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NAMIBIA - A LAND OF LANDSCAPE

This is the trip that made it. I got hooked!  Africa, wildlife, tents, photography. I went and squandered the children inheritance and bought not one but two cameras!  Yes, a Nikon 750 and a d500. We have been together ever since. 

Namibia was my first encounter with the hard work of photography. The lodges, the staff, their singing, the food, the tribes… just overwhelming!

ORYX WORLDWIDE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPEDITION organized a 10-day Signature trip through Namibia with photographer Greg Du Toit. 

Namibia I always wanted it to be special, and special it was! 

I joined Greg, whom I had met in the Mara,  with my new Nikon, a 300mm lens, an ultra-wide 24mm lens, an iPad, a rubbish tripod, and hoped for the best. I knew I was in good hands. Something decent would have come out of my camera, and it did. Uff….

IN NAMIBIA WE MET THE LAST OF THE 5 LIONS OF THE NAMIB DESERT, JUST BEFORE IT WAS KILLED BY FARMERS. THEY WERE KNOWN AS THE 5 MUSKETEERS OF THE NABIB DESERT AN FEATURED IN A DOCUMENTARY BY THE SAME TITLE. 

I spotted him through vegetation as he was enjoying the rest of apartment baby elephant that had died from exhaustion and starvation due to its own mother’s inexperience.

Kulala Wilderness Reserve, came first, right in the Namib Desert among the iconic red Dunes of Sossusvlei. Flat-roofed cabins, plenty of wildlife, ghost-like trees, spectacular stark landscape.

PS It is in this spectacular landscape that we set cameras in the desert for the night to timelapse the light of the stars as it changed through the night. we focussed on a tree in the desert. The result is the beautiful video I have online. The music and chanting are from the staff in the lodge. 

Honahib Skeleton Coast, Kunene River, Golden Dunes with its wild coast, few trees, giant rock formation, desert-adapted wildlife was simply unforgettable. 

In Serra Cafema we met the native Ovahimba families. A unique experience of tribal life revolving around farming, herding. 

Namibia was the most phenomenal trip ever.  The landscape, the lodging, the people, the staff, the music, the food, the photos made  Namibia an unforgettable country!

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Namibia is a quiet country. The  Ovahimba tribe people originally came from neighboring Angola and they own some of the lands in Serra Cafema. 

Do watch National Geographic’s documentary on the  Vanishing Kings-Desert Lions of Namib. You’ll fall in love with Namibia. 

A wildlife photography tour It’s a lot of work. Early rise, 5 o.c. every morning, in the Jeep by 6 a.m.! Breakfast in the bush, and shooting while the animals are fresh and alert. Back to the camp for lunch and out again by 4 pm to catch the soothing light. The photos were just amazing. 

WHERE TO STAY

FLIGHTS

  • DUBAI-JOHANNESBURG-WINDHOEK

MY TIPS

  • Mornings can be very cold and windy
  • Camps providing good water, good vehicle, good spotters make a trip very successful.
  • Keep everything into zipped up bags away from sandstorms. 
  • Personally, keep possessions ZIPPED UP. Don’t bring home undesirable guests! 
  • Bring crisp US$ bank notes for tipping. Check issue dates accepted by the country.
  • hyenas wait for seagulls to eat the eyes of sea lions before moving in.
  • Travel light, flights to the bush are very strict about weight.
  • Soft Luggage Bags on small planes - no frames.
  • Check measurements of bags.
  • Some companies have a supply of soft canvas bags at reasonable prices.
  • Some companies have facilities to store heavy luggage.
  • Most Agency book a spare seat for the extra weight of photographic equipment.
  • In Namibia, Jeep rides can be extremely bumpy.
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