LUXURY AFRICAN WILDLIFE SAFARI NAMIBIA

Inconjunction with Wilderness Safaris

 

Flamingo Namibia

by Local Namibian Photographers
Helene Wiggett & Anna-Mart Kruger

A Personal Invitation

We invite you to join us on a journey of a lifetime! For a privileged few, we will be hosting an African Wildlife Safari inNamibia’s Etosha National Park and the Ongava Game Reserve. Both the Park and the Reserve are famous for their abundance of African wildlife. Experience a wonderful opportunity to photographan abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat … from just a heartbeat away! The safari will run from May 27th- 1stJune 2015.

 

A rich profusion of general game is present in both Ongava andEtosha National Park: Springbok, Gemsbok, Wildebeest, Burchell's Zebra, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, Waterbuck, Red Hartebeest, Giraffe, Eland and the endemic Black-faced Impala (Ongava hosts the largest population outside of Etosha). The majestic elephant can also be seen patrolling the Park, with lion, leopard and black and white rhino seen both there and on the Reserve. Ongava is known for its successful reintroduction of white and black rhino and holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government.Bird-life within the Ongava Game Reserve is prolific, with over 340 species to be seen, including ten of Namibia's 14 endemic bird species.

 

Come prepared to be spoiled!

 

Costs

To ensure an atmosphere conducive to perfect photographic moments, each safari accommodates a maximum of six photographers. The full cost for this 5 day safari is $3666/ €2708/ ZAR 39,500p/p (as on 11 June 2014).

 

To ensure your place on this safari, bookings can be secured with $500 deposit p/p.

 

Bookings

To book or reserve your place on this safari, please contactAnna-Mart: hawknamibia@gmail.com
We are available to answer any questions you may have.

 

About the Safari

 

The safari is tailor-make for all levels of photographic competence –we cater for both beginners and the experienced alike. We also welcome non-photographing companions.Our desireis to provide you with memorable photographic moments, as well as to assist you with improving your wildlife technique. We provide tuition and tips from the outsetin order to equip you to be taking better wildlife pictures long before the safari ends!

 

Features on offer, specifically catering for wildlife photography

  • Prime location in the Ongava Reserve close to the entrance of Etosha National Park.
  • The safari will enable you to explore both the Reserve and the Park.
  • Three photographers are allocated per vehicle, each with their own seat.
  • A hide at Andersson’s Camp accommodates up to 9 photographers at a time.
  • Luxury accommodation provides a good night’s rest.
  • Sensational waterholes at both camps are an added bonus (flood-lit at night).

The Camps

Both venues are luxury camps, equipped with full bathroom facilities and electricity (includingan opportunity to recharge camera batteries).

The food is of highest quality.

 

Andersson's Camp has 20 elevated tents radiating out into secluded Mopani woodlands. Tents are a mix of concretestone cladding, canvas and wood each with their own small veranda.

 

Andersson's Camp 1 Andersson's Camp 2 Andersson's Camp 3

Andersson's Camp…

Takes its name from Charles Andersson, the Swedish explorer who first 'discovered' the Etosha Pan. This former farmstead has been tastefully rebuilt to modern-day standards. The old farmhouse forms the main area of Andersson's Camp with 20 elevated tents radiating outwards into secluded mopane woodlands.

 

Highlights

  • A family camp with a sensational waterhole
  • The famous Etosha Pan is in easy driving distance from this camp

Ongava Tented Camp..

Offers eight large comfortable Meru-style tents, whichcanaccommodateup to16 guests, all with en-suite facilities, open air showers and private verandas. Relaxation typically takes place around the main area which is made of stone, canvas and thatch with a bar and swimming pool – with the ever-changing backdrop of wildlife that comes to drink at the waterhole.

Namibia Ongava  tented camp  1 Namibia Ongava  tented camp  2 Namibia Ongava  tented camp  3

 

Highlights

  • An intimate safari camp discreetly hidden on Ongava Game Reserve
  • Intense wildlife sightings in and around the camp thanks to its popular waterhole
  • Guests share a dedicated guide and Land Rover, ensuring the best possible nature experience

Safari Highlights

Location

Both camps are located in the much-lauded Ongava Game Reserve to the south of the Etosha National Park, with Andersson’s Camp being the closest to the Etosha National Park’s entrance.

 

Vehicles

For the comfort of the photographers, we provide a whole row of seats for each photographer, thus providing ample scope, space and flexibility for cameras and equipment. Beanbags are provided in each vehicle.

 

The Photography

There is no other place in Namibia, which boasts the density of wildlife provided by the Etosha National Park and the Ongava Game Reserve together. The 30 000ha (74 129-acre) private Ongava Game Reserve is found on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, which is Namibia's premier wildlife destination, and provides an abundance of game viewing, regardless of season.

 

Located in central-northern Namibia, Etosha National Park takes its name from the world-famous Etosha Pan – one of a number of large saltpans formed by wind action in this flat region. An evocative remnant of an ancient super-lake, Etosha means 'great white place' in the local language, a name befitting the blinding white salt-bleached earth that stretches over 120 km (75 miles) east to west and 55 km (34 miles) north to south (covering 5 000 km2/1 930 sq. miles). Etosha National Park itself covers a vast area of over 20 000km2 (7 722 sq. miles), protecting and enhancing an incredible wealth and diversity of both fauna and flora.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart 9:45am Namibian Time from Windhoek International Airport by air toAndersson’s Camp, arrivingin time for the camp welcome, introduction and lunch. We then embark on our 1stafternoon drive in the Ongava Reserve, atabout 3:30pm. At about 6:00pm we will return to camp to relax around the boma (camp fire) and then enjoydinner at 7:30pm.

 

Day 2: This will be our first full-day excursion into Etosha National Park. Morning drives begin at 6:00am and will continue until late afternoon, depending on animal activity that day. Dinner will be served afterwards, at

 

Day 3: We will spend half a day at Etosha National Park and the other half at the camp in order to make use of the hide and be close to the waterhole.

 

Day 4: We will again spend the morning inEtosha National Park. We will enjoy lunch at a lodge after which we will be relocated to Ongava Tented Camp. We will arrive in time for the camp welcome and introduction, then embark on an afternoon drive at about 3:30pm in the Ongava Reserve. At about 6:00pm we will return to camp to relax and then to enjoy dinner at 7:30pm.

 

Day 5: We will go for an early morning drive in the Ongava Reserve, starting at 6:00am. We will return to camp in time for the transport to the Ongava airstrip. The flight to Windhoek is scheduled to leave at 12:00pm. Estimated arrival time in Windhoek is 3:45pm.

 

Please note: The time spent in Etosha and the Ongava Reserve, as well as the program itself, is flexible in order to accommodate the group. We endeavor to utilize the time available to maximize your opportunities to take the best photos.

 

 

Cost Breakdown

 

Total Cost per person sharing is:
N$45,000.00/ € 3103 /$4298

 

Single room supplement
N$ 5287/€365 /$494

 

Namibian safari includes:

  • Flights between Windhoek International Airport and Ongava airstrip
  • All airport transfers.
  • 3 nights at Andersson’s Camp.
  • 2 nights at Ongava Tented Camp.
  • All meals, daily activities, laundry and local drinks (excluding premium import brands)
  • Park and entrance fees where applicable.
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance.
  • Two private safari vehicles, equipped with 2 guides.

Namibian safari excludes:

  • International flights from your country to Namibia
  • Tips and gratuities for camp staff
  • Medical issues or any curtailment of the safari
  • All other drinks not specified
  • The purchase of items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Meals other than specified
  • Excursions, other than those specified
  • International flights
  • Insurance cover for cancellation

Please note:

 

The flight is subject to the relevant flight clearance being obtained. The company accepts no responsibility for any delays caused by unforeseen circumstances, mechanical breakdowns, diversions due to weather, or any other cause. However, we will endeavor to rectify the situation to the best of our ability.

 

Recommendations

 

You can bring your tripod with although it will not be used on the vehicles.Lenses of up to 400mm-500mm (on full frame) should suffice for 90% of your needs. The animals can get quite close, but it depends on your personal type of photography. A 600mm would, however, be necessary for birds.

 

Tips are optional, but we can never leave without giving some sort of extra reward. As a guide,about US$10-15a day per person to your driver/guide is a good start.

 

Wilderness Air charters includes:

  • Aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance, Domestic
    Departure Taxes and fuel costs.
  • Landing and parking fees.
  • Navigation, approach and en route fees
  • Landing and over-flight clearance.
  • In-flight refreshments (water only).
  • Passenger-handling where required.

Wilderness Air charters excludes:

  • Additional fuel charges
  • Catering during the flight
  • Costs which may occur as a result of having to divertto an alternate airfield due to adverse weather, or for reasons which may affect the safety of the aircraft and its occupants
  • Visas for passengers

AIR TRANSFER/CHARTER FLIGHT NOTES WITH WILDERNESS AIR

  • The flight is subject to the relevant flight clearance being obtained
  • The company accepts no responsibility for any delays caused by unforeseencircumstances, mechanical breakdowns, diversions due to weather, or any other cause.
  • However, we will endeavor to rectify the situation to the best of our ability.
  • The bag dimensions are based on what is able to fit into the aircraft luggage pods, which are restricted.

Please inform us inform us in advance if guests weigh 100kg (220lbs) or more, as an extra seat must be purchased for safety and comfort. The flight is strictly subject to runway conditions and serviceability. In the event that the destination airport/airstrip is unsuitable for our aircraft for any reason, we will divert to thenearest alternative airstrip/airport.

 

Luggage is restricted to:

20kg (44lbs) Inclusive of hand luggage and camera equipment, dimensions for luggage are 25cm (10 inches) wide x 30cm (12 inches) high and 62cm(24 inches) long in SOFT BAGS ONLY - no wheels/frame/rigid structures.

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