PREMIUM PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI FOR READERS OF THE AGE & THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - AUGUST 2014
This exclusive, premium photo safari provides a rare opportunity for readers of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald to experience the African safari of a lifetime as they photograph alongside three professional wildlife photographers. Irrespective of your existing photography expertise or experience we will teach you how to capture the expanse of African landscapes to photographing the smallest details in wildlife. While you learn about camera technique and approaches to composition, our aim is to transform your photography, not merely add to it. This small group photographic safari (a maximum of TWELVE participants ) has been created for readers who have a passion for photographing Africa’s culture and it’s wild animals in their natural environments. The main focus of the photographic safari is to give you every assistance to capture iconic images of Africa’s “Big Five”, including leopards, lions, cheetahs and photograph elephants up-close from a unique underground hide, to which our group will have exclusive access. You can be assured of coming home not only with very special memories of an outstanding travel experience but also a collection of stunning images. Two of the very best locations to photograph Africa’s predator cats and largest mammals have been selected:
- Tanda Tula in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa – a true African tented lodge safari experience.
- Mashatu Main Camp in Botswana – home to Southern Africa’s best underground hide for photographing herds of elephants and other animals up-close.
To find out more about the camps/lodges we have selected, click on the individual links above. Linger for a while on the uniqueness of each, imagining you were there. You will appreciate the extremely high standard of accommodation we have chosen. You will experience two of the best of African lodges; they are world class.
- If we are lucky, photograph the unique white lions of Timbavati.
A white lion is a normal healthy lion which displays the effects of a recessive gene known as the chinchilla or colour inhibitor. The condition displayed is known as “leucism’ and is distinct from albinism. These lions are not albinos and have normal eyes. In fact, white lions are born from tawny parents – ‘normal’ lions – who carry the recessive white lion gene. Three white lions are known to frequent the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, where we will spend five days.
- Three accomplished wildlife photographers and some of the best trackers and drivers to help you
You will be accompanied by two professional and passionate wildlife photographers to provide every assistance to you – Denis Glennon AO (Australia) and Shem Compion (South Africa). Our aim is to ensure you return with the best possible images and unforgettable memories. If you are a beginner photographer, do not worry – we will teach you. The photo safari is suitable for photographers with only a little experience. We also ensure experienced photographers will capture some stunning images and learn some enhanced skills.
- Photograph the most elusive predators – leopards
Leopards are the most elusive and arguably the most beautiful of the African predator cats! They seem to choose who photographs them! Our experienced drivers/guides will track them and you will be astounded when you see how close you can get to photograph these magnificent animals.
- Experience the arrival of a herd of elephants as they pass within three metres of your camera lens
Did you ever think you might photograph an elephant herd from a perspective similar to that lying on your stomach with the nearest elephant not more than a few metres from your lens ? To get a feel for what this photographic experience might be like, play the short video clip at the bottom of the page!
- Not more than four photographers per vehicle
With not more than four photographers/persons per vehicle you will appreciate the extra space whilst photographing. This arrangement works especially well for photographers using larger telephoto lenses and yet allows enough space for spouses/partners who just wish to sit and enjoy the special spirit of Africa.
- Experience the roar of lions from the African wilderness in your private luxury tent
Each of the luxury tents at Tanda Tula is completely private and surrounded by lush riverine bush overlooking the riverbed, epitomising the ultimate African wildlife experience. With a little luck you may fall asleep listening to the lions roar!
- Travel with a small group of like-minded photographers and lovers of nature
The photographic safari is confined to a maximum of twelve (12) participants, excluding the three professional photographers.
Dates, Accommodation & Summary Itinerary
The photo safari commences on 12 August 2014 and finishes on 23 August 2014, starting and ending in Johannesburg, South Africa. Direct links to the hotel and lodges are provided below.
|12 August||Arrive Johannesburg – start of photo safari||Intercontinental Hotel J’burg Airport|
|13 August||Transfer to Tanda Tula – private coach||Tanda Tula Safari Camp – 5 nights|
|18 August||Transfer to Mashatu Main Camp – charter flight||Mashatu Main Camp – 5 nights|
|23 August||Transfer to J’burg Airport – private coach||N/A|
You can download the more comprehensive itinerary by clicking the DOWNLOAD ITINERARY button in the sidebar.
Costs & Terms of Payment
The cost is: US$14,945.00 per person, twin share, (or the equivalent in AU$ at the time of making the final payment).
A single supplement of US$2,100 (or the equivalent in AU$ when registering) applies, if specifically requested.
Please note this single supplement is payable, in full, at the time of registration.
There are only two unshared rooms/tents available. All tours are priced in US dollars .
For your convenience and to minimize currency exchange risks, payments should only be made (in US dollars) to the US dollar bank account of the travel agent, Our World Travel.
Should you wish to use your credit card for payment in US dollars please check with your bank or financial institution to determine the most cost effective way to do so.
Terms of Payment are as follows:
1. A non-refundable 25% deposit at the time of submitting a completed Registration Form.
2. A second non-refundable payment of 25% on or before 30th April 2014.
3. A final payment of the remaining 50%, on or before 31st May 2014.
If You Would Like More Details
If you would like to discuss any aspect of international flights or the obligatory travel insurance for the photographic safari, please contact the booking agent, Our World Travel – East Perth, on o8 9221 9977 and request to speak to Mr Nick Missikos.
Alternatively you can email Nick Missikos at Nick@owtravel.com.au
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the photographic safari, including queries on camera equipment, before making a decision to join us, please contact either: Denis Glennon AO on 0418 923 103 or email@example.com
Please ensure you download the comprehensive itinerary containing most of the information you will initially need, by clicking on “DOWNLOAD ITINERARY’ in the box on the right hand side.
If this photographic safari is not for you, perhaps you might consider forwarding the information to a friend, who may like to know about it.
Pre-departure Information & Checklists
To assist you prepare for this photographic safari we have compiled a comprehensive, downloadable and printable PDF. It contains helpful information on:
- Travelling with and looking after photographic equipment in Africa.
- Downloading and backing-up images every day.
- Power supply in Botswana and South Africa for charging batteries, laptop, mobile phone, etc.
- Vehicle etiquette and consideration for fellow passengers and photographers.
- Keeping healthy in Africa.
- Money Matters in Botswana and South Africa.
- Immigration and Customs at Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa.
- Arrangements to meet you on arrival at Johannesburg International Airport.
- Travel documents, personal items & clothing checklist
- Personal medical items checklist.
- Camera equipment checklist – this is a comprehensive list and you should not be overwhelmed by its comprehensiveness.
- Summary itinerary.
- Guide to paying gratuities on this photographic safari.
- Denis’ choice of lenses and other camera equipment for this photographic safari.
The information in this PDF will help you to remember to pack your selection of camera equipment and other essential items so that you return home with a great collection of iconic images, and many magnificent memories. A copy of this PDF will be forwarded to all registrants approximately two months before departure from their home country.