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......VSS's iconic photo trip of all trips 19 June - 7 July

Day 1 Thursday 19 June
Pretoria - Upington (820km)
The long trek
Depart 05h00.
Brunch- picnic on the road.
Arrive Upington ± 15h00.
Pitch camp  at ‘Die Eiland’ on the banks of the Oranje River and test all camping equipment/gear for the last time before entering Namibia. Inspection will be held and advice given. Final purchases for trip can be made at shopping center in Upington near camp-site.
Dinner- Bush braai (mixed grill & pap).
Photograph- Karoo scenes on the road and perhaps a bird or two, which are prolific at the campsite, and a lovely sunset amongst the trees on the banks of the Orange River.

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DAY 5 Monday 23 June
The round tour
06h00: Coffee, rusks & cereals
Drive to Diaz Point past the
oyster farm to the lagoon,
drive further for colonies of seals,
penguins, etc. Grosse Bucht (Big Bay), Griffin Bay, Conception Bay, etc.
Lunch- hamburgers & fruit en-route
Prepare camp for early getaway
Dinner- currie, rice and salad.
Photograph- Diaz Point & Diaz Cross, various small harbours. Instruction on shooting for monochrome scapes. Time exposures on seascapes and shooting seascapes after sunset.

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DAY 4 Sunday 22 June
The most famous ghost town
06h00: Coffee, rusks & cereals
Early morning visit to Kolmanskop
Tea and snacks at Kolmans for own pocket
Lunch: Fishbraai on beach at camp
Back to Kolmanskop
Dinner- cold meats, breads, cheese and wine, Luderitz gets cold and windy in afternoon affecting a braai at night.
Photograph- Kolmanskop: in morning- instruction on HDR and HDR experimentation, in afternoon available light portraiture and structure photos at sunset. More night shots of Luderitz.

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This all inclusive trip combines of the best African travel adventure with amazing photo opportunities and hands-on photo instruction from Hein Waschefort assisted by Visual Skills School lecturers

all photos below taken on VSS safaris to Namibia by students and lecturers

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DAY 5 Tuesday 24 June
Luderitz - Sesriem (465km)
Into the desert
05h30 Coffee, rusks & cereals
Before sunrise seascapes and then to Garub Pan in search of the mysterious ‘Wild Horses of the Namib’.
Lunch- hot dogs en-route
Pitch camp at Sesriem
Visit Sesriem Canyon
Dinner- Bush braai- steak, wors & pap
Photograph- Desert horses early morning.
Desert landscapes with instruction en-route.
Sesriem Canyon and rock formations, local Koi kids and more. Find spot in desert and do some star photography painting the lanscape with light, tutored workshop.

DAY 3 Saturday 21 June
Quiver Tree Forest - Luderitz (340km)
To the ocean
06h00: Coffee, rusks & cereals.
Early morning nature hike.
Lunch- at Aus on restaurant stoep for own pocket.
Look out for the world's only surviving
desert horses at Garub Pan.
Pass Kolmanskop on left & enter Luderitz
Pitch camp on Shark Island.
Visit and eat at local eat-outs (Legends Pub) for own pocket.
Photograph- Quiver Tree Forest, early morning.
Aus and its people.
Desert horses.
Sunset light tower and Luderitz Harbour from Shark Island.

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Day 2 Friday 20 June
Upington - Keetmanshoop (475km)
Namibian landscape and sunset
06h00: Coffee & rusks & cereals, brunch picnic at border to Namibia.
Take main road to Keetmans.
Hansa at the original Hansa Hotel.
Pitch camp at Quiver Tree Forest.
Visit ‘The Giants' Playground’ and ‘Quiver Tree Forest’
Dinner – Traditional Bobotie and salad.
Photograph- Get close to the cheetah - the Giants' Playground and Quiver Tree Forest for the first of many of the fantastic Namibian sunsets - our first tutored practical: star trails at night with quiver trees as silhouettes.



DAY 10 Sunday 29 June
Henties - Spitskoppen back to Swakop (200km)
Fun in the sun
06h00 Coffee, rusks and cereals
Trip along beach via Wotskabaken towards Henties Bay, fishing for the eager fisherman or just relaxing on the beach.
Lunch- Fullboard (three course) Sunday camp lunch
Drive to Langstrand and shipwreck for fun on the beach and fishing, desert quad biking optional.
Dinner- cold meats and salads. Get camp ready for early departure.
Photograph- Seascapes, old boats, fishermen and birds action in sunset - land art - as well as shipwreck sunsets with photo instruction on time-exposures and HDR. Funky 'orb' photography on beach and at jetty.

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DAY 7 Thursday 26 June
Sesriem - Swakopmund (360km)
Into the mountans to the sea
05h30 Coffee, rusks and cereals
Drive through Khomas Hochland/Naukluft Park, Kuiseb Pass, stopover at rock arch, Walfish bay to Swakopmund
Brunch at solitaire- cold meats, breads and and dressings.
Stop for refreshment at Rock Arch and drinks at Walvis Bay sea restaurant. Pitch camp at Alte Brücke luxury camp-site (Swakopmund)
Dinner- Visit traditional German seaside restaurants (own account).
Photograph- Elim dune at sunrise - Solitaire’s spirit - many landscapes en-route including mountains (Gaub & Kuiseb Pass) and stopover at Rock Arch - Swakop at night.

DAY 6 Wednesday 25 June
Sesriem - Sossus Vlei - Sesriem (120km)
Treading a sea of sand
05h30 Coffee, rusks & cereals
Drive to Sossus parking area, then with 4X4 to Sossus Vlei
Lunch- Cold meats, cheese & bread rolls
Visit Dead Vlei in afternoon, Dune 45 and Elim dune for sunset
Dinner- Chicken potjie
Photograph- Sunrise in the desert - Namib desert's red dunes at Sossus Vlei at first light - Dead Vlei scapes with ‘get close and shoot wide’ instruction - dune 45 and Elim Dune in late afternoon - sunset in desert - more sun trails and star photography painting with light.

DAY 8 Friday 27 June
The German village on the sea
08h00 - Hearty English Breakfast
Explore Swakop and relax on the beach, perhaps some volleyball . . . Visit the museum, cheese and beer tasting and much more entertainment this holliday village has to offer.
Lunch- in village (own account) or snacks at camp.
Afternoon fishing (tackle and fishing rods will be supplied or you could bring your own along). Sunset strolll on jetty and on beach
Dinner- Fish Braai
Photograph- German buildings in Swakop - land art installations on beach with instruction - fishing, seabirds at sunset instruction on action of birds taking fish.

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DAY 14 Thursday 3 July
Mata Mata (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) (100km)
Where the lion sleeps
05h30 Coffee, rusks and cereals
Early morning game drive in search of the bat-eared fox and other smaller animals, but not turning a blind eye on the bigger predators.
Lunch at camp- Hamburgers.
Afternoon and sunset game drive in search of the predators but not ignoring the raptors above.
Dinner- Chicken currie potjie and veggies
Photograph- opportunity for photographing in one of the world's most sought after wildlife destinations. From small bat-eared foxes and their friend, the meerkat, to the majestic lion, leopard, cheetah and their prey, but not ignoring the raptors.

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DAY 13 Wednesday 2 July
Hardap Dam - Mata Mata (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) (310km)
Into the real Kalahari
06h00 Coffee, rusks and cereals
Early morning game drive, fishing in dam for keen angler or 9km walk in nature reserve.
Brunch- a hearty English breakfast.
Travel the dirt roads of ‘Boesmanland’ to Kgalagadii Transfrontier Park crossing into South Africa at Mata Mata and set up camp.
Dinner- Braai (pepper steak and baked potatoes)
Photograph- wildlife on game drive at Hardap Game reserve - close encounters with nature on hike with guided photography advice - the arid ‘Boesmanland’ - sunset and stars at Mata Mata camp.

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DAY 12 Tuesday 1 July
Daan Viljoen - Hardap Dam (Mariental) (291km)
Chasing wildlife in central Namibia
06h00 Coffee, rusks and cereals
Drive to Windhoek for a city slicker Wimpy breakfast (own account). Walk around central tourist area.
Lunch- Cold meats, cheese, salads and fresh buns
Settle into chalets at Hardap dam and go for game-drive with sunset champagne, the route offers picturesque views of the dam, and is home to rhino, gemsbok, Hartmann's zebra, kudu, ostrich, springbok and steenbok.
Dinner- Hein’s special Moroccan braai with couscous and salads.
Photograph- The Christus Kirche, Alte Feste . . . in central Windhoek - road scenes on trip and wildlife on game drive at Hardap Game Reserve - golden Namibian sunset on dam.

DAY 11 Monday 30 June
Swakopmund - Daan Viljoen (Windhoek) (400km)
The landscape route to the capital
05h00 Coffee, rusks and cereals
Drive to Daan Viljoen holiday resort via Spitskoppen. Short game drive at Daan Viljoen.
Brunch- boerewors hotdogs at Spitskoppen
Visit Spitskoppen Community Centre and Monolith. Drive to Daan Viljoen
Dinner- Busveld braai (chops) pap, mielie bread and gravy.
Overnight in chalets.
Photograph- Landscapes at the picturesque Spitskoppen and interesting rural photos at community centre - road scenes on trip and wildlife on game drive at Daan Viljoen - water birds at dam.

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DAY 9 Saturday 28 June
Walvis Bay area (200km)
Lagoon, birds, salt and desert
07h00 English Breakfast
Drive to Walvis Bay for Dolphin Boat Cruise to Bird Island and to Walvis Bay lagoon, accompanied by pelicans and seagulls that fly alongside your boat, passing a myriad of flamingoes (wait for some of them to take off to reveal the beautiful dark pink of the feathers underneath their wings) The trip includes delicious snacks and drinks.
Lunch- Hot dogs at Dune 7, biggest dune in the world with optional sandboarding.
Do a short desert trip in search of the Welwitschia.
Dinner- Saturday night visit to Bar/Restaurant with live music (own account).
Photograph-Birds in flight, a myriad of flamingoes - Walvis Bay from the sea. The salt mines and then the scarce living fossil, the Welwitschia.

DAY 18 Monday 7 July
Witsand - Pretoria (750km)
Back home
06h00 Coffee, rusks and cereals
Regretable trip back to the so-called civilisation.
Lunch- at restaurant en-route.

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DAY 17 Sunday 6 July
Twee Rivieren- Witsand (400km)
Into the Karoo
05h30 Coffee, rusks and cereals
Pack and leave for Witsand
Brunch- at Spur in Upington (own account)
Settle into bungalows at Witsand nature reserve.
Dinner- Best meal (voted) of trip to be repeated.
Photograph- Animals such as springbuck, gemsbok (oryx), steenbok, duiker, red hartebeest, ground squirrels, meerkat, porcupine, aardwolf, aardvark, pangolin, bat-eared fox, cape fox, genet, and spring hare. Guided dune photography in late afternoon with emphasis on detail and composition. Star trails and star photography at its best.

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DAY 16 Saturday 5 July
Twee Rivieren (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) (100km)
Where the lion sleeps
05h30 Coffee, rusks and cereals
Early morning game drive in search of the lion famous for prowling in this region, however, in the wild nothing is guaranteed, we might find springbuck interaction and at best a cheetah kill and more.
Lunch at camp- Cold meats and salads.
Afternoon and sunset game drive, we now try to focus on capturing movement.
Dinner- Bushveld braai (mixed grill) baked potatoes and butternut
Photograph- attention to the small mammals playing and the birds also frequenting the campsite. Focus in afternoon is on capturing movement photographing from hides with instruction.

DAY 15 Friday 4 July
Mata Mata to Twee Rivieren (120km)
Where the lion sleeps
05h30 Coffee, rusks and cereals
Drive scenic game-drive route to Twee Rivieren and visit waterholes and lookout points.
Lunch- hotdogs and snacks en-route.
Dinner- Restaurant (own acount)
Photography- traveling the road from Mata Mata to Twee Rivieren is one long game drive with wildlife all along the way. This road is perhaps the most productive wildlife viewing stretch in southern Africa. This route passes numerous waterholes which almost guarantees game coming to drink, especially during the dry season.

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