Namibian Wildlife Photography With

Carel Steenkamp & Charly Savely

Join us in April at Erindi private Game Reserve, Namibia

Join me and Charly Savely for an unforgettable photography workshop on the spectacular Erindi Private Game Reserve, where we will capture incredible wildlife, stunning astro shots and so much more. Together, we will explore the incredible natural beauty of this reserve, which is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including lions, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs, zebras, giraffes, and many other fascinating creatures. With expert guidance and support from myself and Charly, you will learn how to capture stunning images of the natural world, as well as how to use your camera to its fullest potential. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, this workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to take their photography skills to the next level while experiencing the beauty of Africa in a truly unique and unforgettable way.

Trip Dates

April 5th-12th, 2024

Tuition Costs

$4999 USD

Group Size

2 Guides + 6 Guests

1:3 Guide to Guest Ratio

Carel Steenkamp

Hello, my name is Carel. I am a professional safari field guide and wildlife photographer born and raised in South Africa. As Erindi Private Game Reserve's Resident Photographer, I am making the most of every opportunity I get to give back to the environment.

Through my photography, I hope to make a positive impact on the world and inspire people to appreciate and protect the natural world. I believe that by sharing the beauty of nature, I can help create a more sustainable and harmonious relationship between humans and the environment.

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Charly Savely

Hi, I’m Charly! I’m a photographer, videographer, and conservationist who has documented the beauty and plight of our planet for over a decade. As a Sony Alpha Collective member, I capture the imagination of a global audience. I lead several photography workshops throughout the year from Alaska to Africa and beyond. I currently reside in the beautiful state of Alaska where I am focused and passionate about capturing the disappearing Arctic and conservation of its wildlife, as well as minimalist moments that invoke a sense of calm.

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Available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Important Details

  • You will start your adventure by booking a flight to and from Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek (WDH) on any major airline.
  • From there, we will pick you up in our private vehicle to begin our amazing adventure.
  • We spend our first night in Windhoek to break the ice and depart to Erindi early morning on the 6th.
  • We will provide you with photographic opportunities of Namibia's most iconic wildlife in their natural environments.
  • We will work with you to make sure you learn to master a variety of different techniques such as photographing birds in flightshooting in low light situations, understanding AF tracking, photographing the Milky Way and much more…
  • The Workshop is on Erindi Private Game Reserve.
  • This trip is geared toward photographers of every different skill level, from beginners to professionals. We will work hard to make sure we meet you on your level, answering each of your questions when we are out in the field as well as when we have some downtime at our hotels to focus on the post-processing side of things.

What makes Erindi Special?

Erindi is unique because it’s a private reserve. That means there is a strict limit on the number of guests on the reserve at any given time. And Erindi is huge, more than 65,000 Hectares (5 times the size of Manhattan). This gives us an unprecedented opportunity to sit and observe wildlife uninterrupted by the hustle you'll find at most national parks and reserves across Africa. Most days, we might only ever see other humans back at the lodge. Otherwise, it's us and the bush. I promise you, you will compare every other trip you go on, or have been on in Africa, to Erindi.

Where Is Erindi?

Erindi Private Game Reserve is situated in central Namibia, approximately 2.5 hours north of Windhoek (the capital city of Namibia) by car. It covers an area of over 70,000 hectares and is one of the largest private game reserves in Southern Africa.

What Is Included?

  • All Photography Instruction

  • All Accommodation

  • All Required Permits or Entrance Fees

  • All Meals

What Is Not Included?

  • All Flights To & From Namibia

  • Travel Insurance Costs

  • Any Gifts

  • Snacks & Alcohol

  • Tips For Our Guides & Drivers

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Itinerary Briefing

Arrival to Namibia You should plan to arrive to Namibia on April 5th or any day before.

Day 1 [April 5th] The journey begins when we meet at our accommodation on the first day in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. We’ll have dinner together to introduce ourselves at a local favourite restaurant.

Day 2 [April 6th] Transfer to Erindi, stay at Old Traders Lodge, afternoon game drive. Our first outing into the bush! Although, on the way into the reserve, we're bound to see animals on the way to the Lodge!

Day 3-7 [April 6th - 11th] Our good friends at Erindi Private Game Reserve will be hosting us at the Old Traders Lodge, where each day we’ll be able to make our own schedule with the very best guides.

Day 8 [April 12th] Morning transfer to Windhoek where you'll be dropped off at your hotel/guesthouse, which must be booked separately. I'm happy to recommend places to stay in the city and also encourage you to extend your stay longer than our workshop period in order to explore Namibia further.

What Is In Carel's Gear Bag For This Trip?

With a focus on both wildlife, landscape, macro and astrophotography on this trip, I recommend the following:

Cameras

Canon R6 - 20.1MP; 12 FPS Mechanical; 20 FPS Electronic; 12.7 Stops of Dynamic Range

I'll recommend bringing a camera with a high FPS (frames per second) and a wide dynamic range to make it easier to capture images of both wildlife and landscape. A high MP (Megapixel) would be of benefit if you would want to crop a lot and maintain image quality. A minimum of 10 FPS, 11 stops of dynamic range and a 20MP sensor is recommended, but not essential. More than one camera body is always a safe option, in case anything goes wrong.

Contact me if you are unsure about your camera.

Lenses

Canon RF 100-500 f/4.5-7.1

Canon RF 15-35 f/2.8

Canon RF 100 f/2.8 Macro

With longer lenses, you have the ability to fill more of your frame with your wildlife subjects. Wider lenses allow you to capture more of the environment. A telephoto lens is recommended for wildlife and a wide-angle lens is recommended for both landscapes and astrophotography. For astrophotography, a big aperture is of benefit. A minimum of 300mm for wildlife, a dedicated macro lens, a maximum of 50mm for landscape and astrophotography, and a maximum of f/4 for astrophotography is recommended, but not essential.

Contact me if you are unsure about your lenses.

Accessories

Leofoto LO-324C Tripod + BV-10 Head

Joby Gorillapod Rig

Godox M1 Light

Godox V860 III

Godox XPro Wireless Trigger

A sturdy tripod is essential for landscape and astrophotography. The only accessory needed for wildlife is a healthy dose of patience.

Contact me if you are unsure about your accessories.

FAQs

On Erindi Private Game Reserve we will focus primarily on wildlife. Astrophotography will be possible as well.

On the 5th of April, 2024.

On the 12th of April, 2024

For this workshop, you will fly in and out of the Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek (WDH)

It is important to emphasize that, despite you won’t require travel health insurance to enter Namibia, it is advisable to hire one in your country of origin.

Tourists visiting Namibia for fewer than 90 days per calendar year are not required to obtain a visa in advance of their arrival.

Yellow fever, if traveling from a yellow fever endemic country.

April sees the end of the rainy season. We can expect the bush to be luscious green. The days will warm up to around 25°C and nights will drop to around 13°C. Some days we might experience some clouds with a chance of light rain.

Erindi is a beautiful 4-star game reserve which is renowned for its luxurious rooms. Rest assured, you will be living in absolute comfort during your stay at Erindi.

Erindi does provide free accomodation.

Yes, your tuition fees are based on the idea that you will be sharing a room with another workshop client of the same sex. If you wish to have your own private room, that can be arranged for an additional $750 USD charge. This is on a first come first serve basis and is based on room availability at Erindi.

Refer to the “What Is In Carel's Gear Bag For This Trip?” section above on this page for more information.

This workshop is not overly challenging in terms of the physical activity involved. We will be on game viewers mostly and can expect to get on foot every now and again.

My goal is to have each of my clients feel safe, healthy, and comfortable throughout the workshop. We will abide by any local or federal COVID-19 regulations put out by the Namibian government.