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19 nt Africa Photographic Safari with Pete

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $8700
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 20+ days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Botswana Botswana , South Africa South Africa , Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Parks visited: Chobe, Okavango Delta, Kruger, Victoria Falls, Mosi oa Tunya
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Cultural
- A private tailored photographic safari with an Australian photographer with you every step of the way - Explore Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kruger (Sabi Sand Private Reserve) - Land, water and aerial photography opportunities - Small group (8 guests plus Pete) to guarantee window seat at all times, even in helicopters
1 July 2015: Arrival day

Arrive into Johannesburg off the early morning flight from Perth Australia (or arrive from Sydney the day before and overnight - not incl) where you'll meet the group in the Shongololo Airport Lounge for breakfast and a briefing. It's then time to catch your onward flight to Victoria Falls (not incl as best linked with your international flight).  You have three nights in Victoria Falls staying at fantastic villa apartments with breakfast included daily.

2 & 3 July 2015: Victoria Falls

Two full days exploring Victoria Falls with activities already included - walking tour of the falls, River Cruise at sunset along the Zambezi and a helicopter flight over the Falls.  We've also included a group dinner at the famous Boma Restaurant that specialises in traditional African food and cultural performances. It's very vibrant and fun so bring your dancing shoes.

HIGHLIGHT:  Victoria Falls!  It is a natural wonder of the world you will thoroughly enjoy.

4 July 2015: Onwards to the Chobe

This morning after breakfast you'll transfer across the border into Botswana and onwards to the Chobe National Park.  Spend three nights here at a new and exciting lodge with dinner and breakfast included. 

5 & 6 July 2015: Chobe National Park

Your time here is with Pangolin Photographic Specialists and you will head out in custom built boats for water safaris, a unimog for land safais and visit their recently built Elephant Bunker for an afternoon.

HIGHLIGHT:  The 18 metre elephant bunker right at a waterhole which allows you to sit at ground level watching the natural behaviours of elephant herds as they move through to drink.

7 July 2015: Onwards to the Okavango Delta (Khwai Concession)

After your morning activity, it's time to pack and move onwards into Botswana's calling card - the Okavango Delta.  You will catch a light aircraft flight to the Khwai airstrip and here start your private mobile safari adventure.  You will be met by your guides and load into 4x4s setting off game viewing along the way to camp.  Spend 3 nights on mobile safari with private guides, chef and staff to ensure it's a comfortable and authentic African safari experience.  It's all inclusive with meals cooked on open fires, local drinks (beers, house wines, softdrinks), safari activities fully guided in open sided 4x4 vehicles.

8 & 9 July 2015: Khwai Concession, Okavango Delta

Head out for morning game drives with a morning tea stop each day then head back to camp late morning where you relax, enjoy lunch and spend time reviewing images and chatting with Pete about techniques. Meet together for afternoon tea approximately 3pm before venturing out for an afternoon activity with sundowner drinks along the way! Return for dinner cooked on open fire and share more stories with your group of fellow photographic enthusiasts.

HIGHLIGHT:  A scenic helicopter flight over the Delta offering panoramic photographic opportunities with the side doors taken off so you get close to the unique ecosystems and resident wildlife. Nothing more exhilarating than flying low over the Delta spotting and photographing wildlife below.

10 July 2015: Onwards to Johannesburg

You'll fly to Johannesburg where our private driver will take the group to Sandton, the new heart of Africa where you'll spend two nights with breakfast daily.  It's the city of gold and completely underrated yet hugely rewarding for those that stay to explore.

11 July 2015: Explore Johannesburg

Today you're off on a private tour with the group that allows you the opportunity to learn first hand about South Africa's turbulent past and hopeful future. Visit the Apartheid Museum (take tissues) and Soweto (South Western Township).

HIGHLIGHT: Opportunity to capture local life through the lens

12 July 2015: Onwards to Kruger

Today you'll fly down to the Kruger and transfer to the stunning private reserve, Sabi Sand.  Here, enjoy a 4 night all included safari at an owner run gem and one of our favourites.  This area is home to Africa's 'Big Five' - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard so your wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities will be outstanding.

13 - 15 July 2015: Sabi Sand Safari

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in open sided vehicles and time out in the heat of the day to relax, swim in the pool, spoil yourself with a massage or simply enjoy the surroundings and time with Pete chatting about photography.

HIGHLIGHT:  The thrill of the chase and trying to sight the Big Five plus other wildlife. Rhino sightings are special - you may be the second last generation that ever gets the opportunity to see them in the wild.  And... the elusive leopard is often spotted in this region and worth every minute and click of the camera!

16 July 2015: Onwards to Cape Town

Your last chapter to the photographic Africa story is in Cape Town. Fly and road transfer to your accommodation and spend four nights here with breakfast daily and activities. This first afternoon is yours at leisure and you're staying right on the V&A Waterfront, so why not take a wander to photograph the surroundings, local seals, boats and cultural performances that take place scattered around the area.

17 July 2015: Chasing the Sun Tour

Today is an awesome tour with professional photographers from Cape Town who take you across the peninsula or boot of Africa chasing the best light.  From Muizenberg for its beach huts to Kalk Bay for its boats and local fishermen not to mention quaint town to Fish Hoek, Simons Town and Boulder's Beach home to Jackass penguins. Enjoy lunch at Boulders Beach (included) and head over to The Cape of Good Hope nature reserve for some iconic photograph opportunities. You'll then drive the famous Chapman's Peak road as the sun drops and stop at the top to take in the view back to the cliffs. You'll venture through Hout Bay and back through Bakoven and Kloof Neck to return to your hotel around 7pm at night.  Exhausting, exhilarating and we look forward to seeing your photos!

18 & 19 July 2015: Marine Safari: Great White Breaching

The forgotten predators of Africa, the Great White Shark are in large numbers on the coast of South Africa and at this time of year, their behaviour is something special to see and photograph just in the False Bay at Seal Island.  This is due to the topographical structure around the island allowing for stealth and attack so you literally see the sharks fly out of the water after their prey.  You'll arrive at sunrise and spend the first 1 - 1.5 hours watching the natural predation activity and trying to get the sharks to breach on the decoy seal. From 9.30 until 12noon you will then anchor at the island and have the opportunity to cage dive if you wish and continue to watch the sharks in the area.

HIGHLIGHT:  Seeing with your own eyes a shark launching out of the water

20 July 2015: Departure Day

The time has come to bid Africa farewell for now!  We hope you had an amazing experience and please join us and Pete in 2016 exploring East Africa.

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