Into the wild Namibia

Founder of Better Moments, Christian Nørgaard, is a highly experienced travel and portrait photographer. He has traveled in most African countries and has always focused on the local tribes. Nørgaard has traveled several times in Namibia, and this workshop is the result of many years of research.

Namibia shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Humans have inhabited the area since ancient times, and Bantu- speaking tribes began arriving in the 14th century AD. The current population of Namibia is 2.1 million, which is made up of several different tribes.

Together with Nørgaard, you get very close to the local tribes like the Himba and The San peoples. This workshop and journey is a unique occasion to meet and experience the authentic tribal people of Namibia.

    Highlights

    • Learn about portrait photography techniques in the beautifully desolate surroundings of the Namibian wilderness.
    • Private plane and go hunting together with the San Peoples.
    • High-end wildlife photography at Etosha National Park.
    • Learn about star and landscape photography.

Expert Christian Nørgaard

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More about Christian Nørgaard

Christian Nørgaard is the founder and CEO of Better Moments. For years he has photographed and traveled extensively in Asia and has received wide acclaim for his unique photographic talent. In recent years he has also collaborated with Steve McCurry and other National Geographic’s leading photographers for exhibitions and events. His workshop on the Faroe Islands is a unique opportunity for any photographer to combine adventure, travel and landscape photography and to work with one of the best in the field.

EXPAND WITH PASSION

On Location

  • Learn about portrait photography techniques in the beautifully desolate surroundings of the Namibian wilderness.
  • Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure and aperture.
  • How to handle equipment with care on location.
  • Private hands-on lessons that can help to take your photography skills to the next level.
  • The secret behind the landscape photography.

In Classroom

  • Expert review and constructive criticism/feedback of the images taken during the day.
  • Portfolio review.
  • Easy workflow in Photoshop.

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1: WALVIS BAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND SWAKOPMUND

GET READY FOR ADVENTURE
We pick you up at Walvis Bay International Airport, and from here, we drive you to our cosy Strand Hotel in Swakopmund.

After a lovely welcome dinner, Christian Nørgaard will brief you on the adventure ahead of us and introduce you to the different tribes we will visit and photograph. Then a detailed lecture about travel and portrait photography, based on Christian Nørgaard’s photographs from Namibia.

 

DAY 2-3: GROOTFONTEIN

PRIVATE PLANE AND GO HUNTING TOGETHER WITH THE SAN PEOPLES
By private plane, you arrive in Tsumeb. Along the way, there is an excellent opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape that unfolds below us.

By 4×4 truck, we travel into the wild countryside to Omulunga, where we stay in our private luxury tents, FIUME BUSH CAMP.

We spend the evening jointly with The San peoples, who may make a bonfire and dance their traditional tribe dance.

After dinner, we open a discussion about the images of the day and the genre of landscape photography.

The following day we are going hunting together with The San peoples. At sunrise, we walk into the bush together with the hunters, and they will search and track for the wild game. An unbelievable morning for early birds.

We spent the rest of the day in The San people’s village, where we followed their daily lives and get an exceptional understanding of their traditional and simple lifestyle.

 

DAY 4-5: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

GET WILD IN ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Today, we are driving towards Namibia’s northern part in our private 4×4 vehicles, and we stop along our way to photograph the extraordinary landscape, local people and villages.

In the afternoon, we arrive at Etosha National Park, which is considered one of the most important parks in the world. The following two days are for high-end wildlife photography and explore lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok and eland.

To get the best of the best, we stay in two resorts MUSHARA LODGE and OKAUKUEJO RESORT and have our dinner in the open – in a few words, two beautiful days.

Both evenings we discuss the photos taken during the day, and Christian holds a lecture about those photographers who have inspired him the most.

 

DAY 6-7: OPUWO AND KOKOLAND

HIMBA – THE LAST NOMADIC PEOPLE
A fantastic scenery drive awaits us. On our drive to Kokoland and OPUWO COUNTRY LODGE, we pass landscapes like rock formations, mountains, and rivers before approaching the local Himba tribes.

In the next few days, we will visit the local Himba villages with our private Himba guide. We will photograph inside the tiny clay houses, and if it is realistic and possible, Christian will create an outdoor studio. These days are for discovering the unique areas and Himbas.

In the evening, one-to-one portfolio review with Christian.

 

DAY 8-9: OFF-ROAD IN KOKOLAND

STAY TOGETHER WITH THE TRIPS
Today we have a long drive ahead of us as the Bayan-Ulgii province is our next destination in the north. Bayan-Ulgii is a far-off land of high mountains (the Mongol Altai), torrents and glaciers. It is inhabited by Kazakh, a minority with a different culture from the Mongols, herding yaks and goats and hunting with trained eagles.

Along the way, there will be a stop for lunch as well as several stops for landscape and travel photography.

Dinner at base camp followed by evening peer review and discussion.

 

DAY 9-10: OKAHIRONGO

A ROOM WITH A VIEW AND GET CLOSE TO GOD
An easy drive through a dried river landscape leads us to Okahirongo and our Mountain Hotel, OKAHIRONGO ELEPHANT LODGE. Okahirongo is the last wilderness area, with desert elephants, lions, black rhinos and giraffes.

Next morning you are going to church – hallelujah. The local church is a great place to photograph and experience the locals. The rest of the day, we stroll through the city before returning to OKAHIRONGO ELEPHANT LODGE, which overlooks the entire valley.

Tonight, we hold our farewell dinner and share our best shots from our workshop.

 

DAY 10: RETURN TO WALVIS BAY

PRIVATE PLANE OVER SKELETON COAST
We fly along the legendary and dramatic coastline, Skeleton Coast, to Walvis Bay in the soft morning light in our private plane. Here we arrive so those who require flying home to their home destination can reach their international flights.

DAY 11: EXTRA DAY

STAY A DAY LONGER AND JOIN A DESERT WORKSHOP
If you prefer, we offer an extra day to explore the significant dunes and dramatic coastline – a truly fantastic morning to end a great stay in Namibia.

Get Inspiration

Enjoy Your 48-page Catalog with stunning photos from Namibia

Including Workshop intinerary, expert interview, quick tips and equipment list

TRAVEL FACTS

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Facts

  • 9-19 November 2023
  • 10Days
  • Number of guests: 6
Included
  • Specialized 4×4 Safari Vehicle with window seats and a Back-Up 4×4 vehicle with Trailer
  • 2 x Cessna 210 Aircraft
  • Accommodation in luxury tents and the best hotels
  • Porter fees
  • Himba Translator
  • All meals
  • Etc
Not included
  • Travel to and from the workshop destination
  • Visa and taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

 

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Price

    • € 8.330 in shared double room.
    • € 8.730  in single room.
    • All prices are per person.
    • Better Moments is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund, your guarantee that traveling with Better Moments is a safe experience.

 

We don’t want you to worry about losing money on your workshop booking. Therefore, you will receive a 100% refund of the workshop price – including your deposit – if we have to cancel any of our workshops due to coronavirus.

Overview

QUICK GUIDE GETTING THERE

GETTING THERE

Arrive at Walvis Bay International Airport in Namibia. It is advised to arrive a day before the workshop to make sure you are well rested for the drive.
Better Moments will arrange one pickup transfer and one return transfer to the airport on the arrival- and the departure day.

VISA

Many nationalities do not require tourist visas for stays under 3 months. For a complete list of visa exemptions, as well as up-to-date information regarding visa fees and requirements, visit: http://www.namibiahc.org.uk/fees-and-requirements.php

WEATHER

Namibia is one of the sunniest places on earth, with approximately 300 days of sunshine a year. December to March is relatively humid in most of Namibia, with some localised rainfall. April and May are pleasantly dry, without being dusty. The weather is cooler during June to August, when the landscape dries out and animals congregate around watering holes, making it a good time for wildlife photography. The weather warms up again during September to November.

Min 13°C , Max 26°C .

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of Namibia. There are several local languages spoken in different regions, as well as German and Afrikaans.

CURRENCY

The official currency is the Namibian Dollar, but the South African Rand is also commonly accepted.

QUICK GUIDE

Namibia offers a plethora of activities and experiences for visitors. From thrilling ATV rides along the rugged coast, to star gazing in the desolate wilderness. While much of the country is less developed, urban centres such as the seaside city of Swakopmund provide some great culinary experiences, with antelope and game being a particular highlight.

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