*This Namibia Photo Tour is in partnership with Hougaard Malan, who’s responsible for sales and organization. All the images in this page were taken by Hougaard Malan.
16-28 May 2023
Join Marco Grassi & Hougaard Malan on this amazing Namibia photo tour. We’ll visit some of Namibia’s photographic hotspots like Sossusvlei, where we include a breathtaking 90-min flight for each participant, as well as rarely visited parts like the Skeleton Coast, where we’ll spend two nights exploring the dunes and camping for the ultimate experience.
Price will be announced soon.
NAMIBIA PHOTO TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1 & 2 & 3
After picking everyone up from Windhoek Airport (or hotel near by), we’ll transfer to our lodge and our Namibia photo tour officially begins!
On the next morning, we’ll hit the road towards the Quiver Tree Forest. We will spend two nights in a lodge that is just 5 minutes drive from our photo locations. Also, we have the locations all to ourselves after sunset for astro photography, with no tourists/other photographers around!
*All the images in this page were taken by Hougaard Malan.*
DAY 4 & 5
After breakfast, we’ll start our drive towards Luderitz. After checking in at our hotel once we arrive, we will make our way to the famous Kolmanskop ghost town in the afternoon.
We’ll spend two nights in Luderitz, meaning that we will have plenty of time to explore, get creative and capture the iconic ghost town from every corner.
DAY 6 & 7 & 8
It’s time to move again! On day 6 we’ll make our way to Sossusvlei, our base for the following three nights. The drive itself will take about 5/6 hours, with 2/3rds of the road being gravel road. Upon arrival we will check in and have dinner, making sure everyone gets enough rest for an early sunrise shoot in Deadvlei.
Sossusvlei is one of the world’s most photogenic landscapes, with endless shooting options. We will shoot at least one sunrise in Deadvlei as well as the iconic towering dune spines. Also, in Sossusvlei each participant will have a 90 minute helicopter flight above the dunes and get to witness views that very few people do.
DAY 9 & 10 & 11
On the 9th morning we will head further north, back to the coast, and reach Walvis Bay. The drive will take around 6 hours and once we arrive, we can shoot the flamingoes or simply go for a walk along the promenade and recharge for what’s coming next!
The next morning we will head into the remote Namib Desert, our camping adventure begins. We will spend two nights camping in the absolute wilderness, guided by an experienced local tour operator. On the first night we will camp next to a shipwreck for seascape and astro photography. On the second night we will camp next to a birdlife oasis and try to capture the Brown Hyenas that predate on the birds.
This experience involves extreme dune driving, done by full-time expert dune drivers. If you find the descents too scary, you can opt to walk down instead. Everyone will have his/her own private dome tent, high enough to stand in. There is a completely private toilet tent available and you’ll be also able to take a hot shower in a private “bathroom tent”.
Breakfasts will be a classic english cooked breakfast. Lunches are a make your own sandwich with a wide variety of fresh toppings. Dinners are a classic Southern African barbecue with meat, starch and salad.
DAY 12 & 13
The desert camping experience is unforgettable, but very exhausting. For this reason, once we are back on day 12th from the Skeleton Coast, we’ll spend the night in Walvis Bay to rest and recharge.
On the morning of day 13th our Namibia photo tour officially ends. It’s time to say goodbye or extend the fun and hop on an exclusive Cape Town extension with us (more info below)!
Join the priority list to know tour’s price and get access to the limited time special offer.
THE SKELETON COAST EXPERIENCE
There are absolutely zero permanent facilities where we go, but we’ll be living a luxury nomad lifestyle. For photographers, it is a wild frontier.
*All the images in this page were taken by Hougaard Malan.*
Professional photo educators Marco Grassi & Hougaard Malan
10 Nights Lodging + 2 Nights Camping
All Meals, every day
Tourism Taxes & Park Entry Fees
Experienced Local Guides & Drivers
90-min Helicopter Flight at Sossusvlei
Flights & Travel Insurance
Snack, alcohol and beverages
Anything not mentioned in the “Included” list
Born and raised in Italy, Marco Grassi is a self-taught and award-winning photographer focused on landscape photography. At the young age of 23 Marco has completed his round-the-world trip and today, several countries later, he defines himself as a true travel addict. Marco’s work has been published and rewarded extensively worldwide in a large variety of media outlets, such as the National Geographic and GEO Magazine. Among some of his clients we can find “Nisi Filters” and “Hilleberg – The Tentmaker” .
His workshops have been designed with the central idea of putting you in the right place at the perfect time and give you plenty of amazing photo opportunities whilst creating a life-changing experience. He will assist you and advise you with valuable photography tips during the whole trip and show you the best photo locations of each destination.
Hougaard is an award winning South African photographer who has been guiding and organising photo tours to Nambia for a decade. His own photos of Namibia have won him awards like the 2016 International Landscape Photograph of the Year. Ever since he can remember, Hougaard has been obsessed with beautiful natural scenery and dramatic weather. He believes that the essence of a landscape photograph is allowing the viewer to experience that place without ever being there. Witnessing such moments unfold over earth’s most beautiful landscapes is for him one of the highlights of living.
His work has been published in countless media all over the world, from books to magazines, calendars and coffee table books.
Location: Namibia Quiver Tree Forest, Luderitz, Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast and more
Tour Length: 13 Days May, 2023
Transportation: Toyota Land Cruisers
Accommodation: Hotels + Tent
Physical Difficulty: Medium
Number of Participants: Max. 11
*Discounts available for returning customers. Enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
CAPE TOWN EXTENSION (OPTIONAL) | MAY 29th – JUNE 1st
After this Namibia photo tour, every participant can join an optional 3 day coastal photography workshop in Cape Town. A great way to unwind and relax before returning home!
We’ll focus on all aspects of seascape photography, from composition to long exposures, as well as experiencing some of Cape Towns wonderful food and wine. It’ll be a fantastic way to end a wonderful trip and an incredible photography experience.
The city offers a wide range of photo opportunities, from dramatic peaks to idyllic white beaches that overlook the Atlantic ocean. The picturesque village of St. James will be our base for 3 nights. From there, we will reach our shooting locations everyday. Some of the places we visit and activities we do include:
Shooting at Bloubergstrand, Cape Point National Park, Kogelbay, Slangkop Lighthouse, Boulders Beach
Private wine tastings at two top producers in the Stellenbosch wine region
Who wishes can also join the guided sunrise hike of Lions Head (optional, depending on the number of people the price would be around 50-150$ per person)
PRICE: $1000 (All transport, park fees, meals and experiences included)
Windhoek – Cape Town is a 2-hour flight (not included, price is usually around 150USD)
All our destinations serve a hot English breakfast and it usually accompanied by breads, cold meats, fruits, yoghurt and cereal. Most places have an a la carte lunch menu offering sandwiches, salads, burgers etc. Dinners will mostly be three courses, consisting of a salad or soup starter, a meat main course served with a starch and vegetables, followed by a sweet dessert.