Photography Tour

08 - 14 May 2018

7 days / 6 nights

Maximum Group Size: 8

Venturing across the west of Namibia you’ll discover the Namib Desert and the spectacular Sossusvlei – framed by the world’s highest sand dunes which looms over Deadvlei – home to trees 700 years old.

Day 1: Windhoek

Airport Transfers to Windhoek. Welcome chat and introduction from Philip, Tim and Manfred. Group get together and a good chat over dinner.
Overnight at the Hilton Hotel

Day 2: Windhoek to Sossusvlei

Drive to Sossusvlei via the breathtaking Spreetshoogte Pass for epic vistas and Solitaire for lunch (and great apple pies!).  Enjoy a Sundowner with drinks and Snacks on the Elim Dune.
Overnight at Sossus Dune Lodge (Dune Chalets)

Day 3: Sossusvlei

Drive to Sossusvlei for sunrise photography at the instantly recognisable Dead Vlei. Back to the lodge for lunch and a post production session. Return to Sossusvlei for photography at sunset amongst the dunes – including a dune hike up Dune 45.
Overnight at Sossus Dune Lodge (Dune Chalets)

Day 4: Sossusvlei

Weather permitting drive to Sossusvlei for a spectacular sunrise balloon ride over the world’s highest dunes to take some stunning shots and pull together a travel-log style photo story. If weather doesn't allow we will visit Tim and Philip's secret dunes. Brunch back at the lodge before leaving to the Dune Star Camp at the Namib Desert. Guided Dune Walk and sundowner and sunset photography. Evening set up for star photography. Sleep under the stars.
Overnight at Namib Dune Star Camp

Day 5: Bagatelle

Post production work on star photography before leaving to Bagatelle. Afternoon we will go on a game drive and take you cheetah feeding followed by a sundowner and sunset photography on the dunes.
Overnight at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch (Savanna Chalet)

Day 6: Kalahari Bushmen

A walk to the Kalahari Bushmen Village from the Ranch where we will set up for a portrait session with the Bushmen and give you the opportunity to learn how to light a shoot and shoot tethered, directly to the laptop. Then back to the Ranch for a post production session before driving back to Windhoek for a group get together to go through your photography and farewell dinner.
Overnight at the Hilton Hotel

Day 7: Windhoek

Transfer to International Airport.

Equipment needed

A large backpack / holdall plus smaller backpack for equipment. Your  camera – if you have a selection of lenses we recommend a 24–70mm for this trip. If you have a laptop please bring it along. We use Capture One Pro, Lightroom and Photoshop for post production but will be able to assist you with any software you use. Please feel free to email or call us if you have any questions in regard to equipment.

Make an enquiry or Booking

If you're interesting in finding out more about this tour or you would like to make a booking please contact Philip at

Price Includes:

  • Dune hike,
  • Kalahari Bushmen portraits,
  • star photography and cheetah safari.
  • Daily one-to-one tuition from Philip and Tim, guidance and insight from our local guide.
  • Airport transfers,
  • Accommodation as listed; 2 nights Hilton Hotel, 2 nights Sossus Dune Lodge, 1 night Namib Dune Star Camp, 1 night Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch,
  • all meals and transportation.

Price Excludes:

  • International flights,
  • travel insurance,
  • hot air balloon ride (subject to weather conditions)

Terms & Conditions:

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

Who are we?

Philip North-Coombes creates and leads every Tao Photo Tour. He founded Tao Associates in 2002 to produce professional photo shoots. The idea of running photo tours started after he completed the first 'Everest +' documentary for the BBC in 2007. Philip is a multi-award winning photographer, lauded by the British Journal of Photography. He has produced celebrated and innovative photography for 27 years. His assignments take him around the world, be it working for top international fashion brands and journals, breaking new ground as a sport and lifestyle photographer, making challenging documentaries or giving his time to front line charities.  Fascinated by the natural world and the lure of extreme and unexplored locations, he thrives on fresh challenges. From the oceans of Hawaii to the barren beauty of Iceland, from the slums of India to the stark grandeur of Mount Everest, the colour and contrast of his work creates a unique portfolio and fuels his ambition to achieve ever better results. Philip is on each tour to offer his unique insight into professional photography, guide you to his favourite locations and discuss how to get the most out of your photography.

Tim Wheeler studied both the conceptual and technical aspects of art photography. He has an immense wealth of knowledge from over 16 year experience working as a Digital Operator in the professional photographic industry. This has allowed him access to the cutting edge of photographic technological development. Tim has worked with Philip for over 10 years  – their combined experience and enthusiasm for photography make them an industry leading team. He has an infectious love of imagery, constantly looking for new ways to explore the beauty of the world.  Tim will teach you a variety of different procedures in order to maintain control of your shots; from understanding the basics of file and colour management to the creativity of various grading techniques, Tim will guide you through processes to enable you to get the best results from your equipment and develop your style of photography.

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