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Namibia Photography Tour South

Welcome to our Namibia Photo Tour South.

The newly developed photo tour takes you to the highlights in southern Namibia, from the red dunes of the Kalahari, the quiver tree forest near Keetmanshoop, to the second largest canyon in the world, to the cold and species-rich Atlantic coast near Lüderitz, the wild horses of the Namib and the ghost town of Kolmanskuppe.

Of course, the world's highest dunes of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei should not be missing, and a optional hot air balloon flight over the Namib will make the hearts of photographers beat faster.

Our photo guide shows you Namibia's south and helps you to take the "perfect shot".

Come on safari with us in our specially converted safari 4x4 with lifting roof.

Tour date:

Arrival in Windhoek: 18.11.2023

Return flight from Windhoek: 02.12.2023



Minimum of 4 pax required for this tour.

The organizer reserves the right to make changes.




from € 5399 / person

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At a glance

Day Destination Includes Activities
Day 1 Windhoek Dinner
Day 2 Kalahari North Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Day 3 Kalahari Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Day 4 Kalahari Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle Lion Tracking ( Kalahari Game Lodge)
Day 5 Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle The Quiver Tree Forest, Giants Playground
Day 6 Fish River Canyon Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Day 7 Fish River Canyon Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Day 8 Namib Desert Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Day 9 Lüderitz Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle The wild horses of Garub
Day 10 Namib Desert Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle The Ghost Town Kolmanskuppe
Day 11 Namib Desert Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Day 12 Namib Desert Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle Sossusvlei
Day 13 Namib Desert Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle Hot Air Ballooning (Sossusvlei), Spreetshoogte Pass
Day 14 Windhoek and surroundings Breakfast

In full detail

Welcome to Namibia

Your photo guide and driver will be waiting for you at the international airport near Windhoek. The guide will accompany you to the guest house in Windhoek. This is also where the Meet and Greet takes place, where the entire trip is discussed in detail again and all the documents for your trip are handed over to you.

The rest of the day is at your leisure, for example to explore the city or to do some shopping for the tour, or you can relax at the pool after the exertion of the journey.

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and offers a variety of restaurants, shops and accommodation. The city is clean and well organized. Worth seeing in Windhoek are the Christ Church and the craft markets in city center.

In the evening, the group drives to a good restaurant for dinner.

Includes:
Dinner
Destination:
Windhoek
Accommodation:
Utopia Boutique Hotel
Possible Activities:

The Kalahari

After a good breakfast, the tour starts towards the Kalahari Desert, which is reached in the early afternoon.
Here you can relax a bit before you go on a guided "Sundowner" tour through the wonderful Kalahari Desert. On the huge lodge grounds there are numerous animal desert dwellers who, with a bit of luck, will jump in front of our lenses in the perfect light.

In the evening there is a hearty dinner at the Lodge Restaurant.

Activity: Guided Sundowner Tour is included in the tour price



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Kalahari North
Accommodation:
Kalahari Anib Lodge
Possible Activities:

The South Kalahari

Today we drive mostly on gravel roads to the next destination, the Kalahari Game Lodge.

The lodge consists of eight luxurious ensuite chalets with ceiling fans, air conditioning and mosquito nets. The small kitchenette has tea and coffee making facilities, a sink, a small fridge and a seating area. Each chalet also has its own terrace with an idyllic view of the peaceful surroundings. At the lodge guests can enjoy the restaurant, pool, fire pit and bar.

The lodge offers tours on the farm area where, with a bit of luck, you can also see Kalahari lions.

In the afternoon, another guided sundowner drive is planned, where you can see the overgrown Kalahari dunes in the perfect light.

Activity: Guided Sundowner Tour is included in the tour price



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Kalahari
Accommodation:
Kalahari Game Lodge
Possible Activities:

In search of the lions of the Kalahari

The Kalahari Game Lodge is one of the few places in the Kalahri where you can see desert lions. Today you will go on a quest to track down the king of the beasts on a guided safari across the vast grounds.
A unique experience with great scenery awaits you.

Activity: Guided lion tour is included in the tour price



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Kalahari
Accommodation:
Kalahari Game Lodge
Possible Activities:
Lion Tracking ( Kalahari Game Lodge),

The Quiver Tree Forest

Today's stage leads over gravel roads to the next destination, the Quiver Tree Forest. The path winds for a few kilometers over a great dune landscape, which is a great photo motif. Next comes the small village of Koës, where you can fill up or buy a cold drink.

Shortly before the stage destination you pass the "Giants Playground". Nature has done a great job here. Thousands of huge boulders of volcanic rock are wildly stacked on top of each other and form a unique picture. If you want, you can take a short hike through this stone maze.

An absolute must is the sundowner in the Quiver Tree Forest. This is best enjoyed with a cool Namibian beer. Don't forget to take your photo equipment with you! Here the setting sun offers a beautiful motif every day when it disappears in the background of the quiver tree forest.

cheetah feeding

In the late afternoon you can accompany the farmer Nolte to the cheetah feeding. The brave can also enter the cheetah enclosure to pet the 'cats'.

Activity: Visit to the Giants Playground and Quiver Tree Forest is included in the tour price



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Accommodation:
Quivertree Forest Rest Camp
Possible Activities:
The Quiver Tree Forest, Giants Playground,

The harsh Karas region

We leave the Quiver Tree Forest and drive to Keetmanshoop. A few kilometers outside the village we turn south onto the D608 gravel road. This leads through a breathtaking hilly landscape, over the Lion River and past the Karas Mountains.
Then continue through a private conservancy where, with a bit of luck, you can spot all kinds of desert animals, such as oryx, springbok, ostrich and zebra.

Quiver trees, Nama culture, rugged landscape and an impressive rock formation characterize the Canyon Lodge and offer many great photo opportunities.
Take the time to put your feet up, sit by the pool in the sun, relax in one of the comfortable sofas in the living room, watch the sun set over Gondwana Canyon Park on a sunset drive or on one of the many walks through the rocky hills .

Lunch

The Canyon Roadhouse is definitely worth a visit. The old building with its vintage cars offers great photo opportunities, this is also a good opportunity for a delicious lunch and a refreshing cold drink.

Activity: Lunch at the Canyon Roadhouse is included in the tour price. Drinks have to be paid for by yourself.



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Fish River Canyon
Accommodation:
Canyon Village Lodge
Possible Activities:

The second largest canyon in the world

In the extreme south of Namibia you will visit an amazing natural phenomenon, the Fish River Canyon. About 650 million years ago, plate movement lowered the area through which the ancient Fish River flowed, eroding the flat plain. This is the beginning of the canyon today. Enjoy spectacular views across the canyon from a number of vantage points.

Today you will be able to admire and photograph this mighty canyon. Your guide will plan the best times, when, and where to visit Canyon Park to capture the perfect light.

Activity: Visit to Fish River Canyon included in tour price.



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Fish River Canyon
Accommodation:
Canyon Village Lodge
Possible Activities:

The Oranje River and the Richtersfeld National Park

Today's route takes you to the southern edge of the Namib, which is very dry and barren. This area resembles a Martian landscape but is quite spectacular in its own way.
After a while you reach the Orange River, a green lifeline in the midst of this barren landscape. This is not only one of the four rivers in Namibia that carry water all year round, but it also forms the border between Namibia and South Africa.
The gravel road meanders through the beautiful Richtersveld/Transfontier Park, always alongside the river. You won't see many animals here, but you will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery.

Rosh Pina, a small mining village is next on your route. From there you have to overcome about 1000 meters of altitude on a good tar road through the southern Namib until you reach the small village of Aus.

The city of Aus dates back to the German colonial era and was one of the first towns in the former German Southwest Africa. You can stop off at the newly renovated train station hotel to enjoy a delicious homemade cake. We will also spend the night here.



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Namib Desert
Accommodation:
Bahnhof Hotel Aus
Possible Activities:

The wild horses of the Namib

The journey today goes to the cold Atlantic, to Lüderitz.

On the way we visit the wild horses of the Namib, which can often be found at the Garub waterhole. The old railway stations along the route also offer great photo opportunities.

Around noon we reach the coastal town of Lüderitz, which experienced its most prosperous years during the diamond rush between the two world wars. The "ghost town" of Kolmanskuppe will certainly leave an impression. This once prosperous diamond 1920's luxury settlement with casino, theatre, shops and mansions was taken over by nature shortly after the city was abandoned in 1954. The desert sands literally swamped the settlement and what remains is a bizarre sight, but a photographer's and history buff's paradise.

In the afternoon we explore the area around Lüderitz.

Driving to Diaz Point and Big Bay is also a worthwhile activity. The original cross placed by Batholemeu Diaz on his early excursions to southern Africa is long gone, but a replica still stands at the site today. There are numerous small coves on the rocky coast.
When the wind blows, which it does quite often, the last 10 km from the road to Lüderitz can be covered by low sand dunes.

Activity: A visit to the wild horses of Garub is included in the tour price



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Lüderitz
Accommodation:
Kairos Cottage Lüderitz
Possible Activities:
The wild horses of Garub,

The ghost town of Kolmanskuppe

In the morning we leave Lüderitz and drive 10km to the attraction.

One of the most interesting sights of Lüderitz is the ghost town of Kolmannskuppe. This once bustling diamond city is now deserted and fights a constant battle with the sand dunes of the Namib Desert. There are guided tours every morning which are very informative. The guided tours in English or German usually start at 9:30 am. A special highlight of the tour is a visit to the bowling alley. After the guided tour, you can explore the city independently.

Then the trip goes back inland. From Aus we drive north. After the first 30km ride, a spectacular landscape opens up in front of you. In the distance you can see the massive Tiras Mountains, in front of them huge areas of grass and sand and a few red dunes in the west.

After about 55km turn west and follow the famous D707, which can be very sandy in some places, but offers a great panorama. Then proceed to Namtib Desert Lodge where you will spend the night.

Farm Namtib is situated on the edge of the Namib Desert in the Tiras Mountains. It is a private biosphere reserve covering an area of ​​16,400 hectares. Agricultural and human activities are adapted here to the dry climate of southern Namibia. The fascinating landscape of the farm offers an abundance of breathtaking views and is home to a rich fauna and flora.

The Namtib Biosphere Reserve is located on one of the most beautiful routes in southern Namibia. The farm is ideally located between the Fish River Canyon and Sossusvlei / Sesriem or Lüderitzbucht and Sossusvlei / Sesriem. The Namtib Biosphere Reserve allows guests to relax while also having the opportunity to experience how a typical Namibian farm works. Here you can discover a wealth of interesting information about the Namib Desert, the Tiras Mountains and the fauna and flora of southern Namibia.

Namtib Desert Lodge offers an authentic Namibian farmstyle experience in the middle of the vast Namib Desert.

In the afternoon we will then go on a nature drive on the farm area and explore the impressive desert landscapes.

Activity: Visit to Kolmasuppe and scenic drive at Namtib is included in the tour price



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Namib Desert
Accommodation:
Namtib Desert Lodge
Possible Activities:
The Ghost Town Kolmanskuppe,

Drive-through the oldest desert in the world, the Namib.

Today's journey continues north to Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei. The guide will stop for a few photo stops along the way and lunch packs are available for everyone around noon.

In the afternoon you will reach the beautiful lodge.
At sunset we go to a nearby dune landscape, where the first great dune shots are taken.

In the evening there will be dinner together with a great view at the Lodge Restaurant.

Activity: Entry to the Namib-Naukluft Park included in the tour price.



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Namib Desert
Accommodation:
Dead Valley Lodge
Possible Activities:

Day trip to the world famous red dunes of Sossusvlei

It starts early in the morning so that you can still experience the beautiful light of the morning hours. Early entry to the park is possible as our lodge is located within the park.

A narrow tar road takes you past beautiful landscapes and high dunes to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. A 1.5 km hike takes you over clay flats and a small dune to the ancient, dried up acacia trees of the Dead Vlei, which are now world famous.

Information Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest nature reserve in Africa. The most famous photographs of Namibia undoubtedly come from Sossusvlei. The images are stunning with the intense red dunes and sharp lines. The dunes in this area are the highest in the world, reaching immense heights of almost 400 meters. Climb Dune 45 and enjoy the fantastic view over the dune sea. Another stop is Deadvlei, a dry lake with tree stumps that has become an almost surrealistic landscape.

Sossusvlei means "dead end swamp" because it is where the dunes that prevent the Tsauchab River from reaching the Atlantic Ocean converge. However, due to the drought in the Namib Desert, this river rarely flows that far at all, hence the pan is dry most years. However, during a good rainy season, the Tsauchab River fills the salt pan and visitors from all over the world flock to the area to experience this spectacular site.

Around noon you can then enjoy your packed lunch under the camel thorn trees by the Sossusvlei Dry Pan.

Afterwards the drive goes back to the entrance gate at Sesriem, where the Sesriem Canyon can also be explored.

In the afternoon you will reach the beautiful lodge again.

Activity: Admission to Namib-Naukluft Park and visits to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon included in the tour price.



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Namib Desert
Accommodation:
Dead Valley Lodge
Possible Activities:
Sossusvlei,

Balloon flight over the Namib desert (optional)

A total highlight awaits you today.

You must be at the hot air balloon launch site before sunrise. Experience the sunrise high above the desert landscape, with an indescribable view.

Stop for a piece of apple pie

The small gas station and rest stop, Solitaire, is a great place to stop. It is very conveniently located on your tour of south western Namibia and on the way to Swakopmund. In the small Solitaire Bakery there are many delicacies, including the best apple pie in Namibia. There is an old car graveyard here that invites you to take great pictures.

You then leave the Namib Desert over the steep Spreetshoogte Pass. The vantage point offers a great panorama with the setting sun in the west.

The nearby guest farm offers a great end to this trip.

Activity: Photo stop at Spreetshoogte Pass is included in the tour price



Includes:
Breakfast, light Lunch, Dinner, water in the vehicle
Destination:
Namib Desert
Accommodation:
Possible Activities:
Hot Air Ballooning (Sossusvlei), Spreetshoogte Pass,

The day of departure

After breakfast we leave for Windhoek, which we reach around noon. Arriving in Windhoek, your guide will take you to a good restaurant where you are welcome to stay for a while. (Lunch in the windhoek restaurant is not included in the tour price)
In the afternoon the drive to the international airport near Windhoek, where the farewell's takes place.

(Please note that the guide only goes to the airport according to the Euro Wings flight times. If you have chosen another flight, you will have to organize and pay for an alternative airport transfer. Please let us know in advance and we will help you gladly with the regulations of the transfer.)

You are also welcome to book a connecting tour or additional days. Our team is always available for advice.

We hope you had a wonderful tour of the highlights of Namibia's south.

Best regards,
Your MEINE NAMIBIA SAFARIS team



Includes:
Breakfast
Destination:
Windhoek and surroundings
Accommodation:
Hosea Kutako International Airport
Possible Activities:

Activities