Classic Namibia

Classic Namibia

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Classic Namibia 

For more photos visit Douglas Carr Photography 

Namibia where the landscape changes around every corner and looks different from the morning to the evening. Yes there’s no doubt that Namibia has a lot to offer and anyone can experience amazing photo opportunities on a self drive, but on Classic Namibia private guided African Memory photographic safaris you’ll be driven and guided by a professional guide and photographer who will always try to get the vehicle in the best position and light to allow for great composition and photographic opportunities. I have planned our route giving us good time to get to our destinations. If camping then I’ll make most dinners, with your assistance for dinner, washing up or setting up and breaking down camp. Menu’s are worked out so all you have to do is pack, but light and come and enjoy Namibia with me.

Himba People
Himba People

African Memory, Classic Namibia safari takes place in the centre of Namibia. We will visit Namibia’s biggest tourist attraction and one of my favourite wildlife photographic destinations where animals roam freely, as well as Namibia’s second biggest tourist attraction Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and Deadvlei, a Himba village and the famous Skeleton Coast to name just a few places.

Etosha National Park

Etosha is one of Southern Africa’s finest and most important Game Reserves. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of 22 270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

Etosha Pan
Etosha Pan

Etosha, meaning “Great White Place”, is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos. The perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.

Photography in Etosha National Park is excellent, the best time being from May to October – the cooler months in Namibia. Visitors to Etosha Game Reserve can expect to see many buck species, elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions. More fortunate visitors will see leopard and cheetah.

Classic Namibia 11 day safari

All photo safaris can be extended and customized to suite your groups or individual needs.

Classic Namibian 11 day photo safari

For more photos visit Douglas Carr Photography

A Classic Namibia safari will be a private guided 4×4 safari which will take you on a journey through out centre Namibia. Starting in Windhoek we will drive north to Otjiwarongo where we will go visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund. From here we will spend a few nights in Etosha National Park, before be start making our way towards the Skeleton Coast via Palmwag, but not before we visited a Himba Village. We will be driving through some breath taking landscape and enjoy plenty of photographic opportunities. After getting to the Skeleton Coast just south of Torra Bay we will start our journey south towards Swakopmund and Wallis Bay via Cape Cross and the massive 10 000 seal colony. In Wallis Bay we will enjoy a morning boat trip hoping to see whales, dolphins, pelicans and much more, before relaxing the afternoon in Walvis Bay. The following day we will continue south to Sesriem, Namibia’s second biggest tourist attraction Sossusvlei and the very photographed Deadvlei. After 2 days of taking in this beautiful landscape sitting around the fire enjoying a traditional “Braai” (BBQ) at night while absorbing the amazing star rich night sky and walking the Sesriem Canyon we will make our way back up north to Windhoek and go and reflect over the past 1o days at the famous Joe’s Beerhouse.

Etosha - Giraffe
Etosha – Giraffe

Who is the Classic Namibian safari for?

This Classic Namibia 11 day safari is designed from 1 – 4 people with the aim of photographing the traditional Himba people the big 4 in Etosha lion, elephant, rhino and leopard also Oryx, giraffe, springbok, birds amazing landscapes especially the dunes, Deadvlei and all Namibia has to offer on our photographic safari.

Camping or Lodging

On a Classic Namibia safari you can choose between a budget camping or a lodging safari. On a camping safari we will camp eight nights out of the 11 days and enjoy the comforts of a lodge twice. You will experience nature on another level and don’t be surprised if you hear lions roar at night while in camp at Etosha or jackals calling and hyaena’s laughing. The eight nights camping we will have a fire every night and dinner will be prepared on the fire, a braai. Or you can choose the comforts of the lodge, with the option to camp two nights as Sossusvlei to experience nature at it’s best, to sit around the fire and to enjoy a traditional “braai” (BBQ)

Namib Desert - Camping
Namib Desert – Camping

Family or Friends

Safaris up to 3 people will be for family and friends and we will be traveling in a Toyota Hilux double cab equipped with roof to tents for your comfort.

Small groups

For groups of 4 family, friends or individuals we will be traveling in a specially designed Toyota Land Cruiser with big windows, single seats and a popup roof for more photographic choice. This will be a lodging option only.

Learn more about Namibia and see some photo’s of destinations we will visit on my blog.

Highlights of Classic Namibia

Qualified private guide
Professional photographic guide
Full day photographic safari
Special safari vehicle
One-on-one photographic help as well as group tuition.
Excellent photo opportunities
Great experiences
Trips are tailor made
Committed to excellence

This is a standard safari, all safaris could be customised to create your own safari to meet your individual needs.

Rates for Classic Namibia

Cost in South African Rand.

 

1 Person (Camping) – R56 900,-

(approx. $4217, €3591, £3153 ) 

2 People (Camping) R34 900 per person

(approx. $2587, €2203, £1934)

3 People – R19 900 per person

(approx. $1475, €1256, £1103)

4 People
4 people sharing R per person (2+2)

(approx. )

 

Classiv Namibia

Cost to be paid in South African Rand, 50% deposit and balance latest 14 days before safari start date!

 

Included:

Accommodation as described

All meals and bottled water as described.

Airport transfers

 

Not Included:

International airfares, passport or visa fees

Travel & Medical insurance

Soft Drinks & Alcohol beverages 

Guide/Staff tips

Meals, accommodation, transport before or after the tour

Windhoek to Otjiwarongo

Day 1 of your Classic Namibia safari you’ll fly to Windhoek – Namibia and shortly after leaving the airport we will  find a big Acacia tree with good shade and stop for a coffee and a bite to eat giving you your first experience of the bush. Take it in and start relaxing.  Our first leg is km295 (3-4 hours) of great taking views to Otjiwarongo. Depending on the trip we will either sett up camp or check in at the lodge.

  • Fly to Windhoek Hosea Kutako inter. Airport
  • Coffee
  • Drive to Otjiwarongo
  • Dinner (Braai/BBQ if camping)

On day 2 we will have a early breakfast and leave for the Cheetah Conservation Fund to see and photograph these cats in action. Following our cheetah interaction we will make our way towards Namibia’s #1 attraction Etosha National Park stopping for lunch on the way and enjoy our first game drive that afternoon.

Cheetah CF to Etosha

  • Breakfast
  • Cheetah Conservation Fund
  • Leave for Etosha
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Dinner/Braai

Day 3 will start with a early morning coffee and be ready to enter the park as they open the gate. As the mornings best light starts to fade away we will stop for a bush breakfast, before continuing our full day game drive until lunch time and again until the gate’s close. Relax and get ready for dinner.

Etosha

  • Coffee, rusks
  • Morning Game drive
  • Breakfast
  • Game drive
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Game drive
  • Dinner/Braai

Day 4 will be a easy one as it will be a repeat of day 3, but with different animal sightings as I can’t arrange those.

Etosha

  • Coffee, rusks
  • Morning Game drive
  • Breakfast
  • Game drive
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Game drive
  • Dinner/Braai

Day 5 we start the morning with a early breakfast, followed by our last morning game drive before exiting the park and making our way to visit a Himba village. After the Himba’s we make our way to Kamenjab stopping for lunch on our way. Arrive at our over night stop and relax before dinner.

Etosha to Kamenjab via Himba Village

  • Breakfast
  • Morning game drive
  • Leave Etosha
  • Himba Village
  • Lunch
  • Refuel & Shopping at Kamenjab
  • Arrive at lodge/Hoada Rest Camp
  • Dinner/Bush Braai

On day 6 we are changing the sneery as we are making our way to Swakopmund via the Skeleton coast. It’s a long drive but a spectacular one. If camping km 473 if lodging km548, but we stop for lunch at Cape Cross.

Hoada to Swakopmund via Cape Cross (Seals & Skeleton coast)

  • Breakfast
  • Depart for Cape Cross
  • Lunch at Cape Cross
  • Seal Colony
  • Leave for Swakopmund
  • Arrive at Desert Sky lodge – Camping
  • Go out for Dinner

Day 7 is another early breakfast as we have to get to Walvis Bay harbour before the boat apart for our morning sea cruise, but you have the afternoon to yourself to walk around in Walvis Bay taking in the German hospitality.

Swakopmund to Walvis Bay boat trip – relax

  • Breakfast
  • Depart for Walvis Bay boat cruise
  • Boat cruise
  • Relax the afternoon in town
  • Arrive at Lodge
  • Go out for Dinner

Day 8 leaving the cool coast behind us as we make our way back to the hot desert of Sossusvlei with the hope of stopping at the world famous Solitaire for lunch if they can spare us a table. From here we enter the Namibia’s #2 biggest tourist attraction Namib Desert where we will camp under the stars, enjoy beautiful African sunsets by a open fire.

Walvis Bay to Sesriem

  • Breakfast
  • Depart for Sesriem
  • Arrive at Solitaire for lunch
  • Arrive at Namib Naukluft Park
  • Sesriem Camping
  • Dinner/Braai, watch the sun sett

On day 9 we enjoy our coffee as we are making our way to Sossusvlei before sunrise km 64. After photographing the red dunes and Deadvlei we find some much need shade and sit down for a dune breakfast. Maybe we go for a swim back at the camp before we walk Sesriem Canyon, which will be followed by Namibian cuisine at it’s best under the starts.

The dunes & Deadvlei

  • Depart to Deadvlei (km64 enjoy light breakfast)
  • Dune Breakfast with coffee
  • Lunch at Sesriem Camp
  • Relax, go for a swim
  • Walk Sesriem Canyon
  • Dinner – Sossusvlei Lodge

On day 10 you can try to sleep late, but I’m sure the sun will have something to say about that. Then we will have breakfast and start our journy back to Windhoek stopping for lunch on the Spreetshoogte Pass to soak up the last vies of the Namib Desert. On arrival back in Windhoek we relax and get ready for a night out at the famous Joe’s Beerhouse for dinner.

Back to Windhoek

  • Breakfast
  • Depart to Windhoek
  • Lunch – Pick nick stop
  • Arrive Windhoek Lodge…
  • Dinner Joe’s

It feels like more, but it has only been 11 days and it’s time to go home. While you are reflecting over your Classic Namibia safari memories you can start to dream about your return visit to do the rest of Namibia…

Windhoek airport – Home

  • Sleep late
  • Breakfast
  • Depart to airport
  • Depart to home

Reflect over an amazing trip

If you’re interested in a safari with me then email me or send me a message via Facebook so we can start to plan your next adventure of a life time.

Climate for Namibia

Namibia has a dessert climate and most of the year it is hot during the day (above 25 ° C). The average daily temperature is 88°F (31°C) and average minimum is 57°F (13.7°C).

Summer: The Rainy Season:

The rains are always welcome after the dry season filling the rivers and waterholes, resulting in the bushveld looking lush. Game viewing is sometimes a bit more difficult in the summer season because the vegetation is dense, making it bit harder to locate and observe wildlife, but then towards the end of November early December the new borns arrive which create great photographic opportunities, with the young playing or as nature has it become pray to others. Bird photography is excellent during this time as the summer migrant birds arrive.

The summer months in Kruger Park are very hot and humid with either continual rains or occasional afternoon thundershowers.

November Temperature:(+/-) 16 – 32 °C

December Temperature:(+/-) 18 – 34 °C

January to April are normally drier months with very hot days and April is autumn period and the vegetation starts changing from thick lush green bush to a slightly sparser browning bush. The temperatures start cooling down at night but daytime is still warm. Scattered thunder showers can be experienced in the afternoons.

January Temperature:(+/-) 18 – 34 °C

February Temperature:(+/-) 18 – 33 °C

March Temperature:(+/-) 18 – 33 °C

April Temperature:(+/-) 13 – 28 °C

Dry Season: Winter 

Now we are going into winter with colder temperatures at night and at dawn. The bushveld is more open allowing for better visibility. The vegetation becomes totally brown, the grass is low and trees start losing leaves and visibility during game drives is enhanced due to sparser vegetation due to no rain and we are starting to focus more on wildlife photography. The wildlife will migrate towards the water. Water holes, dams and rivers become a hive of activity and you are more likely to spot wildlife in the morning and evening as they come for a drink of water. The day temperatures in winter are pleasant but it can get quite chilly during the night-time so make sure you pack something warm when going on your afternoon/night photo drives.

May Temperature:(+/-) 13 – 28 °C

June Temperature:(+/-) 9 – 26 °C

July to October is the end of the dry season and the malaria-carrying mosquitoes are dormant, but the best time for wildlife photography.

July Temperature:(+/-) 9 – 26 °C

August Temperature:(+/-) 12 -28 °C

Spring is the height of the dry season with hot dry winds and colorless, sparse vegetation. Because the rivers and dams are low, high concentrations of game can be viewed at these areas and game viewing in general is good. The first rains may start towards the end of October and the signs of spring and a new wet season are evident.

September Temperature:(+/-) 12 – 28 °C

October Temperature:(+/-) 16 – 32 °C

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