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    Behind the Scenes with the Himba Tribes in Expedition Namibia 2013. In late December 2012 a client approached me regarding a lifelong dream, to … Read More
    Behind the Scenes with the Himba Tribes in Expedition Namibia 2013. In late December 2012 a client approached me regarding a lifelong dream, to photograph the Himba Tribes of Northern Namibia. Read Less
Himba Tribes of Northern Namibia (Expedition Namibia 2013)

In late December 2012 a client approached me regarding a lifelong dream, to photograph the Himba Tribes of Northern Namibia.
A few months later, Joel and I set off on the six-week, +10 000Km adventure in my faithful old Landy, packed to the brim with supplies, gin, tonic and camera equipment.
This trip started with a mad dash to Windhoek from which we then went onto Etosha National Park for a week. We met Marciello Sangiorgio and Karen Hanson in Etosha thanks to the legendary 'Land Rover wave'. The two of them had spent 12 months traveling overland from London. Coincidently we ended up bumping in them again at Ongongo. We ended up getting on like a house on fire and they joined us on our adventure north.

Here is a selection of 'behind the scenes' images from our six weeks covering most of the North West of Namibia. From the Damaraland, Kaokoland, Owamboland and the Skeleton Coast.
Each person photographed was compensated with a printed copy of their photograph, as well as enough food to last them for at least a week. No harmful or 'foreign' items were distributed during our interactions with the tribes and the environment.
Left) Leaving the South African Boarder into Namibia.
Right) By the time we got to our first campsite on the Namibian side of the Orange River it was getting dark.
First bit of Namibian Dust.
Watching the Sun go down and the moon come up over the Fish River Canyon.
Left) Night at the Cannon Road House.
Right) Open Pandora’s box and one can expect to be buying the bar a round of drinks.. Dont ask how I know..
Left) Following day pushing onto Windhoek.
Right) Didn’t quite make it so ended up stopping off at 'Oanob Lake Resort' for the evening.
Left) My office for the next few weeks.
Right) Expect to find normal/ large sim cards. An original iPhone 1 makes a perfect Internet device.
Left) Our big push to Windhoek with lots of weight and high revs ended up warping the exhaust manifold gasket. Thankfully a spare wasn't hard to come by.
Right) Arrived In Etosha National Park with the right tools for the job.
Right) Multipurpose Clothes Dryer.
Left) The dried and salty river dirt of the pan is just like popcorn.
Left) Watching the sun set over the pan.
Right) Speeding to get back to the campsite before they close the gate and we spend the night with the lions.
Left) Early start, first ones at the gate.
Right) Desert dry hands.
Right) Left Etosha and pushing north.
Left) Roads are non-existent 'off the beaten track'.
Warmquelle hot spring is a welcome swim!
Left) Jumping at the opportunity to photograph a Himba boy and Girl.
Right) Printing their pictures for them to keep.
Left) First supper with Marciello and Karen.
Right) The Land Rover is now pretty dusty!
Left) Old Rolled Land Rover - not a promising sight..
Right) Namibia's Fairy Circles.
Left) Lunch Break..
Right) Corrugations bad enough to rattle a filling loose!
Left) First sight of sand dunes.
(Right) The first Himba Kraal we came across.
Left) Printing photographs of a lady we met there.
Right) Wild Desert Elephant.
Left) Softboxes assembled and ready for action.
Right) Assisting the Kids with some direction.
Left) Loading Joel up with gear.
Right) Setting up a timelapse.
At this point in our journey we met a Himba gentleman called Kenamajo. Kenamajo lived in this kraal and was headed to Opuwo, our next stop. He was the only one in the Kraal who could speak English and he wanted to have t-shirts made so that when tourists like came past he could generate some income as a guide.
We offered to give him a lift and along the way found his knowledge of the area invaluable. As a result, I ended up employing him for the duration of the trip as a translator.
Left) Literal 'drive-by-GPS' as we try to find our campsite in the dark, in the middle of nowhere..
Right) The dust is so fine its like driving on a cloud.
Left) The sand/ dust is so fine its like driving on a cloud.
Left) Stopping for the day and setting up camp in a riverbed. Roads no longer exist.
Left) African ingenuity
Right) Back on the 'main road' again.
Left) Bottle top map of Kaokoland.
Right) Replenishing the beer supply.
Left) Zebra Snake cut in two.
Right) Now in Opuwo and taking the opportunity to service the Land Rovers before pushing onto the next leg of our adventure. Our wheel bearings had taken a hammering and some needed to be replaced.
Left) First sink in over a week, so the clothes get a clean too..
Right) Job done - Beer time!
Left) Road to Epupa, the Angolan boarder.
Right) Arrived and setting up camp next to Epupa Falls.
Left) Backing up the photographs for the day.
Right) Epupa Falls.
Meeting with Cheif 'Tjikoko' to ask for permission to photograph him and his people.
Left) Kenamajo doing a fine job of interpreting and translating my 'vision'.
Printing the photographs for everyone.
Left) Back in Opuwo.
Right) Checking over the vehicles once again for the next stage of our journey.
Van Zyl's Pass here we come!
The rout to of the Van Zyl's Pass, a 'road' regarded to be one of the most treacherous in Southern Africa.
To give you an idea, we were on this trail for around 10 days and didn't see another vehicle. If you break down here and can't fix it - you're on foot.
Right) Arrived at the top of the Marienfluss. Tomorrow the pass.
Left) Coincidently, we met three Himba ladies who were walking up the pass on a weeks long hike to the next village.
Right) Perfect opportunity to photograph them against this amazing backdrop!
Right) Mandatory evening back up.
Our 'campsite' for the night..
The view over the Marienfluss as the sun sets.
Left) Another opportunity for a timelapse..
Right) Time to tackle the pass!
Made it!!
These rocks are at the bottom of the pass and have the names of the people and vehicles that had made it down alive.
Left) This vehicle wasn't so lucky..
'Flat' road again!! What a luxury!
Left) A well earned swim!
Left) Some Himba ladies that were intrigued by the cars. I took their photograph and asked them whether they could come back early in the morning so that I could photograph them when the light was better.
Right) They were more than happy and they brought friends.
Right) This image resulted in one of my favourite pictures from the entire trip. The bank on the other side of the river is Angola.
Left) No need to stop when passing cold beer between the vehicles..
Left) Another car that wasn’t so lucky. This one was littered with bullet holes.
Left) Marciello, Karen and Charlie - their Land Rover.
Right) Another lunch break.
Left) In the middle of nowhere we find an unbelievable marble mine. Quite surreal!
Left) Here marks the end of our trip with Kenamajo. Leaving him with some photographs of our adventure together.
Right) Camp site for the night with but 'beware of elephant' sign..
Left) Springbok running in the road.
Right) Organ Pipes.
Right) Here we go Skeleton Coast!
Left) Six weeks in the desert does strange things to ones sense of humour!
Left) Plenty of stuck cars that need rescuing along the way..
Right) Thankfully we made it out in better shape than this guy..
Cape Cross Seal Reserve.
Seals for as far as the eye can see and a whole lot of noise!
Spitzkoppe our last stop before beginning our journey back to Cape Town.
Left) Celebratory drinks with Marciello and Karen to mark our last night together before heading home.
Right) This Lacie drive has been thoroughly tested and abused. It worked flawlessly.
Left) Evil Mosquitos!
One of the last nights spent in the tent.
Left) The inside of my Land Rover is now properly filthy! Six weeks worth of Namibian dust and sand.
Right) The stars at Spitzkoppe were unbelievable.
Left) More African Ingenuity, a hut made out of soda cans.
Right) First bit of asphalt we've seen in a while and my what a sky!
Left) Quivver trees.
Right) Back in South Africa and its raining.
Left) Land Rover Clocks over 150 000 safe Kilometres!
Right) Table mountain, Home in sight..
Home! And time for a well earned shower!
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