Namibia :: Landscape and Wildlife Workshop August 21-31, 2018
WORKSHOP SOLD OUT :: WAITING LIST ONLY
Don Smith's Images of Namibia
Milky Way Over Quiver Trees
Workshop Highlights and Features
Join Don Smith, Pierre Steenberg and Henning de Beer as they share the wintertime beauty and wildness of Namibia. This workshop is timed to get you close to Namibia's famed wildlife and unique landscape photography!
Pierre is a former resident of South Africa and has been on numerous photography trips to Namibia. We are also teaming with local tour operator, Professional Photographer and Southern African resident, Henning de Beer, who intimately knows all of the areas we will be photographing on this once-in-a-lifetime tour. De Beer's images have garnered many international awards and sales.
Our adventure will begin in Windhoek where we will stay at the nearby River Crossing Lodge situated in the foothills of the Auas mountains where we will gather and have our Orientation Meeting.
Then we are off to Keetmanshoop to photograph the famous Quiver Tree Forest and Giant's Playground.
Next up is Lüderitz, a harbor town in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia, lying on one of the more dramatic coasts in Africa. It is a port developed around Robert Harbor and Shark Island. The town is known for its colonial architecture and for wildlife including: seals, penguins, flamingos and ostriches. We will photograph Kolmanskop Ghost Town in the desert and will lodge at the Luderitz Nest Hotel.
Our next location is Sossusvlei. Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction.
Next up is Deadvlei, noted for the large red dunes that surround it, Deadvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light. Our lodging will be the Sossusvlei Dune Lodge.
We will continue along to Spitzkoppe (German for "pointed dome') where we'll photograph a group of bald granite peaks or inselbergs located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert of Namibia. The granite is more than 120 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 5,853 feet above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 2,300 feet above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak – the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby at an elevation of 5,197 feet. Other prominent peaks stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains. This is also the area of the famed Spitzkoppe rock arch.
Our adventure will continue to Etosha National Park where we will get an opportunity to photograph Namibia's famed wildlife. The large mammals in Etosha National Park include: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok and eland. Among the smaller species you will find jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog, honey badger and ground squirrel.
Overall, the park is home to 114 species of mammals. Because our visit is during Namibia's dry winter, the animals come down to waterholes. We will be able to maneuver you to within 30-40 yards from the animals for great images!
What Is Included:
* Hotels - covered from the nights of August 21 - August 31. Plan departure for September 1 from Windhoek International Airport
* All game park fees
* All accommodations, based on single-occupancy
* Two meals per day - sometimes three (based on location). Alcohol not included
* At least two nights of nighttime photography is planned
What Is Not Included:
Price: $8900.00 - Includes: 11 nights private lodging, meals and workshop transportation during workshop, any related park and tour fees.
To register: A $1000 deposit will hold your space. Due to the significant upfront expense and commitment this workshop requires, this deposit is not refundable (though some adjustment may be possible after the workshop). Mail your check to Don Smith Photography, 1730 Severinsen Street, Hollister, CA 95023. If you notify us that your check's in the mail, we'll hold your space until it arrives. You can also pay the full amount with a credit card by clicking the PayPal link below.
If you decide to pay by deposit, all deposits and balances are by check only.
Instructors: Don Smith and Pierre Steenberg have nearly 60 years combined photography experience. They have each been guiding 15-20 photo workshops per year for over ten years.
Tour Operator: Henning de Beer (also a professional photographer and resident).
FAQ's: Please CLICK HERE to read FAQ's.
Participants Per Workshop Maximum: 13 (there is no minimum)
Cancellation Policy: To view our cancellation policy, please CLICK HERE.