Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||2 nights hotels, 9 nights safari lodges and camps|
|Meals:||All meals included|
|Activity:||Photography, Walking, Cultural Adventures|
4WD gameviewing, nature walks, cultural explorations, rugged overland travel
- Gameviewing in search of Namibia’s rare desert-adapted wildlife, including elephants and lions
- Fascinating encounters with the Himba, semi-nomadic pastoralists who inhabit Namibia’s remote northwestern Kunene Region
- Scenic flight to the wild Skeleton Coast, boat excursion on the Kunene River
Choosing the Right Trip
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We invite you to join wildlife photographer Dana Allen on a special photo safari to the northwest corner of Namibia, an ageless realm of surreal landscapes, fascinating ancient Himba culture, and some of the most exotic animals on earth, including desert adapted black rhino, elephant, and lions. The incredible geography of Kaokoland, the wild Skeleton Coast, and the Kunene River, along the border of Angola, are some of Namibia’s most remote regions, and our safari grants us the chance to truly experience this magnificent, memorable land. Dana is a veteran Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and professional photographer, and we’ve custom-designed this itinerary to create unforgettable photo opportunities, with daily activities timed to make the most of the light, lingering at waterholes to get the perfect shots of giraffes and birds, heading out in our 4WD vehicles for extended sunrise and sunset photo opportunities, and searching for the scattered settlements of the semi-nomadic pastoral Himba, with their elaborate hairstyles and ochre body oil. Throughout our journey, Dana will offer coaching on technique, while evening discussions cover a variety of technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. The sessions are always fun for everyone, whether you are a serious photographer or just getting started. Non-photographer travel companions are absolutely welcome on this safari as well. With a maximum of just 8 participants, this promises to be a wonderful experience of one of Africa’s most remote and seldom visited areas.
Itinerary at a Glance
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Windhoek, Namibia / Damaraland
Arrive in Windhoek and head to Damaraland, with its magnificent table-topped mountains, rock formations, and bizarre-looking vegetation. From our lodge perched on the rim of a plateau, we explore the wildlife-rich Palmwag Concession, nearly 1,800 square miles of arid wilderness transected by ephemeral river courses that provide an oasis for the wildlife that has adapted to this harsh environment, including the legendary desert elephant, lion, and the last free-roaming black rhino population on earth.
Etambura, Orupembe Conservancy / Kunene River
A wonderful drive past Himba settlements brings us to Etambura, the first Himba co-owned camp situated in the Orupembe Conservancy. Local tribes have not allowed hunting here for centuries, creating an interesting sanctuary often dotted with livestock and game grazing side-by-side in harmony. Our base for the following two days is Okahirongo River Camp, set on a sweeping ridge with breathtaking views of the Kunene River. The Kunene, a wild river whose origin is in the Angolan Highlands, is a lifeline for man and beast in this arid environment. On a boat excursion, we search for birdlife and crocodiles while appreciating this contrasting landscape.
Kaokoland / Skeleton Coast
We head south to Kaokoland, a land of rugged scenery, mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds inhabited by incredible desert-adapted plant and animal life. Despite the arid environs, elephant thrive along with giraffe, antelope, lion, leopard, and cheetah. As we journey toward the Skeleton Coast, we look for settlements of the Himba, one of the last and most traditional peoples of Namibia, and search for desert adapted elephants and evidence of the rare desert lions that inhabit this area. From our camp right on the boundary of Skeleton Coast National Park, we go on exciting game drives in search of wildlife, take guided walks to hide platforms (great for up-close photography), and board a light aircraft to enjoy a scenic flight to the coast before landing on the beach where we continue in a safari vehicle exploring the majestic coastline.
We fly back to Windhoek and depart on Day 12.
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What the Trip is Like
The trip is rated Level 2+, moderate. It is a photography safari with comfortable accommodations and camps, gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, and bush walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, it does take place in a remote area, far from medical facilities. We recommend each participant undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected. On game walks and during drives, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no camping safari can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.
It is important to note that an integral part of any Namibia safari is driving, and it’s part of the adventure. There are long driving days over rough roads and dusty, sandy game tracks, all in a desert environment. We will be in the company of the Trip Leader, who will make the road journeys very interesting and point out many highlights and hidden treasures en route. While the driving times may be long, please note that there is a lot to see and the scenery is dramatic and beautiful. Our vehicles are comfortable and the Trip Leader brings along supplies for the stops, such as tea, picnic lunches, etc.
Departures & Leaders
Aug 23-Sep 3, 2014 Dana Allen
Prices are for 2014
Per person, based on double occupancy
$9295 (7-8 members)
$9695 (5-6 members)
Single supplement: $1195
Forced single supplement: $995
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Trip Cost Includes:
- Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
- Accommodations, based on double occupancy
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All meals included
- Bottled water while on safari
- Park fees
- Land and air transportation during the safari
- Charter flight from Skeleton Coast to Windhoek
- Airport transfers for passengers as noted
- Baggage handling and sightseeing as noted
Trip Cost Does Not Include:International airfare to and from Africa, meals not specified above after each itinerary day, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, etc.). Optional side trips and excursions are also at your own expense.
Trip Payment Schedule
At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance
Dana Allen, originally from California, has lived and worked in southern, central, and east Africa for the past 25 years and currently resides in Zimbabwe. Acquiring his first camera at an early age, Dana studied photography at Arizona State University and was awarded both a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts with the highest honors. He has taught photography in universities both in the United States and Zimbabwe, where he was the head of the Photographic and Printing & Graphic Arts Department for five years. Dana has been a safari guide in Africa for many years and has led many Wilderness Travel safaris. His keen knowledge of not only wildlife and environmental issues but also of local cultures and customs make him uniquely suited to the task. Dana's work with gorillas includes several visits to photograph the mountain gorillas of Rwanda as well as a two-week stay in Odzala National Park to document the wildlife and ecosystems of the area, including the magnificent population of western lowland gorillas in the park.
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Dan was excellent. He has a masterful eye in composing the right conditions for a great shot on a photographic safari.
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