Namibia Photography Trip
14 days full of photography and the magic of Africa. Experience Namibia with Swiss Photo Club and Foto Arni.
With natural and manmade wonders, Namibia is an African country where nature reigns supreme.
Join us on an unforgettable journey to Namibia: 14 days full of photography, delicious food and wine and beautiful landscapes, accommodated in 3-4-star lodges and tents.
Take impressive pictures during this trip, accompanied by a professional photographer and a driver who knows the area and speaks both German and English. With him you can be sure to be in the right place at the right time! Discover with us this versatile land, its wildlife and its people. Inspiration and countless possibilities for stunning photos are available each and every moment!
Start and finish of our trip is Windhoek, from where we drive by car or minibus through Namibia. We will cover a wide variety of photography, from sweeping landscapes to portraits, from long exposure night photography to architectural photography. All in a great group, led by experienced photographers and guides.
Discounted early bird tickets are available for the first 3 people, and only until 18 November! So do not wait too long 😉
Departure: Saturday, 18 May 2019 (arrival in Windhoek 19.5.),
Program start: on Sunday noon
End of the program: Friday evening
Return: Saturday, 1 June 2019.
With spectacular and bizarre scenes including Fish River Canyon, the blazing red dunes of Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast and the Spergebeit ghost town, Namibia is Africa at its most epic.
The country is known worldwide for its breathtaking nature, such as the great dunes of the Namib, its wildlife and of course photography!
A former colony of Germany, Namibia is also full of cultural and architectural surprises. This is an African country like no other. A place where castles tower from desert sands, where towns from a bygone era are literally turning to dust and where nature reigns supreme.
What is the program?
We will start at Windhoek, the capital where all roads converge. During the 14 days, we will cover Erongo Mountains, Etosha National Park, Palmwag (Damaraland), Swakopmund, Namib Naukluft, Sesriem / Sossusvlei, Kalahari Desert / Mariental.
Please note, the exact program will be fixed only after the confirmation of the trip. The visited lodges / hotels and places are subject to availability.
We will be accommodated in 3-4-star lodges or tents in single or double rooms.
Breakfast is included everywhere, as well as most of the dinners.
Accompanied by a professional photographer and a guide from the region, we will always be in the right place at the right time to have the best opportunities for stunning photos – whether by the sea near Swakopmund or inland in the Erongo Mountains, Sossusvlei or Etosha National Park.
We will deal with architectural photography, recognize geometry and incorporate the rules of composition. We take pictures of the dreamlike landscapes and explain how you make HDR shots. You will learn to organize your pictures and select the best pictures. There will be the opportunity to practice night photography and capture the Milky Way. In addition to art, panorama and architecture, we also practice street photography.
From time to time, half or even a full day is free so you can explore the place for yourself or pursue your favorite pastime.
In summary, you will learn the following during these 14 days:
- The rules of composition and manual mode of the camera (for beginners also basics like AV / TV / S etc.)
- Make architectural shots, deal with geometry
- Long-term photography and photography with a tripod
- Corrections when taking pictures, RAW shots, choosing the right lens
- Use outdoor photography, flash and natural light (even bright sunlight) properly
- Night photography and effects (silky water, light painting, etc.)
- HDR photos, camera settings to the directly finished picture
- Street photography, artistic effects, panning, tilting
- Tricks and tricks to categorize, select and edit the best pictures of the journey
- Lots of advice, tips & tricks for using your camera and photography in general
What is included?
- Full program around photography and exercises with our instructor, all questions
- Guided tours as well as explanations to the individual regions during the journey through the local guide
- Transport during the trip from / to Windhoek by car or minibus for 4-8 persons, equipped with air conditioning
- Most dinners in the accommodations, typically Namibian (please inform us in advance about allergies or intolerances!)
- 13 nights in 3-4-star hotels or tents (breakfast and half-board included)
- Snack & refreshments during the tour
- Living Desert Tour in Swakopmund with another (possibly English speaking) driver / guide
- Detailed travel documentation with guide and maps (value CHF 25.00 per person)
- Arrival and departure from Switzerland to Windhoek (but can be arranged on request). Recommended flights: 18.5.19: LX288, BA6275, 1.6.19: SA77, LX289
- Lunch during the trip (in each place about one hour “lunch break” at leisure, for lunch or other activities – partly while driving)
- further excursions
- not mentioned meals and drinks
- Tips and personal expenses
- All insurance (basic, travel, cancellation, extra return and accident insurance)
To enter all countries in the south of Africa, Swiss and EU citizens need a passport valid up to 6 months after return (subject to change).
Health / Vaccinations:
No vaccinations are required, but taking malaria prophylaxis is recommended. For detailed information, please contact your family doctor.
Further information can be found on the Internet at www.osir.ch or www.safetravel.ch.
An average of 300 sunny days a year make Namibia a very sunny country. From April to June the temperatures are around 25 ° C during the day.
Double shared room, per person:
Early Bird (until 18 Nov. 18): 6’000.- without flight
Normal (until 18 Dec. 18): 6’590.- without flight
Last Minute (until 31 Jan. 19): 7’090.- without flight
Private Room: on request
Last chance to book: 31. January 2019
The main language we will use during the trip will be determined by the participants’ composition and preferences. Our current estimate is English as main language plus some workshops in French or German. Our instructors are all at least bi-lingual, so we will be able to help you in your own language in case of any questions.
After the primary language preference is determined for the workshops, if you already mentioned in the survey that you do not feel comfortable with that language, you will be entitled for a full refund.
No. The application is open to everybody who have the passion for photography and learning. This trip is for beginners as well as for pros because we believe that we all have different talents and we can all learn from each other. Even though, a basic knowledge of photography is highly recommended.
Once we receive your payment, we will get back to you with a short survey or a call to get to know your preferences for language and accommodation. As the trip gets closer, we will keep in touch with you again to confirm the trip, introduce the instructors, update you on the progress and communicate the full program.
Yes, you can either apply for a private room, share it with your partner or friend or directly let us pick a match from the same sex for you. In case we run out of private rooms, we also will select another photography-enthusiast of the same gender for you.
No. This trip will be organized by and for Swiss Photo Club only.
We understand it is hard to separate from your beloved once for some time. Even though, we have to tell you it is not possible to bring your small children (under 16 years) or four-legged friends to this trip. Like this, we can make the most out of it for everybody – also your favourites 😉
There is no insurance included in the weekend photography trip. Please make sure you have health, travel and accident insurance coverage.
We will ask you to give us a way to get in touch with a contact person of your choice before the trip.
You and your beloved ones can contact all of us during our trip and our team back in Geneva and Zurich.
In case of any special allergies or medical treatments, we highly recommend to contact your doctor before applying for the trip.
Swiss Photo Club does not provide any insurance.
You can either pay via:
- Credit Card (fastest/prefered option),
- Bank Transfer (bank details – purpose: name sept trip)
- Invoice (send us an email with full name and billing address)
- Cash (get in contact with us to arrange an appointment)
In case of cancellation, please have a look at our Cancellation Policy in our General Terms and Conditions.
- Photography equipment for landscape and night photography (body, lenses, tripod, filters, strap, batteries, sd cards, etc.)
- Laptop with Lightroom or Photoshop for the editing session (optional)
- Warm clothes according to weather conditions
You will get a recommended packing list with your welcome information