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The Chronicles of Namibia 2017
Mon, 13 Nov 2017, 4:00 PM – Fri, 24 Nov 2017, 3:00 PM WAST
This 12-day trip will take you around some of the major landmarks in Namibia where you will have the opportunity to explore and photograph vast sand dunes, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, spot wildlife and visit ghost towns. Along with leaders Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha as well as two assistants well-versed with local knowledge, Aaron Von Hagen and Bobby-Jo Clow, you will be able to advance your technical photo skills will documenting this incredible place.
Location: Namibia - various locations
Dates: November 13th to 24th, 2017
Tour Leaders: Dave Brosha, Paul Zizka
Assistants: Aaron Van Hagen and Bobby-Jo Clow
Itinerary (note: subject to change as we finalize all details)
Day 1 - Monday November 13th:
- Arrival and check-in at Windhoek, get together at 4:00pm for trip debriefing and prep.
Day 2 - Tuesday November 14th:
- Travel to the Quiver Trees area and photograph at sunset, camp in the area.
Day 3 - Wednesday November 15th:
- Travel to Kolmanskop area overnight at Luderitz campsite.
Day 4 - Thursday November 16th:
- Leave for Sossuvlei & Deadvlei area for sunset and night shooting. Overnight camping in the area (Day 4 and 5)
Day 5 - Friday November 17th:
- Explore Sossuvlei & Deadvlei area, early climb to Big Daddy or Dune 45. Mid day break, and night shooting.
Day 6 - Saturday November 18th:
- Leave for Swakopmund area. BBQ day – the activities TBD. Overnight camping in the area (Day 6 and 7)
Day 7 - Sunday November 19th:
- Explore Sandwich Harbour, town and areas in and around Swakopmund.
Day 8 - Monday November 20th:
- Leave for Daramaland with potential stops on Skeleton Coast and/or Dorob. Wildlife viewing. Overnight camping in the area (Day 8 and 9)
Day 9 - Tuesday November 21st:
- Stay in Damaraland. Wildlife viewing
Day 10 - Wednesday November 22nd:
- Leave for Etosha area (To be confirmed). Overnight camping in the area (Day 10, 11, 12)
Day 11 - Thursday November 23rd:
- Explore Etosha area. Potentially visiting Ruacana (weather dependent).
Day 12 - Friday November 24th:
- Leave for Windhoek. Celebratory group lunch. Workshop offifically ends at 3pm.
The finer details:
- One-on-one and group photography instruction from Paul Zizka, Dave Brosha, Aaron Von Hagen and Bobby-Jo Clow
- All transportation within Namibia in Camper Trucks with up to 4 people per truck
- All accommodation within Namibia, from start of the workshop in Windhoek on November 13th, 2017 until the check-out date of Friday, November 24th. First night accommodation: shared rooms at a hotel, and rooftop camping at campsites for the reminder of the trip.
- Groceries covered in workshop fee but participants expected to pitch in with food preparation and clean-up, daily. Participants will be able to pick groceries suitable to their dietary needs but individual meal prep will be left to each participant, individually. Several celebratory milestone meals to be included.
- Flights to Namibia
- Any alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
Cost: CAD $6,750 + Eventbrite Fee
Payment options: Full payment or $ non-refundable deposit to secure a space with remaining three payments spread over the year.
Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $1,688
Payment #2: CAD $1,688 - February 1st, 2017
Payment #3: CAD $1,687 - May 1st, 2017
Payment #4: CAD $1,687 - August 1st, 2017
Note: Failure to pay by due dates means forfeiting deposit and spot will be freed up and potentially sold to another interested participant (see more in cancellation policy below).
If unforeseen circumstances arise, participants are welcome to transfer/sell their space to another interested participant. In such case, participants are responsible for handling payment for the transfer.
- 6 minimum
- 15 maximum
We require a minimum of 6 participants in order to run this workshop. If the minimum numbers are not reached by January 15th, 2017, the workshop will be cancelled and deposits will be refunded to participants. See our cancellation policy below for more details.
Please note that this is an adventure workshop and that all participants are expected to share rooftop tents with other travellers. Overnight camping will be done at assigned campsites which provide bathroom facilities.
Groceries covered in workshop fee but participants expected to pitch in with food preparation and clean-up, daily. Participants will be able to pick groceries suitable to their dietary needs but individual meal prep will be left to each participant, individually. Several celebratory milestone meals to be included.
Touring together in a remote country with not much in the way of traditional luxury facilities will sometimes require a group effort for meal preparation (including cooking, and dishwashing). Think of it as a fun way to come together as a team and share in the logistics of exploring such a unique country, together.
All in country transportation will be included except for airport transfers. Camper trucks will be used throughout the duration of the trip. In order to visit all the locations listed and maximize the experience, they will be a significant amount of driving in fully equipped vehicles with up to 4 people.
What to expect
The workshop will include several short 3-4 kilometre hikes over uneven terrain such as sand dunes and desert areas. There is nothing technical involved, but participants should be comfortable and prepared to walk and/or climb areas in high temperatures with a backpack for periods of up to an hour at a time.
LEAVE NO TRACE
We preach and live the ethics of "leave no trace" photography, which means that the utmost care is given, while hiking and photographing, to leaving zero impact on the natural environment. Participants are expected to approach this tour with the same ethics at all times.
What to Bring
As the tour is in November, the start of summer in Africa, there is the possibility of some very diverse weather conditions, with potential for extreme heat during the day, and cooler temperatures at night. Please come prepared for a variety of weather conditions as the more comfortable you are, the more enjoyable your experience will be. It averages about 20/30C during the day, but can reach over 40C, especially in the desert.
- suitable and comfortable clothing, which you can layer. it can be VERY hot during the day, but it can cool down considerably at night. (long sleeve breathable shirt, t-shirts, tank-tops, shorts/“convertible” pants)
- a jacket/sweater (think cool summer mornings and evenings)
- hiking boots (we will be in rock and sandy areas)
- sandals or “open hiking boots” for comfort (especially when driving)• ballcap or hat for sun protection
- a headlamp or flashlight
- ballcap or hat for sun protection
- a headlamp or flashlight
- your own camera equipment (preferably DSLR, which allows manual control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings and a range of lenses, if you have). Our recommended lenses to bring would be one wide angle lens with a fast aperture (useful for night photography) and a 70-200MM lens (or longer for those closeup wildlife shots). Other lenses are useful, of course, but those two lenses were our most frequented "go-to" lenses.
- a sturdy tripod
- a cable (or wireless) shutter release
As well, we optionally recommend:
- small first aid kit
- blister bandages
- water bottle
- bandana (keep dust out of nose and mouth, protect eyes from sweat
- air blower for sand/dust around camera/electronics
- voltage adapters
- a laptop for editing (with editing software, preferably Adobe)
Due to some of the locations we will be visiting during this workshop, we highly recommed that you take precautions regarding medications and/or vaccines needed. Visit this page for more details http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/page/plan-your-trip and consider bringing along insect repellent, malaria prophylaxis, bandages, and diarrhea medication.
Spots are non-refundable but are transferrable (i.e. if the participant is able to find someone else to take their spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant, this is acceptable).
Although extremely unlikely, OFFBEAT Photography Inc. reserves the right to cancel the tour at any time for a variety of reasons (i.e. if a minimum number of participants is not met or if unforeseen circumstances dramatically impacted cost of the tour or global conditions somehow warranted a cancellation). In the very unlikely event of a cancellation, all monies/deposits made to OFFBEAT Photography Inc. would be refunded to participants however no compensation would be made for participant flight cancellation fees.
It is not only advised but required that participants have trip cancellation and interruption insurance, including medical insurance and emergency medical transport coverage (proof required within 4 months of departure). By purchasing a spot you are acknowledging that you accept these conditions.
It is the participant's responsibility to ensure they have a valid Travel Visa (if applicable/required) for the duration of the workshop.
About Dave Brosha
"Critically acclaimed....spectacular photos." - The Globe and Mail
Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, northern commercial, personal, and landscape photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of the most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave – along with his beautiful wife and children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of their native country and numerous countries abroad.
Dave’s personal affiliations and representations include the First Light agency, Aurora Images, Offset, Getty Images (stock), National Geographic (stock), and the Canadian Press, for which Dave is a freelance photographer.
About Paul Zizka
Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes.
Paul’s award-winning photos have been featured in a variety of publications, includingIMPACT, Alpinist, Canadian Geographic, Islands, PhotoLife, Fodors.com and explore magazine. In addition to his work for a number of clients, over the past few years Paul has created a signature collection of images for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, which are used to promote Banff National Park throughout the world.
In the Canadian Rockies, Paul has hiked extensively in the backcountry and photographed from the summits of countless peaks. His adventures abroad include a 1400-km unsupported double-crossing of Iceland on foot (2004), which is believed to be the first of its kind, and a 1488-km solo crossing of the South Island of New Zealand (2007). Recent travels have taken him backpacking in the Caribbean, exploring tiny insular nations of the Pacific, trekking in remote corners of Scandinavia and Nepal, and ski touring on Baffin Island.
About Aaron Von Hagen
Born and raised in Yellowknife, Aaron has been calling Vancouver home for over a decade now. A well-traveled and overly-caffeinated photographer, Aaron uses caffeine addiction to his advantage by staying out late and photographing the night skies. This will be Aaron’s sixth trip to Africa, a continent on which he has explored many different countries, and where he has had some amazing encounters with landscapes, people, and wildlife. There’s no way to avoid the cliché, but from the moment Aaron arrived in Africa for his first time, it had his heart. Aaron is extremely excited to share his passion for photography in one of his favourite places with you, while exploring one of the continents most rugged countries.
About Bobby-Jo Lee
Bobby-Jo is incredibly passionate about Africa and its wildlife. Her professional and talented works have inspired many people to take an interest in wildlife and conservation and her laid back approach and bubbly personality see many people loving to travel with her and rebooking time and again on her next safari adventure. Her images have been featured in publication around the globe including Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The New York Post, Huffington Post and Africa Geographic. A recent publication of her own titled Reflections of Elephants was released by Melbourne Books in August 2016 coinciding with World Elephant Day. This book features many of her favourites elephant images and raises funds for the protection of some of the last Tuskers of Africa via her work as part of The Askari Project.
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