbour.
Day 11 (5/10) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
In the morning we leave Swakpomund and head towards Damaraland. We take a small detour to Cape cross and the large fur seal colony there during the morning. We then continue towards Damaraland and Brandberg. We check in at our lodge and in the afternoon we go on a safari to try to find the desert elephants. NOTE: The execution of these safaris depends entirely on whether the elephants are in the area or not, we will be informed of that upon our arrival. If the conditions are right, we try to photograph the starry sky when it is dark.
Day 12 (6/10) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
If the desert elephants are in the area, we go on another safari to try to photograph them. We will also spend time on landscape photography and looking at the rock paintings that exist. Even tonight we will photograph the starry sky if the conditions are right.
Day 13 (7/10) (Breakfast – Lunch)
We leave this morning’s program a little open depending on how late yesterday was. During the morning we get ready for departure to Windhoek airport or to Etosha National Park if you have chosen to come along on our extension trip there.