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Namibia Photo Tour

NAMIBIA, OCT. 13 - OCT. 26, 2017  6950 US$OTHER DEPARTURE DATES
Our Namibia 14 days Photo Tour is unlike anywhere else on earth, and it offers so many surprising and amazing encounters with both its people and lands, that it is close to heaven for photographers. We will experience everything from the vermillion-gold sands of Sossusvlei, which go from salt flats to thousand foot high dunes, […]

HIGHLIGHTS



- The deserted mining town of Kolmanskop , a blend of colorful walls and sand swept buildings, with whole dunes inside their rooms,

- The “Quiver Tree Forest” at Keetmanshoop,

- The wild animals in Sossusvlei, anything from oryx, springbok, jackals, and even the famous ‘fog beetles’,

- The Sesriem River Canyon

- The Namib Desert

- Solitaire, a legendary gas station in the middle of the desert

- The dunes of Sandwich Harbor and Walvis Bay

- The coastal road called the Highway of Skeletons: The Skeleton Coast.

- Cape Cross, where we will get the chance to photograph the great seal colony

- The region of Damaraland

- Kakaoland one of the most virgin areas of southern Africa, and also, the home of the Himba people, the beautiful tribes.

- Twyfelfontein, a Human Heritage Site

- The safari in the reserve, looking for wildlife to photograph.

- An optional extension to Etosha National Park

 

Our Namibia 14 days Photo Tour is unlike anywhere else on earth, and it offers so many surprising and amazing encounters with both its people and lands, that it is close to heaven for photographers.

We will experience everything from the vermillion-gold sands of Sossusvlei, which go from salt flats to thousand foot high dunes, to capturing the haunting mystery of the mining ghost town of Kolmanskop, eerie in ambiance, and slowly being devoured by the desert around it.

You will photograph the quiver trees of Keetmanshoop, fantastical flora that cut unique and strange images against a sunset backdrop, growing like alien plants between the uniquely wind-carved dolorite boulders that dominate the southern desert.

The Himba people, a fierce and proud tribe of nomads with skin painted with the desert´s reddish soil, await you during the day, and at night, photography sessions in open areas where you can capture images of the purple-rosy stardust of the Milky Way, clearer than you’ve ever seen it before .

And of course, no trip would be complete without photography expeditions from open top 4x4s with the magnificent animals – lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and elephants – that call Etosha National Park their home.

The trip to Ethiopia was absolutely amazing, and Maurits and I are still trying to process the wealth of experiences we had in our extraordinary 8 days with you. We can't thank you enough for your organization, guidance, good humour and most importantly, your friendship. We can not believe how much we saw, did and learned in such a short period of time, and when we arrived back in London we felt as if we had been gone for weeks. I think we were extremely lucky that we had such a pleasant and congenial group, but it is the quality of leadership that brings and binds people together. So, thank you, Harry! I will certainly keep an eye on your future trips, particularly Varanasi, though I think it would be a real privilege to join any of them.

Erika Dolmans (UK)



ITINERARY

Day 1.- WINDHOEK (Arrival in Windhoek Sunday or Thursday)

Upon arrival at Windhoek international Airport, we will head right to the hotel and check in. After a short rest and welcome note, we’ll start our tour at the very spot of our accommodation: the Etango Game Ranch. As it is situated inside of the Namatanga Wildlife Preserve, it boasts a wide variety of both flora and fauna; Etango offers a dynamic photo environment with a lot of life and motion to capture on film. The Preserve has vast tracts of land that contain many ecosystems, from mountain to the sands of the Kalahari, and the central plains, which creates an area of great biodiversity without equal.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 2.- WINDHOEK – LUDERITZ & KOLMANSKOP

After breakfast early in the morning, we will head to the airport and take our flight from Windhoek to Luderitz. Directly from the Luderitz airport, we’ll go to Kolmanskop, so have your equipment ready. Kolmanskop is a well of haunting and beautiful opportunities to work on capturing ambiance with your camera. A deserted mining town, Kolmanskop was once a German settlement, but was abandoned to the will of the desert in the early 1950’s. Now it is a photogenic blend of colorful walls and sand swept buildings, some which have whole dunes inside their rooms, as the desert devours it little by little. The town is also rather large enough for us to spread out and create a fantastic photographic story, as there are more than enough subjects to work with.

 

Day 3.- LUDERITZ - KEETMANSHOOP

After an early breakfast, we will return to the ghost town of Kolmanstrop at dawn to catch the Golden orange hour when the town is illuminated by the rising sun. Then, we will carry on to the town of Keetmanshoop, a moniker in Afrikaans which means “Keetman’s hope.” The route we are going to take has some spectacular vistas, and there will be a few sessions photographing the huge and curious rock formations, and wild fauna.

Keetmanshoop is a regional center for Karas. In this area there are fossilized footprints and the remains of a Mesosaurus, as well as the famous “Quiver Tree Forest”. Quiver “trees” aren’t actually trees but a type of aloe cactus. They have a rather signature shape that, against the desert plains backdrop of the region, makes them great subjects for a photographer. At dusk we will head to the forest for a photo shoot and, stamina willing, stay through nightfall.

Dinner and lodging at the hotel.

 

Day 4.- KEETMANSHOOP - NAMIB DESERT (unas 6.30 h)

After breakfast, we will leave via the D7070 to Sesriem with a packed lunch for the road. The route is 470km long but will take us through Namib Naukluft National Park, which have unbelievable views of the distant mountains and mesas, which means sweeping panoramas and vistas we will stop and photograph along the way. We will carry on to the hotel and stay at the Sossus Dune Lodge, near the Sossusvlei salt flats.

 

Day 5.- NAMIB DESERT

Via the privileged location of the Sossus Dune Lodge, we have the opportunity to start with an early landscape photographic program, before sunrise and head over to Sossusvlei, arriving before dawn. Once there, we will stay out in the park until dusk, photographing the vast, red clay expanse of the flats and taking advantage of the golden hours for this location.

We’ll head approximately 60km to the center of Dune City, just before the first light of day. It is best if you can get to the fabled Dune 45 when the sun is just rising, so you can capture the impressive contrast between the intense blue sky against the glowing red of the dunes. Then, we will continue on to the end of the asphalt highway, where we will leave our car behind and take a 4x4 for the last 5km of pure sand until we reach the heart of Dune City, the Dead Vlei. It is one of the most inhospitable and hottest places on the planet, and the dune called Big Daddy, which reaches 325m in height, calls this place home. Here you will get a chance to capture a rare and almost unknown place, and we will take our time with our photo session.

Aside from the landscape, it is also easy to find a variety of wild animals in Sossusvlei, anything from oryx, springbok, jackals, and even the famous ‘fog beetles’. We will be hiking up and around the dunes on foot to capture panoramas and incredible shots as the light changes in the area throughout the day.

Dinner and lodging at the hotel.

 

Day 6.-NAMIB DESERT

Today we will have a lot to work with in terms of shooting landscape and also working with different levels of natural light. We will also visit the nearby Sesriem River Canyon, and, as a side option, take a hot air balloon ride across said canyon for some incredible aerial shots.

We will spend a complete day in the Namib Desert, which is the oldest on the planet, and has a sea of reddish dunes owing to the oxidation of the sand’s high iron and quartz crystal content. The dunes are born of sand that sweeps in from the neighboring Kalahari, and is ferried by the Orange River, then eventually returned to the land by the Benguela current. This desert is a great compilation of unique and particular factors that come together to make it a Human Heritage site, something which will help preserve it in the years to come.

 

Day 7.- NAMIB DESERT – WALVIS BAY (4.5 hours approx)

In the morning just after breakfast, we will head to Walvis Bay, which is approximately 400km, give or take 6 hours. We will take a stop in Solitaire, a legendary gas station in the middle of the desert. Although nowadays this route has increased the number of services it has for travelers, it continues to be a locale which maintains its ambiance of isolation, although its Apple cakes, made fresh in the station’s oven, are famous all over Africa. We recommend, between photographs of this inspiring and interesting places and the isolation that surrounds it, that you take a moment to have a coffee and a piece of cake – you won’t regret it.

After our stop, we’ll continue cutting through the north section of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, which is not only the biggest national park in Namibia, but one of the largest in Africa. It is home to some of the most spectacular changing landscapes on the planet, and the endemic flora is incomparable. On this route, we can see animals as well, living free in the desert park, including oryx, ostriches, sometimes the shy jackals, and more.

Overnight in our hotel, though dinner will be in the nearby city of Swakopmund.

 

Day 8.- WALVIS BAY – SANDWICH HARBOUR

Today will be dedicated entirely to the famous dunes of Sandwich Harbor and Walvis Bay. Our road will take us parallel to both the dunes and the Atlantic Ocean, and we have several planned stops at the best spots for some dazzling photographs of the area, and the contrast between the world of the desert and that of the ocean. We will also take a stop at “Bird Rock”, which is a small island made of guano that is home to somewhere around 200,000 birds, and is not something anyone should miss. After a session with the animals there, we will head to the Lagoon of Walvis Bay, which has been declared an Area of International Importance, due to the fact that it is a major feeding and breeding ground for thousands upon thousands of different species of bird. The area also boasts footprints of animals long since gone from the planet, and is a living study of geological history.

Then, the journey continues south to Sandwich Harbor. This route cuts across desert plains and salt flats as well, where we have a chance to find springbok, ostriches, jackals, and brown hyenas. On this leg of the journey you realize, as impressive as the landscape is, that it makes Sandwich Harbor sometimes nearly inaccessible: living tides of sand can cover the road, shifting and swirling, hiding the way. It is a remote location that few people ever reach, and we will photograph things that few can ever capture.

 

Day 9.- WALVIS BAY – CAPE CROSS - KHOWARIB

After breakfast, we’ll head north. Today we have a rather long journey, so we have to pack a lunch to take along with us. Though this route will be long, it will furnish us with some incredible and interesting photographic opportunities, so we have several sessions scheduled for stops along the highway. We will be following the coastal road called the Highway of Skeletons: battered by the wind and the force of the ocean, this wild coast is about 2,000km long and runs most of the border between Namibia and the Atlantic Ocean, and it is also one of the most unknown and untouched places in the entire continent of Africa. One finds themselves alone in a desolate place, but one that is not without great beauty. It´s known for its spots of thick fog which is formed from the clash between the hot, dry land climate and the Benguela current which comes up the coast from Antarctica. On account of the fog, the coast has taken many a sailor who was shipwrecked or swallowed by the sea. We will take plenty of photography stops to build a photographic story of the highway, including a stop at the ruins of an old sailing ship.

We will also make a more nature related stop once we reach Cape Cross, where we will get the chance to photograph the great seal colony that resides there. You can get quite close to them as well, as there are walkways that pass over the seals, who are not very shy of cameras.

Finally, we will find ourselves in the region of Damaraland, land of the Damaras, which is scarcely populated but has some of the most unique geographical features you can find in the world. Kakaoland is said to be one of the most virgin areas of southern Africa, and also, the home of the Himba people. We will have different sessions for both the landscape and the people, time willing, keeping in mind the distance that needs to be covered to reach our hotel by nightfall.

 

Day 10.- DAMARALAND (KHOWARIB LODGE)

We will use this day in full to visit the Herero and Himba communities, noble and fierce people who defend their culture and have great pride in their tribes. This village continues to work on a barter system in order to maintain their economy. You can buy butter, sugar, salt, or flour as gifts in exchange for your visit to the town. The Himba are a semi nomadic people, and shepherds, who move from place to place in search of water. They live in small huts around a central, ancestral fire, and have one central enclosure for their livestock. The women are known for their reddish skin tone, owing to the Otjize they use, which is a mixture of butter fat and earth, and it protects them from the sun. Without a doubt, their world is the desert, which they will share with us.

We have a photo session planned for today so that we can get up close and personal with the locals, working on portraiture and telling their story.

 

Day 11.- DAMARALAND (KHOWARIB LODGE)

Today we will have a full morning with the Himba tribe in their village.

Later on we will start a photographic expedition and go out tracking desert elephants. These great beasts are a subspecies that has adapted to a very harsh environment, and can use their tusks to dig in dry river beds to look for water. It will be a test of the skill of our guides, and also the endurance of the vehicles, to drive through these zones we will be entering, where everything is so abrupt, full of rocky turf and difficulties, without forgetting it is payment for the tracks, following the footprints until finally finding these herds, in their absolutely wild and virgin home, it will be without a doubt an experience you will not forget.

 

Day 12.- DAMARALAND - TWYFELFONTEIN

After breakfast, we will head south to the protected area of Twyfelfontein and have lunch in our hotel there. In the afternoon, we will visit Twyfelfontein, which was declared a Human Heritage Site, as it is home to a great concentration of petroglyphs. These paintings and rock carvings were done by the forest dwelling tribes that lived in the area thousands of years ago, and were used in a didactic way to teach young tribe members the ancestral ways of hunting. We will spend some time photographing here when the light is strong, and then visit the Petrified Forest, which is a vast expanse of millions of years old petrified trees.

We will also get the chance later on to photograph the Organ Pipers, which are vertical basalt formations that are about 20ft high that took over 120 million years to be shaped by the elements. With everything that we have in Twyfelfontein, there will be ample opportunity to take some breathtaking photos that tell the history of this truly amazing area.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Day 13.- DAMARALAND - OTJIWARONGO

We will revisit the rocky zones of Twyfelfontein in the morning, as this area becomes illuminated in red and gold just as the sun comes up, and is well worth capturing on film. Then we´ll head east to our next hotel, the Otijwa Lodge. Situated in a historical Guest Farm, it has a surface area of 12,000 hectares and is an ideal place to end a visit to Namibia. The reserve enjoys an abundance of wild animals, and there are, among those we can see, around 20 rhinos, a prolific population of strange antelopes, a bird sanctuary that is home to the regal African Fish Eagle, and about 25 other types of mammals.

So today in the afternoon we will take our cameras and a 4x4 out on a safari in the reserve, looking for wildlife to photograph. It won´t take the entire afternoon, only about two hours, and then after dinner, we will have a real treat – a photography session with the night sky as our subject. Far from any lights or human noise or pollution, this spot will offer a - literally – heavenly view of a star spattered sky, and the brilliant pink-purple-blue glow of the Milky Way overhead.

 

Day 14.- OTJIWARONGO - WINDHOEK

We will head out at first light for one last safari in the reserve, time and flight schedule permitting, and keeping in mind that we need two hours minimum to get to Windhoek International Airport.

Once at the airport we will say goodbye to our guide and to Namibia, and head home. End of our services.

 



EXTENSIONS

Day 14.- OTJIWARONGO - ETOSHA


Our guide will have left early from Windhoek to meet up with us in order to go on a morning Safari in Otijwa. We will meet there, then continue on to Etosha National Park. It will take approximately 3 hours, and upon arrival, we will drop our bags at our lodging and head out on safari in an enclosed vehicle. We do have the option to do a safari around dusk in an open 4x4, or even a night safari.

Please note: Normally, safaris in open vehicles are done in slightly larger groups.


Day 15.- ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK


Get your camera ready, because today we will offer the pleasure of a full day on Safari in Etosha, with a guide and a private vehicle. This national Park is the biggest and best wild life sanctuary in all of Namibia. During our safari, we will go through many different geographical and ecological zones of the vast expanse that comprises Etosha. We can see herds of rhinos and elephants, even giraffes and lions, all in their natural habitats, and we have a very good chance of seeing them all, too; Etosha has around 300 lions, 3000 giraffes, 2000 elephants, and a huge quantity of springbok, zebra, gnu, buffalo, kudu, oryx, and if we are really lucky, we might spot an elusive leopard or two. It is worth noting that Etosha is also the home of several species that are on the verge of extinction, including both black and white rhinos, the black faced Impala, the Tssessebe, and the Oryx.

During the dry season, from June to October, the animals concentrate around the few watering holes the area offers. We will be able to seek them out easily and catch so me stunning photos of the animals at rest in these peaceful spots.

Also, in the center of Etosha, we can visit the famous Pan, an ancient and now dried up lake that covers about 5000 square kilometers. It will be, without a doubt, a day of unforgettable experiences and rare and wonderful photo opportunities for those who are lovers of nature and wildlife.

 

Day 16.- ETOSHA – WINDHOEK

 

We will get up very early today to do one last safari in Etosha at daybreak, which is the time at which the animals are most active, thus we have the best chance of finding some inspiring scenes. (This is of course, as always, time permitting with regards to our flight schedule). Then we will head south to Windhoek International Airport, where we will say goodbye to our guide and the desert, and head home.

End of journey and our services.

 



Prices per person
9-10 Participants 6950 US$


Supplements
6 participants surcharge 730 US$
Single room suplement 1200 US$


Extensions
Etosha Optional Extension 1630 US$


TERMS

SERVICES INCLUDED

    • - Tutoring by photographer/expert Harry Fisch
    • - Assistance at airport and hotels
    • - English speaking expert guide
    • - Internal Flight
    • - All meals during trip. (Dinner first day and breakfast last day)
    • - Specified transfers
    • - Mini Van Toyota Quantum or similar
    • - 4x4 at safaris when needed
    • - Accommodation in good hotels and lodges in double rooms with private bathroom (see listing)
    • - All visits

 

ETOSHA Extension

 

    • - Tutoring by photographer/expert Harry Fisch
    • - Assistance at airport and hotels
    • - English speaking expert guide
    • - Breakfast only
    • - Private vehicle (Toyota Corolla, Komi or Quantum depending on size of the group)

 

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

    • - International Flights
    • - Meals not specified in the table
    • - Optional activities and visits
    • - Personal extras, such as drinks, laundry, telephone, etc.
    • - Visas.
    • - Air taxes
    • - Airport taxes
    • - Any other item not mentioned as included
    • - Tips
    • - Insurance


Booking


ALL PHOTO TOURS EXCEPTED CUBA. For the booking and cancelation terms that apply to the Cuba trip please refer to the specific Cuba booking and cancelation policy.

1) Bookings should be made by email to the following address:
photography@trekkingyaventura.com

The personal information to be supplied is detailed below:
- Full name of the person who is traveling (according to the passport) and ID number.
- Postal address, telephone number, mobile phone and email address.
- Passport details (passport number, date and place of birth, date and place of issue and date of expiry). We advise sending us a scanned image, as it is required at most destinations.

2) A deposit 1.000 US$ per person shall be made. Bookings shall not be considered as firm until evidence of this payment has been provided.

Wire transfers, Visa and / or Master Card, direct deposits, checks and cash are accepted. The name/s of the person/s who is/are travelling is/are required to appear in all transactions/communications.

Full insurance of initial deposit


All passengers booking with Trekking & Adventure Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid, including repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of the travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Trekking & Adventure Ltd.

Terms


Voluntary Participation
By registering for a Nomad Photo Expedition trip , you acknowledge that you have voluntarily applied to participate on this trip and that you have read the description of the trip as it appears in the current catalog or website.

Subject to change
In the event that for any reason whatsoever, such as but not limited to a medical emergency, the originally assigned photographer is unable to accompany the trip, he will be replaced by another photographer with experience in the same destination. Such a change will not be deemed sufficient grounds for a refund other than stated in the cancellation policy.

Prices and itineraries may vary without prior notice until the moment of booking. Itineraries may be altered during the trip depending on photographic interest upon decision of the accompanying photographer.

Health and fitness:
You are expected to be in reasonable shape and fitness and being able to walk for several hours at a normal pace as well as to take care of your own equipment. You could have to transport your own luggage and bags in airports and hotels. By registering in our workshops you attest that you have no physical limitation or incapacity that could create risk to or impact in the rhythm of the rest of the group.

We reserve the right to refuse the participation of any participant not considered suitable due to his fitness level.

The Agent
The pace of each journey, the dedication to one or another theme and/or region, are designed and determined by Harry Fisch based on his experience in the region, research and/or accounts of other travelers, as well as relationships established over the years at various destinations. Harry Fisch or Nomad Photo Expeditions does not own or operate any entity, which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, minibus, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Harry Fisch or Nomad Photo Expeditions is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any third party.

Travel arrangements, logistics, bookings, support, insurance, and everything related to the activity of a Travel Agent are organized by Viajes Trekking y Aventura c.i.c ma 1038, in accordance with the laws in force.

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements.

Itinerary Modification & liabilities
We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of our concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If an expedition is canceled by us prior to departure, Trekking & Adventure will provide the participant with a full refund of monies paid to them; except in the event cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the expedition as planned, in which case T&A will provide the participant with a refund and/or credit toward a future Nomad Photo Expedition trip equivalent to monies paid to them.

The applicant acknowledges that travel on a Trekking y Aventura trip requires a degree of flexibility, and understands that the trip’s route, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. Should Trekking y Aventura deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or rerouting any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to the applicant if the reason for any major alteration is outside Trekking y Aventura control.

If we cancel the trip in progress, the participant will receive a prorated refund and/or a credit based on the number of days not completed on the expedition. We will not be responsible for any additional expenses incurred by participant in his/her preparation for the trip (e.g., nonrefundable airline tickets visa fees, if applicable clothing, equipment and medical expenses, etc.).

The itineraries and staff presented in this catalog are subject to modification and change by Nomad Photo Expedition. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

The maximum number of participants are listed under the workshop/trip details section of each individual workshop. However, we reserve the right to add by up to one, the maximum number of participants per workshop, at any time as well as to include, within the maximum participant´s limits, up to three non-photographer travelers on each trip. These extra people, usually those accompanying their photographer spouse, friend or partner, will not be entitled to any private photography tutoring time.

The participant further acknowledges that weather conditions may be severe, adverse and/or unpleasant and that medical services or facilities may not be readily available or accessible during some or all of the time during which he/she is participating on the trip. Trekking & Adventure reserves the right to request a medical certificate from a participant at any time before departure or during the photo tour. T&A will ultimately determine an individual’s ability to embark upon the photo tour. Once a booking has been accepted, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to the cancellation policy.

While travelling with Trekking y Aventura the applicant agrees to accept the authority of the leader or local operator at all times. The applicant is aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. The applicant understands that Trekking y Aventura reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time.

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

The participant acknowledges that he/she is aware that such a the trip he/she is undertaking in remote areas of the world implies a risk of illness, injury or death which may be caused by forces of nature, illness, or by willful or criminal conduct of third parties or by terrorism. You acknowledge that travel to foreign countries entails unanticipated risks which could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to yourself, to property, or to third parties. You understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity. The risks include, among other things: the hazards of walking on uneven terrain (cobblestones) and slips and falls, street muggings, hijacking, your own physical condition.

Booking (All photo tours excepted Cuba. Scroll down for the special Cuba terms).



1) Bookings should be made by email to the following address:
photography@trekkingyaventura.com

The personal information to be supplied is detailed below:
- Full name of the person who is traveling (according to the passport) and ID number.
- Postal address, telephone number, mobile phone and email address.
- Passport details (passport number, date and place of birth, date and place of issue and date of expiry). We advise sending us a scanned image, as it is required at most destinations.

2) A deposit 1.000 US$ per person shall be made. Bookings shall not be considered as firm until evidence of this payment has been provided.
Wire transfers, Visa and / or Master Card, direct deposits, checks and cash are accepted.
The name/s of the person/s who is/are travelling is/are required to appear in all transactions/communications.

Full insurance of initial deposit

(All photo tours excepted Cuba. Scroll down for the special Cuba terms.)


In accordance with the EEC directive. 90/314 all passengers booking with Trekking & Adventure Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid, including repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of the travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Trekking y Aventura Ltd. A certificate detailing this cover will be given to each and every passenger as evidence of cover. Please ensure that you have been given the appropriate certificate(s) at the time of booking.

Cancelation policy

 

(All photo tours excepted Cuba. Scroll down for the special Cuba terms.)



Unless otherwise stated the following cancellation policy applies:
A 1.000 USD deposit is required to book your spot.
Full payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure unless indicated otherwise in the description of the tour or workshop.
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.

Trekking & Adventure Ltd. reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to departure. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.
- If you cancel 121 days or more prior to departure we’ll give you back your deposit less 300 $.
- Between 91 and 121 days before the departure date, T&A will retain your full deposit and/or partial payment as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation . Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
- Less than 91 days before the departure date, 50% of the price of the tour as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation . Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
- Less than 60 days before the departure date, 100 % of the price of the tour .

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements.

The land cost does not include:
Domestic or International air fare unless specifically stated on the itinerary ; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not travelling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.
Passport and Visa
The applicant must carry a valid passport and have obtained the appropriate visas when travelling . Applicants must ensure their passport is valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are in possession of the correct visas for the trip they are undertaking. We cannot accept responsibility if the applicant is refused entry to a country due to incorrect visa documentation.
The client acknowledges that it is solely his/her responsibility to ensure that he/she is in possession of the necessary travel documents that may be required in respect of the proposed tour and itinerary as well as all health and other certificates that may be required from time to time. The client acknowledges that Trekking y Aventura is not assuming any obligation or liability .

Accommodation
The accommodation can not always be a high standard when travelling in developing countries so sometimes things will not always run as smoothly as they would in a western country. The further you venture from the beaten track the more basic the standard of accommodation and levels of service. This is all part of your adventure travel experience.

Single Travelers
Accommodations (hotels, tents, and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. If the participant prefers single accommodations, he/she must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed in the Trip Itinerary. If the participant is traveling alone and wishes to share accommodations, we will assign him/her a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom the participant can share, he/she is required to pay the single supplement fee

Fitness and Health
The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Trekking y Aventura.

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Insurance
Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas. The applicant’s travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability.

We strongly recommend insurance coverage for cancellation be taken at the same time as payment is made, as no exception to the cancellation provisions that can be made. We also recommend provisions for curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. We recommend the purchase of the optional supplemental travel insurance package to protect oneself in case of an unexpected medical emergency.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it.

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

Photo Release
Trekking y Aventura reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Trekking y Aventura

Cancelation policy
Unless otherwise stated (scroll down for Cuba specific cancellation policy) the following cancellation policy applies:
A 1.000 USD deposit is required to book your spot.
Full payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure unless indicated otherwise in the description of the tour or workshop. <br
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.
We strongly recommend buying a "Cancel for any reason" Trip Cancellation Insurance that can protect you against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent your attendance , and trip cancellation should you unexpectedly need to cancel.

Trekking & Adventure Ltd. reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to departure. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.

- If you cancel 121 days or more prior to departure Trekking&Adventure (The Travel Agent) will give you back your deposit less 300 $.
- Between 120 and 91 days before the departure date, Trekking&Adventure (The Travel Agent) will retain your full deposit and/or partial payment as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation . Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
- Less than 91 days before the departure date, Trekking&Adventure (The Travel Agent) will retain 50% of the price of the tour as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
- Less than 60 days before the departure date, Trekking&Aventura (The Travel Agent) will retain 100 % of the price of the tour .

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of our concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If an expedition is canceled by us prior to departure, Trekking & Adventure will provide the participant with a full refund of monies paid to them; except in the event cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the expedition as planned, in which case T&A will provide the participant with a refund and/or credit toward a future Nomad Photo Expedition trip equivalent to monies paid to them. (See Terms)