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Namibia Wildlife Photo Safari Tour - 11 Days

Namibia Wildlife Photo Safari Tour
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Wildlife Photography Safari Tour in Namibia

An eleven-day Namibia photo safari tour to experience the wildlife.We will concentrate on the wildlife of Namibia by spending 7 nights in Etosha National Park. To experience Etosha at its finest we will stay inside the park giving us the opportunity of early morning photographic safaris when the light is at its best and the carnivore activity at its peak. At night the camps’ floodlit waterholes give an added dimension to the trip with excellent chances to see large herds of elephants as they come to drink as well as black rhino and other nocturnal species.

Our days will be flexible depending upon the wildlife but we will endeavour to leave by dawn each day to get the most out of the first light and then leave again for a few hours before sunset. However, if sightings are good we will stay out as long as is necessary to ensure we maximise our photographic opportunities. We will have a fridge on board for cold drinks and nibbles to hand at all times.

The Okaukuejo area is known for its open plains and wide vistas where vast herds of herbivores trek endlessly to the camp’s floodlit waterhole followed by the ever-present carnivores looking for their next meal.

The Okondeka waterhole on the pan’s edge is often frequented by one of the largest lions prides in the area and to the east of the camp are three further productive waterholes known for elephants, lion, leopard, spotted and brown hyena, zebra, gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest, ostrich and occasionally aardwolf.  The open plains are also good for the larger birds of prey such as vultures, several eagle species and peregrine falcons.

The Halali area in central Etosha has both Mopani woodland and dry savannah that rolls down to the very edge of the giant salt pan.  The floodlit waterhole is a real highlight of this camp with black rhino and huge herds of elephants often seen along with porcupines, honey badgers and even the ever-elusive leopard.

There are several waterholes near camp that are surrounded by trees and are frequented by woodland species such as red hartebeests, black-faced impala, kudu, eland as well as elephant, lion, leopard, zebra, oryx and giraffe in this Namibia photo safari tour.  On the pan’s edge, there are several key waterholes that are home to large herds of zebra and springbok who are preyed on by several lion pride and cheetah.

On the eastern edge of the park, we find Namutoni where within a few kilometres from camp there are several excellent waterholes and two, in particular, are productive all day.  There is a very large hyena clan near one of the waterholes and the members are often seen returning to their den early in the morning.  All the main carnivores are spotted in this area and cheetah are often seen hunting around Fischer’s Pan.  Good area for lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, elephants, black rhino, Damara dik-dik, all plains game, warthogs and mongooses.  Flamingos and pelicans can be seen in Fischer’s Pan after the rains.

A night at Okonjima/Africat gives us the opportunity to track leopard and hyena with the aid of telemetry in the 54,000-acre reserve and visit the Carnivore Care Centre run by the African Foundation.  With its magnificent rooms, excellent cuisine and genuine conservation story, Okonjima is always a highlight of any trip to Namibia.

Top Highlights

  • 7 nights in Etosha National Park with its world-famous floodlit waterholes
  • 1 night at Okonjima/Africat Foundation
  • Fully guided photographic safari hosted by Kathryn Haylett
  • Photographically adapted vehicle with pop up roof, the camera rests and guaranteed window seats
  • Lunch, dinner and bed and breakfast included
  • 3 reserve activities at Okonjima included
  • All park entrance fees included
Alternative Tour Name: Namibia Wildlife Photography Safari
Day 1
Day 1 - Trans Kalahari Inn - luxury Room; Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (1 night)

You arrive at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako Airport where will be met by your guide and driven the short distance to your overnight accommodation at the Trans Kalahari Inn where you can meet the other members of the group over dinner and relax on your first night. The Inn has lovely thatched rooms, friendly staff, a swimming pool and bar and one of the best restaurants in Windhoek - a perfect first night stop over before your adventure begins the following day.

Day 2
Day 2 - Okaukuejo Camp - Waterhole Chalet; Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (2 nights)

After an early breakfast, we set off north on the main tar road out of Windhoek stopping en- route for lunch. By mid-afternoon, we will arrive at the Andersson Gate in Central Etosha where we begin the start of your safari in this world-famous wildlife sanctuary.

This huge park is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife and the Okaukuejo area is known for its open plains and wide vistas where vast herds of herbivores trek endlessly to the camp’s floodlit waterhole followed by the ever-present carnivores looking for their next meal. Okaukuejo Area Highlights: the camp’s own floodlit waterhole is a real highlight which has nightly visits by black rhino and elephant. The whole area is dominated by vast open plains where large herds of herbivores graze.

The Okondeka waterhole on the pan’s edge is often frequented by one of the largest lions prides in the area and to the east of the camp are three further productive waterholes known for elephants, lion, leopard, spotted and brown hyena, zebra, gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest, ostrich and occasionally aardwolf. The open plains are also good for the larger birds of prey such as vultures, several eagle species and peregrine falcons.

Day 3
Day 3 - Okaukuejo Camp - Waterhole Chalet; Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Okaukuejo Area Highlights: the camp’s own floodlit waterhole is a real highlight which has nightly visits by black rhino and elephant. The whole area is dominated by vast open plains where large herds of herbivores graze. The Okondeka waterhole on the pan’s edge is often frequented by one of the largest lion prides in the area and to the east of the camp are three further productive waterholes known for elephants, lion, leopard, spotted and brown hyena, zebra, gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest, ostrich and occasionally aardwolf. The open plains are also good for the larger birds of prey such as vultures, several eagle species and peregrine falcons.

Day 4
Day 4 - Halali Camp - Bush Chalet; Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (2 nights)

This morning we travel into the wooded area surrounding Halali Camp. This diverse sector has both Mopani woodland and dry savannah that rolls down to the very edge of the giant salt pan. The floodlit waterhole is a real highlight of this camp with black rhino and huge herds of elephants often seen along with porcupines, honey badgers and even the ever-elusive leopard. Halali Area Highlights: the camp’s own floodlit waterholes is another real highlight.

The viewing area looks down on the pool giving a real sense of theatre as animals come to drink. Halali sits amongst Mopani woodland and there are several waterholes near camp that are surrounded by trees and are frequented by woodland species such as red hartebeests, black faced impala, kudu, eland as well as elephant, lion, leopard, zebra, oryx, and giraffe. On the pan’s edge, there are several key waterholes that are home to large herds of zebra and springbok who are preyed on by several lion pride and cheetah.

Day 5
Day 5 - Halali Camp - Bush Chalet; Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Halali Area Highlights: the camp’s own floodlit waterholes is another real highlight. The viewing area looks down on the pool giving a real sense of theatre as animals come to drink. Halali sits amongst Mopani woodland and there are several waterholes near camp that are surrounded by trees and are frequented by woodland species such as red hartebeests, black faced impala, kudu, eland as well as elephant, lion, leopard, zebra, oryx and giraffe. On the pan’s edge there are several key waterholes that are home to large herds of zebra and springbok who are preyed on by several lion prides and cheetah.

Day 6
Day 6 - Namutoni Camp - Bush Chalet; Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (3 nights)

We head east once more today towards Namutoni Camp and the wildlife rich acacia woodland around Fischer’s Pan. Not only is this area home to some of Etosha’s largest lion prides, leopard sightings here are frequent, this area is home to the majority of the park’s giraffe and it is one of the best places in Africa to see the world’s smallest antelope, the diminutive Damara Dik-Dik. Namutoni Area Highlights: within a few kilometres from camp there are several excellent waterholes and two in particular are productive all day.

There is a very large hyena clan near one of the waterholes and the members are often seen returning to their den early in the morning. All the main carnivores are often spotted in this area and cheetah are often seen hunting around Fischer’s Pan. Good area for lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, elephants, black rhino, damara dik-dik, all plains game, warthogs and mongooses. Flamingos and pelicans can be seen in Fischer’s Pan after the rains.

Day 7
Day 7 - Namutoni Camp - Bush Chalet; Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Namutoni Area Highlights: within a few kilometres from camp there are several excellent waterholes and two in particular are productive all day. There is a very large hyena clan near one of the waterholes and the members are often seen returning to their den early in the morning.

All the main carnivores are often spotted in this area and cheetah are often seen hunting around Fischer’s Pan. Good area for lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, elephants, black rhino, damara dik-dik, all plains game, warthogs and mongooses. Flamingos and pelicans can be seen in Fischer’s Pan after the rains.

Day 8
Day 8 - Namutoni Camp - Bush Chalet; Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Namutoni Area Highlights: within a few kilometres from camp there are several excellent waterholes and two in particular are productive all day. There is a very large hyena clan near one of the waterholes and the members are often seen returning to their den early in the morning. All the main carnivores are often spotted in this area and cheetah are often seen hunting around Fischer’s Pan. Good area for lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah, elephants, black rhino, damara dik-dik, all plains game, warthogs and mongooses. Flamingos and pelicans can be seen in Fischer’s Pan after the rains.

Day 9
Day 9 - Okonjima / Africat - Plains Camp; Standard Room; Lunch, Dinner Bed & Breakfast (1 night)

After a final game drive we leave the peace and quiet of Etosha and head south on the tar road until we reach the gates to Okonjima. The lodge lies a further 24km into the middle of the mountains and it is here we will spend our last night searching for some of the Africa’s biggest carnivores. On our game drives out in the 54,000 reserve we will have the opportunity to track leopard and brown hyena with the aid of a telemetry and visit the Africat Foundation.

With its magnificent rooms, excellent cuisine and genuine conservation story, Okonjima is always a highlight of any trip to Namibia. Okonjima is not only a luxury lodge and a wonderful place to spend your last night in Namibia it is also home to the AfriCat Foundation.

Africa is a non-profit organisation set up to support conservation through education and to help secure the future of Namibia's endangered carnivores. Whilst staying at the lodge you will be able to actively observe part of this programme and understand how Africat aims to protect and rehabilitate these endangered carnivores.

At the Carnivore Care Centre you will have the opportunity to photograph cheetah in their natural habitat within their large enclosures while your guide explains in detail how the programme works. A great photo opportunity - you've just got to find them first!

Day 10
Day 10 - Trans Kalahari Inn - Luxury Room; Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (1 night)

Okonjima / Africat - Morning Reserve Activity, At Okonjima you have the opportunity to spend time out in the 54,000-acre reserve tracking the resident carnivores who live wild and free, hunting for themselves. Mornings are sometimes best for leopard tracking as the cats have often hunted overnight or are in search of prey in the early hours. However, your guides are the experts and will make the decision on the day to maximize your sightings.

We leave Okonjima this morning after our morning trail and retrace our steps back down the tar road south until we arrive once more at the Trans Kalahari Inn where we can discuss the highlights of our tour over a final sundowner on the terrace.

Day 11
Day 11 - Departure

After a relaxed morning you will be transferred to the nearby airport in good time for your flight home.

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Lions, Leopard, Giraffe, Elephant, Black Rhino, Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, Brown Hyena, White Rhino, Springbok, Gemsbok, Wildebeest, Black-faced Impala, Kudu, Damara Dik-dik, Eland, Banded Mongoose, Steenbok, Lappet-Faced Vulture, White Backed Vulture, Tawny Eagle, Martial Eagle, Bateleur Eagle, Greater Kestrel, White Shouldered Kite, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Giant Eagle Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl, African Scops Owl, Pearl Spotted Owl, White Faced Owl, Ostrich, Lilac Breasted Roller, Purple Roller, Blacksmith’s Lapwing, Black Winged Stilt, Egyption Goose, Red Crested Korhaan, Northern Black Korhaan, Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird, Double Banded Courser, Double Banded Sandgrouse, Burchell’s Sandgrouse, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill, Red Billed Hornbill, Grey Hornbill, Damara Hornbill, Monteiro’s Hornbill, Grey Go-Away Bird, Crimson Breasted Shrike, White Crowned Shrike, Sociable Weavers, Blue Waxbills.

What is included?

  • Meet and greet at Windhoek Airport
  • Licensed and experienced professional guide for the duration of your safari
  • Welcome drink to meet the group and guide
  • En-suite accommodation in 4-star lodges with air conditioning, fridge, and complimentary tea and coffee
  • Full Board (10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners)
  • Complimentary water is always available to you in your safari vehicle. All other drinks will be at an additional cost to you and payable locally. Your safari vehicle is equipped with a fridge in which you are welcome to keep your drinks
  • Snacks while on safari activities
  • All park entrance fees
  • Daily safari activities to maximise photographic activities
  • Complimentary copy of Kathryn Haylett's book "The Photographer's Guide to Etosha National Park" to help you get the most out of your trip
  • Transfer to Windhoek airport on your final day

What is not included?

  • Fees for passports, immunisation, visas, and insurance
  • International or local flights
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why book with Your Safari Ltd?

Experienced and qualified guides Fixed departure dates from May to the end of September Maximum of 7 people per safari Window seat guaranteed Over 20 years’ experience within Namibia Specially adapted photographic vehicle with pop up roof Financial protection ATOL Protected

What clothes should I pack?

Natural toned, light weight clothes Comfortable shoes as well as sandals or flip-flops Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for colder winter nights (May – August) Swimsuit Towels if you want to go swimming Hat Sunglasses Namibia is a very relaxed country and as such there is no need to dress for dinner.

What equipment will I need?

Good quality flashlight and spare batteries/bulbs – a head torch is most useful Camera with spare batteries, film or memory cards Good quality pair of binoculars (8×30 or better) Travel adaptor - Namibia uses plus types D and M. Plug type D is the plug which has three round pins in a triangular pattern and plug type M is the plug which has three round pins. Namibia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. In car charger compatible with your devices Reusable shopping bags to avoid using plastic bags while shopping in-country Reusable water bottle for each person travelling Small Rucksack

Don't forget the small bits!

Sun block Lip balm Insect repellent Insect Bite Cream Toiletries and any medicines Moisturiser

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11 Days

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Tour Facts

  • Namibia, Etosha National Park
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 11 Days
  • Maximum of 5 pax
  • English
  • Hosea Kutako International Airport
  • Hosea Kutako International Airport