Mauritania

Travel Portrait Masterclass

21-28 February 2021

CHF 2,995

S$ 4,145    HK$ 23,720

8 DAYS

4-8 PEOPLE

3/4* HOTELS

DESERT CAMPING

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.

Locations

Nouakchott

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.

Chinguetti

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.

Sahara Walk

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.

Itinerary

Fri 19 Feb

Arrival in Nouakchott (around midnight)

Sat 20 Feb - Nouakchott

Late start & stroll around town

Port de Peche

Sun 21 Feb

Drive to Chinguetti (7h)

Mon 22 Feb - Chinguetti

Street photography

Medieval libraries

Tue 23 Feb - Sahara

Sahara walk + oasis

Overnight on the desert

Wed 24 Feb - Sahara

Sahara walk

Thu 25 Feb - Chinguetti

Street photography

Fri 26 Feb

Drive to Nouakchott (7h)

Stopover in Terjit oasis

Sat 27 Feb - Nouakchott

Markets

Port de Peche

Sun 28 Feb

Departure in the morning

Photographic Coaching

  • 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

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Included:

  • Full-time travel portrait coaching

  • Accommodation in 4 & 3-star hotels (twin sharing), and 1 night camping on the Sahara

  • All meals (with beverages)

  • Ground transportation in private minivan

  • English-speaking local guide

  • Camel rental for the Sahara walk

  • Airport transfers

  • Tips for guides 

Not Included:

  • International flight into Nouakchott

  • Visa

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal expenses (e.g. room service, porters, laundry)

Price

PAYMENT

20% (CHF 600) refundable deposit to reserve your place

Balance 3 months before the trip

DISCOUNT

CHF 300 (10%) for returning trip customers

SUPPLEMENTS

Single room occupancy: CHF 350

Based on twin room sharing

CHF 2,995

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

  • Information pack including a packing list and clothing recommendations will be sent 2 months before the trip

  • No vaccinations required

  • Visa: all nationalities get visa on arrival at Nouakchott airport

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Pawel Lipski

  • 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

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Cancellations

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before trip start

  • 50% refund if canceled 30-89 days before trip start

  • No refund if canceled less than 30 days before trip start