About the Tour

You’re invited to a photography tour unlike anything you’ve imagined or experienced before.

The Gerewol Festival is the most exciting for those who are fascinated in the varied ethnography of Africa. It’s an absolute delight for photographers and the Wodaabe are keen to show themselves off to visitors and photographers!


  • Each year the semi-nomadic Wodaabe people gather for a week of incredible celebrations known as the Gerewol. This colourful festival is one of Africa’s most spectacular and few westerners are privileged to see it.
  • The Gerewol festival is renowned for the way in which young Wodaabe men decorate themselves. Donning make-up and jewellery they ‘display’ to young women, in search of a partner either for life, or something less ‘permanent’!
  • Camping in the Sahel, we stay with the Wodaabe for seven days, gaining more than just a fleeting glimpse of their lives. With the guidance of two award winning travel photographers, we will immerse and absorb ourselves in a culture that lives very much outside of mainstream society. The Wodaabe adhere to a complex set of traditions that stretch back centuries and across borders but are in danger of becoming lost in the future. This is a rare opportunity to meet these unique people for a celebration of their culture that will simply take your breath away.



October 2024 (first week, TBC)


7 full days


Exclusively up to 10 guests


USD$8,990 per person


  • Full 7 day tour, photography instruction by Ignacio Palacios and Trevor Cole
  • Immigration service at arrival
  • Travel permits and local taxes
  • All meals (B, L, D) and accommodation including first night at NDjamena
  • Transfers from and to airports
  • Mineral water, All entrance fees
  • 4WD vehicles for the desert expeditions – 3 guests per vehicle
  • SVS English speaking tour leader


  • Enjoy one-on-one tuition, guidance and expert advice from a multi-award-winning professional photographer.
  • You’ll learn the secrets to mastering the art of composition and light in your photography.
  • Explore pre-visualisation techniques and learn about the creative process.
  • Learn game-changing editing tips and tricks with special processing workshops throughout the tour.
  • Learn expert techniques for landscape photography, travel photography, wildlife photography and portrait photography. While also working on aerial, black and white, and astrophotography.
  • Should you dream of entering and winning photography competitions, or you simply wish to push yourself as a photographer, I’ll offer you professional critique sessions throughout the tour.
  • You will also experience the powerful mastermind effect of connecting with likeminded photographers and adventure seekers.