4* HOTELS &
Imagine a country so remote that most people never heard about it - let alone can locate it on a map. A country with a unique and deeply traditional culture. Where most men wear dresses taken straight from the Tales of 1001 Nights. You wouldn't think such a place would exist in the 21st century. But it does.
Mauritania is large a chunk of Sahara, 3x the size of France, that ends abruptly at the Atlantic coast. A harsh, rough country populated mostly by Moors. A place where you will not see another tourist for days.
Be prepared for a minivan rides on bumpy roads - and be fit for a 2-day walk through the Sahara.
We will start in the capital, exploring the city and its markets, and absorbing Mauritania's exotic ambience, culture, and gorgeous dresses. The highlight will be a visit to Port de Peche (fishing port) on the Atlantic coast, with its raw beauty and incredible faces, seasoned in the harsh climate. While most people are busy with the fish, some take an opportunity to have a dip in the ocean.
One of the 7 holy cities of Islam in middle ages, today Chinguetti is a delapidated, forgotten place at the edge of the Sahara, with slow pace and detached feel. Not much is left of its former glory - except for several medieval libraries filled with thousands of old, hand-written books, and guarded by old-world librarians and wooden locks.
From Chinguetti, we will take a 2-day walk through the Sahara desert, accompanied with a couple of guides and camels that will carry our stuff. A true old-style caravan. We will soak in the vastness, desolation and silence of the Sahara, and the gorgeous patterns on the dunes in a late afternoon sunlight. We will sleep one night in an oasis - and another in an open desert, under the stars.
Fri 3 Dec
Arrival in Nouakchott (at night)
Sat 4 Dec - Nouakchott
Late start & stroll around town
Port de Peche
Sun 5 Dec
Drive to Chinguetti (7h)
Mon 6 Dec - Chinguetti
Tue 7 Dec - Sahara
Sahara walk + oasis
Overnight on the desert
Wed 8 Dec - Sahara
Thu 9 Dec - Chinguetti
Fri 10 Dec
Drive to Nouakchott (7h)
Stopover in Terjit oasis
Sat 11 Dec - Nouakchott
Port de Peche
Sun 12 Dec
Full-time coaching by Pawel Lipski
Creative techniques & tips for travel portraits - both candid & posed
Camera settings for travel portraits
Location-specific briefings & assignments
Daily reviews of best photos
Written feedback on your 10 best shots after the trip
Full-time travel portrait coaching
Accommodation in 4 & 3-star hotels (single occupancy), and 2 nights camping on the Sahara
All meals (with beverages)
Ground transportation in private minivan/4WD
Camel & guide for the Sahara walk
Tips for guides
International flight into Nouakchott
Covid-19 test before departure
Personal expenses (e.g. room service, porters, laundry)
Hotel Semiramis (4*) - single occupancy
1 night in an oasis in a tent
Maison La Gueila - the hotel has 6 rooms, so single/sharing depending on group size
1 night in open desert under the stars
This Trip Is For...
This trip has been designed primarily for people who have already completed my training "3 Steps To Stunning Portraits", and are already familiar with natural light and composition techniques for people photography.
During this trip, you will learn how to apply these techniques to travel portraits - both candid and posed.
You need a good camera with a telephoto lens up to at least 200mm (full frame) - plus a wider lens when we can get up close to our subjects.
Personally, I will bring 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8.
Important To Know
Negative Covid-19 test result is required to enter Mauritania
No vaccinations required
Information pack including a packing list and clothing recommendations will be sent after deposit payment
Visa: all nationalities get visa on arrival at Nouakchott airport
From ZURICH & BASEL
Turkish Airlines via Istanbul (CHF 550)
Air France via Paris (CHF 900)
Royal Air Maroc via Casablanca (CHF 550, shortest connection)
Turkish Airlines via Istanbul (€ 600)
Air France via Paris (€ 900)
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International photography coach, specialising in people photography in natural light - from posed to travel portraits
30+ years of photographic experience
An avid independent traveller with a passion for remote, non-touristy places with authentic cultures
Polish based in Zurich, Switzerland
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before trip start
50% refund if canceled 15-29 days before trip start
No refund if canceled less than 15 days before trip start