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On the Road Again: Anette Travels to Namibia, Africa in March 2019

 

Photograph of tourists climb a red sand dune in Sossusvlei in Namibia. Blue sky above this huge sand dune

Tourists Navigate the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes of Namibia, Africa. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

“Namibia is the hidden jewel of Africa. This is why I visit often, and I also lead photo adventure tours here as well. It is still pristine territory – an experience that no one will ever forget!” – Anette

 

African lioness stalking through high grassland wildlife photographer Anette

A female lion locks eyes with my camera, as she stalks me in Etosha National Park • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

Have you heard of Namibia?

This beautiful country lies in the southern one-third of the African continent. It is to the northwest of South Africa, where I currently call home, and to the west of Botswana.

I have traveled here many times due to its extensive natural resources and wildlife.

Here you will find amazing landscapes including the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, and the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes to name a few.

The wildlife here is diverse and plentiful. For the photographer, it is significant to realize that Namibia holds a significant cheetah population. It is really something to experience a cheetah in full stride while on the hunt. There are also plenty of other game including rhino, giraffes, lions, zebras, and elephants to name a few.

Namibia is an ever-evolving story, which is why I return often to photograph.

After every trip, I plunge through my images, and inevitably, I believe that I can find better light, or a better angle, or a more dramatic moment.

In truth, I really just want to go back and take more pictures!

 

Photograph of two African young elephant bulls play fight in the late afternoon light in the Namibian savannah of Etosha National Park

Two young elephant bulls fight in the late afternoon light in Etosha National Park. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

I will be spending eight days in the Etosha National Park, where I hope to photograph several new species.

 

Map of Etosha National Park, the eastern part. Showing Camps and waterholes, roads

Map courtesy • Etosha National Park, their website offers free downloadable maps.

 

 

African Desert elephant bull walking towards the wildlife photographer Anette in the dry Hoanib river bed in Namibia, Africa

The Hoanib River Bed is home to Desert Elephants, as well as many other amazing animals, such as giraffes and springboks. • by Anette Mossbacher

 

I will also spend time in Hoanib River Bed. Here, among other animals, I will search for the allusive Desert Elephant and Desert Lion. They are extremely difficult to spot in the harsh landscape.

 

Screenshot of Google maps showing the location of Hoanib river in Namibia, Africa

Picture courtesy • Screenshot of Google maps showing the location of Hoanib river in Namibia

 

I love to drive up through the riverbed. To both sides, left and right, mountains jut dramatically up into the sky. Dust is everywhere. In all of my trips this spot, I have never witnessed any water in the riverbed.

If you dream of Africa, this is the place. Off road for sure, it is desolate and remote. Wildlife here is not used to human interaction, and will occasionally become aggressive towards vehicles.

It is a good idea to travel with company here!

 

African elephant and rhinos drinking at a waterhole in the evening. Stars in the dark blue sky.

Elephant and rhinos seek water as the glow of dusk settles into a complete darkness. The landscape reverberates with the sounds of wild nocturnal animals waking up. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

Next, I will be off to Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a beautiful coastal city that is home to a number of tiny creatures that I wish to photograph: Namaqua Chameleon, Sidewinder snake, Shovel-snouted lizard, the Cartwheeling spider, and the Palmetto gecko.

Don’t be fooled by their diminutive size. These creatures are elusive. Despite previous attempts, I have never captured a single frame of any of them.

I see this as a challenge, and I think this may be my lucky trip! Will you keep your fingers crossed for me?

 

This zebra rests, while finding safety in the middle of the herd. Taken in Etosha National Park • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

Wildlife is always a primary interest in my personal travels, as well as my photography workshops, and my privately led photo adventure tours.

However, I am always keen to capture unique landscape photography as well.

 

Epupa Falls with Baobab trees. The Epupa Falls are created by the Cunene River on the border of Angola and Namibia, in the Kaokoland area of the Kunene Region. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

The areas of exquisite landscape that I will be visiting on this trip include; Epupa Water Falls and Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft National Park.

 

Early morning light skims across several Acacia trees in the Sossusvlei Dead Vlei of the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. This area is surrounded by beautiful red sand dunes. In my line of work, you must get up very early! • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

While in Swakopmond, I plan to photograph from the air. I will rent a small plane and capture a bird’s eye view of the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Aerial photography is so much fun. If you’ve never tried it, you must join me on a tour, and I will teach you the ropes to these exciting images from above.

 

The red sand dunes of the Skeleton Coast, as viewed from the air. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

My last stop will be the Sossusvlei Landscape

My last stop on this trip will be the Sossusvlei landscape. This landscape is stunning! The area is surrounded by blood red sand dunes. Many of the black dead Acacia trees, which dot the Clay & Salt Pan (sometimes referred to as “Camel Thorn Trees”), are over 900 years old.

I sometimes refer to this area as “Dead Shot” – meaning it has been over-photographed.

However, this is the thing about Africa. Nothing stays the same. Every day can offer a new composition never before seen.

So… Off, I go!

See you next time – when I am “On the Road Again”.

 

Ilulissat Icefjord & Disko Island Photo Tour

Greenland Photography Tour to Ilulissat Icefjord and Disko Bay in September 2016. Is Greenland on your bucket list?

 

I am excited to announce that I’ll be co-leading, together with Johan Peijnenburg, a  Greenland Photography Tour to Ilulissat Icefjord and Disko island in 2016. Is Greenland on your bucket list? Join us to experience the magnificent Arctic landscape of the Disko Bay area and let us help you in refining your landscape photography skills along the way!

Dates: From September 24th  to October 2nd, 2016

 

Disco Bay, Icebergs floating in Ilulissat Icefjord, Fishing Boat sailing between icebergs

About the Ilulissat Icefjord, Disko Bay Area in Greenland

The Disko Bay area is situated on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. We will primarily focus on two locations in this area:  Ilulissat Icefjord and Disko Island.

Ilulissat features the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ilulissat Icefjord. This Icefjord is one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland icecap reaches the sea. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice. The combination of huge icebergs, beautiful soft light and clear skies makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.

The landscape of Disko Island was created by volcanic activity and is therefore characterized by basalt hills. It features an interesting coastline with black beaches, columnar basalt rock formations and beautiful waterfalls. The island also has unique lush vegetation, with beautiful autumn colors, that cannot be found elsewhere in Greenland.

About the Ilulissat & Disko Bay Greenland Photography Tour

We will explore Disko Bay and Ilulissat Icefjord area on foot, by boat and by helicopter.

In and around Ilulissat we will:

      • hike to multiple locations to shoot the colorful village and the icebergs from different perspectives under varying light conditions

      • sail in between the icebergs on a private boat to capture them from a different angle

      • fly around with a helicopter to experience the vast landscape of Greenland and the UNESCO Icefjord from above

On Disko Island we will:

      • explore a spectacular area with basalt rosettes, arches and (sea) stacks as well as lush vegetation

      • hike along a river to a gorgeous area with waterfalls

      • visit a black beach featuring growlers (small remainders of the icebergs)

 

Johan and myself will be available to teach you, answer your questions, offer guidance and assist you with your photographic needs. In addition to the in-the-field time, we will provide presentations and workshops to help you get the best of this Greenland Photography Tour.

 

Ilulissat Icefjord, two icebergs floating in Disko Bay at sunrise, taken on a Greenland Photography tour.

 

Price

The price for the 9-day Disko Bay Greenland photography tour is US$ 9890.

Accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, local transportation, two boat trips and a helicopter flight are included.

To make sure that we can give everyone proper attention, we will not accept more than eight participants. This however also means that available spots might fill up quickly!

Register before June 30th 2016 and you will receive an early-bird discount of US$ 890!

 

All profits generated by this Photography Tour will be used for the good cause of the NiO Foundation.

Disko Bay Greenland Photo Tour Details and how to make your reservation.

See you in Greenland!

Anette

PS Japan Photography Adventure 2017 from 18th February until 1st March 2017 registration is open.

You may like to see some of my Iceberg Photographs

We also offer African Photo Safari in Botswana. Anette offers as well private tailored photo tours around the globe. More about Anette