“We should use energy sources provided by Mother Nature, instead of resorting to the ones that will destroy her.”

TOM D. JONES

EXPLORE

Join us on an unforgettable adventure through the sand dunes and cracked clay valleys of Namibia. Explore the spectacular rock formations of Spitzkoppe, known as the Matterhorn of Africa, and discover the colonial architecture of Swakopmund, photographing shipwrecks along the coast and colourful flocks of flamingos at Walvis Bay.

HIGHLIGHTS

 
  • Learn about night photography techniques in the beautifully desolate surroundings of the Namibian wilderness.
  • Take a thrilling ride through the sand dunes of the Namib Desert on a favourite local transport: quad bikes.
  • Travel by 4X4 though the spectacular landscapes of NamibRand and Sossusvlei, looking out for antelopes and zebras along the way.
  • Discover the rich culture and traditions of Namibia, photographing some beautifully preserved colonial architecture in Swakopmund.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

ON LOCATION

 
  • Learn about night photography techniques in the beautifully desolate surroundings of the Namibian wilderness.
  • Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure and aperture.
  • How to handle equipment with care on location.
  • Private hands-on lessons that can help to take your photography skills to the next level.
  • The secret behind the landscape photography.

IN CLASSROOM

 
  • Expert review and constructive criticism/feedback of the images taken during the day.
  • A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.

ITINERARY

Day 0: ARRIVAL

 

It is recommended you book your flights to arrive a day early, as we depart from Windhoek relatively early on day 1. Take a day to rest and acclimatise yourself to the country before the big adventure. We can arrange accommodation and activities on request.

Day 1: ROCK FORMATIONS AND STARGAZING

 

We leave for a pleasant and scenic drive in the direction of Spitzkoppe, stopping spontaneously along the way to photograph points of interest. We arrive at the first lodge, located near spectacular 700 million old granite rocks, with plenty of time to settle in and conduct a proper introduction as well as a short briefing about night photography. Because of its geographical location and lack of light pollution, we are at the perfect place for night sky photography and star gazing.  The extraordinary rock formations are the perfect subject with an incredible backdrop of stars.

Day 2: THE MATTERHORN OF AFRICA

 

We head out early in the morning to catch the first light over the summit of Spitzkoppe, as well as taking some iconic shots of the famous rock arch. After lunch we will review the first results of our night photography. The afternoon and evening will be spent exploring the surroundings, which take the form of a giant playground for photographers, before embarking on our second night photographing the starlight -.

Day 3: BACK IN TIME TO COLONIAL SWAKOPMUND

 

The early birds head out again to catch the first light, as the sun rises behind the rock arch. After breakfast in the lodge, we leave Spitzkoppe and towards to our next destination. Arriving in Swakopmund, you can relax or enjoy some street photography in this fascinating city, wedged between towering sand dunes on the border of the Namib Desert and the seemingly endless Atlantic Ocean.

Swakopmund is rich in architectural history, dating back to the period from 1884 through 1915, when Swakopmund served as the main port for the area. During the colonial era, this area was a German Protectorate known German South-West Africa, so a very strong German influence can still be seen in the architecture and fortunately the buildings have been maintained and preserved very well.

In the afternoon we head into the dunes using one of the favoured means of local transportation: quad bikes.

Day 4: HIGH OVER THE COAST OF SHIPWRECKS (OPTIONAL AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Walvis Bay is famous for the thousands of flamingos that feed in the lagoon and the surrounding wetlands. It is considered one of the best locations in the world to see flamingos. The day is divided into two workshops: Landscape photography in and around Walvis Bay or an optional aerial photography workshop by helicopter.

On our basic tour, we will conduct a landscape photography workshop, visiting the area around Walvis Bay by 4-wheel drive. On the other hand, if you join our optional aerial photography workshop, we will fly high over the spectacular sand dunes by helicopter, along the coastline we will see shipwrecks on the shore and continue over the wetlands where thousands of flamingos congregate. Finally, we will capture some amazing shots over the wonderfully colourful patterns formed in the salt pans.

If time allows, we will indulge in some incredible sunset photography over the beautiful ocean around Swakopmund.

We end the evening in Swakopmund’s best sea food restaurant, with a stunning sea view: ‘The Tug’.

Day 5: THE DUNE SEA

 

Today we will leave the coastal region and drive inland towards the red sand dunes of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and Sossusvlei region. Along the way, we will enjoy a picnic lunch and take a few stopovers to admire the beautiful scenery where we have a good chance to see springbok, ostrich, oryx and mountain zebra. On our way we will pass the smallest town in the region, Solitaire, where car wrecks have been picturesquely draped along the road.

Here we will stop for some of Solitaire’s legendary apple pie – arguably the best in the whole of Namibia. On arrival at our lodge we take time to install and before dinner we will drive to the first big sand dunes for a nice sundowner.

Day 6: LAND OF THE SKELETON TREES

 

This morning, we need to get up early to reach one of the most iconic and photogenic places on earth. Known as ‘Deadvlei’, a clay pan where the skeletal trees and cracked ground form some fascinating geometric patterns. After taking advantage of the most ideal lighting, we will take our breakfast under the shade of a nice big tree. We then head back to the lodge where you can either review your images or have a refreshing dive at the swimming pool before lunch.

In the afternoon, we will conduct a workshop session and talk about image processing. In the afternoon we head back to Deadvlei for a camp barbecue and night photography session where the dead trees makes up for a perfect backdrop.

Day 7: DUNE 45 AND A DRIVE BACK TO WINDHOEK

 

Catch the first sun rays over Dune 45, an awe-inspiring 85 meter high sand dune. The climb is well worth the effort, as from the top you will be spoilt with incredible panoramic views of Dune Valley. In the morning light, the floor of the pan has been described as a “moonscape” and is truly a sight to behold. After a short breakfast break at the foot of the dune, we will begin our 5 hour drive back to Windhoek. Halfway there we will stop for a nice picnic lunch and admire a spectacular view of Spreetshogte Pass.

Once we arrive in Windhoek and have checked in at our hotel, you will have some time to explore the area before we meet up for the farewell dinner at Joe´s Beerhouse, a restaurant famous for their big selection of game dishes, such as oryx, springbok and kudu antelope.

Day 8: FAREWELL

 

This is where we head out for the Windhoek airport and say our goodbyes, as we all head in different directions and thank each other for a wonderful journey.

Namibia

STARGAZING IN THE DESERT

13 April – 21 April 2019

Explore the awe-inspiring wilderness of Namibia and capture some spectacular night photography of fascinating rock formations with a beautiful backdrop of shimmering stars. Discover the well-preserved colonial architecture of Swakopmund, photgraphing shipwrecks and flocks of flamingoes along the coast.

TOM D. JONES

TRAVEL WITH THE BEST

Tom D. Jones is famous for his fine art photography, from which he has received numerous awards, for example the European Fine Art Photographer Of The Year 2009. He’s part of the prestigious association Master Qualified European Photographer and in 2012 he distinguished himself with the well deserved Hasselblad Master Award 2012 in Landscape/Nature
A certified Better Moments photographer will be assisting Tom D. Jones on location.

SEE ALL EXPERTS

OVERVIEW

Number of guests: 8-12

Local transport: 4×4, private truck

Exertion level: Easy

Accommodation: Hotels

Meals: All meals included

Type of photography: Night Photography, Landscape, Wildlife 

THE WEATHER
Weather: Min 13°C , Max 26°C .
 
DATE
13 April – 21 April 2019, 2019
Duration: 9 days/nights
 
PRICES

€5.950 per person in shared double room.

€6.450 per person in single room.

 
INCLUDES

All Accommodation

All Meals and dinner 

All beverages, except for premium/imported liquor and wine

All permits, park and entry fees

All Transport, fuel and drivers, including transfers to/from airport

Water in cars

All expenses for all guides and drivers

 
EXCLUDES 

Transport to/from Windhoek

Visa for Namibia

Travel insurance

QUICK GUIDE

GETTING THERE

Namibia’s main airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport. It is advised to arrive a day before the workshop to make sure you are well rested for the drive.

Better Moments will arrange one pickup transfer and one return transfer to the airport on the arrival- and the departure day.


VISA

Many nationalities do not require tourist visas for stays under 3 months. For a complete list of visa exemptions, as well as up-to-date information regarding visa fees and requirements, visit: http://www.namibiahc.org.uk/fees-and-requirements.php

 

WEATHER

Namibia is one of the sunniest places on earth, with approximately 300 days of sunshine a year. December to March is relatively humid in most of Namibia, with some localise rainfall. April and May are pleasantly dry, without being dusty. The weather is cooler during June to August, when the landscape dries out and animals congregate around watering holes, making it a good time for wildlife photography. The weather warms up again during September to November


LANGUAGE

English is the official language of Namibia. There are several local languages spoken in different regions, as well as German and Afrikaans.


CURRENCY

The official currency is the Namibian Dollar, but the South African Rand is also commonly accepted.


QUICK GUIDE

Namibia offers a plethora of activities and experiences for visitors. From thrilling ATV rides along the rugged coast, to star gazing in the desolate wilderness. While much of the country is less developed, urban centres such as the seaside city of Swakopmund provide some great culinary experiences, with antelope and game being a particular highlight.

IMPORTANT

Better Moments will arrange one pickup transfer and one return transfer to the airport on the arrival- and the departure day.