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Sand, Clouds, Dust and Rain – Namibia – April 2017

Sand, Clouds, Dust and Rain – Namibia – April 2017

I was very privileged to be able to host an Afriscapes Namibian Photography Tour for a talented photographer client from Israel. We left Johannesburg on the 2nd of April and after a short 2-hour flight we landed in Windhoek. We received our rental vehicle and headed for our first night’s stay at a guest house in Windhoek. We had to buy a couple of things in Windhoek, get our vehicle ready for the long trip ahead, make sure our camera equipment was ready and get good night’s rest for our long drive to Sossusvlei the next morning. After an early breakfast the next morning we headed South in the direction of Rehoboth and then West in the direction of Spreetzhoogte, Solitaire and Sesriem. The landscapes on the road to Sesriem was breathtakingly beautiful and we knew things will even get better from here on.

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We arrived at the Sesriem in the early afternoon and at around 4 pm we head out for our first official photo shoot at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. I can only say WOW!!! What a place. The sand dunes along the way to Sossusvlei and Deadvlei are spectacular!!! There was a strong Westerly wind blowing and no clouds in the area but there were still a lot of photo opportunities.

Sandstorm near Sossusvlei

Dunes near Sossusvlei

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Trees and Dunes

Sossusvlei and especially Deadvlei are really amazing places and the opportunities are almost endless. We spend some time there on the first afternoon as well as early the next morning.

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Colours

Sunrise and old trees

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In the distance

In the middle

On the next day, after our morning expedition into Sussusvlei and Dooievlei we packed our stuff and headed for Rostock Lodge. There we were greeted by some of the most amazing Namibian landscapes. Endless grasslands and rocky mountains as far as the eye can see.

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After our stay at Rostock Lodge we were on our way to Swakopmund for a 2-night stay at a lovely hotel on the beachfront. In Swakopmund we photographed the massive sand dunes, the famous Jetty on the beach, the Moon landscapes in the desert as well as some old buildings in town.

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After a lovely 2 night stays in Swakopmund we headed North towards Henties Bay, Cape Cross seal colony, and from there North West through Messum Crater towards Brandberg. Brandberg is the highest mountain in Namibia and we stayed 2 nights at a very nice camp near the mountain.

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While at Brandberg we were treated with rain showers over the barren landscapes, rain over Brandberg, rainbows and spectacular sunsets.

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The sunrises at Brandberg were less spectacular but still very nice to photograph.

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From Brandberg we headed South towards one of my favourite destinations in Namibia, Spitzkoppe. Spitzkoppe always delivers good photos no matter what the conditions may be and you will never leave without a couple of good photos.

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From Spitzkoppe we drove to Erindi Private Game Reserve where I treated my client with 2 days of game drives and relaxing at our chalet that was next to a waterhole. I am not really a wildlife photographer so I did the driving, prepared food at the camp and photographed the birds in camp. I still managed to get a decent sunrise shot next to our chalet overlooking the waterhole as well as a nice sunset with rain on the one game drive.

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If you are interested in joining Afriscapes on the next Namibia Photo Tour please send us an email so that we can keep you on our mailing list and to keep you informed on our next available dates fro this truly amazing tour.

E-mail us at info@afriscapes.com or info@desjacobsphotography.co.za

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