Join us on an exclusive Photo Safari to discover the magic of one of the greatest game parks in Africa, Etosha National Park in Namibia. Its main characteristic feature, a massive salt pan, visible even from space, with a shimmering white crust of salt crystals extends as far as the eye can see. Abundant wildlife congregates around the waterholes, while giraffes rise-high above the mostly dry vegetation. Animal diversity is astonishing, from the mighty elephant, to the vast herds of herbivores and the teeniest antelope, the Dik Dik. And then, of course, there are the charismatic predators; the ever present lion prides, the Cheetah, fastest land based animal, the leopard secretive and elusive and the clans of Spotted Hyaena. At nighttime you can sit and wait at the floodlit camp waterhole till right in front of your eyes another drama unfolds. With so rich in natural diversity, Etosha almost guarantees you spectacular sightings and excellent photographic opportunities. This wildlife heaven offers a very unique experience hardly rivalled by any other game park.
8 days / 7 nights
Sun 11.08. - Sun 18.08.2019 Sun 15.09. - Sun 22.09.2019
4475.00 € per person for 2 people
3370.00 € per person for 3 people
(Single room supplement 285.00 €)
Minimum 2 guests, maximum 3 guests
Dr. Bernd Wasiolka
Bwana Tucke Tucke (www.bwana.de)
We are going on game drives with an extended Land Cruiser. A full row of seats is reserved for your sole use. This guarantees you a comfortable set up to photograph through open windows on both sides and ample space for your gear.
To maximise your time in the field we selected only accommodation inside Etosha National Park. The attractive chalets in Etosha offer you a comfortable retreat to rest and relax.
What to bring
All experience levels are welcome.
We speak English & German
Professional Namibian guide & driver
The safaris is conducted after European travel laws
At lunch time you meet your guide award winning wildlife photographer Bernd Wasiolka. After a short break to relax we get ready for the Windhoek City Tour in open Land Rovers. In the evening we will dine in an unique ambience at famous Joe‘s Beerhouse - a must see for every Namibia visitor.
Early morning you meet your guide award winning wildlife photographer Bernd Wasiolka. After Breakfast we are hitting the road to Etosha National Park. In Otjivarongo or Outjo we stop for a quick lunch, before continuing our journey to Okaukuejo Camp in Etosha NP, our base for the first 2 nights. After a short rest we get ready for our first game drive. We stay out until sunset to make use of the beautiful evening light. A short stroll from our accommodation we find the floodlit camp waterhole. Here we have good chances to photograph wildlife at night. Especially Black Rhinos are regular visitors at the waterhole. Right after our game drive we have a look at the waterhole. Afterwards diner will be served at Okaukuejo Restaurant. In a relaxed setting we can chat about the events of the day. To complete the day we return to the floodlit waterhole and try our luck again.
The following days are mainly spend on game drives photographing Etosha stunning wildlife. To make the most of the splendid light in Namibia we leave camp right at sunrise. After a couple of hours photographing inside Etosha National Park we return to camp for breakfast. In relaxed atmosphere during camp time we have lots of time to review our day’s images and to cover every aspect of wildlife photography (e.g. camera settings, composition, use of light, post processing …) in several small workshops. But don’t worry you are not missing out on lunch and leisure time to relax at your chalet or at the camp swimming pool. Alternatively you can visit the camp waterhole to observe the thirsty animals coming down to drink. Early afternoon we leave camp in the search of photographic opportunities. Again we stay out till sunset. The afternoon game drive is followed by a photographic session at the floodlit camp waterhole and the day ends with diner in the camp restaurant.
Early morning we leave for our last game drive. After breakfast we pack and say good bye to Etosha NP. On the way back to Windhoek we stop for lunch. We arrive late afternoon in Windhoek and drop you off at your chosen accommodation in Windhoek. Everyone who is staying the night in Windhoek is welcome to join us for diner. In the course of an excellent meal we reflect on our time in Etosha National Park.
*Please note the Itinerary is provisional and subject to changes depending on local conditions
Your safari guide award winning wildlife photographer Dr. Bernd Wasiolka works and photographs since more than 15 years in southern Africa, mainly Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. The first years Bernd concentrated his photographic work on the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. His time in the Kalahari culminated in his first coffee-table book 'Kalahari Dreaming'. Since 2014 lies his main focus of his wildlife photography on Etosha National Park in Namibia. Bernd knows Etosha by heart as he spends about three month every year in this wildlife heaven to photograph its wild creatures.
Not only is Bernd an experienced wildlife photographer but also an animal ecologist. For his PhD Thesis he studied for several years’ reptile population dynamics in the southern Kalahari, South Africa. The following years he worked on spatial ecology of cheetahs and leopards in central Namibia.
His extensive experience in photographing wildlife in southern African game parks together with his in depth knowledge of the African wildlife and the ecology of savannah ecosystems makes him the perfect safari companion for a fascinating trip into the African bush. You can find out more about Bernd or his work here.
We believe a small group of participants are the best way to improve your photographic skills and make your safari as enjoyable and successful as possible. The small group size guarantees Bernd’s undivided attention and you receive help, advice and information any time you need it. Guest first is our policy, always! From time to time Bernd takes some images, too. Nevertheless, Bernd ensures that you come first and get the best position to photograph. Furthermore to make sure Bernd can fully concentrate on your needs all the driving and the logistic is handled by a professional Namibian guide.
A main concern of our photographic safaris is ethical wildlife photography and the wellbeing of the wild animals. We strive to minimize the disturbance of the wildlife. Consequently, we give the animals their space and rather miss an image than pushing it all costs.
With our experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and passion we hope to make your trip with us an unforgettable experience. We are looking forward to take you into the wildlife heaven of Etosha National Park.