Once in a Lifetime Experience with Jimmy Nelson

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Photographer Jimmy Nelson invites you to join him on a once-in-a-lifetime experience where he will take you on a journey of mutual human and cultural respect. Jimmy Nelson has traveled to the world’s most impressive locations, home to many vibrant, thriving but sometimes fragile cultures. Throughout the years he has come to realize that his camera is the perfect tool for making contact and building intimate and unique connections.

Join Jimmy Nelson on an exceptional journey, where you will meet inspiring people and join our global discussion on the importance of culture. By joining this adventure you will support the Jimmy Nelson Foundation and their mission to empower cultural expression for now and generations to come.


  • Dag 1 Nachtreis

    Departing from Amsterdam, a direct flight will take you overnight to Windoek, Namibia's capital city.

  • Dag 2 tot en met 3 NamibRand Nature Reserve
    Dag 2

    Our representative will meet you upon arrival at the Windhoek International Airport before introducing you to your pilots. Before you depart, you will be able to enjoy a refreshment and a light lunch. Then you will board your private light aircraft charter flight, which will take you southwest to reach the Sonop Zannier Hotel, where your personal guides will meet you on arrival.

    This afternoon you will be taken on a scenic excursion through the 5,600ha private nature reserve, stopping whenever a photo opportunity presents themselves, ending with sundowners looking out over the spectacular panoramic desert landscape.


    • Meet & Greet upon arrival
    • Transfer to your hotel
    • Welcome drink & light lunch upon arrival
    • Private charter flight to Sonop
    • Scenic excursion through the reserve
    • Two night stay at Sonop Zannier Hotel on Fully Inclusive basis

    Dag 3

    Today is dedicated to memorable excursions amidst the dramatic scenery that encompasses this private reserve. Excursions can be experienced either on foot, on E-bikes, or from the comfort of a game viewer. Emphasis will be on early morning and late afternoon excursions in order to be able to take advantage of the light conditions then, and learning about this amazing ecosystem and enjoying the stunning scenery. Animals like oryxes, brown hyenas, rabbits, foxes, jackals, kudus and leopards roam free through the private reserve. The definite program, however, will be confirmed after discussion with your local lodge guides.


    • Morning and afternoon guided excursions in the private reserve

  • Dag 4 tot en met 5 Sesriem
    Dag 4

    After a relaxed breakfast, you set off on your journey into the Namib Naukluft National Park to reach Dead Valley Lodge, stopping for scenic photo shoots along the way. Here you will stay for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guides

    Dead Valley Lodge is one of only two lodges that affords you prime location within the boundaries of the Namib Naukluft National Park. If there is still time today, your guides will take you to visit Sesriem Canyon, or out on a photographic excursion – alternatively you can just relax and soak in your scenic and tranquil surroundings.


    • Private transfer to Namib Naukluft National Park
    • Sesriem Canyon visit, if time allows
    • Two night stay at Dead Valley Lodge on Fully Inclusive basis

    Dag 5

    Today will be full of photographic opportunities as you rise early this morning for a magical excursion into the dunes with your guides and Jimmy.

    As you are already staying inside the park, you can get into Sossusvlei before everyone else and you would even be able to get there in time to see the sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. A truly amazing experience. 

    After your visit you will return to the lodge for lunch. We will be stopping off to visit Sesriem Canyon along the way, if we haven’t already done so. Afternoon at leisure with the option to head into the dune fields again to see the dunes whilst the shadows sharpen as the sun goes down.


    • Guided Sossusvlei excursion with Jimmy Nelson
    • Private transfers to and from Sossusvlei

  • Dag 6 Kaokoveld

    After an early breakfast your guides will transfer you to the nearby airstrip for your private light aircraft charter flight north into the far reaches of Kaokoland. Enjoy the view of the amazing Namibian landscapes during your flight.

    Upon arrival at the Opuwo Airstrip you will be welcomed by your new guides. After the warm welcome, you will be making your way further north through rugged terrain and dramatic scenery to reach your rustic yet comfortable mobile camp at the start of the awe-inspiring Van Zyl’s Pass. This will be our home for the next three nights and our base for exploring the local landscape and visiting the Himba and Tjimba tribal people, who still live a relatively traditional lifestyle.


    • Private transfer to the airstrip
    • Private charter flight to the Opuwo Airstrip
    • Private transfer to your mobile camp
    • Three night stay at Van Zyl's Mobile Camp on Fully Inclusive Basis

  • Dag 7 tot en met 8 Kaokoveld

    The next two days will be very special. These days are dedicated to visiting authentic Himba settlements in the vicinity to learn about the customs and traditions of this ancient people. It's impressive to see that these tribes do whatever they can in order to preserve their ancient culture. You will learn how they try to maintain their culture while meeting modern times.

    You will also have plenty of photo opportunities, as you will travel through breathtaking sceneries. Your personal tour guides will help you to take pictures at the most beautiful places.  


    • Authentic Himba experience
    • Private transfers to and from the mobile camp

  • Dag 9 tot en met 10 Damaraland
    Dag 9

    Today’s journey takes you south through rough and rugged terrain. With a bit of luck we hope to spot some desert adapted wildlife along the way, including elephant and giraffe. We will make our way into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland in order to reach the exclusive Huab Under Canvas Camp. This will be your home for the next two nights. The last stretch into camp is on tracks which are well off the beaten path, so arrival will be in the late afternoon to early evening. 


    • Private transfer to your accommodation in Damaraland
    • Two night stay at Huab Under Canvas on Fully Inclusive basis

    Dag 10

    Today you will have the chance to explore this remarkable area. In this area you can really enjoy the freedom to discover the fascinating landscapes.

    You will be treated to a memorable morning, as you will be out rhino tracking on foot with your guides and experienced local trackers. Your personal trackers head out to track these highly endangered, shy and elusive creatures by identifying their tracks and tracking them from there.

    After this phenomenal experience, you will return to your camp for some time to relax during the heat of the day. As soon as it is becoming cooler, your guides will take you out on a leisurely walk through this visually stunning wilderness area. Your day ends with sundowners on a hillock and admiring views of endless vistas as the shadows lengthen with the setting sun.


    • Rhino tracking on foot
    • Private transfers to and from your camp

  • Dag 11 tot en met 12 Skeleton Coast
    Dag 11

    Traversing dry riverbeds and winding your way through picturesque and ever-changing desert scenery, you make your way west into the Skeleton Coast National Park to reach Möwe Bay, the park’s administrative headquarters. Take some time to view game and absorb the vastness of the scenery along the way.

    Once we have arrived at Möwe Bay, your guides will leave you in the capable hands of your Shipwreck Lodge guides. They will transfer you to the lodge.

    In the late afternoon you will be whisked off on a sundowner drive to the Oasis water point, which is complimented by the smoothly sculptured roaring dunes of the concession area.


    • Private transfer to Möwe Bay
    • Private transfer from Möwe Bay to the Shipwreck Lodge
    • Afternoon sundowner drive to the Oasis water point
    • Two night stay at Shipwreck Lodge on Fully Inclusive basis

    Dag 12

    Today is dedicated to exploring this fascinating coastal area, where the landscape continually changes; showing off different rock formations, sand dunes and clay castles, a natural geological formation where brown hyena are often encountered and if fortunate, you will be graced with sightings of the elusive desert lion and desert adapted elephant.

    You will also get to view the remnants of the Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks, as well as the abandoned Westies diamond mine, the remnants of a Ventura Bomber, and the beautiful natural wind shelter created by the reeds at Flamingo Pools. 


    • Exploration of the coastal area
    • Visit to Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks
    • Visit to the abandoned Westies diamond mine
    • Private transfers to and from the lodge

  • Dag 13 Kunene

    It’s up early this morning for breakfast, after which you set off on your road transfer to Leylands Drift, where you will once again meet up with your personal tour guides.

    Entering the Hoarusib River, you follow this inland where the scenery constantly changes the further you get from the sea, and hopefully presenting wildlife sightings such as giraffe, oryx, or even elephants if you are lucky. You will stop off to explore the clay castles, a fascinating geological feature on the banks of the riverbed.

    Once you've met up with your guides again, your journey continues north through dramatic scenery of the rocky Hartmann’s Valley, eventually making your way to the Kunene River. This area is filled with the mysterious fairy circles, something which is bound to keep the conversation going in the vehicle whilst heading for Serra Cafema Camp. This will be your home for the next three nights. 


    • Private transfer to your accommodation
    • Stop-over in order to explore the clay castles
    • Three night stay at Serra Cafema Camp on Fully Inclusive basis

  • Dag 14 tot en met 15 Kunene

    The next two days are filled with exciting and informative guided activities. You will explore the impressive surrounding areas along the Kunene River, as well as visiting local Himba settlements.

    Here you will be granted a special opportunity to see and interact with these people in the most authentic setting far away from modern influences.

    After your time with the Himba tribe you will be treated to a scenic drive back to the lodge with a stop-over on top of a mountain for a stunning sunset over the picturesque landscape. A breathtaking experience to your day with!


    • Exploration of the surrounding areas along the Kunene River
    • Authentic Himba experience
    • Private transfers to and from the lodge with scenic stop-overs

  • Dag 16 Nachtreis

    This morning’s transfer also acts as a scenic nature drive as you make your way through stunning scenery to reach the airstrip. Upon arrival you will say goodbye to your guides. After the farewell, you will board your private light aircraft charter flight, which first takes you east to refuel at Ondangwa. After the stop-over, you will then head south on to Windhoek’s International Airport.

    On arrival you will be met by our representative who will assist you with check-in for your onward flight.


    • Scenic private transfer to Hartman Valley's airstip
    • Private charter flight to Windhoek Int. Airport
    • Check-in assistance upon arrival in Windhoek 

  • Dag 17 Vertrek


  • Sonop

    Sonop (wat zonsopgang betekent) is net geopend in een spectaculair woestijnlandschap in het zuiden van het land (50 km ten zuiden van Wolwedans). Gelegen op de top van een groep keien, in het midden van de woestijn, zijn een tiental luxe tenten verrezen die een verblijf bieden dat een is met de omgeving. 

    Sonop biedt een ervaring die tot op heden nog niet in Namibië bestond. Unieke activiteiten, evenals de een gastronomische Michelinster-waardige eetervaring kunt u verwachten. Sonop is een nieuwe oase van rust en ontspanning. De verfijnde stijl staat in contrast met de krachtige omgeving. Hiermee is deze lodge de parel op de kroon van de Zannier Hotels.

    Zannier is bekend van bijzondere accommodatie zoals Phum Baitang in Siem Reap (Cambodja), 1898 The Post in Gent (België) en Le Chalet in Megeve (Frankrijk).

    Uw verblijf: 2 nachten, Volledig Inclusief, Drank (Lokale Merken) Inclusief
  • Dead Valley Lodge

    De officiële opening voor gasten vindt plaats op 1 juli 2019.

    Dead Valley Lodge ligt naast de hoofdingangspoort in het nationaal park Namib-Naukluft, tussen de Sesriem-campsite en Elim Dune op weg naar de wereldberoemde Sossusvlei en de Dode Vlei. Deze oase biedt een panoramisch uitzicht op de Namib-woestijn met torenhoge rode zandduinen, ruige bergketens en dorre woestijn-savannes.

    Elk van de 20 vrijstaande luxueuze canvas chalets is airconditioned en uitgerust met tweepersoonsbedden, 220V, privépatio's, een kitchenette en vrijstaande badkamers met toiletartikelen. Gasten kunnen genieten van het eersteklas restaurant dat heerlijke gerechten in Namibische stijl serveert, ontspannen in de pittoreske bar met een koud drankje na een dag vol activiteiten, of afkoelen in het openluchtzwembad met uitzicht op de Elim Dune.

    Het eco-vriendelijke ontwerp en de architectuur van de lodge zijn echt geïnspireerd door Sossusvlei. Dankzij een eigen ingang naar het Namib-Naukluft National Park ligt de lodge optimaal gesitueerd ten opzichte van de Sossusvlei. De lodge biedt in de ochtend en middag excursies naar de Sossusvlei en de Sesriem-kloof.

    Uw verblijf: 2 nachten, Volledig Inclusief, Drank (Lokale Merken) Inclusief
  • Van Zyl's Mobile Camp
    Uw verblijf: 2 nachten,
  • Huab Under Canvas

    In line with our commitment to help preserve wild places, the //Huab Conservancy is the first of our exclusive use areas from which we operate Under Canvas Camps. Our exclusive area is situated in a core area for desert adapted black rhino in the //Huab Conservancy in Damaraland, approximately 90 km north west of Khorixas. As we were, again, pioneering both community development and conservation, we entered into an agreement with the local conservancy which secured an area for the exclusive use of Under Canvas. This agreement is new-age and forward thinking, providing a model that we are hoping to replicate in other areas of Namibia in time to come, and one from which we also hope other safari operators and conservancies in Namibia will benefit. It has already been hailed as a remarkable achievement and one that has highlighted that small scale tourism can have big conservation impact.

    Our first and foremost involvement and investment was in conservation, employing two Rhino Rangers to safeguard the local rhino population and to assist us with tracking them. We equipped the Rangers with solar powered mountain bikes to traverse this area in an environmentally conscious way and installed VHF radio communication for patrols to use, as well as investing in the supply of open water for wildlife. The area is home to Hartmann’s mountain zebra, oryx, springbok, steenbok, klipspringer, elephant, rhino, spotted and brown hyena, jackal, leopard, cape fox and African wild cat in addition to several others, and our presence in the area has already seen a change in the frequency of wildlife sightings.

    This camp is nestled in a grove of Mopane trees on the banks of a tributary of the //Huab River. Protected from all the prevailing winds and sun, the camp is virtually invisible from anywhere around and it carries arguably the lowest environmental footprint of any camp in Namibia. Tents are raised on mobile platforms and have basic infrastructure that allows for important comforts such as en suite flush toilets and bucket showers, but the essence of the camp remains Under Canvas, semi-permanent, seasonal and experiential.  With provision for up to eight tents, two of which are family units, this camp is only booked on an exclusive basis (tiered pricing for varying pax numbers) for each group we take there, and it can currently only be used as part of one of our privately guided or fly-in safaris. The camp is open seasonally between April and November.

    A minimum of a two night stay is required to get a true feel of what is on offer, although we believe that a three night stay would be even better in order to do real justice to the area. The camp is a fantastic alternative to any traditional lodge stay in Damaraland, and it offers exclusivity in terms of access which is beyond compare.

    Activities include tracking desert adapted rhino, noting that this is completely private and in an area that has the highest tracking success rate in north western Namibia; exploring the upper and less crowded //Huab River in search of desert adapted elephants; nature walks and drives; as well as the possibility to visit some nearby prehistoric rock engravings. //Huab Under Canvas was also the pioneer of our STELLAR ESCAPE, our very own sleep out product, as well as our TRAILS CAMP, a multi-day walking safari.

    Access to the camp is either from the north (Etosha) via a Himba village near Erwee (where a visit is already included in many of our safaris), or from the south via Khorixas and along the //Huab River. The last stretch into the camp involves travelling on tracks which are well off the beaten path tracks, and many of these are completely unknown to most travelers.

    Uw verblijf: 2 nachten, Volledig Inclusief, Drank (Lokale Merken) Inclusief
  • Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge

    De Shipwreck lodge is gelegen aan de beroemde Skeleton Coast tussen de Hoarusib en de Hoanib rivieren in het Skeleton Coast Park, slechts 45 km ten noorden van Möwe Bay. Ingenesteld tussen de duinen met een schitterend zicht op de Atlantische Oceaan liggen de 10  scheepswrak vormige huisjes die allemaal werken op zonneenergie. De sfeervolle accommodaties hebben allemaal een ensuite badkamer en in het hoofdgebouw van de accommodatie bevindt zich een restaurant met zicht op de Atlantische Oceaan. 


    Uw verblijf: 2 nachten, Volledig Inclusief, Drank (Lokale Merken) Inclusief
  • Serra Cafema Camp

    Serra Cafema Camp is gelegen onder schaduwrijke bomen op de oevers van de rivier de Kunene en is een van de meest afgelegen kampen in het zuiden van Afrika. De Portugese naam is afkomstig van de bergen die de noordelijke skyline domineren. U valt in slaap met het geluid van stromend water op de achtergrond, terwijl u overdag een van de droogste woestijnen in de wereld verkent. Het kamp heeft acht unieke canvas en rieten chalets, elk met een eigen badkamer, gemaakt met veel aandacht voor detail. De verhoogde dekken en eenvoudige structuren van hout, canvas en riet creëren een kamp dat één is met zijn omgeving. De eetkamer en het zwembad kijken uit over de rivier de Kunene. Activiteiten hier zijn gevarieerd, zoals bijvoorbeeld varen (als de waterstanden het toelaten), wandelen, het bekijken van adembenemende landschappen en een zorgvuldig begeleide quad-bike excursie in de duinen. In deze geïsoleerde regio behouden de Himba mensen hun nomadische, traditionele manier van leven en u krijgt de kans om hen te ontmoeten en te leren over hun levensstijl en tradities.

    Uw verblijf: 2 nachten,



  • Namibia

    With its well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa and an impressive list of breathtaking natural wonders, touring Namibia is truly a pleasure. Visit the capital of Windhoek and the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund to discover remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. To properly appreciate this extraordinary country, you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer. These include: the impressive Fish River Canyon Park; the vast Etosha National Park teeming with local subspecies, such as desert lions, desert elephants and the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra; the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert; and of course the Namib Desert stretching for nearly 1000 km along the magnificent Atlantic coastline. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.

  • NamibRand Nature Reserve

    Spanning an area of 172,200 hectares and encompassing four distinct ecosystems, the Namib Rand Reserve is among the largest privately owned game parks in Southern Africa. Founded to conserve the unique environment and wildlife species of the south-western Namib Desert, the park’s mix of dunes, mountains, rocky outcrops, sandy flats and gravel plains provides habitats for a diversity of mammals – including hyenas, jackals, foxes, antelopes and various wild cats – as well as a plethora of bird species, reptiles, insects, frogs and flora. Visitors can discover the mysterious ‘fairy circles’, which dot the landscape and sip on sundowners while watching the sunset over this unspoilt ancient landscape. Having been named Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, it is one of the least light-polluted areas in the world, so don't miss this excellent star gazing opportunity.

  • Kaokoveld

    The Kaokoveld is a dry, mountainous and relatively undeveloped region that takes in the harsh beauty of the Skeleton Coast and the coppery sands of the northern Namib Desert. The area is inhabited by three main ethnic groups – the Damara, Herero and Himba people – each with their unique customs, traditions and rituals.

  • Namib

    The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and although it stretches along the entire length of Namibia’s coastline, the Namib commonly refers to the vast sea of sand from Luderitz to Swakopmund. For a big sandy desert the scenery is remarkably varied, with the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei being the most famous part. Because of how old it is the Namib is home to numerous species that don’t occur elsewhere and although no humans live in the desert an amazing array of flora and fauna manages to survive here. Famous species include the Welwitschia – a living fossil plant, endemic chameleons, fur seals along the coast, brown hyenas, jackals and remarkably one of Africa’s largest antelope the Gemsbok. The name Namib is of Nama origin and means "vast place" and vast it certainly is.

  • Sesriem

    As there is no accommodation at Sossusvlei, visitors to this desert wilderness are likely to end up staying at Sesriem, 65 kilometres away, where camps and lodges serve as a base from which to explore the dunes. Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.)

  • Sossusvlei

    Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven. Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei - Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei - other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

  • Kunene

    One of just five perennial rivers in Namibia, the Kunene is an invaluable source of water for the local Himba people, and it has been the mainstay of their existence for hundreds of years. For travellers, the river’s most striking feature is the Epupa Falls, which cascade over a distance of more than a kilometre downstream, with a total vertical drop of around 60 metres. White water rafting and kayaking are both popular pursuits on the Kunene.

  • Damaraland

    Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

  • Skeleton Coast

    Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the 'Land God Made in Anger' and is remoteness at its best. Thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters of the Atlantic and somehow an amazing array of wildlife and flora manages to survive in this harsh but beautiful environment. Ocean fog creeps over the shoreline caused by the warm dry air of the Namib Desert colliding with the cold Benguela current. This otherworldly area is home to a diversity of wildlife including seabird colonies, Cape fur seals, zebra, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephant, lion and much more. Surfing enthusiasts are drawn to these powerful waves and photographers flock from around the globe to snap a shot of this eerie shipwreck graveyard and for the unrivalled maritime photographic opportunities. This coast is desolate but breathtakingly beautiful.


Maximum number of participants: 12

  • Unique 15 day program experiencing the best Namibia has to offer 
  • Travelling with Jimmy Nelson for the entire duration of the trip, changing your perspective and offering photographic opportunities
  • Domestic charter flights
  • Overnight stays in Namibia's best lodges and exclusive mobile camps
  • Expert local guiding with naturalist guides
  • Full board basis, meals and activities as stipulated in 'Daily Information'
  • All local (private) transfers as per the itinerary
  • Support the Jimmy Nelson Foundation and local Wildlife trusts
  • International flights
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures (tips)
  • Compulsory Calamiteitenfonds contribution (€ 2,50 per booking)
  • Meals and activities not specifically mentioned under 'Daily Information'