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.
NAMIBIA AT A GLANCE
Sand Dunes ⋅ Beautiful Deserts ⋅ Amazing Coastlines ⋅ Golden Sunsets ⋅ Wildlife Viewing
Images by Aaron Von Hagen and Bobby-Jo Clow
YOUR OFFBEAT INSTRUCTORS
DAVE BROSHA // LEADER
Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Long Creek, Prince Edward Island based, award-winning commercial, personal, and adventure 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, Erin, and three 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.
PAUL ZIZKA // LEADER
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, including National Geographic, Maclean’s, Alpinist, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Islands, and Climbing magazine.
AARON VON HAGEN // ASSISTANT
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.
BOBBY-JO CLOW // ASSISTANT
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.
Subject to change. These are the high-points only; full itinerary to be provided to participants.
Monday, November 13, 2017
→ Arrival and check-in at Windhoek, get together, trip debriefing and prep.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
→ Travel to the Quiver Trees area and photograph at sunset, camp in the area.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
→ Travel to Kolmanskop area overnight at Luderitz campsite.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
→ Leave for Sossuvlei & Deadvlei area for sunset and night shooting. Overnight camping in the area (Day 4 and 5)
Friday, November 17, 2017
→ Explore Sossuvlei & Deadvlei area, early climb to Big Daddy or Dune 45. Mid day break, and night shooting.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
→ Leave for Swakopmund area. BBQ day – the activities TBD. Overnight camping in the area (Day 6 and 7)
Sunday, November 19, 2017
→ Explore Sandwich Harbour, town and areas in and around Swakopmund.
Monday, November 20, 2017
→ Leave for Daramaland with potential stops on Skeleton Coast and/or Dorob. Wildlife viewing. Overnight camping in the area (Day 8 and 9)
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
→ Stay in Damaraland. Wildlife viewing
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
→ Leave for Etosha area (To be confirmed). Overnight camping in the area (Day 10, 11, 12)
Thursday, November 23, 2017
→ Explore Etosha area. Potentially visiting Ruacana (weather dependent).
Friday, November 24, 2017
→ Leave for Windhoek
NOTE: The itinerary can and will change based on weather conditions, among other factors. Participants are expected to be flexible to the group’s needs.
INS AND OUTS
- 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.
What’s Not Included:
- Flights to Namibia
- Any alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
Please visit our FAQs for more information on What to Bring, our Physical Ratings and Photography Levels.
Please note that this is an adventure workshop and that all participants are expected to share rooftop tents with other travellers. 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. Overnight camping will be done at assigned campsites which provide bathroom facilities.
IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR YOU?
Physical Rating – MODERATE: 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.
Photography Level – ALL: This workshop is open to both amateur and professional photographers.
See these ratings described in our FAQs.
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.
Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $1,688 + Eventbrite Fee
Payment #2: CAD $1,688 – February 1st, 2017
Payment #3: CAD $1,687 – May 1st, 2017
Payment #4: CAD $1,687 – August 1st, 2017
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).