I have had the privilege of travelling around the globe with my guests. Each photo tour, each guest, each experience is as inspiring as the last as I am able to assist in making my guests travel dreams and photographic visions come alive. From the 4th to the 10th May 2017, I accompanied a guest, and good friend, Astrid on a Namibia photographic safari where we explored the varied landscapes, wildlife and culture that Skeleton Coast and Serra Cafema had to offer. Leading Namibia photography safaris is not only important to me as I get to givethe client in a holistic experience of Namibia, but also assist them to achieve a portfolio that strongly shows their visions and interpretation of what they experienced.
Drifting away from conventional Namibia wildlife photography, our goal for this exploration to Namibia was to cover more secluded land and cultures off the beaten tourist track. One personal highlight that I looked forward to sharing with Astrid was the Himba people in particular. This Namibia photographic safari is appealing to photographers who enjoy smaller groups with mix of wildlife photography coupled with portraiture of the different tribes of Africa.
We touched down in Windhoek and checked in to our flight to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Situated in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld meant we just had to stay at this remarkable camp. It is scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. We were soon reminded of the remoteness of the area when we arrived at a tiny airport in the middle of nowhere.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp was our home for the next two nights. The camp offered us all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery. What I enjoy about this location is that we were able to access and photograph both inland and coastal habitats – making it especially ideal for Namibia wildlife photography. Being without cell phone reception and wifi meant we could truly appreciate the landscape that is dominated by the form of the Hoanib River. Photographic highlights included spending time with a lone desert adapted lioness, searching for desert elephants and photographing giraffe backlit against the harsh landscape that is Namibia.
After an amazing time on the Skeleton Coast, we flew to Serra Cafema where we stayed for two nights, the climax of our Namibia Safari. Arriving at Serra Cafema, we were greeted to an unexpected oasis of luxury and sumptuous spaciousness perched on the Kunene River that forms Namibia’s northernmost border. Our focus here was to photograph the beautiful and colourful people that share this region. The Himba are some of the last true nomadic people in Africa. Astrid and I visited 3 Himba villages and were privileged enough to spend time interacting and photographing whilst they continued with their nomadic, traditional way of life. Apart from immersing ourselves in the namibian cultural experience, we couldn’t get enough of photographing the breathtaking landscape scenes with Springbok, Ostrich and Gemsbok dotted in the vast environment.
Namibia is truly a nature photographer’s dream. It is my goal to show you beautiful contours and contrasts of this photogenic country but also to assist you in getting the image that you dream about because at ORYX Photo Tours, we are dedicated to your needs and goals as a travelling photographer. What are you waiting for? Join ORYX today for an enriching experience as you embark on a Namibia photographic safari.