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The Chronicles of Namibia 2018

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Windhoek, Windhoek


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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 three assistants Aaron Von Hagen, Colleen Gara and Jon Handforth, you will be able to advance your technical photo skills while documenting this incredible place.

Location: Namibia - various locations

Dates: November 19-30, 2018

Tour Leaders: Dave Brosha, Paul Zizka

*Assistants: Aaron Van Hagen, Colleen Gara, Jon Handforth

Itinerary (note: subject to change as we finalize all details)

Day 1 - Monday, November 19:

Arrival and check-in at Windhoek, get together at 4:00pm for trip debriefing and prep. Participants will stay night #1 at the beautiful Hotel Pension Palmquell.

Day 2 - Tuesday, November 20:

Travel to the Quiver Trees area and photograph at sunset, camp in the area. Participants will also work on their astrophotography skills that evening.

Day 3 - Wednesday, November 21:

Travel to Kolmanskop area and overnight at Luderitz campsite. Photography along the Luderitz coastline including lighthouses and shipwrecks.

Day 4 - Thursday, November 22:

Photograph the famed Kolmanskop ghost town, both in the morning and at sunset.

Day 5 - Friday, November 23:

Leave for Sossuvlei & Deadvlei area for sunset and night shooting. Overnight camping in the area (Day 5 and 6).

Day 6 - Saturday, November 24:

Explore Sossuvlei & Deadvlei area, early climb to Big Daddy or Dune 45. Mid day break, and night shooting.

Day 7 - Sunday, November 25:

Leave for Swakopmund area. Hotel "refresh" day and the opportunity for participants to explore the scenic seaside Swakopmund area, including visits to shops and the opportunity to sneak in a restaurant meal.

Day 8 - Monday, November 26:

Explore Sandwich Harbour, town and areas in and around Swakopmund.

Day 9 - Tuesday, November 27:

Leave for Spitzkoppe, explore Spitzkoppe area.

Day 10 - Wednesday, November 28:

Leave for Etosha area for wildlife photography/viewing. Overnight camping in the area (Day 10, 11).

Day 11 - Thursday, November 29:

Explore Etosha area, wildlife photography. Celebratory group dinner.

Day 12 - Friday, November 30:

Leave for Windhoek. Workshop officially ends at 3pm,

The finer details:


  • One-on-one and group photography instruction from Paul Zizka, Dave Brosha, Aaron Von Hagen, Colleen Gara and Jon Handforth.
  • 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 19, 2018 until the check-out date of Friday, November 30, 2018 (workshop ends at 3pm on Friday, November 30). First night accommodation: shared rooms at a hotel, and rooftop camping at campsites and one hotel night for the remainder 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.

Not Included:

  • Flights to Namibia
  • Any alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance

Price/Payment Schedule:

Cost: CAD $6,950 + 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 $1550
Payment #2: $1800 CAD -March 1, 2018
Payment #3: $1800 CAD - June 1, 2018
Payment #4: $1800 CAD- August 1, 2018

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 February 15, 2018, the workshop will be cancelled and deposits will be refunded to participants. See our cancellation policy below for more details. *The finalized list of assistants will be based soley on the number of trip participants.


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.


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
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen

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)

Recommended Precautions

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.

Travel Visa

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 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.

For any additional questions, please contact us at workshops@offbeatphoto.ca

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