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It is hard to imagine a country that offers more variety for photography than Namibia.  Epic landscapes, abundant wildlife, friendly people and some of the most remote wilderness left in the world await you. 


Your mentors Ray Martin and John Wiseman look forward to enhancing your photographic skills tailored to your specific goals. 

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To view a short video from Ray and John...


Ray Martin

Ray Martin is the most highly-acclaimed TV personality in Australian history – with five Gold Logies, countless Silver and People’s Choice Awards, an Order of Australia, a Journalist Hall of Fame Award, along with an Honorary Doctorate from Sydney University.

Instantly recognised in front of the camera, what few people realise is that Ray’s been taking photos himself, almost as long as he’s been a journalist.  Let’s say… more than fifty years!

“Ray’s World”, is a best-selling collection of his photographs – published by MUP. He’s had a number of public showings in recent years, including a one-man exhibition at Ken Duncan’s famous Central Coast gallery & a joint exhibition at the highly prized Biennale in Ballarat which opened in August 2019.

Ray is proud to have done professional assignments for Panasonic, Canon & Fuji cameras.  He has also hosted the first two years of the highly popular Aperture Photography Conference in Sydney’s Exhibition Centre.

Ray insists - “This self-drive journey through the wonders of Namibia will be fun, it’s guaranteed you’ll take some cracker photos and if people don’t improve their skills…well, it won’t be for lack of ideas.”

John Wiseman

John Wiseman is an avid photographer collecting stunning images while travelling around the world.  In Ecuador, he conquered the art of photography and was a recent finalist in the Epson NSW Professional Photographer Awards – Nature Category 2019.

Capturing exotic birds and big game has now become his passion, and John has committed himself full time to his wildlife photography. 

Like many others, his initial interest was stimulated by the wonderfully generous and talented Ken Duncan, who shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for capturing stunning images of the world around us in a way that also captivates the photographer.


"The intoxicating excitement of the animals of Africa; the size, beauty and grace of these creatures and the love of the chase. The reward for the sometimes-thrilling patience is the delivery of that satisfying moment in time.  And to know, that for the subject, nothing has changed. I have just intruded for a rare moment. The concentration through the viewfinder allows me to be immersed in and enjoy the “priceless” moment."

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This adventure utilises 4x4s to take us into remote areas that few tourists ever see.   We’ll tick of the “iconic” destinations like Etosha National Park and the largest free standing sand dunes in the world (often referred to as Sossusvlei) and we will see more tourists in these “must see” locations, but then our route will take us on tracks that, in 10 years of operating these tours, we have seldom seen another vehicle. 

Highlights include: Etosha National Park with its massive salt pan lined with waterholes attracting abundant game; remote river beds through canyons and where game roams without fences; spend time with the dramatic Himba tribe of Koakoland (the least sparsely populated region of Namibia); vast open plains; the amazing prehistoric Welwitschia plants up to 2,000 years old; incredible geological landscapes; painted deserts; the Skeleton coast; and the highest free standing sand dunes in the world. 


2 people per 4x4: AUD13,800* to AUD14,900*

The price will depend on which 4x4 you choose so the range below shows from the least expensive car to the most expensive.  Cars are all subject to availability.

*Prices assume a minimum of 5 vehicles maximum of 7 vehicles (plus support vehicles).  Prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations – please see terms and conditions for all booking conditions.


2023 - Bookings Open

24 June - 13 July, 2020 - Limited Cars available


Arrival and departure transfers, vehicle hire (as selected) paper map, wildlife guide book, tents, bedding, linen, towels, fridge, water tank, cooking and camping equipment, spare tyre, vehicle insurance (standard), two-way radio in vehicle, village visit to the Himba, National Park entry fees at Etosha and Sossusvlei, Palmwag game reserve entrance fees, Small Five tour, firewood, camping (11 nights) and guest houses/hotels (8 nights with 3 more nights you can upgrade if space available for an additional fee), meals as per itinerary, photographic mentors, and Self Drive Adventures support vehicle escort and staff.


Airfares return to Windhoek, Namibia (approx. AUD2,000 - AUD2,500 from Sydney), Fuel (approx. AUD560 per car), food other than listed in itinerary (approx. budget AUD500-700 per person, any accommodation upgrades chosen, any vehicle upgrades chosen, optional activities, vehicle excess, beverages and alcohol (wine is approx. AUD10 per bottle, case of beer approx. AUD30), local tips, travel insurance (medical evacuation insurance highly recommended), visas (if required), vaccinations (if required), any other items of a personal nature.



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