AFRICA PREDATOR

August 4 - 13, 2017

October 6 - 15, 2017

May 4 - 13, 2018

August 3 - 12, 2018

October 5 - 14, 2018

Safari, Wildlife, Landscape and Nature Photography

Includes

  1. -10 Days

  2. -Workshop Safari

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Local Guides

  5. -Small Group Size

  6. -Luxury Safari Lodges

  7. -3 Domestic Flights

  8. -All Meals

  9. -Game Reserve Entry Fees

  10. -Transfers

  11. -Private Vehicles (4 per)

  12. -Specialized Photo Vehicle

  13. -Specialized Photo Hides

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Africa Predator Safari

Mashatu (Botswana) and Mala Mala (South Africa)

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We have handpicked the very best that Southern Africa has to offer.

Southern Africa Predator Safari Photo Adventure – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Africa is a vast and wild continent. The sheer diversity and abundance of pristine environments make it the supreme destination for any nature or wildlife photographer. For this adventure we have handpicked the very best that Southern Africa has to offer. The destinations have been selected for their exceptional game viewing, plentiful photographic opportunities, attention to detail and unparalleled service.

Join us on this African adventure and you will experience the tremendous contrasts of the region as we move from the towering trees, dense woodland and wide meandering river beds of Mala Mala to the harsh, arid, yet strikingly beautiful plains of Mashatu and then, for those opting for the Tswalu ad on, on to the richest experience that the Kalahari Desert has to offer. These are widely regarded as 3 of the top game viewing destinations in Africa associated in particular with regular sightings of the ‘Big 5’. In these wild environments no guarantees can be made on what will or will not be seen but what can be assured is that nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of coming away with inspiring and iconic images than here.

This adventure is designed not only to expose you to the untouched world and her wild inhabitants but also to develop your photographic skills in the specialized realm of wildlife photography. Your guides will ensure that at every sighting you are in the best position at the right time of day with the right equipment and the appropriate settings to capture the best possible images that each opportunity presents. A large part of wildlife photography is visualizing the shot and predicting and interpreting the behavior of your subject so we will focus on developing and honing these skills.

Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. This African adventure of a lifetime will exceed your every expectation.


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Group Size



8-10 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers

DSLR or mirrorless cameras

Moderate schedule

Travel by open safari 4x4s and airplane

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guides



Mike Dexter  |  August 4-13, 2017

Mike Dexter  |  October 6-15, 2017

Mike Dexter  |  May 4-13, 2018

Mike Dexter  |  August 3-12, 2018

Mike Dexter  |  October 5-14, 2018


Weather | Sun



May- Temps 80/49 F  26/10 C  Sunrise 6:41 | Sunset 5:45 (17:45)

August- Temps 80/48 F  26/10 C  Sunrise 6:51 | Sunset 5:55 (17:55)

October- Temps 88/62 F  31/17 C  Sunrise 5:50 | Sunset 6:18 (18:18)


Includes



Safari, wildlife, nature and landscape photography

Small group size (8-10 guests)

Professional photographer | guide

Luxury safari lodges

All meals

Local Guides

Specialized Photo Vehicles (based on four people per vehicle)

Exclusive use of the photo hides at Mashatu (see video above)

3 Domestic flights

Airport and hotel transfers

All entrance fees to parks, accommodation and drive activities


Hides



An elephant-proof ground level hide based at a waterhole where you will photograph animals and elephants from ground level (See video above).

Movable semi-permanent hides moved to various drying waterholes in the riverbeds that of Mashatu.

An infinity bird hide from which seed eating birds could be photographed at eye-level.

A hide based at the white-fronted bee-eater colony.


Luxury Lodges



Peermont Hotel or similar - Johannesburg, South Africa

Mashatu Main Camp - Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana

Mala Mala Main Camp - la Mala Game Reserve, South Africa


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: OR Tambo International (Johannesburg) (JNB) – Transfer time to hotel – 1 hr

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


Equipment Rental



We offer on-site equipment rental from backup DSLR’s to long lenses and flashes. All insured and at very reasonable prices. e.g. A Nikon 600 f/4.0 VR Telephoto Lens ($7500 NEW), is about $480 USD for a 14 day rental including insurance.


Price



SOUTHERN AFRICA PREDATOR 10-DAY PHOTO SAFARI

Photo Safari Adventure Vacation | August 4-13, 2017:  $12,795

Photo Safari Adventure Vacation | October 6-15, 2017:  $12,795

Photo Safari Adventure Vacation | May 4-13, 2018:  $13,295

Photo Safari Adventure Vacation | August 3-12, 2018:  $13,295

Photo Safari Adventure Vacation | October 5-14, 2018:  $13,295


Single Supplement:  $2800

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room (Johannesburg):  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room (Johannesburg):  $350


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip.


AFRICA PREDATOR SAFARI 10 DAYS


Friday (1)  Johannesburg

Arrival into Johannesburg. We will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the InterContinental Hotel Sandton. “Welcome Dinner” at our hotel in Johannesburg.

Saturday - Thursday (2-7)  Botswana - Mashatu Main Camp

In the morning we embark on our short flight to the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. Mashatu Game Reserve is a wholly preserved and untainted wilderness in eastern Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. The ample plains range from savannah, to riverine forests, marshland, and sandstone outcrops. 

Mashatu, “Land of Giants” takes its name from the locally-sacrosanct Mashatu tree and the giants that roam the terrain. As one of the largest private game reserve in southern Africa, Mashatu is, at 25 000 ha (75 000 acres), a fitting setting for the world’s largest land mammal (the elephant) - with the largest herds on privately owned land on earth. Mashatu also provides sanctuary to the world’s tallest mammal (the giraffe); the world’s largest antelope (the eland); the world’s largest bird (the ostrich) and of course, the world’s heaviest flying bird (the kori bustard). Add the lion, the king of the beasts and the iconic baobab - and you have Africa’s Big Seven. 

This extraordinary place possesses an ecological diversity uncommon in other reserves. Complementing three members of the Big Five - leopard, lion and elephant - are some of the more surprising species, including the aardwolf, bat-eared fox, African wild cat, honey badger and black-backed jackal. Recently introduced to Mashatu (as part of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve) is the endangered wild dog. Mashatu is also an ornithological paradise, and plays host to more than 350 bird species, including the enchanting lilac-breasted roller, whose plumage features no fewer than seven different shades of blue. 

With the dry season starting to take effect, the colours of Mashatu have changed to red and yellow, interspersed with soft greens. Along the rivers however, it remains very green and it is not uncommon to find leopard reclining in one of the large Mashatu trees. Predator viewing at is at its best now. The soft rays of the winter sun make lion, leopard and cheetah really glow. As usual, the cheetah are found on the open areas, allowing for easy, close up viewing.

Mashatu Main Camp is an oasis among the undulating and seemingly endless plains of the wild. Burning torches at the camp’s entrance beckon safari-goers home to the embodiment of sublime hospitality. For the client who is accustomed to the creature comforts, this camp will meet every expectation. 14 luxury suites lie along the camp’s perimeter, and are designed to allow absolute privacy and a communion with the bush and its inhabitants. Watch elephants splashing at the waterhole; listen to the lyrical melody of the woodlands kingfisher in a branch overhead; smell the grassy scent of the veldt; touch the bark of an ancient tree and taste a breath of air so pure, it’s intoxicating. (B) (L) (D)

Thursday - Sunday (7-10)  Mala Mala Main Camp

After a morning game drive and breakfast you will fly to Mala Mala Game Reserve in the early afternoon, in time for an afternoon game drive at Mala Mala. The game reserve lies strategically sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. The unfenced borders between Mala Mala and the Kruger National Park on one side, and the Sabi Sand Wildtuin on the other allow animals to migrate unhindered to the perennial Sand River which flows north to south through Mala Mala for 20 kilometres (13 miles). This well-preserved wilderness is a “honey-pot” to the most sought-after wildlife species, as well as a host of smaller creatures.

Our accommodation will be the Mala Mala Main Camp: discreet, classic and elegant African opulence. The ochre-coloured buildings of Mala Mala Main Camp are clustered amid shady trees and manicured lawns overlooking the Sand River. The individually decorated, spacious and comfortable rooms under traditional thatching offer spectacular views of the river and the wild- and bird life that are attracted to the water for refreshment and refuge from the hot African sun. The rooms are equipped with “his-and-hers” bathrooms, 24 hour temperature control, insect proofing, direct dial telephones, a mini-bar and a mini-safe. Despite the comfort offered, Mala Mala retains an authentic bushveld camp atmosphere, where the attention to detail for which Mala Mala is world-famous shines through.

On our last evening we will enjoy our “Farewell Dinner” with great fun and laughter. (B) (L) (D)

Sunday (10)  Mala Mala - Johannesburg

After your last game drive and breakfast we catch out return flight to Johannesburg where we will sadly bid you farewell. (B)

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®


Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Gift Certificates



Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email us for more information.




Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


Combination Tours



You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Click here to explore our wonderful selection of Combination Packages.


Travel Insurance



We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


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Loyalty Club**



All registered guests for 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 
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