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Photography In Namibia

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Namibia is a particularly photogenic country with vast deserts, lush bushveld, a dramatic coastline, unique flora, abundant fauna and colourful citizens. For the professional, as well as the point-and-shoot amateur photographer, Namibia provides the kind of subject matter that almost always produces rewarding results.

The Namib Desert offers opportunities to photograph some of the world’s oldest and highest sand dunes, while the Skeleton Coast is littered with shipwrecks that put a story in every image, as well as opportunities to capture thrilling action shots revolving around hair-raising activities. Deadvlei is dazzlingly spectacular, Etosha National Park positively writhes with life, and the scenic Fish River Canyon is the deepest canyon in Africa.

Plan ahead
When planning your trip remember that in Namibia travelling by car is the way to go, particularly if you intend to take your time over each shot. Take your photography needs into consideration if you are hiring a vehicle for your trip – large automatic windows are a win and game drives in open vehicles allow for unhindered close-up shots.

Some die-hard enthusiasts prefer to pack a tent and wander wherever the wind blows, while others like to have a professional safari company arrange everything for them – there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to photographing Namibia.

What to bring

Make sure you pack some long lenses for wildlife shots as well as your landscape photography gear for capturing your surroundings effectively. Pack loads of memory cards – you will be amazed at the number of things you will want to take pictures of and running out of space will seriously put a spoke in the works.

Wherever you travel in this large country you are bound to encounter cloudless skies, providing a great backdrop to that magical hour when the bright glare of daylight is tempered by the rising and setting of the sun.

Etosha Wildlife Photography Tips

Landscapes are all very well, but most photographers travel to Africa to capture the magnificent wildlife, and there are a few things you should bear in mind while attempting to get that once in a lifetime image, particularly on a visit to Etosha National Park

  • The cool dry winter months from July to August are the best time for game viewing in Namibia.
  • Sunrise and sunset are the premium times for wildlife shots. Apart from the superior light, wild creatures are also at their most active when it is cooler.
  • You will meet with the most success at places where a variety of species congregate – the waterhole. Find a source of water, make yourself comfortable, and hunker down for a long wait. Patience is the single most important factor in wildlife photography.
  • Try to stay in accommodation close to your chosen watering hole, as this will enable you to get there as quickly as possible after first light, and allow you to linger longer once the sun starts setting. Lion, leopard and rhino are most frequently spotted first thing in the morning, while large herds of game tend to gather around the waterhole in the dying hours of the day.
  • Most of the camps within Etosha National Park have floodlit waterholes on site, so pack your night-time equipment for a taste of the unforgettable African nightlife.
  • Don’t overlook the small stuff – birds and other small creatures can alert you to the presence of bigger things and often make worthy subjects themselves.

A minimum of 7 to 10 days is recommended for a successful photographic expedition to Namibia, but no matter how long you stay, the experts agree that there is no better way to see Namibia, than through the eye of the lens.

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Take a Whirlwind Tour of Wonderful Windhoek, Namibia

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Once you have settled in to your Windhoek accommodation, you can prepare yourself to sample the smorgasbord of sightseeing to be enjoyed here. The busy capital city is filled with buildings, monuments and neighbourhoods bursting with historical interest and is well-suited to walking tours and casual touring. Don’t miss out on the following interesting sites:

Independence Avenue
Some of the famous Gibeon Meteorites which fell in Southern Namibia have been crafted into unusually beautiful art forms near the Sanlam building on Independence Avenue.

One of Windhoek’s favourite and most famous statues is the bronze kudu statue, a symbol of hope and passion for the wildlife of Namibia, which stands at the intersection of Independence Avenue and John Meinhert Street.

The Christus Kirche
Located on a traffic island in the centre of Robert Mugabe Drive, the Christus Kirche is a magnificent example of Neo Gothic and Art Nouveau and universally acknowledged as the face of Windhoek on postcards and brochures.

Katatura Township
For an interesting peek into the cultural and colonial history of Windhoek, take a tour to Katutura Township. Katutura means “the place where we do not want to settle” and was set aside as a black residential area during the apartheid era. Today it is a fascinating, vibrant and prosperous suburb and about 60% of Windhoek’s population live here.

Markets and Craft Centres
At Single Quarters you can sample some ‘kapana’ which is a combination of meat and fat grilled on a roadside barbeque and a favourite snack in Namibia.

Soweto Market bustles with seamstresses, vendors, hairdressers and bargains.

At the Penduka Centre you can purchase lovely hand-crafted souvenirs crafted by disadvantaged and disabled women.

Not for the faint-hearted, Eveline Street is the domain of shebeens and informal traders with humorous names and bad reputations.

Eating out in Windhoek
If you can’t develop a taste for kapana, Windhoek presents a wide range of dining options from traditional Mopani worms to the more usual European dishes.

Whether you decide to go it alone, take an organised tour or enlist a private guide, exploring Windhoek is a fascinating and enjoyable experience.

We can assist you in planning your trip to Namibia, from finding you accommodation in Windhoek to organizing your guided or self-drive tour of the capital city. Contact us for more information.

Things To Do In Etosha National Park

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Of all the things to do in Etosha, game viewing is the main reason that millions of visitors flock there every year. Etosha is a paradise for those wanting to experience almost all of Africa’s animals first hand and is a photographer’s dream come true. There are 114 mammal species and hundreds of reptiles and birds which are resident in the park. Some of these are extremely endangered, such as the black rhino, and Etosha is one of the best places in the world to spot this unique creature.

The roads in Etosha provide access to numerous waterholes for easier game spotting and guided game drives are offered. In addition, the main camps all feature floodlit waterholes on site, to allow guests the opportunity to enjoy viewing some of the nocturnal species which are not commonly seen.

It’s possible to see an amazing variety of game species without even leaving the camp. You could choose to spend a couple of days of your visit just relaxing around the pool surrounded by birdsong and the unspoilt African wilderness. You can experience the atmosphere of tranquillity around the camp, relax, catch up on your tan or get to grips with a good read while most guests are out exploring.

On the other end of the scale, departing early in the morning with a picnic basket and parking at the waterholes for hours is often rewarded with unusual sightings, especially of the smaller creatures. Photographers can capture amazing shots as the changes of light throughout the day drift across the landscape and bird lovers also benefit from sitting silently for hours, watching and listening for signs of bird life to tick off their list

History buffs will enjoy popping in at the monuments and grave sites in Etosha to find out the stories behind them and a visit to the unusual Fairy Tale Forest is a must.

However, regardless of your day time activities, one of the best things to do in Etosha is sitting around a camp fire swapping yarns at the end of the day, with the brilliant African sky overhead.

The Main Event – The Animals Of Etosha National Park

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Etosha is the game capital of Africa, perfect for nature lovers and photographers. Hundreds of species may be found here, including 114 mammals of which several species are endangered or rare.

Of these, the black rhino is the most well-known. Etosha has had overwhelming success in preserving this animal and, although figures are not disclosed, the park is home to a healthy population of Black Rhino. These elusive creatures are not often seen in the wild, but Etosha is one of the best places in the world to come across them and they are most often spotted at the floodlit waterholes.

The white rhino is also a nocturnal drinker, usually spotted after-hours at the waterholes. The conservation of the white rhino has been another Etosha success story, particularly since they were extinct in the park at the turn of the century. A few specimens were reintroduced from the Waterberg and one from Germany after 1995 and their numbers have increased satisfactorily since then.

Elephants too, are thriving in Etosha and huge breeding herds of about 50 animals are a common sighting. About 2 500 elephant are resident in Etosha. The rare black-faced impala is now abundant in Etosha, where it had ceased to exist during the 1970s. This pretty little antelope shares a habitat with the rare Hartmann’s zebra in the western area of the park.

In addition, visitors to Etosha can look forward to sightings of lion, springbok, eland, honey badger, African wildcat, hyenas, porcupines, giraffe, red hartebeest, sable antelope, gemsbok, leopard and hundreds of Burchell’s zebra. There are no hippos, crocodile, buffalo or monkeys in the Etosha National Park.

The dry season is the best time to spot animals in Etosha, as they congregate close to sources of water during this time and it is easier to predict their movements.

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