Join a professional photographer on a photo journey through the wild landscapes of Southern Africa. Learn how to capture the culture, animal life, and stunning landscapes of three of Africa's most beautiful countries on camera.

Trip Summary:  Namibia | 8 Days

Trip Dates: April - June; September - November

Group Size: Max 12 participants

Price From: $3400 per person

Trip Highlights:

  • Embark on safari game-drives to see exotic animals
  • Climb to the top of the the tallest sand dune in the world, Dune 45 in Sossusvlei 
  • Visit the abandoned skeleton coast and be mesmerized by the expansiveness of the Namib desert 
  • Sleep under the stars.
  • Have up-close encounters with Namibian Wildlife
  • Learn about the Himba people in Damaraland
  • Experience the beauty of Africa like you never have before.

Itinerary | 8 DAYS

Day 1 Windhoek (D)

Welcome to Namibia! As you arrive, you will be picked up at the Windhoek International Airport and shuttled to your hotel. The afternoon will be spent getting to know your professional guide, and having an introduction to the group, Southern Africa, and photography lessons you will learn along the way.  We will spend some time exploring of the city of Windhoek before settling down for a traditional Namibian welcome dinner.

Overnight & Welcome Dinner at Chameleon Guesthouse

Day 2 Sossusvlei (B, L, D) 

 After you enjoy a delicious breakfast and morning photography lesson to prepare for the next few days out in the desert.  You will depart for your private tour of the Namib-Naukluft National Park and the giant sand dunes at Sossusvlei. You will travel over the Eros Mountains and along the scenic roads that bring you southeast into the desert.  Other points of interest include the Naukluft Mountains, Namibia’s central plateau, the beautiful Remhoogte Pass, and the tiny settlement of Solitaire. You will arrive at the immense red sand dunes of the Namib, just as the afternoon glow from the sun changing colors on the distant mountains to the east.  Here you will set up camp for the first night of your safari, enjoy some traditional food, have an evening photo critique, and marvel and the stars in the sky. Overnight camping and meals prepared by guide with client assistance (you may have an opportunity to learn how to cook some Namibian food).

Overnight in Safari Tents 

Day 3 Sossuvlei (B, L, D)

 A pre-dawn start is essential this morning as we want to catch the soft light of the sunrise on the desert.  After passing through Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes, we head into the heart of the dune field, reaching Sossusvlei on foot – trekking the last 5 km through the dunes. Landscape and wildlife photo opportunities abound in the cool of the morning, with dawn’s soft light first illuminating the dunes from crest down the back slope, then blazing orange everywhere, creating a powerful contrasting vista across the whole desert.  Ancient mineral pans, stunted camel thorn trees, and the chance of seeing a gemsbok or ostrich make every moment intriguing. We will spend the morning in and around Sossusvlei, as well as climbing the famed Dune 45.  As the day wears on we will return to Sesriem for lunch, escaping the heat of the afternoon.  As the days cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon to enjoy and photograph another stunning sunset surrounded by the colorful desert and sleep under the bright stars of the southern hemisphere.

Overnight in Safari Tents

Days 4-5 Skeleton Coast & Damaraland (B, L, D) 

After breakfast we will drive continue our journey north through the Namib Desert, along the dramatic Skeleton Coast, home to many shipwrecks as we pause along the way to see the latest casualties. We will travel further into arid Damaraland, in the Kunene Region, passing communal lands and stopping at the Ugab River bridge to photography the striking Herero ladies selling arts and crafts to support their families.  We will stop for lunch at the foot of Namibia's tallest mountain, the Brandberg Mountain - one of the most beautiful sights in Namibia. Here we will also have an opportunity to encounter the indigenous Himba people.  Here we will meet locals, have a lesson on their tribal culture, and have a unique photography experience

Overnight in Safari Tents

Days 6-7 Etosha National Park (B, L, D) 

It’s time to say goodbye to the coastal dunes as we set out into the Namibian savanna. You’ll watch from our comfortable private safari Jeeps as we drop into the wilderness and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We’ll spend the next 2 days exploring the unfathomable beauty and highlights of Ethosha National Park. 

Highlights here include:

  • Explore one the most renowned wildlife parks on the planet.  Rise early to beat the crowds as we set out each morning to spot lions, cheetahs, elephants, hyenas, and giraffes. Be mesmerized by the glorious landscapes and famous African sunsets as we search for wildlife with the help of our expert safari guide. We’ll arrive at our campsite each night to tell stories and eat delicious food over the campfire, under a sky of spectacular stars far from any city or town.
  • Sleep in Safari tents where you’ll fall asleep to the sounds of lions and elephants in the distance, and spend each night enjoying delicious meals prepared by our tour’s private cook.
  • Visit numerous waterholes, searching for lion, rhino, leopard and elephant, as well as the abundant plains game found in this wilderness area; and watch the sunset fall over the African Bush. 
  • Photograph Namibia's largest salt pan, experiencing the immenseness of this 4500 sq km region of the world.
  • Experience a visit with tribes deep in the heart of the remote savanna -- having the opportunity to speak with villagers as we learn about their centuries-old way of life and the current struggles they face in an evolving world. 

Overnight in Safari Tents 

Day 08: Having said goodbye to the savannas and its wildlife, we will return to Livingstone on our private bus back to Windhoek where we will catch our flights home or continue our journey into the Botswana Salt Pans, Deltas, and Safari Lands.


This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.


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Expedition Dates:

April - June

September - November

*additional dates upon inquiry

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All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.

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Join our professional photographer, Conor MacNeill, on a photo journey through the wild landscapes of Southern Africa. Learn how to capture the culture, animal life, and stunning landscapes of three of Africa's most beautiful countries on camera.

Join our professional photographer, Conor MacNeill, on a photo journey through the wild landscapes of Southern Africa. Learn how to capture the culture, animal life, and stunning landscapes of three of Africa's most beautiful countries on camera.