Namibia - Rock Art and Wilderness Safari with the Trust for African Rock Art
October 5th - 17th 2023
Introduction to Tour leader - David Coulson, MBE
David Coulson is a photographer, writer, and African explorer as well as being a specialist in African rock art. He is the founder and of TARA (the Trust for African Rock Art). His home is in Nairobi, where he lives with his wife Deborah. They have twin daughters, Daisy and Alice. In the earlier part of his career (‘80s & early ‘90s) David worked out of Kenya as a professional photographer and writer, and his books and articles were published across the world. It was during his many travels for these projects that he became aware of the richness and diversity of Africa’s rock art to which he often became exposed. One of the countries where he worked over a long period was Namibia. His book, Namibia’s coastal desert was published in London in 1991.
As a consultant to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) David also spear-headed the Focus on Your World international photo competition on the Environment in the early 1990s sponsored by Canon. The competition, of which David was also a judge, attracted 32,000 entries from 140 different countries, the biggest photo competition ever held.
In the mid-1990s, David founded TARA with the help of Dr Mary Leakey and Sir Laurens van der Post. Since its inception TARA’s work has been supported by a number of international institutions such as National Geographic, and the Getty, Ford and Andrew Mellon Foundations. Realizing that the biggest threat to this remarkable heritage was ignorance, David used his photography and international network to create a greater global awareness of the importance and endangered state of this art. His book, with the late Alec Campbell, African Rock Art, was the first major book on this heritage, on a Pan African scale.
TARA has now worked in over 20 different African countries and its work has been internationally recognized. In 2004, David received a letter from Nelson Mandela endorsing TARA’s work and, in 2005, the importance of this work was officially recognized in a filmed statement by former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. In November 2022 he was awarded an MBE (medal) by King Charles 3rd at Windsor Castle for his exceptional services to the documentation and valorization of Africas rock art. A large part of David’s/TARA’s rock art image collection is now part of the British Museum’s global online collections, courtesy of the Arcadia Fund.
Rock Art Safari:
Included are Full Board- Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities. Accomodation as below. All park fees. All activities mentioned. Passenger liability insurance. Custom built air conditioned 4x4 tour and safari vehicle. VAT is included in the price. Mineral water on vehicles and at all times. Passenger liability insurance. Airport transfers.
Professional local guide (English-speaking) and David Coulson accompanying.
All Accommodation as listed or similar.
3 meals a day unless otherwise specified.
Friday 5th October – Tuesday 17th October (drop off in Windhoek for departure flight, or overnight in Windhoek at own cost before next day flight).
13 days / 12 nights.
Outline of itinerary
Gamsberg and Mount Barry Wilderness 2 nights
Camp Sossus, Sesriem 2 Nights
Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund 1 Night
Ameib Guesthouse, Erongo Mountains 1 Night
Guesthouse in Uis near Brandberg 1 Night
Onduli Ridge, Twyfelfontein 2 Nights
Etosha Mountain Camp, Etosha Heights 2 Nights
Mushara Outpost, Etosha East 1 Night
Excluded are beverages (alcohol, soft drinks etc.), tips, personal insurance, other personal items, visas.
Cost of your safari: US$12,600 pp sharing a double room (based on a planned group size of approximately 8 people).
Single supplement on request.
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