My Namibian "bucketlist" trip finally comes together in April of 2016

Dates of Workshop: 13 days from April 10 to April 22, 2016

Price of Workshop:  $6475CDN

Photographic Leader(s):  Kevin Pepper and David Topping

Maximum Number of attendees: 8 (minimum number of attendees is 6)

Deposit to secure space in workshop:  $750CDN

Day 1  -  Kalahari - Guided excursions to the Kalahari desert. The Namibian area of the Kalahari Desert is covered with trees, ephemeral rivers and fossil watercourses, the reasonably regular rainfall patterns that occur every year do allow for huge numbers of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, plant life and insects to thrive. In terms of vegetation most of the southern segment is taken up with camelthorn, red ebony and other acacias, and towards the centre silver terminalia and shrubs are common. Farther north, where the climate is wetter, the acacia gives way to bush savannah and dry woodland of kiaat (also known as wild teak) Zambezi teak (also called mkusi or Rhodesian teak) wild seringa (formerly Rhodesian ash) manketti, shiwi and other magnificent timber species. Large numbers of Tamboti trees grow in the Grootfontein area. The quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma) A. hereroensis and A. littoralis are 3 species of aloe that also occur here.

Guide will pick you up at the airport and be transported to Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge with Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 2/3  -  Sossusvlei - Guided excursion to Sossusvlei. Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light

We will be staying at the Sossus Dune Lodge with Dinner and breakfast included

Day 4/5 -  The Skeleton Coast - Photograph the stunning skeleton coast, its ship wrecks and see where the desert meets the ocean. A barren stretch of shore in Namibia maintains a reputation as one of the harshest places on earth…and it has an ominous name to match. The Skeleton Coast owes its appellation to the whalebones that peppered the shoreline when the whaling industry was booming, as well as, more ominously, to the hulking carcasses of sea-wrecked ships buried in the sand and disintegrating in the water—more than 1,000 have met their end on the deadly coast.

We will be staying at the Swakopmund Guesthouse with breakfast included with luxory rooms.

Day 6/7  -  Damaraland - We will visit Twyfelfontein rock engravings, the burnt mountains and organ pipes.   Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region that offers the more traveller a more adventurous challenge. Here there are prehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges. Towards the west, the geography changes dramatically with endless sandy wastes, that incredibly are able to sustain small, but wide-ranging, populations of desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, giraffe, ostrich and springbok. These animals have adapted their lifestyles to survive the harshness of the sun-blistered, almost waterless desert spaces. Elephant move through euphorbia bush country, and can travel up to 70km in a day in search of food and water and unusually, do not destroy trees in their quest for food. Follow black rhino cow and her calf in typical Damaraland 'melkbos' terrain. Together, Damaraland and Kaokoland are known as the Kaokoveld.            

We will be stayng at Camp Kipwe with Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 8   -  Kaokoland  -  Kaokoland is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Southern Africa. It is a world of incredible mountain scenery, a refuge for the rare desert dwelling elephant, black rhino and giraffe and the home of the Himba people. Although it is harsh and offers little respite at midday, the rugged landscape is especially attractive during the early morning and late afternoon when it is transformed into softly glowing pastel shades. The topography in the south of the area is characterised by rugged mountains which are dissected by numerous watercourses, but north of the Hoarusib River the scenery is dominated by table-top koppies. Still further north, the Otjihipa Mountains rise abruptly above the Namib floor to form the eastern boundary of the Marienfluss, while the west of the valley is defined by the Hartmann Mountains. The Marienfluss valley is very scenic and relatively greener than the Hartmann's valley. Hartmann's valley is closer to the Atlantic and yet much more arid. However, it does have a strange atmosphere when the sea mists drift inland.

Here we will also visit traditional Himba villages.

We will be staying at the Opuwo Country Hotel in luxury rooms with Dinnerand breakfast inlcuded.

Day 9  - Western Etosha for guided game drives.                                  

Here we will stay in deluxe rooms are the Dolomite Camp with Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 10/11  -  Etosha for guided game drives.

We will be staying at the famous waterhole chalets at Okaukuejo with breakfast included.

Day 12  -  Waterberg ParkWaterberg Plateau Park is a national park in central Namibia encompassing the Waterberg Plateau, 68 km east of the town of Otjiwarongo. The Waterberg Plateau is a particularly prominent feature, elevated high above the plains of the Kalahari of Eastern Namibia. The plateau and some 405 km² of surrounding land were declared a Nature Reserve in 1972. The plateau is largely inaccessible so in the early 1970s several of Namibia's endangered species were translocated there to protect them from predators and poaching to extinction. The programme was very successful and Waterberg now supplies other Namibian parks with rare species.    

We will be staying at Waterberg Wilderness Lodge with Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 13 we will travel to Windhoek. The tour Ends...

The above quote Includes:

1.       Accommodation and meals as indicated

2.       Game drives as indicated – guided by own private guide

3.       Park entry fees

4.       Guide and vehicle  – 4x4 Safari built vehicle with big windows and pop up roof

5.       Mineral Water

6.       Staff Gratuities

7.       Private guide/driver

Quote excludes:

1.       Items of a personal nature

2.       Optional extra activities

3.       Flights

4.       Holiday or personal insurance

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com