Desert, dunes & wildlife photographic safari
11 days, 10 nights | Capturing some of the best wildlife photography in Southern Africa
Have you dreamed of taking the ultimate photography trip, by going on an African safari, to visit the countless and varied wildlife, combined with vivid landscapes? If asked, most photographers would tell you that an African photo safari would be their dream destination for their photographic interests. This photographic safari will be conducted amongst some of the most wildlife rich regions of Africa, combining an exciting photography workshop in one of the world's most outstanding wildlife, landscape and cultural locations.
tour dates: 21 June 2020
This adventure packed photographic safari will feature all the stunning wildlife viewing opportunities that the region has to offer, with one special bonus: you will be travelling in the company of a professional photographer. Suitable for all levels of photographic experience, these safari 'workshops' will encourage you to ask questions, try out different techniques, experiment with dramatic lighting and learn from not only your leader, but from other members of your group.
Livingstone town, named after missionary and explorer David Livingstone, is located about 10km from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Livingstone acts as a gateway to the magnificent attractions of the falls. The noise sounds like thunder and the air looks as if filled with smoke. With a lip spanning one km, more than five million litres of water per second plunge over this edge, at the height of the floods, down into the chasm 100 meters below. The best views of the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, are seen from the Zambian side. And it just viewing the falls is not enough, the area boasts a myriad of adventure activities through which the visitor can fully appreciate the real Africa at its finest. Livingstone itself is the 'Adventure Capital of Africa', offering a range of activities for wildlife and adventure enthusiasts, as well as access to the best views of Victoria Falls. However, the old architecture and charm of Livingstone, the former capital of Zambia, should not be overlooked in the excitement of entering the gateway to the falls.
Chobe National Park, in northwest Botswana, has one of the largest game concentration in Africa continent. By size, this is the third largest park of the country, after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park and is the most diverse. This is also the country's first national park. The park is probably best known for its spectacular elephant population: 50,000 elephants today, it is actually the highest elephant concentration of Africa. Moreover, most of them are probably part of the largest continuous surviving elephant population on Earth. Notwithstanding the elephants, Chobe has some of the finest game viewing in Africa. It is notable for huge herds of buffalo and zebras, lechwe, Chobe Bushbuck and being the southernmost point where Puku Antelope can be seen. Where there are buffalo, lions are never far away and there is a good chance of seeing large prides who laze around in the shade all day and only yawn themselves awake at dusk. Hyena and leopard also hunt at night while cheetah are diurnal predators. Chobe is rich in bird life with the Pel's Fishing a favourite for bird watchers and the peculiar strangely beaked African Skimmer another speciality. African Fish Eagles are common and their distinctive cry is as evocative of the African wilderness as the roar of the lion.
Then on to Ngepi Camp, situated in the unspoiled upper reaches of the Okavango Delta panhandle in the western Caprivi Strip, Kavango Region, Namibia. With clean Kalahari desert air, the camp is set on an island under amazing trees with permanent river frontage and surrounded by seasonally flooded swamps. It is a paradise of flooded plains and secret swampy backwaters, teaming with wildlife, as we are nestled between Mahango National park, a few km’s to the south, and Bwabwata National Park directly opposite across the river. This region is region teeming with wildlife - elephant, lion, leopard, hippo, buffalo, the African Wild Dog and the rare Sable and Roan Antelope abound in both the Bwabwata and Mahango National Parks. Ngepi is renowned as one of the best birding spots in Namibia, so camera's and binoculars at the ready!
■ Complete understanding of your DLSR, compact or film camera functions
■ Composition, light, viewpoint, angles, lens perspective. Shots of the Hunza tribes
■ Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO setting, white balance, exposure compensation
■ Wildlife, portraiture, landscapes, macro, reportage, still life, action, motion, architecture, nature, flowers
■ English colonial architecture in Livingstone
■ Understanding exposure options and shutter speeds shooting Victoria Falls
■ Wildlife photography techniques and equipment used throughout
■ Editing software and knowledge of the digital workflow
■ Creation of a pdf coffee table book of our Namibia / Botswana safari
■ An insight into photographing for personal, stock, editorial and commercial use
■ Increased confidence and creative vision.
■ Day 1 - Arrival into Livingstone
Arrival into Livingston group meeting and dinner at 6pm. Please arrive before the group meeting, check in is at 12pm.
■ Day 2 - Livingstone
Start the day with a half day workshop and walk around the falls with Andrew. The rest of the afternoon is free to wander the falls and practice your new photo skills. We will all meet up that evening for a dinner cruise.
■ Day 3 - Livingstone
Optional photo workshop in the morning - otherwise a free day to experience all the sites and adventure sports available in the area. Optional activities include: helicopter around the falls, speed boat tour, ultra light flying, walking trails, swimming
■ Day 4 - Chobe National Park
Transfer to Chobe National Park (all day and boarder crossing into Zambia)
■ Days 5, 6 - Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park home of the largest population of elephants in Africa. We will take a 2 day guided safari around the park. Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers some 11 700 square kilometres, has some of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent, not least of which are the 120 000 head of elephant. The park is surprisingly diverse, as it has the perennial Chobe River as its northern border, and it touches the Linyanti marshes to the west, is home to the well-known Savute Channel and connects with the Moremi Wildlife Reserve to the south west. Chobe is most often associated with its elephant population – which covers much of Northern Botswana, and the north-west of Zimbabwe. The elephant population is migratory, making seasonal moves of up to 200 kilometres from the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers (their dry season home) to the pans in the south east of the park, where they disperse to in the rainy season. The Chobe elephants are known for their extreme site, although they don’t tend to have large tusks.
■ Day 7 - Ngepi Camp, Namibia
Transfer to Ngepi Camp in Namibia
■ Days 8, 9, 10 - Ngepi Camp
Ngepi Camp will be the base of our Okavango Delta experience. Take a day to float down the delta on a dug out canoe, bird watch, white water raft and camp and relax at the rustic camp. Ngepi Camp, situated in the unspoiled upper reaches of the Okavango delta panhandle in the western Caprivi Strip, Kavango Region, Namibia. With clean Kalahari desert air, the camp is set on an island under amazing trees with permanent river frontage and surrounded by seasonally flooded swamps. It is a paradise of flooded plains and secret swampy backwaters, teaming with wildlife, as we are nestled between Mahango National park, a few km’s to the south, and Bwabwata National Park directly opposite across the river. Here, you'll find Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Hippos, Buffalo, Wild Dog and the rare Sable and Roan Antelope abound in both the Bwabwata National Park directly across the river and in the Mahango National Park only a few km’s down the road. Bird life at Ngepi is renowned as one of the best spots in Southern Africa —over 500 species.
■ Day 11
Departure day / transfer back to Livingston.
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Items of a personal nature (see tour notes)
dates & prices
Tour Dates: 21 June 2020
Tour Cost: $4,990 (ex. Livingstone)
Tour Style: Adventure, 4WD, some light walkng and canoeing
Tour Host: South African born Andrew Thomasson, has a passion for Africa and adventure, wildlife and nature photography. As director of his company Focus 10, Andrew spends his time co-ordinating and teaching a series of training courses throughout Australia and running photographic workshops around the world. Andrew has led many photographic tours for World Expeditions including recent trips to Western Australia, the Flinders Ranges and the Red Centre. Andrew has travelled extensively in Africa and has led many photographic tours to the region including wildlife canoe safaris down the Zambezi River, trekking the Wild Coast of Lesotho, pony trekking and climbing in the Drakensburg Mountains, Ngorongoro Crater and plains of Tanzania, wildlife parks of Kenya and exploring Morocco. On this tour, not only will you learn everything about your film and digital camera, you will be picking up invaluable tips and technique from a mastertrainer. Andrew will impart the professional tips and help create the right opportunities so you can take stunning images of the stunning flora and fauna of Namibia.